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Oct 14, 2014

Building supplies let in to Gaza as U.N. chief decries devastation

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel opened the border to the first truckloads of building materials for post-war reconstruction in Gaza on Tuesday and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the destruction in the Palestinian enclave “beyond description”.

Gaza was blockaded by Israel and Egypt for years before the most recent conflict, which ended in August after two months, because, they said, militants were using materials to build fortifications and tunnels under the border.

Oct 14, 2014

First rebuilding supplies let in to Gaza as U.N. chief decries devastation

GAZA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Israel opened the border to the
first post-war truckloads of rebuilding material for Gaza on
Tuesday and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lamented what he
called destruction “beyond description” in the Palestinian
enclave.

Gaza has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before the
most recent conflict, which lasted for close to two months
before a ceasefire in August.

Oct 14, 2014

U.N. chief decries Gaza destruction as construction supplies let in

GAZA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lamented the vast destruction in Gaza as he visited the area on Tuesday for the first time since the war, calling the situation “beyond description” and urging a speedy reconstruction effort.

He also announced that Israel was permitting a first truckload of construction materials to enter the enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before the conflict.

Oct 13, 2014

Did Israel’s ‘Hannibal directive’ lead to a war crime in Gaza?

KEREM SHALOM Israel/GAZA (Reuters) – The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours.

Six weeks on from the war, with the toll of destruction still being counted, there is deepening unease about what took place that day, especially over whether too much force was used. Some legal experts say a war crime may have been committed.

Oct 13, 2014

Insight – Did Israel’s ‘Hannibal directive’ lead to a war crime in Gaza?

KEREM SHALOM Israel/GAZA (Reuters) – The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours.

Six weeks on from the war, with the toll of destruction still being counted, there is deepening unease about what took place that day, especially over whether too much force was used. Some legal experts say a war crime may have been committed.

Oct 9, 2014

Palestinian PM convenes first unity government meeting in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian technocrat prime minister Rami Hamdallah arrived in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip on Thursday and convened the first meeting of a unity government there since a brief civil war in 2007 between Hamas and forces loyal to the Fatah party.

Dozens of Fatah security personnel loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and policemen from the Hamas-led interior ministry in the enclave were out in force to protect Hamdallah, who did a walk-past inspection of a police guard of honour.

Oct 9, 2014

Palestinian PM arrives in Gaza for first unity government meeting

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian technocrat prime minister Rami Hamdallah arrived in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip on Thursday to convene the first meeting of a unity government there since a brief civil war in 2007 between Hamas and forces loyal to the Fatah party.

Dozens of Fatah security personnel loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and policemen of the Hamas-led interior ministry in the enclave were out in force to protect Hamdallah, who did a walk-past inspection of a police guard of honor.

Sep 23, 2014

Palestinians to proceed with Gaza talks

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian delegation to talks in Cairo aimed at cementing a Gaza ceasefire decided to proceed with the negotiations on Tuesday, a senior Hamas leader said, despite Israel’s killing of two Hamas militants in the occupied West Bank.

“After consultations within the Palestinian delegation and brothers in Gaza and abroad it was decided to continue the Cairo meetings,” Mahmoud al-Zahar told Reuters by phone from the Egyptian capital.

Sep 18, 2014

Gaza war spurs more Palestinians to risk dangerous migration to Europe

GAZA (Reuters) – A devastating war with Israel has swollen the number of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip joining a perilous exodus of migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

Palestinians with knowledge of smuggling tunnels’ operations under the Egypt-Gaza border say between 1,500 and 2,000 Gazans have left the enclave in the past four or five months, looking to board boats in Egypt and escape across the Mediterranean sea.

Sep 18, 2014

Saudi Arabia promises $500 million for Gaza rebuilding

GAZA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to be around $4 billion over three years.

Saudi Arabia’s commitment comes ahead of a conference in Cairo on Oct. 12 when Palestinian leaders hope other donors, including Turkey, Qatar, the European Union and United States, will step forward with promises of support.

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