News A Palestinian man stands amid tear gas smoke during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the village of Beit Furik, near the West Bank city of Nablus

Hamas Islamists governing Gaza reject the account as 'silly fabrications', saying it was an attempt to justify Israeli military strikes in the territory

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, front left, alongside Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza yesterday

Khaled Meshaal's return gives Palestinians new hope for unity

Hamas' exiled political leader pledges to work with Fatah on his first visit to Gaza since 1967

Khaled Meshaal has helped build Hamas into strong force since he became leader in 1996

Hamas leader returns to Gaza to a hero's welcome

Khaled Meshaal is making his first visit in 45 years to celebrate the founding of the group

Labourers repair a bombed tunnel in Rafah on Sunday

Rafah’s smuggling tunnel diggers are back in business

For eight days, the sounds of illegal commerce at the ragged southern edge of the Gaza Strip were silenced by the pounding thrum of battle.

Official: Hamas will seek more weapons

Israel and Hamas on Monday resumed indirect discussions over their fragile cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas official said, but he warned that violence could flare again if negotiators did not quickly come to an agreement.

The suffering of Sderot: how its true inhabitants were wiped from Israel's maps and memories

The people of Huj - now almost forgotten - had helped the Jewish Haganah army escape the British. The thanks they got was to be sent into Gaza as refugees

Destruction: A boy sits in a Gaza house wrecked by an Israeli air-strike

Israel's shame: Children, the true victims

In Gaza, one-in-three of those killed or injured is under 18

Editorial: Egypt's President has taken a big step back

With his decree, Mr Morsi has reversed many gains of the 2011 uprising

Israeli soldiers in cheerful mood before leaving a deployment area near the Gaza Strip

One of Israel's great leftist warriors wants peace with Hamas and Gaza - but does the Knesset?

Our correspondent meets the legendary Uri Avnery, who roars out against Netanyahu and his government and foresees growing ethnic strife in Israel

Israeli soldiers in cheerful mood before leaving a deployment area near the Gaza Strip

Israel and Hamas seek to solidify cease-fire

Israel and Hamas are seeking to solidify an Egyptian and US-brokered cease-fire halting eight days of aerial assaults that ravaged the Gaza Strip and made Tel Aviv a missile target.

‘Arms race’ for visits over world’s most contentious conflict

Groups linked to both sides of the conflict have spent over £130,000 since the last UK general election on taking Parliamentarians to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

Ceasefire appears to hold as Palestinians celebrate end of eight days of conflict

As a hard-won ceasefire in Gaza appeared to be holding, ending eight days of conflict in which some 150 Palestinians and six Israelis died, Israeli forces swooped on Palestinian suspects in the West Bank early today, arresting 55 people and vowing “to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into Israeli communities.”

Boys inspect the rubble in Gaza City

Battered Gaza welcomes cease-fire between Israel and Hamas

Celebratory gunfire crackled across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night as Palestinians hailed what they called a victory by Hamas in forcing an end to Israeli attacks.

The Arab Spring has done nothing for Gaza

Since the revolutions in the Arab world, Gaza is no longer without allies, but with friends like these, who needs Israelis?

Several people were wounded after a bomb destroyed a bus in Tel Aviv yesterday

Bombs both sides of the border, but it's Gaza that's been reduced to rubble

Israel's air strikes have dismantled the infrastructure of the under-siege city with precision

Fragile truce deal hailed as a victory on both sides

Hillary Clinton praised the Egyptian President for showing leadership during the talks

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