Gaza: Beyond the blockade + Army preparing for combined ground, air operation in Gaza

Meanwhile, in the Gaza Strip Thursday there were long lines at bakeries, and sales were limited to NIS 3 worth of bread, less than a large family needs per day. Electrical power and water was cut several times Thursday. Cooking is difficult due to a gas shortage.

“It is impossible to live like this,” a Gaza man told Haaretz. We have to come to some resolution – either a full cease-fire or full-scale fighting with Israel.”

The meetings Olmert is expected to hold on Sunday will relate to three issues. The first is preparation of the home front: Olmert wants to know what reinforcement of buildings can be completed before military action is taken, and to urgently complete whatever can be completed in terms of reinforcement.

The second issue involves humanitarian aid shipments to Gaza
which Israel is to approve during the week. Olmert wants reports on stockpiles of essential items to ensure that a humanitarian crisis does not break out in the Strip during military action.

The third issue involves diplomatic moves to garner international support for military action against Hamas.

A government official in Jerusalem said there would be no moves before all necessary preparations are in place.

Ref: Haartez

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