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Aug 12, 2014

Little progress in talks on ending Gaza war, Israel says

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Islamist militants in Gaza have made no progress so far, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, as a 72-hour ceasefire in the shattered Palestinian enclave held for a second day.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were expected to reconvene later in the day in Cairo where Hamas and its allies are seeking an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Aug 11, 2014

First wounded Palestinians arrive in Turkey for treatment

ANKARA, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Four wounded Palestinians were
flown into Ankara for medical treatment on Monday, the first
sign of Turkey’s promised plan to evacuate thousands from the
Gaza Strip.

Turkey said last week it was seeking Israeli and Egyptian
agreement for an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to
Gaza after a month of bloodshed that has killed 1,910
Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

Aug 11, 2014

Gaza teen’s war tweets make her a social media sensation

GAZA (Reuters) – As bombs explode in Gaza, Palestinian teenager Farah Baker grabs her smartphone or laptop before ducking for cover to tap out tweets that capture the drama of the tumult and fear around her.

The 16-year-old’s prolific posts on Twitter have made her a social media sensation through the month-old conflict. Once a little known high school athlete, Baker’s following on the Web site has jumped from a mere 800 to a whopping 166,000.

Aug 11, 2014

Israel, Palestinians launch new three-day truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt that took effect at 2100 GMT.

There were no immediate reports of breaches of the ceasefire although Hamas claimed it fired rockets as far as the Tel Aviv area for the first time since a previous truce expired on Friday, just minutes before the new truce took hold.

Aug 10, 2014

Netanyahu says Israel shunning Gaza truce talks, won’t negotiate under fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday it would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire.

The head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo said earlier that it would pull out unless Israeli negotiators, who flew home from the Egyptian capital on Friday hours before a three-day ceasefire expired, came back to the talks.

Aug 10, 2014

Renewed fighting jeopardizes Gaza truce efforts

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian man and wounded seven others on Sunday, medics said, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardized international efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in a more than month-old Gaza conflict.

The parties remained far apart. Israel refused to send back officials to Egyptian-brokered peace negotiations in Cairo as long as violence along the Israel-Gaza border went on. The head Palestinian delegate on Saturday threatened to quit the talks unless Israel reversed that stance.

Aug 9, 2014

Israelis, Gaza militants fight on, defying truce efforts

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched more than 20 aerial attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to negotiate an agreement for an extended ceasefire.

Medical officials in Gaza said two Palestinians were killed when their motorcycle was bombed and the bodies of three others were found beneath the rubble of one of three bombed mosques.

Aug 9, 2014

Israel strikes Gaza after militants resume rocket fire

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in a month-old war.

Egypt later called for a resumption of the ceasefire, saying only a few points remained to be agreed. Palestinian factions said they would meet Egyptian mediators later in the day but there was no sign of any imminent deal.

Aug 8, 2014

Gaza war takes its toll on business and jobs

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian businessman Hatem Shammaly paid $2 million a year ago for a tile factory near Gaza City. Now the once profitable business is buried under rubble after Israel bombed it.

Shammaly became the major contractor to many housing projects in the enclave, specially those carried by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which executes projects funded by international donors.

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.

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