Israeli troops, militants battle in Gaza suburb
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak, Matti Friedman - January 11, 2009 - 1:00am

Israeli troops battled Palestinian gunmen in a suburb of Gaza City Sunday in one of the fiercest ground battles so far as Israel's military inched toward Gaza's population centers. A top Israeli defense official said Hamas has been badly hurt by the offensive in Gaza - especialy by the deaths of senior militants and shortages of ammunition - but predicted that the group would fight on. The group "is not expected to raise a white flag," military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told the Israeli Cabinet Sunday.

Israel says Gaza war nearing end as fighting rages
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
January 11, 2009 - 1:00am

Israel indicated for the first time on Sunday that an end was in sight to its war on Hamas, amid some of the heaviest clashes of an offensive that has killed nearly 900 people in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza's main city, sparking some of the fiercest battles yet of the 16-day-old war that Israel launched in response to rocket fire, but that has failed to completely stop the rockets.

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