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Aug 4, 2014

Hope among the ruins: Gaza looks to post-war aid to rebuild

GAZA (Reuters) – Reconstruction in Gaza, where heavy Israeli bombardment in a war with Islamist militants has caused widespread devastation and displaced half a million people, will cost at least $6 billion, the Palestinian deputy prime minister says.

This time, Mohammed Mustafa said, Palestinians hope future donors will make good on aid pledges. In 2009, only a fraction of the nearly $5 billion in funds promised at an international conference after a three-week war between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas actually arrived in the battered enclave.

Aug 4, 2014

Censured over shelter deaths, Israel declares seven-hour Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip on Monday to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and allow some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by an almost four-week-old war to go back to home.

The announcement, made first to Palestinian media, met with suspicion from Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists and followed unusually strong censure from Washington at the apparent Israeli shelling on Sunday of a U.N.-run shelter that killed 10 people.

Aug 3, 2014

Soldier feared abducted is dead, Hamas will pay heavily for more attacks, Israel says

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Israel on Sunday declared dead a soldier feared abducted by Hamas Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip and said it would continue to fight even after the army completes destroying cross-border tunnels used by Palestinian fighters to attack its territory.

As Israeli television showed live footage of some tanks withdrawing from Gaza in an apparent winding down of the 26-day campaign, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas would pay an “intolerable price” if it continued to attack Israel.

Aug 3, 2014

Soldier feared abducted is dead, Israel says

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Israel on Sunday declared dead a soldier feared abducted by Hamas Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip and said it would continue to fight even after the army completes destroying cross-border tunnels used by Palestinian fighters to attack its territory.

As Israeli television showed live footage of some tanks withdrawing from Gaza in an apparent winding down of the 26-day campaign, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas would pay an “intolerable price” if it continued to attack Israel.

Aug 2, 2014

Israel looks for missing soldier; Hamas says he may have been killed

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush.

Israel said Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, who went missing on Friday, had been abducted by Hamas gunmen. It declared a planned 72-hour Gaza ceasefire over, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect.

Aug 2, 2014

Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers.

Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 70 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would “bear the consequences of their actions”.

Aug 1, 2014

For Gaza residents, ceasefire proves only a brief respite

SHEJAIA Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Gaza’s agreed three-day ceasefire lasted only 90 minutes but for one Palestinian woman that was time enough to return to the street where she lives and find her home was a pile of rubble.

“Oh God, oh God!” she cried, breaking down in tears at the site of her family’s two houses. The buildings were once home to 75 people, testament to Gaza’s crushing population density.

Aug 1, 2014

Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution.

The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), according to a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Jul 31, 2014

Under fire and out of cash, U.N. overwhelmed by Gaza crisis

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 31 (Reuters) – The United Nations in
Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a
million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under
Israeli fire.

Out of cash, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
(UNRWA), the main U.N. body in the impoverished enclave of 1.8
million Palestinians, says it can barely handle the humanitarian
crisis unleashed by more than three weeks of fighting between
militants and Israel.

Jul 31, 2014

Gaza toll soars as Israel ‘days’ from completing tunnel hunt

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet on Wednesday approved continuing the assault launched on July 8 in response to a surge of rocket attacks by Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists. But Israel also sent a delegation to Egypt, which has been trying, with Washington’s blessing, to broker a ceasefire.

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