First Published: 2009-02-12

Israeli helicopter strike on besieged Gaza

United States to be represented at high level at international donors conference for rebuilding Gaza.


Middle East Online

The Israeli attacks continue

GAZA CITY - An Israeli helicopter attacked an area in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, but no one was injured in the raid, witnesses and Palestinian security services sources said.

The helicopter fired two missiles on the Khan Yunis headquarters of the security services of the democratically elected Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

They caused further damage to the building that was already attacked during Israel's 22-day military offensive against the territory.

Israel's war on Gaza killed 1,330 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and wounded 5,450 others.

Among the dead were 437 children, 110 women, 123 elderly men, 14 medics and four journalists.

The wounded include 1,890 children and 200 people in serious condition. The war also left tens of thousands of houses destroyed, while their residents remained homeless in the winter cold.

Top level US attendance at Gaza donors meeting

The United States will be represented at a "high level" at the March 2 international donors conference for rebuilding Gaza that Egypt has convened in its territory, the State Department said Wednesday.

"The United States strongly supports Egypt's call for an international donors' conference in Cairo on March 2 to facilitate Gaza recovery and strengthen the Palestinian economy," the department said in a statement.

"The US plans to be represented at a high level and urges members of the international community to show similar support for the Egyptian initiative," it added.

No mention was made as to who will attend the March 2 conference, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will take part three days later in a NATO meeting in Brussels and the Cairo event would be within reach of her visit.

Egypt has been mediating a truce in Gaza after Hamas and Israel declared on January 18 their own ceasefires.

Egypt late January proposed the donors conference and its foreign ministry earlier this month said more than 70 countries were expected at the meeting.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the international body plans to launch a 613-billion-dollar funding drive to help the people of Gaza.


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