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Nov 8, 2014

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops again over holy site

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian protesters fought with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday, the latest clashes in a fortnight of violence over access to Jerusalem’s holiest site.

At the Qalandia checkpoint separating Ramallah from Jerusalem, troops fired rubber bullets as several hundred protesters marched, some throwing rocks and petrol bombs.

Nov 7, 2014

Jerusalem unrest underscores need for peace talks: EU’s Mogherini

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – The EU’s new foreign affairs chief said on Friday that a surge of violence in Jerusalem made it all the more critical that Israel and the Palestinians return to negotiations quickly.

Speaking after talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Federica Mogherini said the European Union stood with Israel when it came to defending its citizens, but that the unrest was a serious concern.

Nov 4, 2014

Lack of stability in Gaza risks return to war, says U.N.

GAZA (Reuters) – There is still not an effective or united Palestinian government in place in Gaza and unless stability is achieved rapidly, another conflict will engulf the territory, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday.

Robert Turner, director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, said the extent of damage and homelessness after the July-August war was worse than first thought. The latest estimates suggested reconstruction would take two to three years if all went well, he said.

Oct 29, 2014

Gaza civil servants receive pay in boost to Palestinian unity

GAZA (Reuters) – Some 24,000 civil servants hired by the Islamist group Hamas, many of whom have not received a full salary in almost a year, finally got some pay on Wednesday from the new Palestinian unity government based in the West Bank.

The funds were supplied by the gas-rich kingdom of Qatar, which is an ally of Hamas. But the fact the cash was delivered by the West Bank administration gave a boost to hopes that the unity pact between Palestinian rivals might bear fruit.

Oct 21, 2014

Palestinians downbeat on promised rebuilding of ruined Gaza Strip

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The first
torrential downpour of an approaching winter has already soaked
the Gaza Strip, compounding the misery of thousands of
Palestinians who scrambled to patch homes wrecked by the summer
war with Israel.

While Palestinian officials rejoiced at $5.4 billion pledged
at an international aid conference last week toward
reconstruction and shoring up their budget, many in Gaza fear
that, as was the case after past wars with Israel, not all the
money will materialise.

Oct 14, 2014

Building supplies let in to Gaza as U.N. chief decries devastation

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel opened the border to the first truckloads of building materials for post-war reconstruction in Gaza on Tuesday and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the destruction in the Palestinian enclave “beyond description”.

Gaza was blockaded by Israel and Egypt for years before the most recent conflict, which ended in August after two months, because, they said, militants were using materials to build fortifications and tunnels under the border.

Oct 14, 2014

First rebuilding supplies let in to Gaza as U.N. chief decries devastation

GAZA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Israel opened the border to the
first post-war truckloads of rebuilding material for Gaza on
Tuesday and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lamented what he
called destruction “beyond description” in the Palestinian
enclave.

Gaza has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before the
most recent conflict, which lasted for close to two months
before a ceasefire in August.

Oct 14, 2014

U.N. chief decries Gaza destruction as construction supplies let in

GAZA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lamented the vast destruction in Gaza as he visited the area on Tuesday for the first time since the war, calling the situation “beyond description” and urging a speedy reconstruction effort.

He also announced that Israel was permitting a first truckload of construction materials to enter the enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before the conflict.

Oct 13, 2014

Did Israel’s ‘Hannibal directive’ lead to a war crime in Gaza?

KEREM SHALOM Israel/GAZA (Reuters) – The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours.

Six weeks on from the war, with the toll of destruction still being counted, there is deepening unease about what took place that day, especially over whether too much force was used. Some legal experts say a war crime may have been committed.

Oct 13, 2014

Insight – Did Israel’s ‘Hannibal directive’ lead to a war crime in Gaza?

KEREM SHALOM Israel/GAZA (Reuters) – The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours.

Six weeks on from the war, with the toll of destruction still being counted, there is deepening unease about what took place that day, especially over whether too much force was used. Some legal experts say a war crime may have been committed.

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