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Truce collapses in six minutes

Truce collapses in six minutes

A Gaza ceasefire collapsed in just six minutes yesterday morning after an Israeli F16 jet destroyed a house in a beach-side refugee camp, killing an eight-year-old girl and wounding dozens. Witnesses and several journalists based at a nearby hotel, reported hearing the whistle of a missile fired from an F16 warplane before it crashed into a three-story house wedged between two tall buildings inside the beachfront Shati refugee camp. An AFP correspondent said the strike hit at 0706 GMT - just six minutes into the ceasefire. An Israeli military spokeswoman...

5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

The UN chief and the US secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled new unrest in the West Bank, where five Palestinians were killed during protests. Also Friday, Israel's military announced that an...

Hamas vows revenge after Israeli air strike kills 9

Hamas vows revenge after Israeli air strike kills 9

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has promised that Israel will "pay a tremendous price" after eight militants were killed overnight in Gaza. Five died after a missile reportedly struck a smuggling tunnel near Rafah. The Israeli military said it had hit "terror sites and concealed rocket launchers" in response to rocket and mortar fire from...

6 held over Palestinian killing

6 held over Palestinian killing

Israeli police have arrested six suspects over the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdair, Israeli media report. No details are available, but Israeli police told the BBC he was murdered "because of his nationality". Khdair was abducted in East Jerusalem. His body was found on Wednesday with first post-mortem examination findings suggesting he was...

Australia refuses to call east Jerusalem occupied

Australia has decided to remove the term "occupied" when referring to east Jerusalem, a move blasted by Palestinians as "toxic" and an ostacle to peace and welcomed by Israel. The issue flared in the Senate this week with Attorney-General George Brandis issuing a statement to clarify Canberra's stance on the controversial question of the legality of settler homes. "The description of areas which are the subject of negotiations in the course of the peace process by reference to historical events is...

Israel ex-PM jailed for 6yrs for bribery

Israel ex-PM jailed for 6yrs for bribery

The former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has been sentenced to six years in prison for bribery. Olmert's spokesperson said he would appeal to the Supreme Court and ask to be freed on bail until it had ruled. His lawyer had asked the court in Tel Aviv to give him community service. The 68-year-old was...

Islamists say Jordan must freeze peace deal with Israel

Jordan's opposition Islamists called on the government to freeze a 1994 peace treaty with Israel as the Knesset was yesterday to debate Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound. "We urge the government to meet the demands of people who have repeatedly called for freezing and eventually cancelling the peace treaty," the Islamic Action Front (IAF) said on its website. The Israeli Knesset, or parliament, is due to debate in the evening a bill introduced by MP Moshe Feiglin, a hardline...

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