GAZA CELEBRATES LONG-TERM CEASEFIRE

TRUCE AGREEMENT INCLUDES AN END TO ISRAEL’S BLOCKADE OF GAZA, ALLOWING AID AND FOOD TO REACH PALESTINIANS. Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians began, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. The agreement, effective since 1600 GMT, involves an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza that…

12 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes; Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu says ‘Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas’

At least 12 Palestinians, including a top Hamas financial official, were killed on Sunday in Israeli air strikes on Gaza as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue the military offensive as long as necessary. Israel took its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower in Gaza following a warning to residents to evacuate. The…

Gaza highrises flattened by Israel

Two multi-storey buildings in Gaza have been completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes in less than 24 hours, possibly signalling a new tactic in Israel’s military campaign. A 12-storey apartment building in Gaza City was brought down on Saturday evening and a seven-floor office building in Rafah was razed early on Sunday. The hits followed warnings by the Israel Defence…

INDIA-PAKISTAN THROUGH THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE MIRROR

If you think reconciling the Israelis and Palestinians is hard, try the Indians and Pakistanis. The latest war in Gaza has laid bare India’s and Pakistan’s different views about the Middle East, revealing a great deal about how these countries view themselves and each other. The newly elected Indian government of the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has become more…

Gaza conflict takes toll on Hamas rocket stocks and tunnels

IDF says it has destroyed 30%-40% of militant rockets and six tunnel shafts; Hamas has killed 29 soldiers and disrupted flights     After more than two weeks of intense fighting in Gaza, both Hamas andIsrael have racked up significant military achievements, albeit at the cost of hundreds of lives. About 140 militants have been killed in Gaza over the past two weeks, amounting…

Trouble Underfoot in Israeli Kibbutz Near the Border

SUFA, Israel — Israel’s decision to invade Gaza has its roots just outside of this small kibbutz in southern Israel where open fields and citrus orchards offer a pastoral scene that residents say has long been deceptive. At dawn on Thursday, 13 Hamas gunmen from Gaza emerged from the mouth of an underground tunnel about a mile away, inside Israel…

Aborigines will save Gaza

In the region where all the ethnic, religious, sectarian differences are provocations against each other, who would seriously take Gaza into their account? Akif Emre Israel was never that loosely free in its actions. There is a cliché legend that Israel always appeals whenever it wants to legitimize its oppression in the western public. Accordingly, the Israelis are desperate people…

Israeli commandos raid Gaza beach as deadly air assault continues

Raid is first time Israeli forces have set foot in Gaza during current conflict, and leaflets warn of large-scale bombing, Palestinians stand in the rubble of Tayseer Batsh’s family house in Gaza City, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters Israeli naval commandos have launched an early morning raid on a beach in the…

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