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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 »

Relief Flows as Egypt Opens Gaza Border

Four-year-old blockade ends

(Newser) - After a four-year blockade, Egypt today permanently opened the Gaza Strip's main gateway to the outside world, bringing long-awaited relief to the territory's Palestinian population and a significant achievement for the area's ruling Hamas militant group. The reopening of the Rafah border crossing eases an Egyptian blockade... More »

Egypt Builds Steel Barrier to Stop Gaza Smugglers

Wall along border will extend 100 feet down to block tunnels

(Newser) - Egypt has begun work on a gigantic steel wall that will run along and under its border with the Gaza Strip in an effort to curb smuggling. The 6-mile wall will extend up to 100 feet underground, in an effort to close off the tunnels smugglers often use to avoid... More »

Texas Gov Compares Mexico to Gaza Strip

Trip to Israel is this third

(Newser) - On a trip to Israel this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared Mexico with the Gaza Strip and said his state could learn from his hosts when it comes to security. "Just like it's important to Israelis to keep heavy security on their border with Gaza, it's important to... More »

Hamas: Israel Targets Gaza Youth With Aphrodisiac Gum

(Newser) - Hamas says Israel is corrupting Palestinian youth with aphrodisiac chewing gum. “We have discovered two types of stimulants that were introduced into the Gaza Strip from Israeli border crossings,” a spokesman tells AFP. “The first type is presented in the form of chewing gum and the second... More »

Israeli Soldier Killed in Gaza Border Attack

Militants breaching ceasefire believed to have set blast

(Newser) - An Israeli soldier has been killed and three wounded by an explosion along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, reports the BBC. The attack appeared to have been carried out by militants in a breach of last week's ceasefire declaration, although no group has claimed responsibility, according to Palestinian authorities.... More »

US Navy Hunts Hamas Arms Ship

Iran sends supplies to allies in Gaza

(Newser) - An American naval force is on the trail of a ship believed to be carrying Iranian arms bound for Hamas, the Times of London reports. Iran is working to resupply Hamas fighters in the wake of the three-week Israeli assault on Gaza using vessels purportedly sent to fight piracy along... More »

Gaza Faces Years of Reconstruction

Blockade, destroyed tunnels make rebuilding nearly impossible

(Newser) - Now that the guns have fallen silent in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave faces what might be the most difficult reconstruction project in recent history, writes Patrick Cockburn in the Independent. Rebuilding in the densely populated zone will face two major obstacles: the economic blockade by Israel and Egypt, and the... More »

Cynicism Key to Israel's Arsenal

Aid to Palestinians 'not unlike raising animals for slaughter,' as Tel Aviv acts ever the victim

(Newser) - “The promulgation of a hyper-nationalist ethos” in Israeli media coverage of the Gaza situation doesn’t surprise Neve Gordon, he writes in the Nation—what’s unsettling is the cynical war ethic emerging around humanitarian aid. As one reporter explains, Israel gives assistance to Palestinians during times of war... More »

Israel Waging a Heartbreaking, Stupid War

Only 'a Marshall Plan' can bring lasting peace, writes rabbi

(Newser) - Israel's push to wipe out Hamas via military action "is understandable, but stupid," writes Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the Jewish progressive magazine Tikkun. While Israel clearly must defend itself, "the kind of response matters"—and the killing of Gazan civilians is "a crime... More »

Israeli Ground Troops Enter Gaza

(Newser) - Israeli tanks and infantry battled with Hamas forces today after Israeli ground forces rolled into the Gaza Strip after nightfall, Reuters reports. Israel says it plans to seize areas used by Hamas to fire rockets from northern Gaza. "The objective is to destroy the Hamas terror infrastructure in the... More »

Israel Lets Foreigners Flee Gaza

Evacuation of spouses raises fears of imminent ground assault

(Newser) - Israel has reopened a border crossing to let foreign passport holders flee Gaza, the New York Times reports. Hundreds of men holding only Palestinian travel documents have been forced to remain behind as their wives and children are evacuated. The move raises fears that a wider Israeli assault on the... More »

New Strikes Push Gaza Toll to 275

UN statement calls for 'immediate end' to violence

(Newser) - A new wave of Israeli missile strikes on the Gaza Strip today has hiked the death toll from the latest Israeli offensive against Hamas militants to 275, with closer to 800 wounded, reports CNN. UN Security Council members expressed "serious concern" and called for "an immediate halt to... More »

Gazans Form Chain at Border

Israel posts troops, accuses Hamas of endangering civilians

(Newser) - Thousands of Palestinians joined hands today in an attempt to form a human chain across the Gaza Strip, AFP reports. They were protesting the Israeli blockade that has left the impoverished region perilously low on supplies. Israel massed forces along the border, including a rare artillery battery, and accused Hamas... More »

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