As the Gaza death toll passed an estimated 1,000 people and concerns about the humanitarian situation inside Gaza grew, Egypt announced on Jan.14 that it was making progress toward an interim cease-fire, with some officials predicting that one could be five to six days away. The Israeli military operation continued apace, with the military reporting on Jan. 15 that its warplanes carried out 70 bombing raids overnight against targets including "armed gunmen" and a mosque alleged by the military to have been used to store missiles in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. (NY Times)

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