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Sep 16, 2014

U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

UNITED NATIONS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a stop-gap deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

The agreement, announced to the Security Council, could help curb Palestinian economic deterioration and shore up U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas’s standing in Gaza, which since 2007 has been controlled by Hamas Islamists shunned by the West.

Sep 16, 2014

Gaza war to reverse years of growth in Palestinian economy: World Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – War in Gaza will contribute to a reversal of seven years of growth in the Palestinian economy, now expected to shrink by nearly four percent this year, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday.

The Gaza Strip – run by the Hamas Islamist group that is shunned by the West – will see contraction of as much as 15 percent, while a slight recovery in the fourth quarter could push West Bank growth to about 0.5 percent, the World Bank said.

Sep 2, 2014

End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of the Gaza Strip largely uncharted by a broadbrush Egyptian-mediated ceasefire deal – world powers also are not rushing headlong into the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.

Aug 31, 2014

Israel claims West Bank land for possible settlement use, draws U.S. rebuke

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. rebuke.

Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

Aug 28, 2014

Gaza truce holding but Israel’s Netanyahu under fire at home

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.

On the streets of the battered, Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, people headed to shops and banks, trying to resume the normal pace of life after seven weeks of fighting. Thousands of others, who had fled the battles and sheltered with relatives or in schools, returned home, where some found only rubble.

Aug 27, 2014

Gaza ceasefire holding as focus turns to longer term

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war between Israel and the Palestinians held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in his country’s newspapers over a campaign in which no clear victor emerged.

On the streets of the battered, Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, people headed to shops and banks, trying to resume the normal pace of life after seven weeks of fighting.

Aug 26, 2014

Israeli air strikes target more Gaza high-rises

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel bombed more of Gaza’s tallest structures on Tuesday, bringing down a 13-storey apartment and office tower and destroying most of a 16-floor residential building after warning occupants to get out.

The Israeli military, declining to comment specifically on the attacks that flattened the Basha Tower and wrecked the Italian Complex, said it attacked 15 “terror sites”, including some in buildings that housed Hamas command and control centers.

Aug 25, 2014

No let-up in Gaza war, Israel moves to protect its economy

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes
killed at least eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and
militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire on Monday as
Israel moved to cushion its economy against the effects of a war
now in its seventh week.

Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce, and
the Bank of Israel, fearing the conflict would slow economic
growth, cut its benchmark interest rate by a
quarter-point to 0.25 percent, its lowest level ever.

Aug 25, 2014

Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment block

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel flattened a 13-story apartment block in Gaza.

Israeli aircraft fired a non-explosive rocket at the building as a signal to residents to get out before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command center.

Aug 24, 2014

Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza air strike

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate.

Palestinian militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire in what has become a conflict of attrition that has defied attempts by regional power Egypt to broker a durable truce in fighting now in its seventh week.

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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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