Israeli officials say they are considering a 48-hour halt to
a four-day offensive in the Gaza Strip, during which Israeli aircraft have
struck dozens of Hamas targets.
As Israeli leaders discussed a short-term truce to let aid into Gaza, the
military carried out more air strikes on Tuesday, destroying Hamas government
buildings and one belonging to the Islamic University in Gaza. At least 10
people were killed.
Israeli troops, tanks and other military vehicles are also massed along the
Israel-Gaza border preparing for a possible ground offensive.
Israel launched its air raid on Saturday to put an end to weeks of rocket and
mortar fire by Palestinian militants. The Israeli airstrikes have killed more
than 370 people, mostly Hamas militants.
A U.N. aid agency (UNRWA) in
Gaza says 57 civilians are among the dead.
Palestinian militants have continued their rocket fire into Israel, killing at
least four Israelis in recent days.
A masked spokesman for Hamas's armed wing warned the group's attacks will
become a daily problem for the people of southern Israel if the aerial assault
on Gaza does not stop.