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.
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.
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.
GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 19 (Reuters) – A ceasefire in the Gaza
Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing
rockets into Israel, prompting Israeli air strikes that health
officials said killed a woman and a young girl.
Accusing Gaza Islamists of breaking the truce, Israel
promptly recalled its negotiators from talks in Cairo, leaving
the fate of Egyptian-brokered efforts to secure a lasting peace
hanging in the balance.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said militants fired rockets from Gaza on Tuesday in violation of a truce and that it struck back with attacks in the Palestinian enclave, fighting that put talks in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire in jeopardy.
An Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his negotiating team in Egypt to return home. But there was no immediate word from Israel whether the move spelled the end of the indirect talks with the Palestinians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.