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Latest Gaza flareup: what does it mean?

Gaza - A truce in Gaza has left Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battling to keep his government afloat after defence minister Avigdor Lieberman walked out in protest.

Key Netanyahu partner slams moves for truce with Hamas

Jerusalem - A key partner in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition on Tuesday condemned moves for a long term truce agreement with Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.

Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reports

Gaza - The leadership of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is to convene late Friday for a rare meeting, officials said, amid speculation of a long-term truce between the Gaza Strip's rulers and Israel.

Croatia blocks extradition of suspect in Hamas murder

Zagreb - Croatia's top court on Monday blocked the extradition of a Bosnian man to Tunisia over the alleged murder of an aerospace engineer, described by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as one of its members.

Hamas head to lead new Gaza border protests Friday

Gaza - The leader of Gaza's ruling movement Hamas announced he would go Friday to the Israeli border to take part in fresh protests, four days after 60 Palestinians were killed in violence.

White House blames Hamas for Gaza bloodshed

Washington - The White House blamed Hamas for violent protests in Gaza that saw 52 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces Monday, saying the Jewish state has the right to defend itself.

Philippines to deport Hamas 'rocket scientist'

Manila - The Philippines said Monday it would deport an elderly Iraqi man described as a scientist for Hamas and accused of helping the Palestinian militant group lob missiles at Israel.

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Gaza - Islamist movement Hamas said Saturday it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Fatah vows fresh protests and shuns Pence over Jerusalem move

Ramallah - Fatah called on Palestinians to keep up their demonstrations over Washington's policy shift on Jerusalem as the movement confirmed its leader will refuse to meet with US Vice President later this month in protest at the controversial decision.

Hamas official says unity deal to remain on track despite car bomb

Gaza - Hamas security chief Tawfiq Abu Naim left hospital Saturday after being wounded in a car bombing and pledged that an agreement aimed at ending a decade-long rift with rivals Fatah would remain on track.

Hamas chief in Egypt for first visit since election

Gaza - The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas Ismail Haniya travelled on Saturday to Egypt for his first visit there since his election, the group said.

US takes aim at Iran over ties to Hamas

New York - The United States on Thursday described remarks by a Palestinian Hamas leader boasting of strong military ties with Iran as a "stunning admission" that showed Tehran was violating a UN ban on arms exports.

EU court upholds Hamas terror listing

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court on Wednesday upheld the bloc's decision to put Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on its terrorism blacklist.

EU court to rule on Hamas terror listing

Brussels - The EU's top court rules Wednesday on whether Islamist movement Hamas should be taken off the bloc's terror black list, a move that would likely spark anger in Israel and the United States.

Hamas denies it built tunnel under UN schools in Gaza

Jerusalem - Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has denied that it or any other militant group built a tunnel under two UN schools in Gaza after its discovery drew a strong UN protest.

Suspected killer of Hamas commander arrested in Gaza Strip

Gaza - Hamas has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamist movement's leader said Thursday, while maintaining Israel was behind the March assassination.

Suspected killer of Hamas commander arrested in Gaza Strip

Gaza - Hamas has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamist movement's leader said Thursday, while maintaining Israel was behind the March assassination.

Suspected killer of Hamas commander arrested in Gaza Strip

Gaza - Hamas has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamist movement's leader said Thursday, while maintaining Israel was behind the March assassination.

Islamic Jihad rejects Palestine state within 1967 borders

Gaza - The radical Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has rejected Hamas's new policy of easing its stand on Israel and accepting the establishment of a Palestinian state limited to the 1967 borders.

HRW condemns Hamas detention of 'mentally ill' Israelis

Jerusalem - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned the "illegal" detention of two Israeli citizens by Hamas, releasing new details about the men who are believed to be mentally ill.

Hamas seen facing long path to end isolation despite new policy

Jerusalem - Hamas has softened its stance on Israel after long calling for its destruction, but the Palestinian movement must do more to convince the world to end its isolation, analysts and diplomats said Tuesday.

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

Doha - Hamas unveiled a new policy document Monday easing its stance on Israel after having called for years for the country's destruction, as the Palestinian Islamist movement seeks to improve its international standing.

New Hamas document accepts Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Doha - The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas unveiled Monday a new policy document easing its stance on Israel after having long called for its destruction, as it seeks to improve its international standing.

Hamas to amend controversial charter in bid to ease ties

Gaza - Hamas is to unveil a new version of its controversial founding charter which called for the destruction of Israel in a bid to ease its international isolation, party officials said.

On missile-hit warship, Israel readies for all threats

- White specks appear on the horizon and a voice crackles over the radio with a warning: "The speed boat is acting independently."Two boats on suicide bombing missions had been spotted either side of the INS Hanit, one of the Israeli navy's top warships....

Gunmen kill Hamas official in Gaza

Gaza - Gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.

Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief

Gaza - Hamas elected in secret a hardline member of the Palestinian Islamist movement's armed wing as its new Gaza leader on Monday, indicating a tougher stand against longtime adversary Israel.

UN worker accused by Israel of aiding Hamas sentenced to 7 months

Jerusalem - A Palestinian UN worker accused by Israel of aiding the Islamist group Hamas was sentenced to seven months' jail Wednesday in a plea deal which will see him released soon.

Israel says will not release bodies of slain Hamas men

Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday ruled that it would not release to their families the bodies of Hamas militants killed during attacks on Israelis but would instead bury them, the government said.

Hamas welcomes landmark UN vote on Israel settlements

Gaza - Hamas on Saturday welcomed a landmark UN Security Council vote demanding a halt to Israeli settlements in occupied territory, with the Palestinian Islamist movement saying it marked an "important evolution.
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CROSSING: An Egyption aid convoy waits to enter the Gaza Strip at the Rafah crossing in 2009.
CROSSING: An Egyption aid convoy waits to enter the Gaza Strip at the Rafah crossing in 2009.
Gloucester2gaza/Wikimedia Commons
Khlaid Mashaal (L) and Ismail Haniyeh (R) in Gaza  during Mashaal s first ever visit to the Gaza Str...
Khlaid Mashaal (L) and Ismail Haniyeh (R) in Gaza, during Mashaal's first ever visit to the Gaza Strip.
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A Palestinian woman carrying a child makes her way through debris as people inspect the remains of a...
A Palestinian woman carrying a child makes her way through debris as people inspect the remains of a house belonging to a member of the Islamist Hamas movement following an Israeli air strike on July 8, 2014 in the Gaza strip town of Khan Yunis
Said Khatib, AFP
FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush...
FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush address the press at the White House in Washington, D.C., in 2003.
Office of the President/Wikimedia Commons
Downtown Sderot: Damage by a Palestinian Qassam rocket fired by Hamas terrorists from inside the Gaz...
Downtown Sderot: Damage by a Palestinian Qassam rocket fired by Hamas terrorists from inside the Gaza strip. The warhead consists of a simple metal shell surrounding the explosives, and is triggered by a fuse constructed using a simple firearm cartridge, a spring and a nails.All this is done to inflict as much damage as possible
Oren Rosenfeld - 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
Noam Shalit during an interview in the tent in front of the Israeli Prime Minister s residence in Je...
Noam Shalit during an interview in the tent in front of the Israeli Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem. Photo by Alessandro Di Maio, November 11, 2010
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
Israeli woman in Tel Aviv in shock over missile attack
Israeli woman in Tel Aviv in shock over missile attack
The Times
Hamas fighters in Gaza City
Hamas fighters in Gaza City
Islam on Main Street
Qatari Emir beside Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza
Qatari Emir beside Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza
The Times
Israeli soldiers march next to an army deployment area near the border between Israel and the Hamas-...
Israeli soldiers march next to an army deployment area near the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014
Gil Cohen-Magen, AFP
Israeli woman injured from w:Hamas Grad rocket fired at Beer Sheva civilian area from Gaza is taken ...
Israeli woman injured from w:Hamas Grad rocket fired at Beer Sheva civilian area from Gaza is taken to medical center.
Edi Israel
Neighbors view damage to the Kaware family home in northern Gaza  where eight people died last month...
Neighbors view damage to the Kaware family home in northern Gaza, where eight people died last month in an Israeli air strike.
Muhammad Sabah/Wikimedia Commons
PORTAL: The now-closed Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip is shown in 2009.
PORTAL: The now-closed Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip is shown in 2009.
Marius Arnesen-Gaza 2009 Project/Wikimedia Commons
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Hamad militia
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A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike on July 9  2014 in Gaza City
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014 in Gaza City
Thomas Coex, AFP
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Two Hamas fighters show off Yasin RPG.
Photo by Ominae
Palestinian murdered and dragged through the streets of  Gaza after being accused of spying for Isra...
Palestinian murdered and dragged through the streets of Gaza after being accused of spying for Israel.
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Noam Shalit  Gilad s father  changes the number of the tricker that counts the days of Gilad s Capti...
Noam Shalit, Gilad's father, changes the number of the tricker that counts the days of Gilad's Captivity in front of the Israeli Prime Minister residence in West Jerusalem - November 11th, 2010 by Alessandro Di Maio