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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 »

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 »

Newest Arab Idol Is Palestinian Refugee

Politics takes center stage on a very different version of 'Idol'

(Newser) - For all the tears shed by American Idol contestants over their emotional "journeys" and "struggles," America's wannabes have nothing on the winner of this year's Arab Idol: 22-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, who grew up in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He had to... More »

Obama Brokers Apology From Israel to Turkey

Netanyahu admits 'mistakes' in fatal flotilla attack

(Newser) - President Obama today pulled a diplomatic victory out of his 3-day trip to Israel by brokering a detente between Israel and Turkey, Reuters reports. As Obama ended the visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan and apologized for "mistakes" made during the flotilla incident that... 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 »

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 »

Israel: Ground Assault 'on Hold'

UN chief calls for immediate truce

(Newser) - President Obama dispatched Hillary Clinton to the Middle East as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian rocket fire continued for a seventh day, the AP reports. The secretary of state plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem before meeting Palestinian officials in the West Bank and... More »

Israel Getting 'Free Pass'

But media fail to see the truth: Richard Falk

(Newser) - As violence rages between Israel and Gaza, Western media are being profoundly unfair to Palestinians, writes Richard Falk in al-Jazeera . As evidence, he offers up this New York Times front page headline: "Rockets Target Jerusalem; Israel Girds for Gaza Invasion." That and other depictions portray Hamas as the... More »

23 Children Killed in Israel-Gaza Violence

Turkish PM calls Israel 'a terrorist state'

(Newser) - Violence between Israel and Gaza continued for a sixth day today, with more children dead as Israel continues to target homes of suspected militants . NBC News reports that 23 children have now been killed in Gaza; at least 95 people have been killed there in total. Turkey's prime minister... More »

Anderson Cooper Has Close Call in Gaza

Bomb explodes nearby while he reports live from conflict

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper almost became a news story himself while reporting live from Gaza City last night as Israeli airstrikes continued, Mediaite reports. While the CNN anchor was explaining the dire situation in local hospitals, he had to duck as a large blast happened nearby. "That was a rather large... More »

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