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Amid outcry abroad, a wealth of backing home for Netanyahu

Amid outcry abroad, a wealth of backing home for Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is stuck between mounting international outcry over civilian casualties from his assault on the Gaza Strip and intensifying calls at home to finish the job he started, report The New York Times. Several of his top ministers are pushing for a full takeover of Gaza, which the prime...

Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in growing numbers in the Gaza Strip. The people of Tira, a town of some 25,000 people known...

Israeli shells kill 18 Gazans of a single family

Israeli shells kill 18 Gazans of a single family

Israeli tank shelling killed 18 Palestinians from a single family in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Gaza health ministry said, shortly before a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas went into effect. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said that the 18 members of the Al-Najar family had been trapped...

International players urge Gaza truce extension

International players urge Gaza truce extension

US, European and regional powers seeking to mediate an end to the conflict in Gaza called on Israel and Hamas on Saturday to extend their 12-hour ceasefire in a bid to win time and discuss each side's grievances. US Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed efforts to end 19 days of conflict in...

Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce by 4 hours

Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce by 4 hours

Israel has agreed to extend by four hours a humanitarian truce agreed with Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, an Israeli government source said, declining to be named. It was not immediately clear if Hamas Islamists, who control Gaza, had also agreed to prolong the original 12-hour ceasefire and...

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor for Gaza wounded

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor for Gaza wounded

The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines. WHO officials have discussed the proposal with both Israeli and Egyptian officials, but there has been no response yet, WHO spokesman Paul Garwood...

Kerry proposes weeklong halt to Gaza fighting

Kerry proposes weeklong halt to Gaza fighting

Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday. As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic,...

15 killed as Israeli shells hit UN facility in Gaza

15 killed as Israeli shells hit UN facility in Gaza

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a UN school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers. Pools of blood...

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks

For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip. A senior Saudi official told...

Israel hints at ending ground assault soon

Israel hints at ending ground assault soon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said that an operation to destroy a network of tunnels used by militants in Gaza could be over "fairly quickly" but would not be pinned down on specifics. In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" weekly talk show, Netanyahu also called for an international effort...

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