GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held firm on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger.
In the sudden calm, Palestinians who had been under Israeli bombs for eight days poured into Gaza streets for a celebratory rally, walking past wrecked houses and government buildings.
CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) – Khaled Meshaal narrowly survived an assassination attempt ordered by Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997 the first time he was Israeli prime minister. Fifteen years on, the Hamas leader claims to have defeated Netanyahu once again.
The eight-day war between Israel and Palestinians in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip – a Hamas victory in Meshaal’s eyes – has breathed new life into his political career just he seemed poised to leave his post. Meshaal indicated earlier this year he did not want to continue as Hamas leader.
GAZA (Reuters) – Gazans savoured the calm that pervaded their coastal enclave on Thursday after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire halted eight days of relentless Israeli bombardment that killed 162 people.
Despite the death and destruction, many were buoyant, echoing assertions of the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers that their rocket salvoes, which reached Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the first time, had trumped Israel’s military might.
CAIRO/GAZA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel
and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days
of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on
how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.
Even after the ceasefire came into force late on Wednesday,
a dozen rockets from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel, all in
open areas, a police spokesman said. In Gaza, witnesses reported
an explosion shortly after the truce took effect at 9 p.m (1900
GMT), but there were no casualties and the cause was unclear.
GAZA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – With gunshots, sweets and cries of
victory, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets
to celebrate a ceasefire deal on Wednesday which ended eight
days of deadly fighting between Israel and Islamist militants.
After being stuck at home for days for fear of Israeli air
strikes, tens of thousands of Palestinians crowded into cars and
doubled up on motorcycles, waving flags and chanting for Hamas,
Israel’s main adversary and rulers of the Gaza Strip.
GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Israel and Hamas agreed
on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on the eighth day
of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket
attacks out of the enclave, Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian
First word of the truce came from a Palestinian official who
has knowledge of the negotiations in Cairo, where U.S. Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton was also pursuing peace efforts.
GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A bomb exploded on a bus
in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, potentially complicating efforts by
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pursue an elusive
truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israeli air strikes shook the
After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas, Clinton held a second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu before travelling to Egypt for discussions
with President Mohamed Mursi, whose country is the main broker
in efforts to end eight days of fighting.
GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes shook
the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border
as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in
Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that
can hold back Israel’s ground troops.
Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza, and Egypt,
whose new, Islamist government is trying to broker a truce, had
floated hopes for a ceasefire by late Tuesday; but by the time
Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu it was
clear there would be more argument, and more violence, first.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Jerusalem for talks on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as expectations rose of a ceasefire soon to end a week of fighting around the Gaza Strip.
However, Gaza’s rulers, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, revised a statement that a truce would start overnight, saying it was still waiting for an Israeli response to proposals and did not now expect an announcement until Wednesday.
GAZA (Reuters) – The shadowy commander of the Hamas armed wing in Gaza, who has topped Israel’s most-wanted list for about 20 years, told the Islamist militia on Tuesday they were winning the battle against Israeli forces and should fight on.
Suspected bomb maker Mohammed Deif, 52, is held responsible by Israel for suicide bombings that killed dozens of civilians.