Israeli envoy in Egypt for cease-fire talks
Israeli workers inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. / Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images
CAIRO Egyptian security officials say a senior Israeli official has arrived in Cairo for talks on reaching a cease-fire to end an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.
The officials said the official arrived at Cairo's airport and was immediately rushed away from the tarmac into talks.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity under security guidelines, did not identify the Israeli.
Israeli officials declined comment.
Egypt has been leading international efforts to broker a truce to end five days of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
Nabil Shaath, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who was in Cairo, confirmed the Israeli's arrival.
He says there are "serious attempts to reach a cease-fire."
Shaath was headed to Gaza later Sunday to work on cease-fire efforts.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Israeli strikes hit two media centers in the Gaza Strip, as Israel warned it was widening its range of targets to go after military commanders of the territory's Hamas rulers.
Palestinian militants fired at least one more long-range rocket at Tel Aviv, the fourth day in a row which the Israeli heartland has come under fire.
Widening air war over Gaza
The fifth day of Israel's campaign against Gaza rocket operations finds it at a crossroads of whether to launch a ground invasion or pursue Egyptian-led truce efforts. Israel has said it is not prepared to enter into a truce without guarantees the rocket fire won't resume.
"The Israeli military is prepared to significantly expand the operation," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Early Sunday, the military carried out dozens of attacks on rocket-launching sites, a major training base and the two media centers. Israeli gunboats also fired on militant sites on the Gaza shore line, the military said without elaborating.
Seven Palestinian civilians were killed in airstrikes Sunday, including five children ranging in age from one to 11, according to Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official.
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