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Aug 27, 2014

Gaza ceasefire takes hold as focus turns to longer term

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding early on Wednesday as the focus shifted to securing an arrangement for the long term.

No clear victor emerged from what had become a war of attrition between the Middle East’s most powerful armed forces and the dominant Hamas militant movement in the Gaza Strip.

Aug 26, 2014

What’s in the Gaza peace deal?

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

Following are the broad parameters of the agreement, which Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been working on through indirect talks in Cairo over recent weeks.

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.

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