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Jul 8, 2014

Israel launches military offensive against Gaza militants

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling it part of a campaign named “Operation Protective Edge” targeting Hamas Islamist militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

The military urged Israelis within a 40-km (24-mile) radius of the southern coastal territory to stay within reach of protected areas and ordered summer camps shut as a precaution against rocket fire.

Jul 7, 2014

Hamas says Israeli air strikes in Gaza kill seven of its men

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes killed seven Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the Islamist group said, in the deadliest attacks in a surge of violence exacerbated by the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teen.

The Israeli military said its aircraft targeted “terror sites and concealed rocket launchers across the Gaza Strip”, after about 25 projectiles were fired into Israel on Sunday.

Jul 7, 2014

Israeli air strikes kill seven Gaza gunmen, Hamas says

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel launched a series of air strikes on Gaza early on Monday to quell Hamas rocket fire, and the Islamist group’s armed wing said seven of its gunmen were killed, making it the deadliest day for Hamas since a 2012 cross-border war with the Jewish state.

Israeli military authorities confirmed the strikes, saying they “responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel,” targeting 9 “terror” sites and concealed rocket launchers. They said the attacks had made “direct hits.”

Jul 6, 2014

Israeli air strikes kill 7 Gaza gunmen: Hamas militants

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes killed seven Hamas gunmen early Monday, the Islamist group’s armed wing said, making it their highest single death toll since a 2012 cross-border war with the Jewish state.

Israeli military authorities confirmed the strikes, saying they “responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel,” targeting 9 “terror” sites and concealed rocket launchers.

Jul 4, 2014

Gaza calm as Israel braces for Palestinian youth’s funeral

GAZA (Reuters) – Shelling across the Gaza Strip’s border tapered off on Friday while Israel braced for violent protests by Palestinians in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank at the funeral of a youth they believe was killed by far-right Jews.

Hostility that had simmered since three Israeli teenagers were abducted on June 12, triggering army sweeps of the West Bank, boiled over this week upon the discovery of their bodies and the Palestinian’s slaying after they were laid to rest.

Jun 29, 2014

Sewage at the beaches, piles of garbage mar Gaza summer

GAZA, June 29 (Reuters) – When Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip seek some relief from the grind of life in an enclave
plagued by conflict and hardship, they usually need to look no
further than their sandy beaches.

But this summer, access to the cooling waters of the
Mediterranean is gradually being closed off to Gaza’s 1.8
million residents, due to pollution stemming from fuel shortages
that have halted work at sewage treatment facilities.

Jun 26, 2014

Hamas-hired workers in Gaza strike for wages in test for unity deal

GAZA (Reuters) – Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas went on strike in Gaza on Thursday in a pay dispute that could test the resilience of the new Palestinian government, formed just weeks ago under the Islamist group’s unity pact with President Mahmoud Abbas.

All government offices in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip were closed as a result of the one-day strike, but hospital emergency rooms remained open and police continued to patrol the streets.

Jun 18, 2014

With Israeli teens missing, Palestinian unity frays

GAZA (Reuters) – The disappearance of three Jewish youths in the occupied West Bank has rocked reconciliation between Palestinian political factions and risks sinking a new unity government, analysts and officials have said.

Israel has accused the Islamist group Hamas of orchestrating the kidnapping of the three teenagers last Thursday and has detained at least 240 Palestinians during a massive search mission that has so far failed to uncover the missing trio.

Jun 11, 2014

Gaza union halts protests for now in damaging wage dispute

GAZA (Reuters) – Gaza’s public sector union suspended protests on Wednesday that had paralyzed the local economy and threatened the deal on a Palestinian unity government but said it would resume its action if its members were not promptly paid.

The pay dispute involving some 40,000 public servants erupted last week shortly after Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, and President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement formed a unity government of technocrats to end years of feuding.

Jun 10, 2014

Palestinian reconciliation pact threatened by disunity

GAZA (Reuters) – A leader from the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas accused President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party on Tuesday of jeopardizing a reconciliation deal, just a week after a unity government was formed to end their feuding.

Problems between the two sides surfaced just days after the new administration took office, when it failed to pay some 40,000 civil servants hired by Hamas in Gaza, saying the employees had to be vetted before receiving their salary.

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