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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 »

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 »

Ariel Sharon's Son: 'Flatten All of Gaza'

Jerusalem Post slammed for extremist op-ed

(Newser) - As Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian rocket fire continue, the son of comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has sparked outrage with an extremist op-ed in the Jerusalem Post . Israel must step up its assault on Gaza without worrying about civilian casualties, Gilad Sharon writes, arguing that the... More »

Everyone Is Losing in Gaza

Jonathan Freedland: Hatred being ingrained into another generation

(Newser) - With an election looming, Israel's leaders move to end the threat posed by Hamas' constant, if largely ineffective, rocket attacks. Sound familiar? "This is a horror movie we've seen before," in the form of Israel's 2008 invasion, writes Jonathan Freedland at the Guardian . Why is... More »

More Death on Both Sides, as Gaza Assault Rages On

Egypt asks the US to step in before things 'escalate out of control'

(Newser) - Israel continued its barrage of airstrikes on Gaza today, bringing the total death toll up to 11 and wounding more than 100, while a Palestinian rocket crashed into an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi, killing three and injuring several, including a baby, the New York Times reports. It was one... More »

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