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Aug 15, 2014

Doctors tackle damaged minds amid Gaza’s post-war destruction

GAZA (Reuters) – In a ward at Shifa, Gaza’s largest hospital, child therapist Rabeea Hamouda is trying to elicit a response from two small brothers, Omar and Mohammed, aged three and 18 months, hoping for some words or perhaps a smile.

For seven straight minutes the children, peppered with burns and shrapnel wounds sustained in Israeli shelling that hit their home in north Gaza, stare at him blankly, emotionless.

Aug 15, 2014

Renewed Gaza truce holds after rocky start

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A new, five-day truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding on Thursday despite a shaky start, after both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered peace negotiations in Cairo more time to try to end the Gaza war.

The Israeli military said Gaza militants had breached the truce by firing eight rockets at Israel shortly after midnight. In response, Israeli fighter planes targeted “rocket launchers and terror sites” across the enclave. No casualties were reported and hostilities died down by dawn.

Aug 14, 2014

Deep underground, Mohammed Deif shapes Hamas war with Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli assassination attempts may have left him badly hurt and driven him deep underground, but Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas’ armed wing in the Gaza Strip, has emerged as a mastermind of the war with Israel.

As chief strategist behind a network of tunnels under Israel’s border, Deif caught his powerful enemy off guard with surprise attacks that caused heavy casualties. Despite punishing Israeli strikes in the month-old conflict, Hamas kept up its rocket fire, even against business capital Tel Aviv.

Aug 14, 2014

Israeli-Palestinian talks face major hurdles as new truce begins

JERUSALEM/GAZA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Israel and the
Palestinians have given themselves five days to come up with a
comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza. While that is a
welcome extension on past ceasefires, there is still a
dangerously long way to go to bridge their differences.

After agreeing to Egypt’s proposal to extend the halt in
hostilities until Aug. 18 – a deal clinched with barely an hour
to run on the previous, 72-hour pause – Palestinian and Israeli
negotiators left Cairo to consult with their leaders.

Aug 14, 2014

Renewed Israel, Palestinian truce off to shaky start

GAZA/JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians renewed a truce that had largely tempered a five-week-old war, but the deal got off to a shaky start on Thursday with rockets from Gaza slamming into Israel and Israel retaliating with air strikes.

Hamas, which denied involvement in firing some of what Israel counted as eight rockets shot just as an earlier truce expired on Wednesday, and accused the Jewish state of violating the new truce by launching air strikes.

Aug 13, 2014

Israel, Palestinians pursue Gaza deal with ceasefire clock ticking

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – The threat of renewed war in Gaza loomed on Wednesday as the clock ticked toward the end of a three-day ceasefire without a sign of a breakthrough in indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israeli negotiators returned to Egypt after overnighting in Israel, with the truce in the month-old hostilities that have killed 1,945 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and 67 on the Israeli side due to expire at 2100 GMT.

Aug 13, 2014

Talks on ending Gaza war ‘difficult’, but truce holds

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said on Tuesday, while Israeli officials said no progress had been made so far and fighting could soon resume.

As a 72-hour ceasefire held for a second day, Palestinian negotiators held fresh talks with Egyptian intelligence following a meeting on Monday that lasted nine hours.

Aug 12, 2014

Little progress in talks on ending Gaza war, Israel says

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Islamist militants in Gaza have made no progress so far, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, as a 72-hour ceasefire in the shattered Palestinian enclave held for a second day.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were expected to reconvene later in the day in Cairo where Hamas and its allies are seeking an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Aug 11, 2014

First wounded Palestinians arrive in Turkey for treatment

ANKARA, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Four wounded Palestinians were
flown into Ankara for medical treatment on Monday, the first
sign of Turkey’s promised plan to evacuate thousands from the
Gaza Strip.

Turkey said last week it was seeking Israeli and Egyptian
agreement for an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to
Gaza after a month of bloodshed that has killed 1,910
Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

Aug 11, 2014

Gaza teen’s war tweets make her a social media sensation

GAZA (Reuters) – As bombs explode in Gaza, Palestinian teenager Farah Baker grabs her smartphone or laptop before ducking for cover to tap out tweets that capture the drama of the tumult and fear around her.

The 16-year-old’s prolific posts on Twitter have made her a social media sensation through the month-old conflict. Once a little known high school athlete, Baker’s following on the Web site has jumped from a mere 800 to a whopping 166,000.

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