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Jul 20, 2014

At least 20 dead in Israeli attack on Gaza district – medical officials

GAZA (Reuters) – At least 20 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighbourhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled toward a hospital packed with wounded, witnesses and health officials said.

The mass casualties in the Shejaia district in northeast Gaza appeared to be the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8 after cross-border rocket strikes by militants intensified.

Jul 20, 2014

Israel-Gaza fighting enters 13th day; no sign of diplomatic breakthrough

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel fired shells into the Gaza Strip and militants kept up rocket fire into the Jewish state on Sunday with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough to end the worst fighting between Israel and Hamas in two years.

Israeli tank shells killed one Palestinian and hit houses in the northern Gaza district of Shejaia, where residents called local radio stations pleading for evacuation. Shelling killed four Palestinians near the southern town of Rafah, health officials said.

Jul 19, 2014

Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli soldiers in tanks and bulldozers dug in across a mile-wide strip of Gaza’s eastern frontier on Saturday as Palestinian officials said military strikes had killed more than 300 people, most of them civilians.

Israel launched a ground offensive on Thursday after 10 days of air and naval barrages.

Jul 19, 2014

Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, Hamas fires more rockets

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces on Saturday pressed ahead with a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian militants kept firing rockets deep into Israel’s heartland, pushing the death toll past 300 in almost two weeks of conflict.

Palestinian officials said 65 Palestinians, at least 15 of them under the age of 18, have been killed since Israel sent ground forces on Thursday into the densely populated enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians.

Jul 19, 2014

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, Hamas fires more rockets

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces on Saturday pressed ahead with a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian militants kept firing rockets deep into Israel’s heartland, pushing the death toll past 300 in almost two weeks of conflict.

Palestinian officials said 65 Palestinians, at least 15 of them under the age of 18, have been killed since Israel sent ground forces on Thursday into the densely populated enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians.

Jul 18, 2014

Hamas set to gain support, funding from Gaza battle

GAZA (Reuters) – For years, lack of cash has hobbled Hamas’s Gaza government yet the military capabilities of the Islamist group’s armed wing have expanded and it may rake in donations now that it is meeting Israel on the battlefield.

For seven years, Hamas has struggled to run the impoverished and blockaded Gaza Strip. But funding for the Izz El-Deen al-Qassam Brigades has appeared to remain steady as its arsenal of improvised rockets and other weaponry improved.

Jul 18, 2014

Gaza fighting surges with no firm sign ceasefire near

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli leaders on Thursday played down prospects of a permanent Gaza ceasefire and fighting returned to a familiar pattern of Palestinian rocket salvoes and Israeli bombing after a five-hour humanitarian truce.

An Israeli official said earlier that senior Israeli negotiators in Cairo had approved a full truce, but a final decision lay with the security cabinet.

Jul 18, 2014

Israel launches ground offensive in Giza Strip

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants’ rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.

Israel signalled the invasion would be limited in scope – targeting tunnels dug by gunmen – and said it was not intended to topple Hamas, the Gaza Strip’s dominant Islamist group.

Jul 17, 2014

Israel orders ground offensive in Gaza; heavy shelling on border

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said.

Reuters witnesses and Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border.

Jul 17, 2014

Israel, Hamas prepare for brief humanitarian ceasefire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and Hamas said they would cease fighting for five hours on Thursday for a humanitarian truce requested by the United Nations, though Israel remained poised to expand its offensive in the Gaza Strip if rocket fire persisted.

Just a few hours before the temporary truce was due to take effect at 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), Israel’s military said it repelled an attack by at least a dozen Palestinian gunmen who tunnelled in from Gaza near an Israeli community.

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