GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire moved ahead.
Israel’s military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) but would pursue its search for tunnels used by militants. A spokesman for the Islamist group Hamas, which is dominant in the Gaza Strip, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the brief truce.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source said on Friday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal proposals had yet been put forward.
Mediators hope that a truce could come into force ahead of a Muslim festival that starts early next week, but they have struggled to resolve seemingly irreconcilable demands from Israel and Hamas-led fighters, locked in conflict since July 8.
GAZA (Reuters) – Almost half of the Gaza Strip is a no-go area shelled by Israeli ground forces during almost three weeks of fighting, sending not just the living but the dead in search of a safe place to rest.
Many graveyards – along with whole neighborhoods once home to hundreds of thousands of people – are too dangerous to approach, pushing some families to cram their dead among the more than 800 killed by the bombs into old, or occupied, graves closer to safety.
GAZA (Reuters) – As the United States and regional powers strive for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, the impoverished enclave faces a daunting recovery, such is the scale of damage after almost three weeks of fighting.
Israeli artillery has shredded entire neighborhoods and air strikes have pounded the scant infrastructure that barely kept the crowded strip of 1.8 million people running even in peacetime.
GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza
ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared,
threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the
occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
With Israel and Islamist Hamas setting seemingly
irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin
by a major Muslim festival next week, Kerry worked the phones
from Egypt while aides made clear his patience was limited.
GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 25 (Reuters) – Gazan authorities said
Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing
at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the
conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed
horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in
the northern Gaza strip. “Many have been killed – including
women and children, as well as U.N. staff,” he said in a
statement. “Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his horror at the attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. “Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff,” he said in a statement. “Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act.”
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.
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
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.
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
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.