Israel claims successes in Gaza

Israel announced that it was close to achieving its military objectives in Gaza. Day 17 of the...

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Day 17 of the war on Hamas has seen the Israeli military move deeper into the strip and call up more reservists meanwhile Hamas has claimed that it was ‘closer than ever’ to victory.

At the peace negotiations held in <country-region w:st="on">Egypt</country-region> former prime minister and <place w:st="on">Middle East Envoy Tony Blair emerged to suggest that a breakthrough was near.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

“The elements of an agreement for the immediate seize fire are there. I think they now being worked on very hard in great detail,” said Blair.