Clinton Calls for Durable Outcome to Gaza Violence

JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States is pushing for a "durable outcome" promoting stability following Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Clinton spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday after she rushed to the region to help forge a cease-fire after a week of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants.

She said "the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike."

Netanyahu said Israel would welcome a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but threatened further military activity, saying he is ready to take "whatever action" is necessary.

Israel intensifies attacks, despite truce talk

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel is intensifying its attacks on the Gaza Strip in what may be a last burst of fire ahead of a cease-fire ending its weeklong offensive in the Palestinian territory.

Heavy bursts of fire from tanks in southern Israel and gunboats off Gaza's coast could be heard late Tuesday. The target isn't immediately known, and no casualties were reported.

The Israeli military had no comment.

Israel says it launched its offensive to halt months of rocket fire. More than 130 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, and five Israelis have been killed in the fighting.

Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Palestinian journalists

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV station says an Israeli airstrike killed two cameramen after they wrapped up an assignment at Gaza's Shifa Hospital, while a Gaza health official says another airstrike killed a third journalist.

Al Aqsa footage of Tuesday's strike shows the vehicle going up in flames. The station's head, Mohammed Thouraya, says the car had press markings.

The other journalist, who was working for a private radio station was killed later Tuesday when a missile hit his car, the official said.

Israel's military had no immediate comment. The strikes came on the seventh day of an Israeli offensive in Gaza. Targeted killings of journalists would be unprecedented. Over the weekend, Israeli airstrikes hit two media centers housing Al Aqsa and another station seen as pro-Hamas.

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