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Israel bombards Rafah after soldier disappears amid Gaza ceasefire collapse

Fighting broke out with renewed ferocity in Gaza on Friday as Israeli forces bombarded the town of Rafah in response to the apparent capture of one of its soldiers by Hamas, after an internationally brokered ceasefire collapsed almost immediately.<p>Peace talks planned in Cairo to take advantage of …

Israeli officer's capture in Gaza could prove to be a pyrrhic victory for Hamas

It looked like a significant gain for Hamas when a senior official claimed that fighters had captured an Israeli officer near the Gaza Strip town of Rafah, in an operation apparently designed to take advantage of a 72-hour ceasefire and improve the terms of any eventual cessation of …

Gaza militants 'seize Israeli soldier' as ceasefire ends

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7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

Are you "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine"? It isn't even noon yet as I write this, and I've already been accused of being both.<p>These terms intrigue me because they directly speak to the doggedly tribal nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You don't hear of too many other countries being …

Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term.<p>The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set …

Humanitarian cease-fire set in Mideast conflict, but will the peace last?

After weeks of fighting and hundreds of deaths, some semblance of peace may be coming to the Middle East -- at least temporarily.<p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday that an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire will begin at 8 a.m. Friday in …

Israel to continue Gaza offensive despite pressure for ceasefire

Israel's security cabinet decided to continue military operations in Gaza on Wednesday night, ignoring international pressure for an immediate ceasefire after Hamas rejected a barely-observed pause in the three-week conflict.<p>Against a background of heavy fighting in Gaza, the Israeli prime …

White House condemns shelling of U.N. school in Gaza

The White House condemned the shelling Wednesday of a United Nations school in Gaza, issuing a carefully worded statement that avoided any mention of where the shells came from, despite the strong likelihood that it was Israeli fire.<p>The U.S. "condemns the shelling of a UNRWA school in Gaza, which …

Israel intensifies Gaza attacks after Netanyahu warning

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1097000/1097065_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532452909_46cdb4a18541680ad7fa8406ae087d17<p><b>More than 100 Palestinians are said to have been killed as Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza and a ceasefire proposal was rebuffed by …

Israeli launches night time air strikes on Gaza

Israel launched a round of intensive air strikes over Gaza on Monday night. At least 18 people were reported killed. The dead and injured were rushed to Gaza’s Khan Yunis hospital.<p>Numerous buildings were hit including the house of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, causing damage but no casualties …

Chinese hackers steal Israel’s Iron Dome missile data

A Chinese hacking group has been accused of stealing data from Israel’s billion-dollar Iron Dome missile system.<p>The state-sponsored Comment Crew hacking group, thought to operate out of China, was responsible for attacks from 2011 onwards on three Israeli defence technology companies Elisra Group, …

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Lufthansa to resume flights to Tel Aviv on Saturday

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s Lufthansa said it would resume flights to Israel’s Tel Aviv airport on Saturday July 26, lifting a ban imposed in response to fears that rockets being fired from the Gaza strip could pose a threat to aircraft.<p>“On the basis of the most up-to-date information we have …

Hamas wary of Israeli truce extension; Gaza death toll tops 1,000

A brief lull in fighting Saturday sent Palestinians in the battered Gaza Strip flocking to shops and banks and surging into devastated neighborhoods to search for missing relatives and recover belongings.<p>Wails arose and the stench of death hung in the air as scores of bodies were pulled from under …

Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon intel chief

ASPEN Colorado (Reuters) - A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.<p>Defense Intelligence Agency director U.S. Army Lt. …

Gaza residents find 130 bodies during cease-fire

It was a day to take stock of the damage, search for the missing and bury the dead.<p>At 8 a.m. Saturday, guns fell silent across much of the Gaza Strip for a 12-hour pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas. Palestinians surged into devastated areas to see what remained of their homes and recover a …

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Israel says soldier missing in Gaza confirmed dead

West Bank Rises, Tens Of Thousands Join Largest March Since Last Intifada

Amid the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza, the West Bank has risen.<p>Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched with President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement from the West Bank city of Ramallah toward Jerusalem to protest Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza, which has claimed the lives of nearly 800 …

Palestinians killed in West Bank Gaza solidarity march

<b>At least two Palestinians have been killed and 200 wounded in the West Bank during protests against Israel's campaign in Gaza, officials say.</b><p>About 10,000 protesters marched from Ramallah towards East Jerusalem, where they were met by Israeli forces.<p>At least 15 people died and scores were injured …

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