Obama Tells Bibi a Ceasefire is a ‘Strategic Imperative’

Pressure is increasing on Israel to agree on a ceasefire and end their three-week-long assault on the Gaza strip. On Monday, the UN Security Council released a statement urging an immediate ceasefire, while US President Barack Obama called his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to explain the importance of urgently bringing an end to […]

Gaza Bodies Pulled from Rubble during Truce as Toll Tops 950

The bodies of 85 of Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza on Saturday, raising to over 950 the overall death toll of Israel’s onslaught on the territory since July 8, medics said. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 76 bodies had been brought to hospitals in north, central and southern Gaza, as well as […]

6 Palestinians Killed in West Bank amid Protests against Gaza Assault

Six Palestinians were killed on Friday as protests erupted across the West Bank in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli assault for the last 18 days. The deaths come after a Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces late Thursday in clashes at Qalandia, bringing the total death toll in the West […]

Hamas Says 10 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Beit Hanoun Ambush

he Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility on Friday for killing “at least” 10 Israeli soldiers after targeting an Israeli infantry unit with explosives in eastern Beit Hanoun. Al-Qassam said in a statement that its fighters had led an infantry unit of 15 Israeli soldiers into an ambush in the area. The statement added that al-Qassam […]

Palestinian Death Toll at 843 as Israel Announces Death of Soldier

The Israeli army said on Friday that one of its soldiers had been killed in Gaza earlier in the day, bringing the total number of soldiers dead in the fighting to at least 33 as the Palestinian death toll rose to 842. The army identified the soldier as Yair Ashkenazy, 36, saying he was killed […]

16 Palestinians Dead since Midnight on 18th Day of Gaza Offensive

Some 16 Palestinians have died as a result of Israeli attacks on Gaza since midnight, as reports of a new ceasefire proposal surfaced on the 18th day of the offensive on the Strip. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Palestinian ministry of health, said that the latest deaths brought the death toll since the beginning of […]

Dozens Feared Dead as Israel Shells UN Shelter in Beit Hanoun

Seven UN schools have been hit in the last 24 hours (AA via MEE)

A spokesman for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza Adnan Abu Hasana said on Thursday that they had received no warning before Israeli forces shelled a Beit Hanoun school that was serving as a shelter earlier in the afternoon. The attack killed at least 17 and injured more than 200 of the displaced […]

Palestinian Leaders, Civil Society, Demand End to Blockade as Death Toll Passes 745

The leader of Hamas has declared they will not accept a ceasefire in Gaza until there is an agreement to end Israel’s punishing eight-year long blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave. “We will not accept any initiative that does not lift the blockade on our people and that does not respect their sacrifices,” Khaled Meshaal […]

73 Palestinians Killed on Wednesday in Gaza, Total Death Toll at 695

Unceasing Israeli attacks on Gaza left 73 Palestinians dead on Wednesday, bringing the death toll since the beginning of Israel’s offensive on the Strip to 695. A Palestinian health ministry spokesman said that 13 people had been killed since sundown, when Palestinians across Gaza broke their Ramadan fast for the day. Thirty-one of Wednesday’s dead […]

Mashaal: No One Can Disarm Palestinian Resistance

Khaled Mashaal, head of Hamas’ political bureau, said Wednesday that Palestinian militant groups in Gaza refuse to disarm. “No can disarm the resistance,” Mashaal said in a televised speech from Doha. Twenty-eight foreign ministers of EU member states had on Tuesday called on Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades and other militant groups to disarm. Mashaal’s speech came […]

Israeli Forces Bomb al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza City

Israeli warplanes on Wednesday bombed a central Gaza City hospital after the army claimed militants opened fire from the premises, while a UN human rights chief warned that abuses by Hamas did not justify possible war crimes by Israel. The Israeli military said in a statement that they had “targeted specific sites” in the al-Wafa […]

Gaza Death Toll ‘Rises above 600′

The death toll in Gaza rose above 600 on Tuesday as emergency teams pulled dead bodies from the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes on the 15th day of the assault. Palestinian medical sources announced the death of Ahmad Abu Seido by Israeli shelling on a park in eastern Gaza City, raising the day’s […]

Israel Claims Infiltration Plot Foiled, as Gaza Death Toll Passes 500

The Israeli army say they have intercepted two groups of Palestinian fighters who entered Israel via tunnels from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning. A military spokesperson said at least 10 fighters had been killed, as residents of Kibbutz Nir Am and Kibbutz Erez in south Israel were ordered to remain indoors, according to Haaretz. […]

Hamas Says It Has Captured Israeli Soldier in Gaza

The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Sunday night that it had captured an Israeli soldier, the first since the release of Gilad Shalit in 2011. Al-Qassam Brigades said during a speech by spokesman Abu Ubaida aired live on Ma’an News that the captured soldier is named Shaul Aron and his military number was 6092065. “The […]

Mass Exodus from Gaza’s Shejaiya as Israeli Strike Kills over 100

Thousands were forced to flee their homes in northern Gaza Sunday after a night of fierce bombardment as Israel expanded their ground assault on day 13 of the deadliest violence in the enclave in five years. There are reports of bodies still lying in the streets after Israeli forces engaged in what has been referred […]

Report: Israeli Offensive Displaced more than 135,000 Gazans

The ongoing Israeli military attacks on the Gaza Strip have so far displaced more than 135,000 Palestinians and destroyed more than 2,00 homes, the Geneva-based Euro-mid Observer for Human Rights said on Sunday. The group said in a report that Israeli artillery and warplanes continued to bombard eastern Gaza neighborhoods near the border with Israel […]

Thousands Flee Gaza’s Shujaiyya after Deadliest Israeli Attack in Years

Thousands were forced to flee their homes in northern Gaza Sunday after a night of fierce bombardment as Israel expanded their ground assault on day 13 of the deadliest violence in the enclave in five years. There are reports of bodies lying in the streets after Israeli forces engaged in what has been referred to […]

Video: Footage from Israeli Massacre in Gaza’s Shujaiyya

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Video: Death Comes Early in Gaza

CNN International reports on the latest massacres in Gaza.

Israeli Massacre in Gaza City

On the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed “a new massacre” in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City. At least 40 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise […]

Escalation in Gaza as Land Operation Expands

Israeli airstrikes and heavy shelling have hit locations across Gaza over the past hour, following a statement Friday from the Israeli prime minister that he has ordered the military to prepare for an expansion of its ground operation. Ambulances in east Rafah are under “aggressive” artillery shelling and a massive explosion erupted in Gaza City […]

Israel Begins Ground Invasion in Gaza, Clashes Reported

Israel has launched a ground offensive against Gaza, with reports saying that some troops have already been spotted in the northern parts of the Strip. Two Palestinians, including a three-month-old baby, have already been killed, Palestinian medical sources told AFP. According to Middle East Eye sources on the ground, Israeli warships have also intensified their […]

Hamas, Israeli Officials Deny Ceasefire Reports as Brief Truce Ends

Contrary to a report from an Israeli official, Hamas says efforts are still continuing on a ceasefire agreement between the group and Israel to end the crisis in Gaza, but one has not been agreed. Talks in Cairo, where Hamas and Israeli delegations are reportedly staying in the hotel, follow several days of diplomatic shuttling […]

Official: Israel-Hamas Ceasefire for Gaza Agreed

A ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel to end the crisis in Gaza has reportedly been reached, according to an Israeli official. Details of the ceasefire are emerging and follow several days of diplomatic shuttling between the sides and Egyptian, Turkish, Qatari and US interlocutors. According to Haaretz, however, senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad members […]

Details Emerge of Israeli Naval Strike that Killed 4 Children

Four children were killed in Gaza City on Wednesday, medics said, in Israeli shelling witnessed by AFP journalists. All four were on the beach when the attack took place, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, with several injured children taking refuge at a nearby hotel where journalists were staying. Qudra confirmed four children were killed […]

Abbas to Meet Hamas Leaders in Cairo as Strikes Intensify

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet with Hamas leaders Khaled Meshaal and Moussa Abu Marzouq in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian resistance factions. Abbas “wants a ceasefire to end the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip,” senior Fatah leader Nabil Shaath told […]

UN Agency Says Gaza Destruction ‘Immense’

The UN aid agency for Palestinians on Tuesday described the damage wrought by Israel’s air offensive on Gaza as “immense”, with more than 500 homes razed. “The level of human losses and destruction in Gaza is really immense,” said UNWRA spokesman Sami Mshasha. “According to our latest figure, we are talking about 174 killed and […]

US Lawmakers Boost Funding for Israel’s Iron Dome

A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a 50 percent funding boost for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. The measure, if it becomes law, would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense programs for the 2015 fiscal year starting in October, including $351 million for the short-range Iron Dome system that has been put to the […]

11 Palestinians Killed in Gaza, Death Toll Passes 200

Israeli airstrikes killed eleven Palestinians since midnight, bringing the death toll in Israel’s military offensive to over 200 Palestinians. An Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis targeted a civilian car killing Omar Abu Daqqa, Ibrahim Abu Daqqa, and Khadra Abu Daqqa, 65. Five others were injured in the strike. Israel also targeted houses belonging to the […]

Israel Warns 100,000 Gazans to Leave Homes

The Israeli army has warned some 100,000 Palestinians in the eastern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, military sources said Wednesday. Eyewitnesses saw flyers dropped over the Zeitun neighbourhood southeast of Gaza City, and residents there and elsewhere also reported receiving recorded phone and text messages urging them to evacuate by 0500 GMT. The flyers […]

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