Gaza Strip

  • Hamas not to hold direct talks with Israel 5 days ago

    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...
  • 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...
  • $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 50-day 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,"...
  • 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...
  • Three day Gaza ceasefire goes into effect August 1, 2014

    Gaza City: A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting. The cease-fire, announced hours earlier by the US and the UN, took effect at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT)on Friday. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" that the lull would bring...
  • Thousands ignore ban in Paris to protest Israeli offensive in Gaza July 27, 2014

    Paris: Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when thousands of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned organizers in a television address that they would be held responsible for any clashes and...
  • Gaza targets Israel after 12 hours of truce, fires rockets July 26, 2014

    Jerusalem: Gaza Strip militants fired mortar rounds into Israel 12 hours after Saturday's start of a temporary truce Israel agreed to extend for another four hours, the army said. "Rockets have just been fired at Israel despite the humanitarian truce being extended" until 2100 GMT, army spokeswoman Avital Leibovich wrote earlier...
  • Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce July 26, 2014

    Gaza: Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a UN-requested 12-hour humanitarian truce to begin on Saturday morning, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead. Israel's military said it would hold fire starting at 8 am (0500 GMT) but would continue searching for tunnels...
  • More than 70 killed in Israeli shelling, clashes in Gaza July 21, 2014

    Jerusalem: More than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed as Israel shelled a Gaza neighborhood and battled militants on Sunday in the bloodiest fighting in a near two-week-old offensive. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of carrying out a massacre in Shejaia in the eastern suburbs of the city...
  • Egypt proposes ceasefire in Israeli-Palestinian conflict July 15, 2014

    Gaza: Egypt has proposed a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza that would start on Tuesday, ending a week of cross-border warfare, and be followed by talks to prevent further hostilities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to convene his decision-making security cabinet on Tuesday to discuss the proposed...
  • Nowhere safe in Gaza: This compelling news documentary shows how citizens have taken bombings and bloodshed in their stride July 14, 2014

    The death toll in Gaza continues to grow as both the Israeli military and Palestinian militants show no signs of backing down. These reporters spent a few days in Gaza City surveying the damage and seeing how local residents were coping. This compelling, yet personal news documentary shows how the...
  • Israel briefly launches ground operation inside Gaza July 13, 2014

    Gaza: Widening its offensive, Israel has briefly launched a ground operation inside the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, as its military jets pounded more than 200 targets over the last 24 hours in the bloodiest conflict since 2012 that's seen more than 160 Palestinians killed. Four Israeli commandos from the elite Shayetet...
  • Gaza toll passes 100, Israel to counter rockets 'with all power' July 12, 2014

    Gaza: An airstrike outside a family home early Saturday pushed the Palestinian death toll past 100 in four days of cross-border fighting as Israel showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire with the militants. Asked if Israel might move from the mostly aerial attacks of the...
  • Death toll in Gaza reaches 78 as Israelis hint at invasion July 11, 2014

    Gaza/ Jerusalem: At least 78 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday as militants in the enclave kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities. As Israeli officials seemed to hint at a possible invasion by ground forces,...
  • Israel launches military offensive against Gaza militants July 8, 2014

    Gaza: Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, bombing more than 30 targets including homes and calling it part of a campaign named "Operation Protective Edge" targeting Hamas Islamist militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. The military urged Israelis within a 40-km (24-mile) radius of the...
  • Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners December 31, 2013

    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, were...
  • United States asked Turkey PM to delay Gaza trip: Kerry April 22, 2013

    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 his...
  • Fatah party stages first rally in Gaza since 2007 January 4, 2013

    Gaza City: The Fatah party of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas staged a massive rally on January 4 in the Gaza Strip, the first such gathering in the territory since the Islamist Hamas group took control there in 2007 and a reflection of the warming ties between the two rival...
  • Hamas complains to Egypt after Israeli army kills Gazan December 2, 2012

    Gaza: Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of November 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave's border fence. Medical officials said the 21-year-old man had been among six Palestinians wounded by gunfire during Friday's demonstration near southern...
  • Will continue to resist Israel: Hamas chief November 25, 2012

    A fragile truce between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding. But Hamas' political chief Khaled Meshaal says they will continue to resist Israel, accusing Tel Aviv of rejecting peace. ...
  • Use of force unacceptable: India on Israel-Hamas war November 21, 2012

    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 November 21, 2012

    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, whose...
  • Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Palestinian journalists November 21, 2012

    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 Hamas...
  • Hillary in Jerusalem as Gaza truce still elusive November 21, 2012

    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 truce...
  • Hamas says truce agreed, Israel says no deal yet November 21, 2012

    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 GMT)...
  • Hamas says ceasefire in Gaza close, Israel denies November 20, 2012

    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 talks...
  • Ground report from Gaza as Israel-Hamas war enters day 6 November 21, 2012

    At least 111 people have already died in the week-long offensive. Israel is waiting on Egypt's truce efforts before making a move towards a ground invasion on Gaza. ...
  • Barack Obama sending Hillary Clinton to Israel November 20, 2012

    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 Obama...
  • Watch: Explosion caught on camera in Gaza November 19, 2012

    Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center on Monday. ...