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Jul 26, 2014

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire moved ahead.

Israel’s military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) but would pursue its search for tunnels used by militants. A spokesman for the Islamist group Hamas, which is dominant in the Gaza Strip, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the brief truce.

Jul 26, 2014

Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says, as death toll nears 850

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source said on Friday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal proposals had yet been put forward.

Mediators hope that a truce could come into force ahead of a Muslim festival that starts early next week, but they have struggled to resolve seemingly irreconcilable demands from Israel and Hamas-led fighters, locked in conflict since July 8.

Jul 25, 2014

Even the dead search for shelter from Gaza bombs

GAZA (Reuters) – Almost half of the Gaza Strip is a no-go area shelled by Israeli ground forces during almost three weeks of fighting, sending not just the living but the dead in search of a safe place to rest.

Many graveyards – along with whole neighborhoods once home to hundreds of thousands of people – are too dangerous to approach, pushing some families to cram their dead among the more than 800 killed by the bombs into old, or occupied, graves closer to safety.

Jul 25, 2014

Gaza faces daunting reconstruction when elusive truce struck

GAZA (Reuters) – As the United States and regional powers strive for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, the impoverished enclave faces a daunting recovery, such is the scale of damage after almost three weeks of fighting.

Israeli artillery has shredded entire neighborhoods and air strikes have pounded the scant infrastructure that barely kept the crowded strip of 1.8 million people running even in peacetime.

Jul 25, 2014

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza
ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared,
threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the
occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

With Israel and Islamist Hamas setting seemingly
irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin
by a major Muslim festival next week, Kerry worked the phones
from Egypt while aides made clear his patience was limited.

Jul 25, 2014

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 25 (Reuters) – Gazan authorities said
Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing
at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the
conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed
horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in
the northern Gaza strip. “Many have been killed – including
women and children, as well as U.N. staff,” he said in a
statement. “Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn
this act.”

Jul 25, 2014

At least 15 killed by shelling of Gaza school; toll exceeds 760

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his horror at the attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. “Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff,” he said in a statement. “Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act.”

Jul 24, 2014

Israeli shelling kills at least 15 in UN Gaza shelter – health ministry

GAZA, July 24 (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed and
many wounded on Thursday when Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run
school sheltering Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza, said a
spokesman for the Gaza health ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra.

The director of a local hospital said various medical
centres around Beit Hanoun were receiving the wounded.

Jul 24, 2014

U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) – Israel won a partial
reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with
the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv,
while continued fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over
700.

A truce remained elusive despise intensive mediation
efforts. Israel says it needs more time to eradicate rocket
stocks and cross-border tunnels in the Gaza Strip and Hamas
Islamists demand the blockade on the enclave be lifted.

Jul 24, 2014

Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel, but U.S. lifts flight ban

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 23 (Reuters) – Gaza fighting raged on
Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the
battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said
efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some
progress.

U.S. aviation authorities lifted a ban on flights to Tel
Aviv which had been in force for two days, prompted by rocket
salvoes out of the Gaza Strip, but many other global airlines
were avoiding the Jewish state.

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