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After Botched Israeli Raid, a 'Serious Escalation'

Gaza militants fired off dozens of rockets, leaving one man dead, at least 20 injured

(Newser) - Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel early Tuesday, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warning they'd escalate their attacks if Israel continues bombing targets in the Gaza Strip. The cross-border attacks, which were triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid into... More »

Israel Launches Scores of Airstrikes on Gaza

Army says 150 rockets, mortars fired at Israel

(Newser) - Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning. At least three Palestinians died—a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter, and a Hamas militant, according to... More »

Israel, Gaza Trading Heavy Fire

Militants are shooting rockets, mortar shells as Israel responds with airstrikes

(Newser) - Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Tuesday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. The Israeli military said most of the projectiles were intercepted, but three soldiers were wounded,... More »

Israel, White House Defend Killing of Gaza Protesters

UN office says Israel's use of live ammo unjustified

(Newser) - The death toll from what Israel's critics are calling a massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza hit 59 overnight with the death of a baby from tear gas inhalation, according to Palestinian authorities. The Palestinian Health Authority in Gaza says seven children under 18 were among the dozens of... More »

Deadliest Day in Gaza Since Autumn: 12 Dead, 1K Hurt

It started with the pre-dawn death of a farmer before Palestinian sit-ins

(Newser) - The Palestinian Health Ministry says the death toll in Gaza has risen to 12, with 11 Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire along the border with Israel and a farmer killed by pre-dawn tank fire in a separate incident. In the deadliest day in Gaza since last fall, the ministry... More »

Palestinians Stage Mass Sit-Ins Along Border

Israel tank fire kills man before Friday protests

(Newser) - A Palestinian farmer was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip early on Friday, hours before Palestinians were to stage mass sit-ins along the border with Israel, a health official and a witness said. Ahead of the protests, called for by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, Israel'... More »

Explosion Hits Convoy of Palestinian PM

Hamas accused of trying to assassinate Hamdallah

(Newser) - An explosion struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister Tuesday as he was making a rare visit to Gaza, in what his Fatah party called an assassination attempt it blamed on Gaza militants. The explosion went off shortly after the convoy entered Gaza through the Erez crossing with Israel.... More »

Jerusalem Decision Triggers 'Day of Rage'

At least one dead in protests over Trump's decision to recognize city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Palestinians angry over President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital clashed with Israeli troops at 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza on Friday, resulting in at least one death, reports the AP . One Palestinian was killed in skirmishes between protesters and Israeli troops along the... More »

How Banksy Sneaked Into the Gaza Strip

Local resident reports meeting male artist in his 30s

(Newser) - The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip, and a publicist has confirmed to the AP that the artist reached the area through a tunnel; apparently, he sneaked in from Egypt. Local residents were skeptical about this account since Egypt has stepped... More »

Hamas: We Reached Open-Ended Ceasefire

Israel declines comment; Egypt to make announcement later today

(Newser) - Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said today they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Ziad Nakhala, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, said the... More »

Hamas Executes 18 Accused Spies

Move follows deaths of 3 commanders in Israeli airstrikes

(Newser) - Hamas has executed as many as 18 Palestinians suspected of spying for Israel after airstrikes killed three top commanders in Gaza yesterday, the BBC and the Los Angeles Times report. A Gaza radio station first reported that 11 were executed at an abandoned police station; two of those were women,... More »

Israel: 'Road for Peace Goes Over Hamas'

Ban Ki-Moon blasts 'gross violation of humanitarian law'

(Newser) - Israel's US ambassador today drove a another nail in the notion of peace talks involving Hamas, Politico reports. "What’s the point?" said ambassador Ron Dermer on Meet the Press. "The road for peace goes over Hamas. It doesn’t include Hamas." His remarks came minutes... More »

UN Rep Sobs in Interview Over Gaza Child Deaths

Chris Gunness: 'My heart is broken for those fragile lives'

(Newser) - After analyzing evidence of missile attacks on Palestinian shelters in the Gaza Strip, United Nations spokesman Chris Gunness appeared in a live television interview with al-Jazeera to discuss the "appalling" impact the Israel-Gaza conflict is having on human lives. "The rights of Palestinians—even their children—are wholesale... More »

Israel: We Will Destroy Tunnels

As Netanyahu calls up 16K more reservists in 24-day-old conflict

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu today vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnels at all costs, even as Israel called up an additional 16,000 reservists—bringing the total so far to 86,000 troops. "We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," he said of the tunnels' destruction,... More »

Israel, Hamas Declare 2-Hour Ceasefire

After overnight shelling takes heavy toll in Gaza neighborhood

(Newser) - Israel and Hamas have agreed to a two-hour humanitarian ceasefire, reportedly at the request of the Red Cross, after heavy shelling in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah killed at least 30 people—and by some accounts given to the Jerusalem Post , as many as 50—as Israel widened its... 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: 4 Boys Killed on Gaza Beach 'Tragic Outcome'

Witnesses say fleeing children were targeted

(Newser) - Israel says it is investigating the death of four boys killed in an airstrike yesterday on a beach in front of a hotel used by many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict. Witnesses from outlets including ABC and the Guardian saw the attack and its aftermath. A group of... More »

Israel Resumes Airstrikes as Ceasefire Unravels

Truce lasted 6 hours, during which Hamas reportedly fired 50 rockets

(Newser) - As ceasefires go, Egypt's proposal to halt Israeli-Hamas hostilities didn't appear to actually cease that much fire: Though Israel accepted the plan, which took tenuous hold at 2am Eastern, Hamas rejected it and Israel officially stuck a fork in it this morning after six hours of what it... More »

Israel to Gaza Residents: Flee Before Airstrikes

Meanwhile, UN calls for a cease-fire

(Newser) - The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area "for their own safety." In a statement today, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area. Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesman,... More »

Israel Buries Ariel Sharon

2 rockets fired from Gaza ahead of funeral

(Newser) - Israel has paid its final respects to divisive former leader Ariel Sharon, who died over the weekend after eight years in a coma. World leaders and Israeli officials gathered for a state memorial service in Jerusalem, which will be followed by a second funeral service at the Sharon family ranch... More »

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