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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.

Rebuilding of Gaza's destroyed homes set to begin

Gaza - The rebuilding of thousands of homes destroyed in last summer's Gaza war is to begin in the coming days, almost a year after the conflict began, the Palestinian housing minister said Wednesday.

Israel blasts 'biased' UN agency over Gaza war report

Jerusalem - Israel denounced the UN rights council Monday as biased after a United Nations report found that both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war.

War crimes likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza war: UN

Ginebra - Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering.

Another flotilla of 3 ships to set sail for Gaza

Palermo - At least 3 boats are preparing to set sail for Gaza in an attempt to penetrate the Israeli blockade of the territory. Activist Kalle Ohlsson said although there would be aid on board, the main objective was to open Gaza to trade and free movement.

Abbas says Palestinian govt to resign as Gaza dispute festers

Ramallah - The Palestinian government will resign within 24 hours, president Mahmud Abbas announced late Tuesday as a dispute over the governance of Gaza came to a head.

Israeli probe defends 'lawful' Gaza war actions

Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday defended its conduct in the 2014 Gaza war as both "lawful" and "legitimate" in a detailed inter-ministerial report which was roundly rejected by the Palestinians.

Israel strikes Gaza after new rocket attacks

Jerusalem - The Israeli air force hit the Gaza Strip early Sunday for the second time in three days after new rocket fire from the territory hit southern Israel, the military said.

Israeli planes strike Gaza after rocket attacks

Jerusalem - Israeli warplanes struck multiple militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday in response to Palestinian rocket fire, but nobody was injured according to Palestinian security sources.

Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack

Gaza - The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state.

Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty

Jerusalem - The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank

Jerusalem - The Gaza Strip has the world's highest unemployment and Palestinians, Israelis and donors must take action to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis," the World Bank said Friday.

Gaza engineer seeks solution to water woes

Gaza - With Gaza's supply of drinking water expected to dry up by 2020, a Palestinian engineer is pioneering a machine to make seawater potable for residents of the coastal territory.

Israel charges soldiers over looting during Gaza war

Jerusalem - Israeli military prosecutors have filed charges against three soldiers for alleged theft from Palestinians, and related offences, during last summer's Gaza war, the military said on Monday.

NGOs condemn donors over slow Gaza reconstruction

Paris - Six months after donors pledged billions of dollars (euros) for devastated Gaza, most of the money remains blocked, and reconstruction efforts are painfully slow, a coalition of aid groups said Monday.

Gaza police seize Banksy's disputed weeping goddess

Gaza - Gaza police have seized a work by famed street artist Banksy from a man who bought it for $200 from a family that later said it was duped, both sides told AFP.

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.
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Fourth Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton.
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Rocket attack, buildings and vehicles hit in Beersheva, Israel
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Boy holds his brother after learning their parents were killed in Gaza.
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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
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CROSSING: Palestinian workers wait to return to northern Gaza from Israel at the Erez Crossing in 2005.
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An huge explosion in Gaza during the Israeli assault on Gaza on January 12th 2009
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Anderson Cooper reporting live from Gaza (Nov. 18).
Anderson Cooper reporting live from Gaza (Nov. 18).
The aftermath of a 2008 Israeli bombing in Gaza.
The aftermath of a 2008 Israeli bombing in Gaza.
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S Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour halt of fighting between Israel and Hamas on Aug...
S Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour halt of fighting between Israel and Hamas on Aug. 1 at an early morning news conference in New Delhi, India
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Israel s Minister of Defense  Ehud Barak  announces cease-fire
Israel's Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, announces cease-fire
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Rocket fired from militants in Gaza towards Israel.
Rocket fired from militants in Gaza towards Israel.
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An aid truck at the Gaza border with Israel.
An aid truck at the Gaza border with Israel.
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Water contamination in Gaza.
Water contamination in Gaza.
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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Neighbors view damage to the Kaware family home in northern Gaza, where eight people died last month in an Israeli air strike.
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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.
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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
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Gaza beach July 2014.
Gaza beach July 2014.
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