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Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:58 PM

UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov is expected in Cairo for talks on halting the fighting

ESCALATION. Palestinian men watch as smoke billows during an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel unblocks Gaza fuel, expands fishing – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

A source at the United Nations, which along with Egypt mediates between Israel and Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas, says Israel had agreed to ease these restrictions in exchange for calm

FUEL IN GAZA. A tanker delivers fuel at the Gaza power plant in Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip on October 9, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel reopens Gaza crossings as calm restored

May 12, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Both the Erez crossing for people and Kerem Shalom crossing for goods are open again, says an Israeli defense ministry unit official

CLOSURE. Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Trump says U.S. backs Israel '100%' over Gaza escalation

May 06, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Gaza Strip's health ministry says among those killed by Israel's retaliatory airstrikes were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby

VICTIMS. An injured Palestinian baby cries at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza strip on May 5, 2019.  Photo by Anas Baba/AFP

Netanyahu vows more 'massive strikes' in response to Gaza rockets

May 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the military to reinforce troops around the Gaza Strip with tanks, artillery, and infantry forces

WAR CONTINUES. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza, Israeli response kills one

May 04, 2019 - 10:41 PM

Due to the rocket fire, Israel closes its people and goods crossings with Gaza as well as the zone it allows for fishermen off the enclave until further notice

RESPONSE. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at Israel today, which responded with strikes that killed a Palestinian, officials said. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

More than 40 zoo animals evacuated from Gaza Strip

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:02 AM

Four Paws association, which organized the transfer, says thin and weakened 43 animals, including a wolf and monkeys, had been living in 'terrible conditions' in the Rafah zoo

TRANSFER. A sedated lion lies in a cage at a zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2019, as members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" prepare to evacuate the animal out of the Palestinian enclave and relocate it to sanctuaries in Jordan. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border – officials

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

There is no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement

IN GAZA. A man stares at building that collapsed from reported Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Calm returns to Gaza after rockets draw Israeli response

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) The rocket firings come hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was prepared for further military action in Gaza

RUBBLE. A picture taken on March 26, 2019, shows Palestinians gathering next to the rubble of a building in Gaza City, after Israeli air strikes hit dozens of sites across the Strip overnight in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel in dozens of strikes on Gaza after rockets target Tel Aviv

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The escalation follows weeks of growing tension and comes at an especially sensitive time ahead of Israel's April 9 elections

BOMBINGS. The sky above buildings on the Gaza Strip glows orange during an Israeli air strike in Gaza city late on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade 'tyrant,' 'dictator' insults

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkey and Israel have tense relations and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies

TRADING INSULTS. This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). File photos by Ronen Zvulun and Ozan Kose/AFP

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel rejects 'biased' U.N. probe into its response to Gaza unrest

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No institution can negate Israel's right to self-defense and its duty to defend its residents and borders from violent attacks,' says Foreign Minister Israel Katz

'BIASED.' Israeli Minister Yisrael Katz attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2019. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP

U.S. fails in U.N. bid to condemn Palestinian Hamas movement

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The proposed measure wins 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. Fifty-eight countries oppose the measure and 32 abstain.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. In this file photo, the UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its session on September 12, 2017. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel,' says Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Israel accuses Syria, Iran of orchestrating Gaza rocket fire

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The barrage of rockets triggers extensive retaliatory strikes by Israeli aircraft against Gaza that risked escalating into a wider conflict

Israel strikes Gaza Strip after first rocket fire in weeks

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Israeli warplanes strike 20 targets in Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket fire from the Palestinian territory

Palestinian protestors place their national flag on a metal structure during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018. The border protests since March 30 have been labelled the "Great March of Return" because they call for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes inside what is now Israel. Said KHATIB / AFP

U.N. calls on Israel, Hamas to prevent further deaths

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:14 PM

At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 30, the majority during Israel-Gaza border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper

BORDER PROTEST. In this file photo, smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

U.S. cut in aid amounts to 'cheap blackmail,' Palestinians say

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' says a member of PLO's executive committee

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel closes people crossing with Gaza after border violence

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The move could prevent Gazans from travelling via the crossing for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

GUARDED. Israeli soldiers ride in the turret of a Merkava battle tank near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Wave of Israeli strikes hit Gaza after rocket barrage

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Israel's military says the country was targeted with around 150 rockets from late Wednesday, August 8, into Thursday, August 9

ISRAELI STRIKES. A picture taken on August 8, 2018 in Gaza City shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

If calm holds, Israel to reopen Gaza Strip for goods crossing

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:28 AM

United Nations officials call for restrictions to be lifted as Gaza Strip faces serious fuel shortages affecting hospitals as well as water and sanitation facilities

GUARDED. Israeli soldiers ride in the turret of a Merkava battle tank near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Deadly Israeli strikes pound Gaza after soldier killed

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:47 AM

A ceasefire agreement has been reached early Saturday, July 21

BOMBING. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows explosions from Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Calm returns after most severe Israel-Gaza flare-up in years

May 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

At the United Nations, envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov warns the Security Council that the escalation shows 'how close to the brink of war we are every day'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israeli hits dozens of Gaza targets after mortar barrage

May 29, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) The UN Security Council is expected to meet Wednesday, May 30, to discuss the attacks on Israel, following a request by the United States for an urgent meeting

TARGETS. A picture taken from Gaza City on May 29, 2018, shows a smoke billowing in the background following an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas leaves hospital

May 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Abbas walk without assistance and gives a short statement before leaving the hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank

OUT OF HOSPITAL. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gives a short statement before leaving a hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 28, 2018 following 8 days of treatment for pneumonia.Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan

May 18, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Egypt president Sisi says the decision to keep the crossing open was taken 'to alleviate the suffering' of residents in the Palestinian enclave

OPEN. Palestinians wait to travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 18, 2018. Photo by Said Khatiob/AFP

Israeli jets target Gaza position after 'infiltration attempt'

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) The Israeli strike comes a day after suspects crossed the northern Gaza border fence, leaving 'explosive devices' that were found by the army

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Blast targets Palestinian PM's convoy during rare Gaza visit

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Hamdallah was not injured in the explosion, which occurred shortly after his convoy entered the territory run by Islamist movement Hamas, a security source in the convoy says

RAMI HAMDALLAH. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (2nd-R), escorted by his bodyguards, is greeted by police forces of the Islamist Hamas movement (L) upon his arrival in Gaza City on March 13, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Hamas hands over Egypt border crossing to Palestinian Authority

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Hamas hands over control of the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt to the Palestinian Authority, in a first key test of a Palestinian reconciliation accord agreed last month

CHECKPOINT. Portraits of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas hang at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on November 1, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Ex-Gaza chief Haniya elected leader of Hamas

May 06, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Ismail Haniya a known pragmatist within the Hamas is expected to remain in the Gaza Strip unlike his predecessor

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief – officials

Feb 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Yahya Sinwar succeeds Ismail Haniya who is seen by many observers as the most likely successor to Hamas s current exiled leader Khaled Meshaal

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows then Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/ AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Top UN official: War-hit Gaza on 'disastrous trajectory'

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A top UN official helping oversee Gaza s reconstruction following its 2014 war with Israel says Israel s blockade and Palestinian divisions are hampering recovery

RUINS. This file photo taken on August 6, 2014 shows destruction in part of Gaza City's al-Tufah neighbourhood as the fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Bomb kills 7 in Egypt's Sinai

May 14, 2015 - 3:32 AM

Two officers and two soldiers are killed in a bomb blast during a search operation in Rafah

Together, apart and afraid: living in Jerusalem

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:32 PM

On the surface a fragile coexistence exists; But Israelis and Palestinians do not tend to mix increasingly avoiding each other for fear of random or revenge attacks

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

10 years after death, Arafat still Palestinian icon

Nov 09, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Ten years after his death Yasser Arafat remains a national hero for a still stateless people

A Palestinian walks next a graffiti of Palestinian late leader Yasser Arafat in the streets of Gaza City on, 29 October 2013. Mohammed Saber/EPA

UN chief Ban to visit Gaza

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:40 PM

In a donors conference attended by foreign ministers and senior officials from across the globe UN chief Ban Ki moon says he will visit Gaza to listen directly to the people of Gaza

Comelec suspends overseas voters' registration in 'hotspots'

Aug 05, 2014 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday recommended the immediate suspension of voters registration in Libya Syria Iraq Ukraine and the Gaza Strip for security reasons

STRIFE-TORN COUNTRY. Black smoke billows from a fuel storage depot near the airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 28, 2014, after it was hit by a rocket fire. Photo by EPA/STR

Sisi says Egypt truce plan 'real chance' to end Gaza clashes

Aug 02, 2014 - 6:50 PM

When the latest Gaza war erupted last month Egypt cobbled together a ceasefire proposal quickly backed by Israel Arab governments the United States and the United Nations

Egypt says Gaza truce talks invite 'still in place'

Aug 02, 2014 - 9:57 AM

However it condemns Israel for keeping on targeting innocent Palestinian civilians in the Gaza strip

Diplomats in Paris call for extension to 12-hour Gaza truce

Jul 26, 2014 - 9:12 PM

The 19 day Israeli offensive on Hamas ruled Gaza is in response to rockets fired by militants of the Islamist group into the Jewish state

TRUCE TALKS. US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) speaks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier behind French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (2nd L) prior to a meeting to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014 in Paris. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP