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Jul 28, 2014

Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce and U.S. President Barack Obama called for a ceasefire but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end fighting with Israel.

Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United Nations for a pause in the fighting in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which begins on Monday.

Jul 27, 2014

More fighting breaks out in Gaza after rockets hit Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Sunday after a barrage of rockets fired by Palestinian militants was met with fierce Israeli shelling, in a fresh setback to efforts to secure a permanent ceasefire.

Israeli tanks and artillery army pounded targets along the coastal enclave, sending thick plumes of black smoke rising into the sky, signalling an end its unilateral, 24-hour truce in the wake of the missile salvoes.

Jul 27, 2014

Israel extends Gaza ceasefire for 24 hours, Hamas rejects terms

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel extended a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for another 24 hours, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, said it would only accept the truce if Israeli troops left the territory.

Israeli ministers had signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day conflict with Hamas and its allies, in which at least 1,050 Gazans – mostly civilians – have been killed, and 42 soldiers and three civilians in Israel have died, was remote.

Jul 26, 2014

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

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.

Jul 26, 2014

Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says, as death toll nears 850

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.

Jul 25, 2014

Even the dead search for shelter from Gaza bombs

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.

Jul 25, 2014

Gaza faces daunting reconstruction when elusive truce struck

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.

Jul 25, 2014

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

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.

Jul 25, 2014

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

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
this act.”

Jul 25, 2014

At least 15 killed by shelling of Gaza school; toll exceeds 760

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.”

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