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Gazans hope ICC will make 'Israel pay'

Gaza - Holding Israel accountable. This is what Yasser al-Qassas and thousands of Gazans hope to see with the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday.

Amnesty International: Palestinians committed war crimes in Gaza

The prominent international human rights group Amnesty International has accused Palestinians of committing war crimes during last year's war in Gaza.

Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty

Jerusalem - Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel.Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted "a war crime," it said.

Gaza farmers export first produce to Israel after 8 years

Gaza - Gaza farmers exported produce to Israel on Thursday for the first time since the Jewish state imposed its blockade on the Palestinian territory in 2006, officials and an NGO said.

Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April

Ramallah - The Palestinians are to lodge their first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court on April 1, a senior official told AFP on Monday.

Gaza floods: Dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'

- Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes.

Six months after war, tempers fray among Gaza homeless

Gaza - For six months, Gazans left homeless by last year's war have waited patiently to be rehoused. But with no relief in sight and thousands still in UN shelters, tempers are fraying.

Israel wants UN Gaza war probe shelved as chief quits

Jerusalem - Israel called Tuesday for the shelving of a UN inquiry into its war last summer in the Gaza Strip after the probe's head quit over Israeli accusations of conflict of interest.

Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing 'terror group'

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, declaring it a "terrorist" group.

Rights group chides Israel 'policy' of bombing Gaza homes

Jerusalem - An Israeli rights group Wednesday criticised the government for what it called a deliberate policy of launching air strikes on homes that killed hundreds of civilians during last year's Gaza war.

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Israel fights back against ICC Gaza war crimes inquiry

Tel Aviv - Israel is attempting to delegitimize the International Criminal Court in the wake of its decision to launch an inquiry into possible Israeli war crimes committed during last year's Gaza offensive.

Israel 'failed to minimise civilian toll in Gaza war'

Jerusalem - Israeli conduct during last summer's war in the Gaza Strip increased the number of civilian casualties, an independent report has said, by failing to differentiate between military targets and civilian populations.

Gaza's ruined homes offer little shelter from storm

Gaza - Living by candlelight with no electricity and reliant on sandbags to stop their ruined homes flooding, Gazans who survived last year's war are now struggling with a brutal winter storm.

Hamas condemns alleged shooting of Gazan by Egyptian guards

Gaza - Militant group Hamas on Saturday condemned the fatal shooting by Egyptian border guards of what they said was a Palestinian minor on the Gaza border.

Hamas refuses to allow Gaza orphans to visit Israel

Sderot - More than three dozen Gaza children orphaned during the recent war with Israel were blocked Sunday from leaving the embattled territory after the Palestinian group Hamas withdrew its approval of the trip.

Hamas bars Gaza war orphans from Israel trip

Gaza - Hamas on Sunday prevented dozens of children orphaned during its 50-day war with Israel from entering Israeli territory in a pre-arranged trip, organisers and officials said.

Israel strikes Gaza, killing militant after soldier shot

Gaza - Israel launched an air strike in southern Gaza on Wednesday and killed a Hamas militant after a sniper attack on a patrol seriously wounded a soldier, the army and medics said.

After the war, a bittersweet Christmas in Gaza

Gaza - A garland in hand, 11-year-old Sara decorates the family Christmas tree with her parents. But this year, the young Gazan will be spending the rest of the holiday alone.

Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for first time since truce

Gaza - Israeli aircraft hit Gaza on Saturday for the first time since an August truce ended a 50-day war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said.

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel: Police

Jerusalem - A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli police said, adding that it fell on open ground without causing casualties or damage.It was the third rocket attack since the end in August of the 50-day Gaza war.

Egypt reopens Gaza crossing for first time in weeks

Cairo - Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

Fatah cancels Arafat memorial in Gaza after attacks

Gaza - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah movement said Sunday it is cancelling this week's Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death due to security concerns.

EU foreign chief, in Gaza, calls for Palestinian state

Gaza - The European Union's new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday appealed for the establishment of a Palestinian state, saying the world "cannot afford" another war in Gaza.

Only a minor war crime against the Gaza flotilla

A war crime that was designated as minor upsets the balance in justice and law when a lack of conviction has to be explained.

Israel escapes war crimes charges over deadly Gaza flotilla raid

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court (ICC) will not launch a prosecution over Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 in which 10 Turkish activists died, despite a "reasonable basis" to believe war crimes were committed, the chief prosecutor said Th...

Op-Ed: Egypt destroys 680 homes displaces 10,000 along Gaza border

Rafah - In order to clear the area for a buffer zone along the border with Gaza, Egypt is already demolishing more than 680 homes and displacing up to 10,000 residents.

Op-Ed: On Egypt adding a buffer-zone to the bilateral embargo on Gaza

What Egypt's moves to establish a buffer zone on its Sinai frontier with the Gaza Strip tells us about the broad nature, and reasoning, behind the binational blockade of that Palestinian enclave.

Donor states pledge $5.4 bn to Gaza, urge peace talks

Cairo - International donors pledged about $5.4 billion in aid to the devastated Gaza Strip on Sunday and urged Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace efforts.

Egypt's Sisi tells Israel 'now is the time to end conflict'

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Israel to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians as an international donor conference opened in Cairo on Sunday to raise funds for Gaza.The Palestinian Authority (PA) has asked for $4 billion (3.
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FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo...
FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo from 2010.
Radwan.salhi/Wikimedia Commons
Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas ret...
Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas return to check their homes in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, on August 1, 2014
Mahmud Hams, AFP
Captured Israeli soldier Oron Shaul
Captured Israeli soldier Oron Shaul
NRG
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on August 10  2014 shows smoke risin...
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on August 10, 2014 shows smoke rising from the coastal side of the Gaza strip following an Israeli military strike
David Buimovitch, AFP
Diana Magnay shot a brief report shortly before the controversy started.
Diana Magnay shot a brief report shortly before the controversy started.
YouTube, CNN
Rocket attack  vehicles and buildings hit in Beersheva  Israel
Rocket attack, vehicles and buildings hit in Beersheva, Israel
Israel Channel 10 news screen shot
Israeli soldiers
Israeli soldiers
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Rockets are launched into Gaza
Rockets are launched into Gaza
Cau Napoli
Israeli soldiers spray gas at the exit of a tunnel which was used the day before by Hamas militants ...
Israeli soldiers spray gas at the exit of a tunnel which was used the day before by Hamas militants to infiltrate Israeli lines, on July 22, 2014 near the Israeli Gaza borde
Jack Guez, 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.
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.
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.
Screen capture
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.
Relative of three-years-old Palestinian girl Hala Bhairi  who medics said was killed by shrapnel dur...
Relative of three-years-old Palestinian girl Hala Bhairi, who medics said was killed by shrapnel during an Israeli air strike on the Bureij facility, shows her body to the media at a hospital morgue in the central Gaza Strip December 24, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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
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.
Turkish Aid group IHH
Israeli woman in Tel Aviv in shock over missile attack
Israeli woman in Tel Aviv in shock over missile attack
The Times
A child sits beside his mother  killed in a missile attack in Gaza.
A child sits beside his mother, killed in a missile attack in Gaza.
Khaled Elsadeq/Twitter
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.
Times of Israel screen grab
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.