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UN Makes Midnight Demand: 'Immediate' Gaza Ceasefire

Prods Israel, Hamas for 'immediate, unconditional' truce

(Newser) - The UN Security Council emerged from a rare midnight emergency meeting demanding that Israel and Hamas implement "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza, reports the AP . The UN petition, which accompanied a relative lull at the start of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, followed pleas for peace from... More »

Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Ceasefire

President says US supports Israel, but is concerned about death toll

(Newser) - In a phone call today, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas... More »

Netanyahu: Hamas Called Truce, Yet Firing 'as We Speak'

Israel facing 'very ruthless terrorist enemy'

(Newser) - That hours-old ceasefire Hamas didn't want and then suddenly did ? It's violating it already, Benjamin Netanyahu tells CNN this morning. Hamas is "continuing to fire at us as we speak," the Israeli PM told Candy Crowley, adding that "Hamas is simply continuing all its... More »

Hamas Rejects Ceasefire Offer, Then OKs It

24-hour truce goes into effect ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday

(Newser) - Hamas has approved a 24-hour truce that goes into effect right now, rather abruptly reversing its earlier rejection of Israel's 24-hour ceasefire offer and halting the rockets it had begun launching again, even as Israel had re-launched military operations. The move comes ahead of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday,... More »

Israel OKs Extending Ceasefire for 24 Hours

But country says it will respond to Gaza attacks

(Newser) - Despite new reports of rocket fire from Hamas, Israel's Cabinet has decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight local time tomorrow. However, it warned that its military would respond to any fire from Gaza and would continue to demolish Hamas military tunnels during this period. A... More »

Gaza Toll Tops 1K; Hamas Rockets Fly Again

12-hour ceasefire holds, but apparently won't be extended

(Newser) - Palestinians and Israelis got a respite from bombs today as a 12-hour truce actually held for the full 12 hours. But the quiet appears to be over, with Israel reporting three rockets fired from Gaza, reports AP . Just before the ceasefire expired at 8pm local time (1pm EDT), Israel agreed... More »

Israel, Hamas OK 12-Hour Ceasefire

Israel had just rejected truce proposal from John Kerry

(Newser) - Hours after Israel rejected John Kerry's proposed ceasefire, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce starting at 7am Israeli time, a US official told the Jerusalem Post . Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Kerry about the new arrangement, CNN reports. In rebuffing his earlier proposal, officials said... More »

2 Killed as Violence Spreads to West Bank

Kerry calls for weeklong Gaza truce

(Newser) - The West Bank erupted in violence last night after one of the biggest protests in years ended in clashes between Israeli forces and people marching in solidarity with Gaza. At least two Palestinians were killed and 200 wounded as Israeli border forces used riot control measures and live ammunition against... More »

Israeli Strike Hits UN School, Kills 15

At least 150 injured

(Newser) - Gaza health officials say the death toll from an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip has risen to at least 15. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the 15 were among hundreds of people seeking shelter in the school in Beit Hanoun... More »

FAA Lifts Israel Flight Ban

Astronaut tweets 'saddest photo' from space

(Newser) - Amid heavy lobbying from Israel, the FAA lifted its ban on flights to Tel Aviv's airport just before midnight, saying it had reviewed "significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation." Israeli officials had urged the US... More »

Amid Flight Ban, Kerry Lands in Israel

White House rejects request to drop FAA ban

(Newser) - As Israel continued to pound Gaza, John Kerry arrived for cease-fire talks today, landing in Tel Aviv despite the FAA's 24-hour ban on US flights to Israel . The secretary of state, whose Air Force flight was not affected by the commercial ban brought in after a rocket hit a... More »

Israel: We're Missing a Soldier in Gaza

Kerry in Cairo talks as Palestinian death toll nears 600

(Newser) - Does Hamas have another Israeli captive? After denying yesterday that an Israeli soldier had been captured, Israeli officials now admit that a soldier is missing but say he is presumed to have been killed when a missile hit an armored personnel carrier transporting seven soldiers in Gaza on Sunday, the... More »

2 Americans Killed in Israel Violence

As Israel denies Hamas captured soldier

(Newser) - Yesterday, the deadliest day of the Gaza offensive, left 13 Israeli soldiers and nearly 100 Palestinians dead , and two of those Israeli soldiers were American citizens. Max Steinberg, 24, grew up in California and Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, grew up in Texas, but both were passionate about Israel and ended... More »

Ceasefire Over: Toll in Gaza Hits 87, 13 Israeli Troops

Deadliest day as ground offensive grinds on

(Newser) - This morning's two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza was officially over at 8:30am Eastern, but in reality it didn't last an hour and the death toll continues to rise from the heavy shelling. The number getting attention is the 13 infantry soldiers that Israel is reporting were killed... More »

Israeli Tanks Hit Tunnels; Palestinian Toll Tops 330

Ground offensive in Gaza in second day

(Newser) - With day two of its ground offensive in Gaza under way, Israel says it's discovered 13 tunnels used by Hamas to infiltrate the country or store weapons, reports AP . Israeli tanks and bulldozers are focusing on a strip about a mile wide near the border, looking for both tunnels... More »

1 Israeli, 19 Palestinians Killed in Gaza Push

Israel advances into territory

(Newser) - Nearly 20 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed as troops clashed with militants in Gaza today after Israel launched a ground operation aimed at destroying tunnels and halting rocket fire by the enclave's Hamas rulers. The Israeli military announced its first casualty since the start of the ground... More »

Israel Launches Ground Offensive in Gaza

Netanyahu orders in his troops after 10 days of bombing

(Newser) - Optimists hoped today's humanitarian cease-fire might lead to a longer peace in Israel and Gaza, but that's not the case by a long shot. In fact, Israel just raised the stakes considerably by launching a ground offensive into Gaza, reports the BBC . A military statement said the goal... More »

Israel: Gaza Mortars Blew Ceasefire After Just 2 Hours

Unclear whether there's a deal for new truce tomorrow

(Newser) - A five-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians ended as scheduled this morning, and Hamas marked the occasion by lobbing another round of rockets at Israel, the Israeli military tells the AP . The rockets landed in the city of Ashkelon at precisely 3pm local time, the hour the ceasefire was... More »

Israel, Hamas Agree to Pause —but Invasion Looks Likely

UN gets 5-hour humanitarian window tomorrow; 4 boys killed on Gaza beach

(Newser) - It looks like the bombs into and out of Gaza and Israel will finally stop tomorrow, if only for five hours. Both sides have agreed to cease-fire from 10am to 3pm local time for humanitarian reasons, reports the Jerusalem Post . The request came from the UN, but it doesn't... More »

Gaza's Looming Crisis: Overflowing Sewage, No Water

Israeli airstrikes continue as residents warned once more to leave

(Newser) - Israel has intensified its efforts against Hamas, claiming to have intercepted four rockets in Tel Aviv and bombed 39 targets—including the homes of several high-ranking Hamas leaders last night—after a brief ceasefire yesterday , the New York Times reports. But now residents of the Gaza Strip have a new... More »

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