Gaza

  • Palestinians seek $3.8 billion in aid for Gaza 6 days ago

    New York: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has said he has asked for $3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer. Hamdallah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million and other nations have indicated they...
  • Israeli troops kill Hamas men blamed for slaying teens: Army 1 week ago

    Jerusalem: Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza. Israel had spent months searching for Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their...
  • Delay in Gaza rebuilding could threaten truce: Quartet September 18, 2014

    Jerusalem: The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of warravaged Gaza before the current truce with Israel ends in renewed violence. "The precarious situation in Gaza and southern Israel, the danger that violence could flare up again at any point, are precisely...
  • IMF, World Bank warn of renewed Gaza violence September 17, 2014

    Jerusalem: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund warned that insufficient funding and political efforts to rebuild Gaza would make economic recovery almost impossible and lead to further violence. The warnings came three weeks after Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire to end 50 days of conflict, and as the...
  • Merkel leads Berlin rally against antiSemitism September 14, 2014

    Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel has led a rally against antiSemitism, telling thousands of people in Berlin that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity. Germany's Jewish community organized Sunday's rally at the capital's Brandenburg Gate after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw antiJewish slogans...
  • Hamas not to hold direct talks with Israel September 14, 2014

    Gaza: Deputy chief of the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza, Ismail Haneya, said on Saturday that his movement is not intending to hold direct talks with Israel. "Hamas won't hold direct talks with Israel," Haneya said in a meeting with Palestinian reporters in Gaza. Haneya was reacting to an earlier statement made...
  • War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists September 11, 2014

    Gaza City: Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip. Then the latest Gaza war burst in to add yet another layer: An Israeli airstrike levelled the...
  • Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains September 10, 2014

    Jerusalem: While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli...
  • Gaza war is over but Jerusalem violence remains September 10, 2014

    Jerusalem: While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli...
  • Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamasrun Gaza September 10, 2014

    Ramallah: The deputy Palestinian prime minister said on Wednesday that international donors are hesitant to fund the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip so long as Hamas remains in control there and the specter of future wars looms. Mohammed Mustafa, a top official in the West Bank Palestinian Authority, said international bodies...
  • Egypt to host Gaza reconstruction conference on October 12 September 10, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt will host a donors conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip on October 12 in Cairo following the recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, the Egyptian foreign minister said on Tuesday. The announcement carried on the state news agency came after Norway's foreign minister...
  • Hamas rejects plan to deploy international force in Gaza September 7, 2014

    Jerusalem: Hamas has rejected a plan by Israel's foreign ministry to deploy international troops in the Gaza Strip, a media report said on Sunday. "Hamas will deal with any international troops as a new occupation force," the Jerusalem Post quoted Hamas representative Ismail Radwan as saying. "The international parties should work toward...
  • Palestinian president urges Hamas to yield power September 7, 2014

    Jeruselam: The Palestinian president has threatened to dissolve a new unity government if the Hamas militant group does not give up power in the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Cairo late Saturday that he cannot accept the current situation in Gaza. He said if Hamas will not accept one...
  • Merkel : Germany no place for antiSemitism September 6, 2014

    Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country's citizens to attend a rally against antiSemitism next week in Berlin where she will be speaking. Merkel said on Saturday that she will do everything possible to make sure antiSemitism has no chance in Germany. Her remarks came after recent protests in...
  • $7.8 billion needed for reconstruction in Gaza September 4, 2014

    Ramallah: An estimated 7.8 billion dollars is needed for the Gaza Strip to reconstruct after being destroyed during the 50day Israeli offensive on the coastal enclave, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. "The direct and indirect losses resulted from the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip reached 4.4 billion dollars,"...
  • Israel claims West Bank land for possible settlement use, draws US rebuke September 1, 2014

    Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an antisettlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a US rebuke. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the...
  • Normalcy restored in Gaza, will Gaza ceasefire hold August 28, 2014

    Normal life has resumed in Gaza after Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire without a timeline. All Palestinian factions have signed up to it, which include an easing of the blockade and opening up of the border to humanitarian aids and also the extension of fishing to six miles...
  • Gaza ceasefire takes hold as focus turns to longer term August 27, 2014

    Jerusalem: A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their sevenweek conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding early on Wednesday as the focus shifted to securing an arrangement for the long term. No clear victor emerged from what had become a war of attrition between the Middle East's...
  • Israel, Palestinians reach Gaza ceasefire deal: Hamas spokesperson August 26, 2014

    Gaza: Israel and the Palestinians have reached a Gaza ceasefire deal and an official announcement will be made in Egypt, where the agreement was mediated, a Gazabased Hamas spokesman said on Tuesday. "An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine...
  • Israeli air strikes kill two Palestinians, 20 wounded August 26, 2014

    Gaza: Israeli air strikes launched before dawn on Tuesday killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza's tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said. Israel had no immediate comment on the attacks that took place as Egyptian mediators stepped...
  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower August 24, 2014

    Gaza: Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza. The violence signaled that a speedy resumption of truce talks is unlikely, despite...
  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages August 24, 2014

    Gaza: Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the center of Gaza City. Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel, hitting the southern city...
  • Lionel Messi's Facebook post on IsraelGaza conflict stirs controversy August 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Soccer star Lionel Messi has been dragged into the ongoing IsraelGaza conflict, two weeks after the Argentinian wrote in a Facebook post that he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of young lives with a photo of an injured Palestinian boy. Israeli social media users have exhorted Messi to acknowledge...
  • Israeli aircraft bomb Gaza, five Palestinians killed August 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Saturday and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state, the military said, with no end in sight to the deadliest violence between the sides in years. Gaza health officials said five people were killed in an Israeli strike on a house in...
  • 469 children killed in Gaza: UNICEF August 22, 2014

    United Nations: A senior official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that a total of 469 children were killed in the Gaza Strip, where the situation is "dire" because of its debilitating effect on the one million Gaza Strip inhabitants under the age of 18. "This situation...
  • Israel to step up Gaza offensive: Benjamin Netanyahu August 21, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israel will step up the offensive in the Gaza Strip until rocket firing from there into Israel stops, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in response to renewed Gaza rocket attacks against central and southern Israel earlier in the day. "Our policy is simple, if they (Hamas)...
  • UN Security Council urges resumption of Gaza talks August 21, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council deplored the resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip and called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant read a council statement yesterday expressing "grave concern at the return to hostilities following the breach of the Egyptianbrokered humanitarian...
  • Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief August 20, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 100 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome antimissile...
  • Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders negotiators home August 20, 2014

    Gaza: A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air strikes that health officials said killed three people including a woman and a young girl in Gaza. Accusing Gaza Islamists of breaking the truce, Israel promptly recalled its...
  • US blacklists Gazabased extremist group August 19, 2014

    The Obama administration has placed a Gazabased extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in US jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it. The departments of State and Treasury announced today they had designated the group, Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, a...