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Israel: We Seized Iranian Ship Sending Missiles to Gaza

Hamas says it's not foolish enough to try to sneak through Israel's naval blockade

(Newser) - Israel raided a cargo vessel today that it says was loaded with Iranian missiles bound for Gaza. A special forces unit took the Kloc C, which is registered in Panama, in an early-morning raid personally overseen by Israeli Defense Forces chief Chief Benny Gantz, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post report.... More »

Child Reportedly Killed in Israeli Strike on Gaza

Strike launched in retaliation for sniper killing

(Newser) - Israel launched an airstrike in the Gaza Strip today, in retaliation for the shooting of an Israeli working on the border fence, the Israeli military said, according to the AP . The military gave no hint as to its target or how many casualties it may have inflicted, but Hamas security... More »

Israel: We Found 'Terror Tunnel' From Gaza

Movement of construction materials halted

(Newser) - Israel has halted all movement of construction materials across the border to Gaza after finding what the military calls a mile-long "terror tunnel" running into the country from Palestinian territory. The military says the tunnel must have taken at least a month to build and could have been used... More »

Inside the Wild, 4-Hour Trek to Smuggle KFC Into Gaza

Locals pay big sums to get it brought in from Egypt

(Newser) - They say everybody needs a little KFC, and it seems they're right. Gaza residents don't have access to a local branch—so they're willing to pay more than twice the going price to get it delivered from Egypt in a highly complex process that takes some four... More »

Hamas Cops Grabbing Young Men, Shaving Their Heads

Beatings reported amid fundamentalist effort

(Newser) - Police in Gaza have an unusual new way of targeting youth: They're reportedly picking up young men with long or gelled hair and shaving their heads. Youths are hustled into Jeeps and mocked in the meantime, two victims tell the AP ; beatings have been reported. Young people are also... More »

Israel, Gaza Launch Heaviest Strikes Since Nov. Truce

No reported casualties

(Newser) - Palestinian militants launched several rockets into southern Israel, as Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early today in the heaviest exchange of fire between the sides since they agreed to an internationally brokered ceasefire in November. There were no casualties reported, but the violence threatened to shatter the... More »

Obama: Israel Settlements in West Bank Not Appropriate

Earlier, Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel during Obama visit

(Newser) - President Obama headed over to the West Bank today for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which he blasted Israel's settlement activity as neither constructive or appropriate. At a news conference with Abbas, Obama said he's told Israel's leaders as much, the AP reports,... More »

Story Behind Iconic Gaza-Clash Photo Unravels

Israel likely not responsible for strike that killed reporter's baby: UN

(Newser) - An errant Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli airstrike, likely killed the baby of a BBC reporter during fighting in the Hamas-ruled territory last November, a UN report indicated, challenging the widely believed story behind an image that became a symbol of what Palestinians said was Israeli aggression. Omar al-Masharawi, an... More »

UN Cancels Gaza Race After Hamas Rejects Women Runners

Annual marathon is called off over dispute

(Newser) - An annual Gaza marathon race is now kaput because Hamas thinks it's immoral to have male and female runners on the same road. The UN called off April's race after failing to convince Hamas leaders to budge, reports the BBC . More than 800 runners had signed up to... More »

Gaza Militants Fire Rocket Into Israel

Tensions high ahead of Obama visit

(Newser) - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel today amid mounting tensions weeks ahead of President Obama's visit. A police spokesman said remains of the rocket were found south of the city of Ashkelon, in southern Israel. The attack caused damage to a road but no injuries, he... More »

The Awful Tale Behind the 2012 'Photo of the Year'

The photograph shows Palestinians grieving over dead children

(Newser) - The winner of the World Press Photo's annual award tells a harrowing story. Paul Hansen's photograph shows Palestinian men grieving last year as they carry the corpses of two children killed in fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas, reports the Washington Post . Now, the Human Rights Watch reports... More »

Israel 'Violated Laws of War': Rights Group

Human Rights Watch says it targeted media in Gaza conflict

(Newser) - Israel broke the laws of war by targeting media facilities and journalists "that were making no apparent contribution to Palestinian military operations" during its November offensive against Gaza, Human Rights Watch argues in a statement released today. The group recorded four attacks by Israeli forces over the eight-day conflict... More »

Hamas: We Won't Cede an 'Inch of Palestine'

Leader delivers defiant speech on trip to Gaza for anniversary

(Newser) - The leader of Hamas vowed to continue fighting Israel today, as hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Gazans turned out to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. Khaled Mashaal's visit to the Palestinian territory—a first in his lifetime of exile—underscores Hamas' rising clout and regional acceptance since its... More »

Hamas Will Keep Arming Itself: Deputy Leader

Militant group rejects Gaza arms halt

(Newser) - Gaza's ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself, the No. 2 in the Palestinian group told the AP today, signaling tough challenges ahead for indirect negotiations between Israel and the Islamist militants on a new border deal for Gaza. The talks are being brokered by Egypt, which also helped... More »

Palestinian Killed in Border Clash, Testing Truce

Israeli soldiers reportedly fired after rocks were thrown at them

(Newser) - The fragile Israel-Gaza ceasefire holds for now, but it's being tested. The New York Times reports that one man is dead and nine more injured after a group of young Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers at the border today. According to a Palestinian news agency, the youth ventured to... More »

Israel, Gaza Quiet—for Now

With Gaza toll at 162, both sides call ceasefire a victory

(Newser) - Shortly after the Israel-Hamas ceasefire began last night, a dozen rockets hit Israel—but no one was hurt, and the ceasefire has otherwise held. Still, both sides remain wary, Reuters reports. "If Israel complies, we are compliant. If it does not comply, our hands are on the trigger,"... More »

Israel, Hamas Reach Deal

It goes into effect tonight; death toll now north of 140

(Newser) - Israel and Hamas have reached a ceasefire agreement, Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel announced in Cairo today. The ceasefire will begin at 9pm local time (2pm ET). Earlier, an Israeli source told Reuters that Israel had agreed to a truce, but would not lift its blockade of... More »

Iran: We Sent Gaza Missile Tech

Israel has long believed that Iran has been smuggling rockets into Gaza

(Newser) - Iran has already sent Hamas the means to "quickly" produce long-range Fajr-5 missiles on its own, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard told the semi-official ISNA news agency today. These Iranian-engineered Fajr-5 rockets have produced panic in recent days by coming within range of, though not actually striking,... More »

Bomb Explodes on Tel Aviv Bus

Israel calls it a terrorist attack, Hamas praises the bombing

(Newser) - In a development that could thwart ceasefire hopes , a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv today, leaving 21 people wounded, al-Jazeera reports. Though most suffered only minor injuries, three are in the hospital in serious condition, according to CNN . The bus was traveling along a road that abuts... More »

No Let-Up in Gaza Fighting

Deaths on both sides as ceasefire proves elusive

(Newser) - Talk of a Gaza ceasefire beginning at midnight proved to be just talk as Israel pounded Gaza with more than a hundred airstrikes overnight and Palestinian rockets were fired toward Israel. Diplomats will resume talks today in an effort to bring an end to hostilities that have killed at least... More »

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