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Did Hamas win?

THIS summer's 51-day war on Gaza left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, over 11,000 injured, and vast areas of devastation that will take years to rebuild. After the third Israeli war on Gaza in less than six years, many Palestinians are questioning the purpose of continuing to fight – and hoping for a solution that does not increase their suffering. Can Hamas, with its newly acquired position at the forefront of Palestinian politics, provide such a solution? Before the latest...

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

Egypt has brokered an agreement on a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, senior Palestinian officials have said. Hamas negotiator Moussa Abu Marzouk said the deal to end seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people dead would be announced shortly. The Palestinians said Israel had agreed to ease...

Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas. The strikes in the southern town of Rafah came just hours after Israel bombed an apartment tower in Gaza City, collapsing the 12-story...

Israel PM vows response to boy's death

Israel PM vows response to boy's death

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said military operations will "intensify" after an Israeli boy was killed by fire from Gaza. The four-year-old died in a mortar attack on a southern Israeli village near the Gaza border. Meanwhile Israeli air strikes have continued, killing at least four people on Friday, Palestinian officials say. More than 2,090...

Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza ceasefire

Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza ceasefire

Egypt has called for an open-ended cease-fire in Gaza, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The foreign ministry statement Saturday came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. A temporary cease-fire collapsed earlier this week, bringing the Cairo talks so a halt. More than 2,090...

3 top 'Gaza commanders' killed in Israeli air strike

3 top 'Gaza commanders' killed in Israeli air strike

An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas military commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Islamist militant group said. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum and said they were killed in a bombing of a house in the southern town...

Israel hits Gaza, suspends talks

Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border yesterday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave and halting truce talks. Gaza emergency services said that a woman and a child were killed and 16 people injured in one strike in Gaza City. Another eight people were hurt in earlier air raids across the strip, they said. An Israeli military statement said that at least eight rockets were fired at Israel, with six falling on open ground and two more being intercepted...

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes

Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza. Charging that Israel had "opened a gateway to hell", Hamas's armed wing vowed to target Israel's Ben-Gurion International...

How long will Palestine bleed?

THE history of Palestine is as old as history itself. Strategically located between Asia and Africa and connected to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, Palestine has shrunken into a tiny mass over time due to annexations by neighbours and finally by the artificial creation of Israel and, more sadly, the illegal occupation of its territories by the Zionist state. It is the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity with important historic shrines of the three Abrahamic religions including Islam. Palestine has...

20-party stages showdown protesting attacks on Gaza

20-party stages showdown protesting attacks on Gaza

Condemning Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians, the BNP-led 20-party alliance today staged a huge showdown in the capital and across the country urging world leaders to take immediate measures to stop killing of innocent Palestinians. Several thousand opposition men dominated by leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir and Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component in...

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