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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 »

FAA Bans All US Flights to Israel for 24 Hours

And several European airlines suspend flights after rocket report

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines and United Airlines this morning canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely, reports the AP , after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket had landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. US Airways later canceled flights just for today, but then the FAA came out and banned all... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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: 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, 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 »

Bombs Cannot Defeat Hamas

Israel's campaign has only weakened the moderates, Mark Perry argues

(Newser) - The conventional wisdom has it that Israel's crackdown on Hamas, in which it arrested more than 300 operatives, and its assault on Gaza has left the radical group on the ropes. But "that's a joke," one top Fatah official tells Mark Perry at Foreign Policy . Hamas'... More »

Israel Suffers First Casualty Since Assault Began

Palestinian death toll has now hit 194

(Newser) - An Israeli man was hit with a mortar and killed near the Gaza border today, making him the first Israeli to die in a lopsided conflict that has seen nearly 200 Palestinians killed. The man was delivering food to soldiers when the mortar struck, a police spokesman tells the AP... 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 »

Egypt Offers Ceasefire Proposal

Israel, Hamas say they're considering it

(Newser) - Egypt presented a ceasefire plan today to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 Palestinians dead, and both sides seem to be considering the proposal. The late-night offer by Egypt marked the first sign of a... More »

Israel: We Shot Down Drone From Gaza

Gazans flee homes; fake texts rattle Israelis

(Newser) - More new weaponry from Hamas? Israel says it shot down a drone launched from the Gaza Strip today, the first time it has encountered a drone in an offensive that is now in its seventh day, Reuters reports. It's not clear whether the drone shot down by a Patriot... More »

Israel Invades, Says More Is Coming

Israeli troops briefly enter Gaza Strip as roughly 4K people flee

(Newser) - Israel briefly deployed troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early today as some 4,000 people fled southward from the northern part of the territory in the face of Israeli threats to step up attacks there. Neither Israel nor Palestinian militants show signs of agreeing to a... More »

Israel Hits Mosque Said to Have Rockets

Back-and-forth shelling shows no sign of abating

(Newser) - Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers today, hitting a mosque it said was hiding rockets. Palestinians, meanwhile, said their death toll from the five-day offensive rose to over 125. The central Gaza mosque was being used to conceal rockets like those militants have fired... More »

Rockets From 2 Directions Hit Israel

US offers to broker Gaza ceasefire

(Newser) - Hostilities only seem to be escalating as the Israeli offensive against Gaza enters a fourth day. Early this morning, a rocket from Gaza ignited a tanker at a gas station in southern Israel, injuring three people in the most serious hit on Israel so far. For the first time in... More »

Israel: 'Iron Dome' Has Taken Out 53 Rockets

But 200+ have gotten through, new Hamas rockets reach Israeli heartland

(Newser) - As Israel's Gaza offensive enters its third day, the nation says its Iron Dome missile defense system has thwarted more than a quarter of the wide variety of rockets being fired from Gaza—but while 53 have been stopped, more than 200 have gotten through, landing as far away... More »

Israel Sends Tanks to Gaza Border

Attacks between Israel, Hamas intensify

(Newser) - Israel's chief military spokesman announced that "we have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard," and recent developments bear that out: Israel's air and naval strikes against Gaza continued today, as rockets similarly continued to rain down on Israel from Gaza. Israel says... More »

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