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Jul 24, 2014

Israeli shelling kills at least 15 in UN Gaza shelter – health ministry

GAZA, July 24 (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed and
many wounded on Thursday when Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run
school sheltering Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza, said a
spokesman for the Gaza health ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra.

The director of a local hospital said various medical
centres around Beit Hanoun were receiving the wounded.

Jul 24, 2014

U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) – Israel won a partial
reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with
the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv,
while continued fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over
700.

A truce remained elusive despise intensive mediation
efforts. Israel says it needs more time to eradicate rocket
stocks and cross-border tunnels in the Gaza Strip and Hamas
Islamists demand the blockade on the enclave be lifted.

Jul 24, 2014

Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel, but U.S. lifts flight ban

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 23 (Reuters) – Gaza fighting raged on
Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the
battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said
efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some
progress.

U.S. aviation authorities lifted a ban on flights to Tel
Aviv which had been in force for two days, prompted by rocket
salvoes out of the Gaza Strip, but many other global airlines
were avoiding the Jewish state.

Jul 24, 2014

Kerry pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The death toll in Gaza topped 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said.

The continued violence defied world efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas after 17 days of fighting, though some officials voiced optimism that a limited truce may be within reach.

Jul 23, 2014

Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 23 (Reuters) – Gaza fighting raged on
Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the
battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said
efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some
progress.

In a blow to Israel’s economy and image, American aviation
authorities extended a ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for a
second day, spooked by rocket salvoes out of the Gaza Strip,
with many other global airlines also avoiding the Jewish state.

Jul 23, 2014

Gaza mourns, seeks justice for generations lost in Israeli strikes

GAZA (Reuters) – Sitting at home for dinner or running for their lives in dark streets, generations of the same families are dying in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

    Survivors are witnessing large numbers of relatives killed in a single strike and in their grief seek justice. According to a Reuters tally, at least 18 families in the Palestinian enclave have lost four or more members. One lost 27.

Jul 23, 2014

Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry steps up diplomatic push

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress.

In a blow to Israel’s economy and a public relations coup for Hamas, U.S. and European air carriers halted flights to the Jewish state citing concern over a militant rocket from Gaza that hit a house near Ben Gurion airport. Israel urged a re-think, saying its air space was safe.

Jul 23, 2014
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Greek Orthodox church in Gaza shelters Muslims fleeing Israeli shelling

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(Palestinians gather in the courtyard of the Saint Porfirios Christian Orthodox church, where they are taking refuge from fighting in areas around Gaza City, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly )

About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city’s 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church.

Jul 23, 2014

Israel keeps up Gaza assault; diplomats seek ceasefire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces pounded multiple sites across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, including the enclave’s sole power plant, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as diplomats sought to end the bloodshed.

In a blow to Israel’s economy, U.S. and European air carriers halted flights in and out of Tel Aviv citing security worries after a militant rocket from Gaza hit a house near the airport. Israel urged a re-think, saying its airspace was safe.

Jul 23, 2014

Abbas-led Palestinian body backs Hamas truce demands in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 23 (Reuters) – The Palestinian
decision-making body led by U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas
on Wednesday endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza
hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that may help
Egyptian-mediated truce efforts.

With Israeli and U.S. encouragement, Egypt has tried to get
both sides to hold fire and then negotiate terms for protracted
calm in the Palestinian enclave where officials said 624 people,
mostly civilians, have been killed in 15 days of fighting.

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