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Aug 18, 2014

Netanyahu says undeterred by Hamas warnings in talks on ending Gaza war

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday any deal on Gaza’s future had to meet Israel’s security needs, warning Hamas it faced “harsh strikes” if it resumed firing into the Jewish state.

With a five-day ceasefire due to expire late on Monday, negotiators returned after consultations to Cairo to seek an end to five weeks of hostilities that have killed more than 2,000 people.

Aug 17, 2014

Undeterred by Hamas warnings: Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday any deal on Gaza’s future at truce talks in Cairo must be contingent on Israel’s security needs, cautioning Hamas against carrying out its threat of a long war if Palestinian demands are not met.

With a five-day ceasefire due to expire late on Monday, negotiators were to reconvene in the Egyptian capital to seek an end to five weeks of hostilities that have killed more than 2,000 people.

Aug 10, 2014

Netanyahu says Israel shunning Gaza truce talks, won’t negotiate under fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday it would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire.

The head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo said earlier that it would pull out unless Israeli negotiators, who flew home from the Egyptian capital on Friday hours before a three-day ceasefire expired, came back to the talks.

Aug 8, 2014

Israel strikes Gaza after militants resume rocket fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in a month-long war.

Egypt later called for a resumption of the ceasefire, saying only a few points remained to be agreed. Palestinian factions said they would meet Egyptian mediators later in the day but there was no sign of any imminent deal.

Aug 6, 2014

Gaza ceasefire holding on second day

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Gaza ceasefire was holding on Wednesday and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, echoing Israel’s position, linked a lifting of blockades of the devastated enclave to Hamas giving up its rocket arsenal.

Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.

Aug 4, 2014

Jerusalem rocked by two suspected Palestinian attacks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian killed an Israeli and overturned a bus with a construction vehicle on Monday and a gunman wounded a soldier in attacks in Jerusalem that appeared to be a backlash against Israel’s Gaza war.

There were no passengers on the bus, in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of the city. Surveillance video broadcast on Israeli television showed the yellow excavator’s mechanical arm tearing into the side of the bus as it lay on the sidewalk.

Aug 2, 2014

Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers.

Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 70 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would “bear the consequences of their actions”.

Aug 1, 2014

Fighting erupts after start of Gaza ceasefire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Gaza ceasefire was in jeopardy just hours after it began on Friday, with the Islamist group Hamas saying Israeli tank fire killed four people and Israel accusing militants of violating the truce.

The 72-hour break announced in a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll.

Jul 31, 2014

Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants’ infiltration tunnels.

The Israeli military estimated on Wednesday that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more days.

Jul 30, 2014

Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza refugee camp

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting.

Some 3,000 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jebalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, Khalil al-Halabi, director of northern Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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