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Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary...

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce. As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza. There were no more reports of violence overnight, and the two sides were expected to continue indirect talks...

Sisi turns page on Arab Spring

Sisi turns page on Arab Spring

A year after a bloody Cairo crackdown, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has tightened his grip on Egypt, crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, jailed top opponents and turned the page on the Arab Spring, critics say. On August 14, 2013, after having overthrown Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, the crackdown on thousands of his...

Egypt places Gaza ceasefire proposal

Egypt places Gaza ceasefire proposal

Egypt presented a proposed ceasefire to Israel and Hamas aimed at ending the monthlong war, Palestinian officials said early Wednesday after negotiators huddled for a second day of Egyptian-mediated talks meant to resolve the crisis and bring relief to the embattled Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials told The Associated Press early Wednesday morning that Egypt's...

New Gaza truce agreed

Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a fresh 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza yesterday, accepting an Egyptian invitation to resume talks to end fighting that has killed more than 2,000 people. The ceasefire deal, which was to come into effect at one minute past midnight, was clinched after days of frantic mediation to stem a firestorm of violence that resumed after an earlier truce collapsed on Friday. Since then, 19 people have been killed in Israeli bombardments. The Egyptian foreign ministry called...

New three-day Gaza ceasefire holds

New three-day Gaza ceasefire holds

A fresh three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and Palestinian faction Hamas in Gaza was holding on Monday. The agreement, which began at midnight (21:00 GMT Sunday), came after days of intense mediation by Egypt. If the truce continues to hold, Israel will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday for talks on a longer-term deal. Truce must...

Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood's political wing

A court in Egypt has dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing. The government of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has cracked down harshly on the Islamist movement and other opponents over the past year. Last July, Mr Sisi - then head of the military - ousted President Mohammed Morsi, a former leader of the FJP, following mass protests. The Brotherhood was declared a terrorist group in December.  

Egypt court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood party

Egypt court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood party

Egypt's administrative court dissolved Saturday the political party of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets liquidated, the state news agency reported. The decision against the Freedom and Justice Party comes after a recommendation by the court's advisory panel that noted the party's leaders had already been accused, and in some cases convicted,...

Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking 7hr Gaza truce

Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking 7hr Gaza truce

A seven-hour truce under which Israel would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip went into force on Monday and Palestinians immediately accused Israel of breaking the ceasefire by bombing a house in Gaza City. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said 15 people were wounded in the strike on a house...

Israel accepts Egypt truce proposal

Israel accepts Egypt truce proposal

Israel has accepted an Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict with Gaza. Hamas, which controls Gaza, is still discussing the plan, but its armed wing has rejected it as a "surrender". Under the terms, the ceasefire should begin immediately, followed by a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both sides. Palestinian officials say...

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