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Aug 26, 2014

Israeli air strikes target more Gaza high-rises

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Israel bombed more of
Gaza’s tallest structures on Tuesday, bringing down a 13-storey
apartment and office tower and destroying most of a 16-floor
residential building after warning occupants to get out.

The Israeli military, declining to comment specifically on
the attacks that flattened the Basha Tower and wrecked the
Italian Complex, said it attacked 15 “terror sites”, including
some in buildings that housed Hamas command and control centres.

Aug 26, 2014

Israeli air strikes kill two Palestinians, 20 wounded

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes launched before dawn on Tuesday killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza’s tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said.

Israel had no immediate comment on the attacks that took place as Egyptian mediators stepped up efforts to achieve an elusive ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting.

Aug 25, 2014

Diffuse Hamas structure complicates Gaza peace efforts

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

In less than 30 years, what was a grassroots Islamic group has expanded well beyond the confines of Gaza, a narrow coastal enclave hemmed in by Israel and Egypt.

Aug 25, 2014

Insight – Diffuse Hamas structure complicates Gaza peace efforts

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

In less than 30 years, what was a grassroots Islamic group has expanded well beyond the confines of Gaza, a narrow coastal enclave hemmed in by Israel and Egypt.

Aug 25, 2014

No let-up in Gaza war, Israel moves to protect its economy

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes
killed at least eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and
militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire on Monday as
Israel moved to cushion its economy against the effects of a war
now in its seventh week.

Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce, and
the Bank of Israel, fearing the conflict would slow economic
growth, cut its benchmark interest rate by a
quarter-point to 0.25 percent, its lowest level ever.

Aug 25, 2014

No let-up in Gaza war as Egypt presses on with truce efforts

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes killed at least five Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and militants kept up their rocket fire on southern Israel on Monday, witnesses and officials said, as Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce.

Gazans said they received new recorded messages on mobile phones and landlines saying Israel would target any house used to launch “terror attacks” and telling civilians to leave areas used my militants.

Aug 25, 2014

Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment block

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel flattened a 13-story apartment block in Gaza.

Israeli aircraft fired a non-explosive rocket at the building as a signal to residents to get out before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command center.

Aug 24, 2014

Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza air strike

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate.

Palestinian militants kept up their cross-border rocket fire in what has become a conflict of attrition that has defied attempts by regional power Egypt to broker a durable truce in fighting now in its seventh week.

Aug 24, 2014

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the center of Gaza City.

Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel, hitting the southern city of Beersheba, where two people were hurt, police said. At least two rockets were also fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, but it was not initially clear who fired them, Lebanese and Israeli sources said.

Aug 23, 2014

Hamas backs Palestinian push for ICC Gaza war crimes probe

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas leaders said on Saturday they had given their consent for the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move that could open up both Israel and the militant group to war crime probes over the fighting in Gaza.

Moussa Abu Marzouk, a Hamas leader based in Cairo, said he had signed a document Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says all factions must endorse before he proceeds with the ICC push.

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