And so there is a degree of foot-dragging in the diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire. The most visible sign of this was the decision to postpone the United Nations Security Council discussion on Gaza planned for Monday.
Smoke from artillery shelling and fires rises into the sky during clashes between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces on the edge of Gaza City. Thousands of Israeli troops and scores of tanks have advanced into Gaza, battling Hamas fighters and surrounding the main city on a mission to end militant rocket attacks.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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