Troops, tanks on the Israeli-Gaza border

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(15 Jan 2009)
Israel-Gaza border area (filmed on Israeli side of border)
1. Wide of Israeli tanks
2. Soldier tying Israeli flag to armoured vehicle
3. Wide of tanks with Israeli flag in foreground
4. Tank with Israeli flag at sunrise
5. Various of tanks
6. Wide of plume of smoke rising from Gaza city skyline
7. Israeli soldier looking through binoculars
8. Plume of smoke rising from Gaza city skyline
9. Various of Israeli flags hung in neighbourhood
10. Wide of security officials
11. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Amos Katorsa, Sderot resident:
“When I see these flags it makes me feels good. I just hope it will succeed in influencing this security situation, that’s all.”
12. Fire engine with Israeli flag passing
13. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Fire truck driver, no name given:
“All these flags warm up our hearts.”
14. Wide of Israeli flags in neighbourhood
Israel has pounded Gaza with airstrikes as the United Nations chief headed for Israel, and Egypt pressed Gaza’s Hamas rulers to accept a 10-day truce, in efforts toward ending a conflict that has taken more than 1,000 lives in less than three weeks.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had talks scheduled with Israeli leaders, trying to push forward a truce agreement a week after the UN Security Council passed a cease-fire resolution that was ignored.
Ban will also meet with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank, where Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas governs, but will not visit Gaza.
World pressure on Israel to halt its devastating offensive on Hamas and the Gazan population increased alongside the diplomatic push, because hundreds of civilians have been killed in the relentless pounding that has reduced landmarks, apartment buildings and some mosques to rubble.
The Israeli military continued to pound Gaza City on Thursday morning, after a heavy night of aerial assaults on the coastal strip, moving into day 20 of the conflict.
Battles picked up north and south of Gaza City, where explosions and heavy gunfire could be heard.
At the Israeli-Gaza border troops were seen preparing for the day ahead, while plumes of smoke rose in the distance from Gaza City.
In the Israeli town of Sderot, which has suffered from repeated missile attacks from Gaza, residents put out strings of Israeli flags to show support for their government’s actions.
The Israeli government action in Gaza has been widely supported by its own people, especially in areas which have been affected by militant rockets.
Residents said that the flags made them feel more united and secure in spite of the security situation.
Gaza Health Ministry officials said the unprecedented Israeli onslaught against Hamas and the Gazan population has killed at least 1,028 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 300 children and teenagers.
The toll included 68 Palestinians who were killed or died of wounds on Wednesday.
More than 4,500 Palestinians have been wounded, medical officials said.
Thirteen Israelis have also been killed, four by rocket fire from Gaza

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