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Gaza Crisis

Diplomatic defeat for Hamas after victory

Diplomatic defeat for Hamas after victory

When the guns in and around Gaza fell silent a month ago, Hamas, the radical Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the enclave, boasted of having won its 50-day war with Israel. But now, after the victory marches, Hamas is being forced to stage a tactical retreat, if not yet a surrender, in the...

Hamas caused prolonged war: Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas caused prolonged war: Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll. Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday that "it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed)." Israel and Hamas militants fought for 50...

Editorial

Glimmer of peace in Gaza

WE, along with the rest of the peace-loving people of the world, welcome the long-term ceasefire agreement finally reached between Israel and Hamas, the two hostile sides in the 50-day Gaza war. We believe both the Israeli leadership and Hamas representing the Palestinians in Gaza have come to realise the senselessness of the protracted hostilities. These claimed around 2200 lives, most of them civilians including children on the Palestinian side and some 69 people, five of them civilians on...

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 Crisis

Israel steps up offensive

Israel steps up offensive

Israel kept up the pressure on Hamas in Gaza yesterday, carrying out multiple air strikes that killed nine Palestinians, three of them children, as Egypt prepared to convene new truce talks. Since a previous round of frantic Egyptian diplomacy collapsed, shattering nine days of calm, 84 Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy have died...

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...

A solution to Israel and Palestine conflict

A solution to Israel and Palestine conflict

PALESTINE and Israel, once known as cradle of civilisation, have become the hub of cemeteries in modern times. Their conflict has shed untold blood and produced graves as far as the eye can see. The countless tombstones are silent, but the sound of their outcry has carried from the Middle-East to here at...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

Winning the battle, losing the war?

DESPITE sputtering ceasefires, Israel's month-long murderous onslaught on Gaza shows no signs of ending. Israel has killed over 1,900 civilians, destroyed 10,000 homes, and turned a quarter of Gaza's population into refugees. The crisis was triggered by the mid-June kidnapping and murder of three Israeli West Bank-settler students. When their bodies were found, a group of Israelis abducted a 16-year-old Palestinian and burned him alive. Israel blamed Hamas for the murders without a shred of evidence, and launched its biggest...

Will Gaza ever know peace?

Will Gaza ever know peace?

LET us look at the facts before the latest Israeli operation in Gaza. According to United Nations data back in 2012, the five year blockade had turned the region's economic situation topsy-turvy. 34% of its workforce was unemployed, 44% of Gaza residents were food insecure and 8 out of 10 Gazans were dependent...

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...

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