Israeli Air Strike on Gaza Interior Ministry

16 November 2012 -- Israeli warplanes bombed targets in and around Gaza City, destroying the Interior Ministry. Two days of Israeli air strikes have killed at least 19 Palestinians, including seven militants and 12 civilians, among them six children and a pregnant woman. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis in the town of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday morning. The latest upsurge in the long-running conflict came on Wednesday when Israel killed Hamas' military mastermind, Ahmed Jabari, in a precision air strike on his car. Israel then began shelling the coastal enclave from land, air and sea. Israel has said it will stop its offensive action in the Gaza Strip during a three- hour visit by the Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to the territory later on Friday, a senior Israeli government official said.