Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Asia & Pacific 11/12/19, 06:12

A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his ...

For Gaza grooms, crippling debt overshadows marital bliss

Asia & Pacific 05/23/19, 00:55

Two years ago, Gaza resident Saleh Abu Serdanah took out a small loan in order to get married and start a family. These days, the 31-year-old construction worker is on the run, hiding from police in a tiny rental apartment and unable to repay the money he borrowed.Abu Serdanah is ...

Palestinians mark anniversary of mass displacement

World 05/15/19, 10:29

Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel's creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.Thousands of people streamed to the Gaza-Israel frontier as the militant Hamas group, which controls Gaza, announced a general strike, closing schools and ...

Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

Asia & Pacific 05/07/19, 06:43

Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war.Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support health and education programs of the Palestinian ...

Israel’s Gaza blockade under scrutiny after latest violence

World 05/06/19, 14:36

For 12 years, Israel has maintained a blockade over the Gaza Strip, seeking to weaken the territory's militant Hamas rulers. And for 12 years, Hamas has remained firmly in power, developing a thriving homegrown weapons industry along the way.This weekend's violence, the worst in a string of flare-ups since a ...

Under heavy rocket fire, Israeli reprisals kill 4

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 18:28

Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 200 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of intense fighting that broke a month-long lull between the bitter enemies. Four Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby daughter, were killed, while three ...

Update: Rescue agency says rocket wounds Israeli woman

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 08:07

The Latest on developments in the Israel-Palestinian conflict: (all times local):4 p.m.A rescue agency says rockets fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have wounded an Israeli woman.Women look at the damage caused by a rocket fired from Gaza that hit a house in a moshav in Israel near the border ...

4 Palestinians killed, 2 soldiers wounded in Gaza flare-up

Asia & Pacific 05/03/19, 17:43

Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed in an Israeli airstrike and protests Friday as gunshots from the Gaza Strip wounded two Israeli soldiers, officials said, in a new flare-up that shattered a monthlong easing of hostilities that was mediated by Egypt.The calm along the Gaza-Israel frontier was in ...

Despite setbacks, Hamas’ grip on Gaza has never been tighter

World 04/01/19, 01:15

Over the weekend, Gaza's Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants' increasingly unpopular rule.And yet Hamas' control over Gaza is tighter than ever.The ...

Rocket fired toward Israel after Gaza crossings open

World 03/31/19, 10:46

A rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Sunday, the Israeli army said, just hours after Israel reopened its two main crossings with the territory in a sign that cease-fire talks were progressing between Israel and Hamas.The Israeli army said that a projectile launched from the Gaza ...

Tens of thousands of Gaza protesters join anniversary march

Africa 03/30/19, 08:13

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered Saturday at rallying points near the Israeli border to mark the first anniversary of weekly protests in the Gaza Strip, as Israeli troops fired tear gas and opened fire at small crowds of activists who approached the border fence. At least 10 protesters were ...

Update: Gaza demonstrators gather for anniversary march

Asia & Pacific 03/30/19, 07:03

The Latest on protests at Gaza border with Israel (all times local):3:00 p.m.The Israeli army says that some 20,000 Palestinians are gathering along the Gaza fence for the mass rally marking one year of weekly demonstrations aimed at breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade.Relatives mourn over the body of 21-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed ...

PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

World 03/30/19, 03:30

Photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes a blur of visitors to the Spanish Steps in Rome; fishermen in the Basque region of Spain; and destruction from fighting ...

Cease-fire talks continue ahead of Gaza anniversary rally

Asia & Pacific 03/29/19, 10:41

Cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas progressed Friday, the leader of the Islamic militant group said, as the Gaza Strip braced for renewed violence on the eve of the first anniversary of its weekly protests along the frontier with Israel.The anniversary event could prove combustible, coming days before the Israeli ...

Hamas reveals weak spot in Netanyahu re-election campaign

Asia & Pacific 03/26/19, 13:26

With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu locked in a tight race for re-election, the Hamas militant group has suddenly emerged as a major vulnerability for the Israeli leader. This week's outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas, sparked by a rocket strike on a home in central Israel, was the latest reminder ...

Tense calm in Gaza after Israel, Hamas exchange heavy fire

Asia & Pacific 03/26/19, 01:57

A tense quiet has taken hold after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel.School in southern Israel was cancelled on Tuesday following the violence that erupted just two weeks ahead of Israeli elections.The cross-border fighting was ...

Hamas has developed a vast arsenal in blockaded Gaza

Asia & Pacific 03/25/19, 12:36

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday was one of the most powerful launched ever by Gaza militants, flying nearly 120 kilometers (70 miles) before it slammed into a house in central Israel, wounding seven people.Over more than a decade, the Islamic militant Hamas group has built up ...

Update: Israel ‘responding forcefully’ to rocket attack

Asia & Pacific 03/25/19, 11:25

The Latest on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is "responding forcefully" to a morning rocket attack in central part of the Jewish state. Israel's military says it's started striking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket ...

Update: Israeli PM to cut short US visit after attack

Asia & Pacific 03/25/19, 01:17

The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local): 8:15 a.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's cutting short his visit to Washington after a Gaza rocket attack on Israel. Netanyahu described Monday morning's rocket launch that struck a home in central Israel as a "criminal attack" and ...

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