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Long-term Gaza truce takes hold

Long-term Gaza truce takes hold

Celebrations erupted in Gaza yesterday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians went into effect, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. The agreement, which came into effect at 1600 GMT, involves an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza, which began on July 8 and has claimed...

Israel destroys 2 Gaza high-rises in escalation

Israel destroys 2 Gaza high-rises in escalation

Gaza police say Israel has bombed two large high-rise buildings in Gaza City, with dozens of homes and shops — an escalation in the seven weeks of fighting with Hamas. Police say the 15-floor Basha Tower with apartments and offices was leveled in Tuesday's attack. The second building, the Italian Complex with 72 apartments...

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas leaders. Two of those killed were women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which called for an immediate halt...

Hamas leader’s family killed in Gaza Strip

Hamas leader’s family killed in Gaza Strip

Hamas says the wife and child of its military commander, Mohammed Deif, have been killed in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip. At least 19 Palestinians have died since hostilities resumed on Tuesday, with both sides blaming each other for the collapse of the Cairo peace talks. The Israeli military said it had...

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...

Palestine

THE situation in the Palestinian territories has progressively deteriorated since Benyamin Netanyahu's extreme right Likud Party-led coalition came to power for the third time in March 2013. The main reason for the sufferings of the Palestinians can be summed up under two headings -- disunity among the different factions of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and mounting discord among the members of the League of Arab States (LAS) over major issues, including Palestine. PLO is the umbrella organisation bringing together at least...

Accept Palestinian demands or face war, Hamas tells Israel

Accept Palestinian demands or face war, Hamas tells Israel

Hamas rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires. Israel said it had also not yet accepted any proposals made in the Egyptian-mediated talks but, like the Palestinians, its...

Messi, Neymar to play for Gaza peace

Messi, Neymar to play for Gaza peace

Combining his love of world peace with his love of soccer, Pope Francis plans to host a celebrity soccer match this September to promote a diplomatic resolution to the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip. The exhibition game will take place on September 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome with "all-star players" like...

Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered - and plainclothes Hamas security agents mingled among them. Also known as the Grand Mosque, it was one of 63...

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast, 6 dead

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast, 6 dead

Six people were killed in the Gaza Strip when an Israeli missile exploded amid attempts to dismantle it. The dead included two journalists - an Italian and a Palestinian - and a number of bomb disposal officers. The incident happened in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip It comes hours...

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