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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.

Jul 22, 2014

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 22 (Reuters) – Israel pounded targets
across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near
as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on
halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in
neighbouring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and planned to see
the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank on
Wednesday.

Jul 22, 2014

Greek Orthodox church in Gaza shelters Muslims fleeing war

GAZA (Reuters) – 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.

Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. Shortly after they arrived, Israeli aircraft bombed a nearby field, spraying shrapnel on the church and damaging graves.

Jul 22, 2014

Israel says soldier missing, presumed dead; Kerry presses for truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, dashing hopes of a pause in the fighting, as the military said one of its soldiers was missing, presumed dead, following clashes with Hamas Islamists.

International efforts to end the 15-day conflict gathered pace, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holding talks in Egypt and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon due to arrive in Israel later in the day.

Jul 22, 2014

Israel keeps up Gaza assaults, Kerry presses for truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing a Palestinian man in an air strike, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region with a mission to seek a ceasefire in the 14-day-old conflict “as soon as possible.”

The death of a man in the town of Khan Younis raised the Palestinian toll to 537 killed, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, Gaza health officials said.

Jul 21, 2014

Hamas says Israeli soldier captured; Gaza death toll jumps

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Hamas’s armed wing said on Sunday it had captured an Israeli soldier, as fighting in Gaza led to the bloodiest losses in a nearly two-week military offensive, with some 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed.

The Israeli military said it was checking on the reported capture, which was announced in a Hamas television broadcast. Israeli television stations ignored the report in their extended evening programming about the offensive.

Jul 21, 2014

Israel shells Gaza militants, probes Hamas claim of captured soldier

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli tanks shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and a woman died in an air strike after the bloodiest day for both sides of a nearly two-week military offensive that showed no signs of abating despite global calls for a truce.

Palestinian health officials said the death toll since July 8 had reached 447, including many civilians, with a woman killed in the predawn strike in Beit Hanoun and 12 more bodies recovered from the embattled Shejaia neighborhood where the number of fatalities rose to 72 from Sunday’s fighting.

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