Gaza

  • Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners 31-12-2013 12:35 PM

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides. The inmates, convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after interim accords were signed two decades ago,...
  • Israeli military confirms air attack on Gaza 28-10-2013 04:01 PM

    The Israeli military confirmed on Monday its air strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip following rockets and mortars fired from Gaza into Israel earlier on Monday. "In response to the numerous rockets and mortars launched at Israel in the past 24 hours, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted two concealed...
  • Egypt: Hosni Mubarak waves to supporters as his trial resumes 15-09-2013 09:36 AM

    An Egyptian judge on Saturday named top security officials to testify in the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak on charges related to the killings of around 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster. The 85-year-old longtime autocrat's previous conviction for failing to stop the killings...
  • Egypt considers buffer zone along Gaza to heighten security 06-09-2013 12:12 PM

    Egypt is considering establishing a one-km deep buffer zone along the eastern border with Gaza in a move to heighten security. The buffer zone would be free of homes and farms so that security personnel can have a clear vision of the border, Xinhua cited state-run MENA as quoting an...
  • Egypt imposes toughest Gaza restrictions in years 25-07-2013 02:30 AM

    Gaza City: Egypt's new government has imposed the toughest border restrictions on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in years, sealing smuggling tunnels, blocking most passenger traffic and causing millions of dollars in economic losses. Some in Hamas fear the movement is being swept up in the same Egyptian military campaign that...
  • Vehicle loaded with five missiles seized in Egypt 30-06-2013 03:42 AM

    Cairo: A vehicle loaded with five missiles was seized Saturday in Egypt's North Sinai's city of Rafah, bordering the Gaza Strip, while a security officer was killed in the area later in the day. "The car was carrying five Grad rockets, a number of grenades, land mines and machine guns,"...
  • United States asked Turkey PM to delay Gaza trip: Kerry 22-04-2013 02:00 AM

    Istanbul: The United States asked Turkey's leader to delay a Gaza Strip visit so as not to upset US efforts to revive Ankara's ties with Israel and Middle East peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has for years spoken of...
  • Israel closes Gaza crossing after rockets fired 08-04-2013 01:00 PM

    Jerusalem: Israel shut a crossing with Gaza after rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory at the Jewish state on the day it commemorated the Holocaust. The military said it closed the Kerem Shalom terminal on Monday. Another crossing would be open for humanitarian cases only, it said. Israel has...
  • Gaza crowds surge at Israel border fence, 1 dead 24-11-2012 08:58 AM

    Gaza City: Israeli troops fired on Gazans surging toward Israel's border fence on Friday, killing one person but leaving intact the fragile two-day-old ceasefire between Hamas and the Jewish state. The truce, which calls for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, came after...
  • Israel pulls back from Gaza, invasion force intact 23-11-2012 05:04 AM

    Israel: Israel began withdrawing the army on Thursday that had been poised to invade the Gaza Strip to go after Hamas, with both sides declaring they had won their eight-day battle. Dust-covered tanks and armoured bulldozers were winched onto transporters and driven out of the same groves of straggly eucalyptus...
  • Gaza ceasefire takes hold but mistrust runs deep 22-11-2012 05:57 PM

    Gaza/Jaerusalem: A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last. Quiet reigned on both sides of the frontier overnight and during the morning after a dozen...
  • Gaza rockets hit Israel after ceasefire: police 22-11-2012 05:28 AM

    Jerusalem: Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched 12 rockets into Israel during the hour after a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Islamist militants on Wednesday, an Israeli police spokesman said. Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed to an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire that came into effect at 9 pm...
  • Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire 21-11-2012 10:54 PM

    Gaza: Israel and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on the eighth day of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket attacks. First word of the truce came from a Palestinian official who has knowledge of the negotiations in Cairo, where US Secretary...
  • Iran missile technology sent to Gaza: Commander 21-11-2012 08:29 PM

    Tehran: Iran has supplied Hamas in Gaza with the technology to "quickly" produce longer-range missiles on their own without needing direct shipments, said a report on Wednesday that quoted the head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard. The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari offer some of the clearest insights on...
  • Israel: Bus explodes in Tel Aviv as Clinton seeks truce 21-11-2012 06:20 PM

    Gaza/Jerusalem: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pursued a Gaza truce, with Israel and Hamas still at odds over key terms, as Israeli air strikes shook the enclave and a bomb exploded on a Tel Aviv bus. After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Clinton held...
  • Use of force unacceptable: India on Israel-Hamas war 21-11-2012 12:52 PM

    New Delhi: In an oblique criticism of Israel's offensive in Gaza, India on Wednesday said "disproportionate use of force" was completely unacceptable and demanded immediate de-escalation of the conflict in the region. Against the backdrop of criticism that India was muted in its response to the latest conflict in Gaza,...
  • Gaza shakes, Israelis killed as Hillary seeks truce 21-11-2012 12:11 PM

    Gaza/Israel: Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops. Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza, and Egypt,...
  • Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Palestinian journalists 21-11-2012 04:29 AM

    Gaza City: Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. The strikes came on Tuesday on the seventh day of Israel's offensive against Gaza's...
  • Hillary in Jerusalem as Gaza truce still elusive 21-11-2012 03:49 AM

    Jerusalem: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Jerusalem for talks on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as expectations rose of a ceasefire soon to end a week of fighting around the Gaza Strip. However, Gaza's rulers, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, revised a statement that a...
  • Hamas says truce agreed, Israel says no deal yet 21-11-2012 12:51 AM

    Jerusalem: A Hamas official said on Tuesday Egypt had brokered a Gaza ceasefire deal that would go into effect within hours, but a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "we're not there yet". "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9 o'clock (1900...
  • Hamas says ceasefire in Gaza close, Israel denies 20-11-2012 10:23 PM

    Jerusalem: A senior Hamas official says his group is close to a cease-fire with Israel, but a deal has not yet been reached. Moussa Abu Marzouk said on Tuesday from Cairo that "we haven't struck the deal yet, but we are progressing and it will most likely be tonight." Cease-fire...
  • Barack Obama sending Hillary Clinton to Israel 20-11-2012 01:40 PM

    US President Barack Obama is sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East in hopes that she can help mediate an end to bloody conflict in the region. A deputy White House national security adviser says Clinton will depart later today from Cambodia, where she had accompanied...
  • Israeli aircraft hit Hamas bank HQ in Gaza 20-11-2012 12:32 PM

    Gaza City: Israeli aircraft have battered the headquarters of the Gaza Strip bank the territory's Hamas rulers set up to sidestep international sanctions. Tuesday's strike on the Islamic National Bank in Gaza City is part of a widening Israeli onslaught against the militants and their rocket squads targeting Israel. The...
  • Anonymous targets Israeli websites over Gaza war 20-11-2012 10:58 AM

    Jerusalem: A concerted effort of millions of attempts to cripple Israeli websites during the Gaza conflict has failed, Israel's finance minister said Monday, claiming that the only site that was successfully hacked was back up within minutes. Cyber security experts said that such hacking attempts have become a new aspect...
  • Rupert Murdoch's 'Jewish press' tweet sparks row 20-11-2012 09:07 AM

    New York: Media magnate Rupert Murdoch stirred an online row with a tweet complaining about the "Jewish owned" press and apologised again in a bid to calm the furore. Murdoch, whose News Corporation empire includes Fox television, BSkyB, The Wall Street Journal, the London Times and HarperCollins publishers wrote on...