The world sympathizes with these savages as a manifestation of its moral decay, inability to distinguish good from evil and its relentless and insuffable Jew-hatred.
Six Israeli 'spies' executed before baying mob in Gaza City, before motorbike gang drags one bloodied victim through the streets Daily Mail
- Security guard stabbed at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv earlier today
- Palestinian gunmen shot dead six alleged collaborators in the Gaza Strip who 'were caught red-handed' and chained them to a motorcycle and dragged it throughout the main streets
- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due in Israel for crisis talks
- In Cairo U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate ceasefire
Six men accused of being 'Israeli spies' were dragged through the streets of Gaza City and executed in front of a chanting mob today as Israel warned Palestinians to evacuate some areas of the territory in apparent preparation for a ground invasion.
Witnesses said the six were taken to an intersection in the north of the city where they were summarily shot for providing intelligence that helped Israel pinpoint key figures in Hamas and the Islamic Jihad targeted by their warplanes.
The names of the men are said to have been scrawled on the road after they had been questioned by Hamas security officials about who provided the 'human intelligence' necessary to pinpoint targets for 'precision' attacks that have 118 Palestinians - half civilians, including women and children, dead - in seven days of military operations.
Paraded: Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel
No respect for the dead: The killed 'spy' is dragged through the streets of Gaza City
Killed: Palestinian gunmen shot dead six alleged collaborators in the Gaza Strip who 'were caught red-handed', according to a security source quoted by the Hamas Aqsa radio
Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers have staked tough, hard-to-bridge positions, and the gaps fuel the threat of an Israeli ground invasion.
The content of the Egyptian plan is unknown, but both Israel and Hamas have presented conditions and Egyptian intelligence officials are meeting representatives from Israel and Hamas separately.
Israel - concentrating on arms and weaponry demands
Israel demands an end to rocket fire from Gaza and a halt to weapons smuggling into Gaza through tunnels under the border with Egypt.
It also wants international guarantees that Hamas will not rearm or use Egypt's Sinai region, which abuts both Gaza and southern Israel, to attack Israelis.
Hamas - wants attacks halted and restrictions lifted
Hamas wants Israel to halt all attacks on Gaza and lift tight restrictions on trade and movement in and out of the territory that have been in place since Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007.
Israel has rejected such demands in the past.
Hamas Aqsa radio quoted a security official as saying the men had been 'caught red handed' with 'hi-tech equipment and filming equipment to take footage of positions.'
Gunmen chained the body of one of the alleged collaborators to a motorcycle and dragged it throughout the main streets of Gaza City in a warning to others who 'betrayed' Palestinians.
The executions came as Israel carried out more than 150 more strikes in Gaza and dropped leaflets in the heavily populated north and south of the city warning Palestinians to evacuate certain areas.
The leaflets include a 'grid' of streets to be cleared, adding : 'The Israel Defence Forces are not targeting any of you and they do not want to harm you or your families. For your safety, you are required to evacuate your residences immediately and move towards central Gaza city.'
The move was seen as preparation for a possible land offensive but also a means as increasing pressure on Hamas to give ground in its demands over the terms of a ceasefire agreement being brokered in Cairo through Egypt.More...
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Significantly, Egypt's president Mohammed Mursi, who has been vocal in his support for the people of Gaza and whose Muslim Brotherhood was mentor to the founders of Hamas, predicted a breakthrough ceasefire could be reached tomorrow and that negotiations were yielding 'positive results.'
Tied and towed: The body is dragged through the streets as the killers hold guns in the air
One final insult: The act of dragging the corpse along was meant to send a message to other 'spies'
Dragged through the dirt: One of the killed six lays on the floor as shocked bystanders watch on
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew to the region yesterday to meet with leaders in what was seen to be a key move by President Barack Obama to ensure Israel pulls back from a land offensive.
Mrs Clinton is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and Egyptian leaders in Cairo.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel is exploring a diplomatic solution, but wouldn't balk at a broader military operation.
'I prefer a diplomatic solution, he said, 'But if the fire continues, we will be forced to take broader measures and will not hesitate to do so.'
He added : 'If a long-term solution can be put in place by diplomatic means, Israel will be a willing partner.'
Attack: Smoke rises from an alleged Hamas site after an Israeli air strike in the east of Gaza City
Evacuation: An Israeli soldier rescues a young girl from a site hit by a rocket launched by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva
Concerning: Israeli women take cover in a stairwell as a siren signals the warning of incoming rockets in the coastal city of Ashkelon
Jerusalem had previously been considered beyond the range of Gaza rockets - and an unlikely target because it is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest shrine.
Israeli officials feared Gaza's Hamas rulers will try to stage similar attacks deep into Israel's heartland ahead of any possible truce.
Three Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens wounded since the fighting began last week, the numbers kept down by a rocket-defence system that Israel developed with U.S. funding. More than 1,000 rockets have been fired at Israel this week, the military said.
Shortly after the Jerusalem attack, an Israeli airstrike destroyed a car in Gaza City killing five people and seriously wounding four others. Six Palestinians died yesterday, health officials said.
Under fire: An Israeli 155mm artillery canon fires a shell from southern Israel into the Gaza Strip. Israel declined to comment on a statement by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi that a Gaza ceasefire was hours away
Tough talks: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shaking hands with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle during their meeting today in Jerusalem
Checking for casualties: An Israeli soldier walks up the steps of a house damaged by a rocket. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a message that escalation of the week-long conflict was in nobody's interest
Blown out: A Palestinian man looks at a damaged vehicle parked outside a destroyed branch of the Islamic National Bank following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City
Damaged: Israelis survey the damage after a rocket hit their house in the southern city of Beersheba. The U.N. chief called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip today
In a sign of the difficulty diplomats will have in forging such a cease-fire, a man identified as Mohammed Deif, Hamas' elusive military commander, urged his fighters to keep up attacks on Israel.
Speaking from hiding on Hamas-run TV and radio, Deif said Hamas 'must invest all resources to uproot this aggressor from our land,' a reference to Israel.
Deif is one of the founders of Hamas' military wing and was its top commander until he was seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike in 2003. He was replaced as the de facto leader by Ahmed Jabari, who was assassinated by Israel last week in the opening salvo of its latest Gaza offensive.
Foreign Secretary William Hague warned the Commons the 'window' for a negotiated two-state solution between Gaza and Israel would soon be closed.
Ceasefire calls: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks during a news conference with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby (right) after their meeting to discuss the situation in Gaza
Visit: Egypt's Islamist Freedom and Justice Party leader Saad al-Katatni visits the injured in Gaza
Moment to reflect: An Israeli soldier prays at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel this morning
He said: "There is no military resolution to the crisis in Gaza or to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peace becomes harder to achieve with each confrontation, each loss of life.
'The only way to give the Palestinian people the state that they need and deserve, and the Israeli people the security and peace they are entitled to, is through a negotiated two-state solution and time for this is now running out.
'This requires Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations, Israel to stop illegal settlement building, Palestinian factions to reconcile with each other and the international community, led by the United States, and supported by European nations to make a huge effort to push the peace process forward urgently.'
Two Palestinian protesters were killed in anti-Israel demonstrations in the West Bank on Monday, according to Palestinian officials. Separate clashes occurred yesterday in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, during the funeral for one of the dead.
Safety: An Israeli soldier form the Home Front Command comforts and plays with an Israeli boy in an air raid shelter in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon. Many people in this border town close to the Gaza Strip stay close to the shelters
Cover: Ethiopian Israeli kids in the entrance to a bomb shelter in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon. Lots of people now spend most the day inside, as air raid sirens, signaling missile attacks from the Gaza Strip are so common
Mourning: Palestinians pray during the funeral of Salem Paul Sweliem inside the Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza City. Sweliem was in a car when the strike took place and he died on his way to the hospital from shrapnel wounds
Preparations: An Israeli pilot readies to climb into the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle fighter jet at an Israeli Air Force Base