GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other factions in the Palestinian enclave.
A missile strike wounded four Israeli troops on jeep patrol along the Gaza boundary on Saturday, triggering army shelling that killed four Palestinian civilians and, in turn, dozens of short-range rocket launches out of Gaza that paralyzed Israel’s southern border towns.
GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli tank fire killed four Palestinians and wounded 25 in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after an anti-tank missile hit an Israeli army jeep wounding four soldiers, and Palestinian fighters fired rockets into southern Israel in a new flare-up of fighting.
In a major clash that carried the risk of escalation, Palestinian militants vowed to take revenge for the deaths of civilians and Israel warned residents of communities near the Gaza border to stay within 15 seconds of their blast shelters.
GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli tank shells killed at least four Palestinians and wounded 25 in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after an apparent attack on an Israeli army patrol in the border area, Palestinian medics and local witnesses said.
The casualty toll was one of the highest in a single incident in Gaza in recent months. Residents said a crowded mourning tent in the Shijaia neighborhood near Gaza City was full of people paying respects to a bereaved family man when a shell struck.
GAZA STRIP (Reuters) – One of 70-odd rockets fired from Gaza into Israel this week hit a chicken coop, critically wounding two Thai migrant workers, innocent bystanders in a deadly game of brinkmanship.
If it had killed children on the Israeli farm they work for, Israel and Gaza would probably be at war right now.
GAZA, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The Emir of Qatar embraced the
Hamas leadership of Gaza on Tuesday with an official visit
breaking the isolation of the militant Palestinian Islamist
movement, to the dismay of Israel and rival, Western-backed
Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.
Israel said it was “astounding” that Qatar, a U.S.-allied
Gulf state whose oil and gas permit it to punch way above its
diplomatic weight, would take sides in the Palestinian dispute
and endorse Hamas, branded as terrorists in the West. The emir
had “thrown peace under the bus”, an Israeli spokesman said.
GAZA (Reuters) – The emir of pro-Western Qatar will become the first head of state to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip on Tuesday, in a high-profile visit breaking the isolation of the Iranian-backed Islamist movement Hamas that seized power in 2007.
Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is officially visiting the Palestinian enclave to inaugurate reconstruction projects worth over $250 million, which an envoy of his oil-rich, conservative Arab emirate unveiled in Gaza last week.
GAZA (Reuters) – A restaurant run and staffed by deaf people opened for business in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, helped by Palestinians seeking to build a more inclusive society where people with disabilities can realise their full potential.
The stylish Atfaluna restaurant near Gaza port stands out in a city with few facilities for the disabled. Waiters and cooks use sign language, guests point to selections from the menu and what ensues is a spontaneous form of communication that organisers hope will break down bias and barriers.
GAZA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Qatar on Tuesday launched a $254
million plan to rebuild and modernise Gaza, the biggest
injection of reconstruction aid for the Palestinian enclave
since it was devastated in an Israeli military offensive nearly
four years ago.
Projects announced at a news conference by Qatari ambassador
Mohammed Al-Amadi will require the cooperation of Israel and
Egypt to admit building materials and heavy machinery to Gaza,
which is under a partial blockade.
GAZA (Reuters) – Israel killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, a day after two men identified as the most senior al Qaeda affiliates in the enclave died in an Israeli air strike as they rode a motorcycle.
In southern Gaza, a Palestinian gunman was killed and another wounded near the border with Egypt’s Sinai desert, hospital officials said. The Israeli military said the two, also targeted while on a motorcycle, had been planning to fire rockets into Israel.
Gaza (Reuters) – Two Gaza militants killed by Israel on Saturday were the most senior al Qaeda affiliates in the Palestinian enclave, and one had links to jihadi networks in Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, sources said on Sunday.
Hisham al-Saedni and Ashraf al-Sabah, who were killed by an air strike as they rode a motorcycle, were ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists.