[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/01/05/israel.gaza/art.alzahar.hamas.afp.gi.jpg caption="Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar says rocket attacks on Israel will continue."]Maureen Miller
The Israeli military has surrounded Gaza City. The city of about 1.5 million residents, about the same population as Philadelphia, is on edge as both sides show no signs of backing down.
Today Israel conducted 40 airstrikes in the Palestinian territory. Hamas isn't flitching. It has fired at least 40 of its own rockets into southern Israel.
While the battle rages the death toll soars. Palestinian sources say more than 500 people have been killed, including many women and children. Israel reports dozens of Hamas fighters dead or captured and at least one Israeli soldier fatality.
Anderson will be reporting tonight from near the Israel-Gaza border. READ HIS BLOG HERE Thousands of Israeli troops have pushed deep into Gaza, essentially splitting the territory into two – the north and the south.
Anderson will have the latest developments from the region and he'll be talking with a Palestinian civilian in Gaza City. What are the Israeli tanks doing in his city? Does he feel it's safe to stay or should he go?
Both Israel and Hamas face increasing pressure for an immediate cease-fire. Foreign ministers from several Arab nations are in New York – on the eve of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' address to the U.N. Security Council – to work up a draft resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.
Meanwhile, President Bush is defending Israel's actions. Mr. Bush, who leaves office two weeks from tomorrow, said the situation was "caused by Hamas." He said "any cease-fire must have the conditions in it so that Hamas does not use Gaza as a place from which to launch rockets."
What do you think it will take for the fighting to stop? Is a cease-fire possible?
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