Israeli official: Temporary truce possible

Associated Press - December 30, 2008 11:13 AM ET

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - There's word that Israel is considering suspending its Gaza air strikes to give Hamas militants a chance to halt their rocket attacks.

An Israeli defense official says, however, that there remains the threat of an Israeli ground offensive if a cease-fire does not hold.

Israeli officials say Palestinian militants have fired off more than 250 rockets and mortars since the Israeli offensive began Saturday.

During that time, more than 370 people have been killed.

Gaza residents are reporting food shortages in some areas. Officials say Israel has let some aid through its crossings with Gaza, despite the military offensive. One hundred trucks were allowed in today.

Jordan, the Red Cross and the World Health Organization are also preparing to send medical supplies.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.