As the Israel Gaza conflict enters its seventh day, the Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who is leading mediation efforts, is still hopeful that talks between Hamas and Israel will lead to a ceasefire, although there is no news from either side at the moment.
It is believed Israel's demands include no hostile fire of any kind from Gaza and international efforts to prevent Hamas from rearming, while Hamas is demanding an end to the blockade on Gaza and "Israel's assassinations".
The BBC has reported that leaflets have dropped in a number of villages which say: "The Israel Defence Forces are not targeting any of you and they do not want to harm you or your families. For your safety we demand you to evacuate your houses immediately and move towards the centre of Gaza City." But so far residents are believed to be staying near their homes. Israel has also said sit has put plans for a land invasion of Gaza on hold.
Meanwhile, one eyewitness told AFP news agency: "Gunmen in a minibus pulled up in the neighbourhood, pushed six men out and shot them without leaving the vehicle." It was believed these men were seen as 'collaborators'. But this resport is not yet confirmed.
Written and prsented by Ann Salter.