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Hamas boosts Gaza border force to ease rift with Egypt

Gaza - As peace offerings go, prefabricated metal huts on a sand dune may seem unimpressive, but they are what the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, has chosen.

Israel finds tunnel from Gaza into Israeli territory

Jerusalem - Israel's military said Monday it had located and destroyed a tunnel extending from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, in the first such discovery since a devastating 2014 conflict.

Gaza's architectural heritage fades, but one man resists

Gaza - A surprise awaits beyond a black door adorned with a silver lotus flower at the end of a tangle of alleyways in Gaza's chaotic Old City.

Gaza fishermen test waters after blockade eased

Gaza - Gaza fishermen have begun working further off the coast after Israel relaxed restrictions for the first time in a decade but said Monday that the measure was not nearly enough.

Gaza rockers and rappers struggle to carve out a space

Gaza - Khamiss Abu Shaban's band would love to wow the kinds of crowds seen elsewhere, but in Hamas-run Gaza they struggle to find venues and instruments, let alone get permission to play.

Second Gaza child dies after Israeli air strike: medics

Gaza - A six-year-old girl wounded in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip Saturday has died of her injuries, Palestinian medical sources told AFP, naming her as Israa Abu Khussa.

Israel PM wants to expel attackers' relatives to Gaza

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure over a five-month wave of violence, said Wednesday he wants to expel to Gaza relatives of Palestinian attackers involved in their assaults.

Top UN official says war-hit Gaza on 'disastrous trajectory'

Jerusalem - A top UN official helping oversee Gaza's reconstruction following its 2014 war with Israel says the territory is on a "disastrous trajectory," with Israel's blockade and Palestinian divisions hampering recovery.

Homeless Gazans struggle during harsh winter

Khan Yunis - Azza al-Najjar struggles in vain to keep her two-year-old warm by wrapping him in blankets in her prefabricated metal home as a winter storm lashes the Gaza Strip."The cold increases the suffering of people here," the 24-year-old mother says.

Seven Hamas militants killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

Gaza - Seven members of Hamas' military wing were killed when a tunnel built for fighting against Israel collapsed this week in the Gaza Strip, the Islamist movement said on Thursday.

Israeli air raid in Gaza Strip kills one, wounds three

Jerusalem - An Israeli air raid on Wednesday in the northern Gaza Strip targeting alleged militants killed one Palestinian and wounded three others, the Israeli army and a Palestinian official said.

Israel strikes Gaza sites after rocket fire

Gaza - The Israeli air force carried out attacks on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, Palestinian security sources said, just hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern Israel.

Palestinian dies of wounds from West Bank clashes: Ministry

Ramallah - A Palestinian wounded in early December during clashes with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank has died of his injuries, the Palestinian health ministry said on Friday.

Gazans celebrate Christmas with heavy hearts

Gaza - It is a bitter Christmas for Elias Manna, who will celebrate alone for the first time because his five sons have left the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory hit by three wars since 2008.

Turkey says close to deal with Israel on normalisation

Ankara - Turkey and Israel are nearing agreement on a deal to normalise ties after positive progress was made on Ankara's key demands in closed-door negotiations, a Turkish official said on Friday.

Two Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli army fire

Gaza - Two Palestinians died after being shot by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip Friday, the enclave's health ministry said, the latest such incidents in more than two weeks of clashes and attacks.

Palestinian dies from wounds suffered in Gaza clashes

Gaza - A Palestinian man wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces along the Gaza border earlier this week died from his wounds on Friday, Gazan medical sources said.

With nothing to lose, Gazans join Palestinian unrest

Gaza - Samir rushes forward and hurls the flaming bottle with all his might at the observation tower and the Israel soldiers inside, his contribution to the "intifada".

Hamas warns Israel against 'foolishness' after deadly strike

Gaza - Islamist movement Hamas on Sunday warned Israel against "foolishness" after an air strike by the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire killed a pregnant woman and her toddler.

Israeli fire kills 2 Palestinian teens in Gaza clashes: Medics

Gaza - Two Palestinian teens were killed and 10 people wounded by Israeli fire during clashes Saturday at the Gaza border fence, emergency medical services in the coastal enclave said.

Hamas Gaza chief calls unrest a new 'intifada'

Gaza - Hamas's chief in Gaza on Friday called violence that has hit the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem in recent days an "intifada" and urged further unrest."We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada....

'Strong evidence' of Israel war crimes on 'Black Friday': Amnesty

Jerusalem - An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year's war in the Palestinian territory shows "strong evidence" of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Palestinians lay first brick for Gaza reconstruction

Gaza - Palestinian housing minister Mufid al-Hasayneh laid a brick Wednesday for the first Gaza home to be rebuilt since the Israel-Hamas war a year ago, as frustration mounts over the slow pace of reconstruction.

Gaza car blasts target Hamas, Islamic Jihad armed wings

Gaza - Five near-simultaneous explosions in Gaza on Sunday targeted members of the armed branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad amid growing tensions between the Palestinian territory's rulers and extremist opponents.

New hostage crisis feared as Israel says two held in Gaza

Ashkelon - Two Israelis are being held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip after having crossed into the Palestinian territory, Israeli officials said Thursday, raising fears of another hostage crisis.

Calls for end to Israeli blockade one year after Gaza war

Gaza - Israel and Palestinians marked one year since last summer's war in Gaza on Wednesday, with a UN official calling for an end to the "inexcusable" blockade of the territory that has helped prevent rebuilding.

Desperate Gazans resort to makeshift homes year after war

Gaza - Fouad Abu Asser and his family have returned to their neighbourhood amid the rubble of the Gaza Strip -- but something resembling a shed is what they now call home.

Lion cubs relocated from impoverished Gaza to Jordan

Gaza - Two lions cubs were on Sunday taken from a Gaza Strip refugee camp to Jordan, their former owner said, after their maintenance became too great a financial burden."We're very sad.

Israel stops flotilla seeking to break Gaza blockade

Ashdod - The Israeli navy was escorting to port an activist vessel defying the nation's blockade of Gaza on Monday after taking it over without the deadly force that marred a similar attempt in 2010.

Activists set sail for Gaza aboard 'Freedom Flotilla'

Jerusalem - Activists set sail Friday for the Gaza Strip in a bid to break Israel's blockade of the Palestinian territory, a participant said, five years after a similar attempt ended in bloodshed.
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Israeli attack on freedom flotilla: Photo-frame from a video released by the Turkish Aid group IHH  ...
Israeli attack on freedom flotilla: Photo-frame from a video released by the Turkish Aid group IHH, shows Israeli soldiers with guns boardeding the a Turkish vessel in international waters off the Gaza coast heading to the Gaza Strip.
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The aftermath of a 2008 Israeli bombing in Gaza.
The aftermath of a 2008 Israeli bombing in Gaza.
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Qatari Emir beside Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza
Qatari Emir beside Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza
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This op-ed appeared in the Times of Israel before being deleted on Friday.
This op-ed appeared in the Times of Israel before being deleted on Friday.
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Astronaut Alexander Gerst shows Gaza war in  saddest  photo from space:  My saddest photo yet. From ...
Astronaut Alexander Gerst shows Gaza war in 'saddest' photo from space: "My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza and #Israel"
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Palestinian boys watch the funerals of five militants killed during Israeli air strikes over night  ...
Palestinian boys watch the funerals of five militants killed during Israeli air strikes over night, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 7, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP
Israel has launched a major bombardment of Gaza targeting Islamic militants. Some 12 Palestinian civ...
Israel has launched a major bombardment of Gaza targeting Islamic militants. Some 12 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, have been killed.
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Palestinians inspect damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 10  2014
Palestinians inspect damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 10, 2014
Mohammed Abed, AFP
Mother of Gaza boy killed on beach.
Mother of Gaza boy killed on beach.
Ayman Mohyeldin
Rebuilding ... Palestinian schoolchildren walk through destroyed houses in Gaza City s Shijaiyah nei...
Rebuilding ... Palestinian schoolchildren walk through destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighbourhood.
News Corp Australia
A Palestinian family leaves their house in Gaza City after it was damaged in an Israeli air strike o...
A Palestinian family leaves their house in Gaza City after it was damaged in an Israeli air strike on July 10, 2014
Mohammed Abed, AFP
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Young relatives of four boys  all from the Bakr family  killed during Israeli shelling  cry during t...
Young relatives of four boys, all from the Bakr family, killed during Israeli shelling, cry during their funeral in Gaza City, on July 16, 2014
Mohammed Abed, AFP
Real Democracy - Israelis donating their votes to Palestinians in the Israeli Parliamentary Election...
Real Democracy - Israelis donating their votes to Palestinians in the Israeli Parliamentary Elections 2013.
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A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school...
A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, following their arrival at the Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia on July 30, 2014
Mohammed Abed, AFP
Rocket attack  vehicles and buildings hit in Beersheva  Israel
Rocket attack, vehicles and buildings hit in Beersheva, Israel
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One of the areas in Gaza.
One of the areas in Gaza.
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Grief in Gaza over the death of a 6-year-old child.
Grief in Gaza over the death of a 6-year-old child.
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Rescue workers remove a body from the rubble of their home following an Israeli air strike on Khan Y...
Rescue workers remove a body from the rubble of their home following an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip , on July 26, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP

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