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Aug 8, 2014

Gaza militants resume rocket fire at Israel after truce expires

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip resumed rocket fire into Israel on Friday after Egyptian-mediated talks in Cairo failed to extend a 72-hour truce in a nearly month-long war.

As police said rocket-warning sirens were sounding in southern Israel, the military’s “Iron Dome” interceptor system brought down a missile over the southern city of Ashkelon.

Aug 7, 2014

Mediators race against clock to extend Gaza truce

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Mediators worked against the clock on Thursday to extend a Gaza truce between Israel and the Palestinians as the three-day ceasefire went into its final 24 hours.

Israel has said it is ready to agree to an extension as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and Palestinians on an enduring end to a war that devastated the Hamas-ruled enclave, while Palestinians want an Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza to be lifted and prisoners held by Israel to be freed.

Aug 7, 2014

Gaza ceasefire holds on second day, extension talks under way

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – A 72-hour Gaza truce held through its second day on Wednesday and Israel said it was ready to extend the deal as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and Palestinians on an enduring end to a war that devastated the Hamas-ruled enclave.

Egypt’s intelligence chief met a Palestinian delegation in Cairo, the state news agency MENA said, a day after he conferred with Israeli representatives. The Palestinian team, led by an official from Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, includes envoys from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group.

Aug 6, 2014

Children pay heavy price in Gaza’s war

GAZA (Reuters) – All 11-year-old Yasmin Al-Bakri remembers is that her mother was baking bread.

Then she woke up in a hospital bed in Gaza to discover that both legs and her right arm were in bandages and she was suffering severe burns and fractures after her house was hit by an Israeli air strike. She also learned that she had lost most of her family.

Aug 6, 2014

Gaza ceasefire holding on second day

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.

Aug 6, 2014

Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour Gaza truce begins

GAZA/CAIRO/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday 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.

Minutes before the truce began at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) (0600 am BST), Hamas launched a salvo of rockets, calling them revenge for Israel’s “massacres”. Israel’s anti-missile system shot down one rocket over Jerusalem, police said. Another hit a house in a town near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. There were no casualties.

Aug 5, 2014

A tale of two shelters: Israelis and Palestinians united in fear

GAZA/ASHKELON Israel (Reuters) – Ramadan Subuh surveyed the packed Gaza school where he and some 2,500 other Palestinians have been sheltering and lamented the plight of civilians who have struggled to survive nearly four weeks of Israeli bombardment.

“A life of humiliation – this how we live,” said Subuh, 42, whose family of 12 fled to the U.N.-run Al-Fakhoura school from Beit Lahiya, a town in the northern Gaza Strip devastated by the fighting.

Aug 5, 2014

From fruit basket to scorched earth, Gaza town changed by war

BEIT HANOUN Gaza (Reuters) – The stench of rotting animal carcasses was in the air as 10-year-old Ahmed al-Kafarna picked through the debris of his Gaza home after a ceasefire began on Tuesday, looking for his toys.

“Mine was the middle room, I found it, I mean the rubble,” he said. “Those are the photos of me, with my dad and my mother and sisters. But I couldn’t get my toys – they were crushed.”

Aug 5, 2014

Israelis, Palestinians set to launch 72-hour truce in monthlong war

GAZA/CAIRO/JERUSALEM – (Reuters) – Israel and Islamist Hamas were expected to hold their fire for three days starting on Tuesday, under terms of an Egyptian-brokered truce, while launching negotiations to cement a long-term deal to end a four-week Gaza war.

The ceasefire was the latest of several failed attempts to stop what has been the worst Israeli-Palestinian fighting in two years.

Aug 5, 2014

Israel, Palestinians accept Egypt’s 72-hour truce bid

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire to end four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash to the violence.

Egypt’s plan called for a 72-hour-long truce to begin at 0500 GMT on Tuesday and then for representatives of Israeli and Palestinian factions to attend talks in Cairo to negotiate a longer-term agreement.

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