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Following Gaza on blogs and Twitter

As rockets fly and Israel calls up its reserves, the Gaza conflict is being waged in cyberspace as well as in the cities of the region. Here's a quick guide to tracking events through the twittersphere and local blogs.

Several news agencies are tweeting events: Al Jazeera English is one, and Al Arabiya English is another.

Paul Danahar, BBC's Middle East bureau chief, is tweeting constantly. Jon Donnison is BBC's Gaza and West Bank correspondent. Dan Williams, senior Reuters correspondent in Jerusalem, is tracking events with frequent tweets. Reuters' Saqib Ahmed is a producer for the global online desk.

Among Israeli sources, you can follow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself, as well as President Shimon Peres. The Israel Defense Forces are tweeting regularly.

Haaretz, an important Israeli newspaper, is tweeting the conflict and so is The Jerusalem Post.

Lisa Goldman, an Israeli-Canadian blogger is following events closely at +972, an online news magazine. Another Israeli blogger is Doubletapper, though its grey text on black background makes it hard to read. Israelity offers news updates and photos.

In Gaza is a links-rich blog with daily updates. All the tweeters in Gaza are in a list; most are tweeting in Arabic, but some are in English. Links to Gaza Blogs is just that.

Anonymous is also tweeting, including reports of Israeli institutions its says it has hacked in reprisal for Israeli threats to cut Gaza off from the internet.

Egyptian bloggers are understandably following the conflict very closely. Among them: Vancouver's Azza Sedky, who blogs at Egypt. Another is Zeinobia at Egyptian Chronicles. A third important site: The Arabist.

Other media are also taking note of the role played by the social media in the Gaza conflict, among them The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, and The Independent.

Hashtags to follow: #Gaza, #Gazaunderattack, #Israelunderattack, #pillarofdefense, #idf, #Hamas, #Palestine.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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