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Jul 29, 2014

Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting.

In the latest development, Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh before dawn on Tuesday causing damage but no casualties, Gaza’s interior ministry said.

Jul 28, 2014

Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce and U.S. President Barack Obama called for a ceasefire but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end fighting with Israel.

Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United Nations for a pause in the fighting in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which begins on Monday.

Jul 27, 2014

Israel extends Gaza ceasefire for 24 hours, Hamas rejects terms

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel extended a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for another 24 hours, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, said it would only accept the truce if Israeli troops left the territory.

Israeli ministers had signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day conflict with Hamas and its allies, in which at least 1,050 Gazans – mostly civilians – have been killed, and 42 soldiers and three civilians in Israel have died, was remote.

Jul 26, 2014

Ceasefire ends as Gaza militants resume firing rockets into Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Militants resumed firings rockets into Israel from Gaza on Saturday, rejecting an extension to a ceasefire in a conflict in which more than 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

Israel had agreed to extend an initial 12-hour pause in the fighting by a further four hours but this was rejected by Islamist group Hamas, which dominates Gaza.

Jul 25, 2014

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. “Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff,” he said in a statement. “Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act.”

Jul 8, 2014

Hamas rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Gaza Strip

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – At least 23 people were killed across Gaza, Palestinian officials said on Wednesday, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets struck deeper than ever before into Israel.

Israelis ran for cover late on Tuesday as air-raid sirens sounded in the business capital Tel Aviv and the holy city of Jerusalem, both of which were hit in the Gaza war of November 2012.

Jul 8, 2014

Hamas rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – At least 23 people were killed across Gaza, Palestinian officials said on Wednesday, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets struck deeper than ever before into Israel.

Israelis ran for cover late on Tuesday as air-raid sirens sounded in the business capital Tel Aviv and the holy city of Jerusalem, both of which were hit in the Gaza war of November 2012.

Jul 1, 2014

Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza

IN Israel (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday in an outpouring of national grief for the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose abduction and killing Israel blamed on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group it vowed to punish.

Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, wounding two Palestinians, striking at Hamas a day after finding the bodies of the Jewish seminary students in the occupied West Bank, not far from where they went missing while hitchhiking on June 12.

Jun 18, 2014

Israel re-arrests former Palestinian prisoners in hunt for teens

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel re-arrested 51 Palestinians freed in a 2011 prisoner swap deal, the army said on Wednesday, in the sixth day of a massive search for three missing teens believed abducted in the occupied West Bank.

Israel has accused Islamist group Hamas of kidnapping the seminary students, who disappeared last Thursday while hitchhiking close to a Jewish settlement. Hamas has neither denied nor claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Jun 16, 2014

Israel Opera Festival’s La Traviata rocks at Masada

MASADA Israel (Reuters) – A spectacular performance of La Traviata, a tale of love and death, is the focus of the 2014 Masada Opera Festival with performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s work at the arena on the shores of the Dead Sea.

The six-day festival, which ends on Tuesday, includes sets and costumes adorned by a myriad colored lights, flames and fireworks that create a dizzying spectacle with the imposing, bare sandstone Masada mountain serving as a backdrop.