Israel, Gaza Conflict: Firing continues during Egyptian PM's visit

At least 12 rockets and mortar shells exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council after Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in Gaza, hereby diminishing any hope for a brief ceasefire between Israel and Gaza. Earlier today, Egypt opened a tiny window to emergency peace diplomacy in Gaza on, but hopes for even a brief ceasefire while its prime minister was inside the bombarded enclave to talk to leaders of the Islamist Hamas movement were immediately dashed. Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in the Gaza Strip officially to show solidarity with the Palestinian people after two days of relentless attacks by Israeli warplanes determined to end militant rocket fire at Israel.