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After eight days of fighting that have left more than 150 Palestinians and five Israelis dead, a ceasefire was agreed last night between Hamas and the Israeli government. It is set to come into effect at 7pm London time.

A masked Palestinian youth throws back a tear gas canister towards Israeli security forces

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William Hague says Hamas 'principally responsible' for Gaza crisis but urges for restraint from Israel

Time is running out for the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today as he called for an end to the violence in the region.

A Palestinian rescues possessions from a destroyed home

In Gaza, line between militants and population is thin

No place is safe.

The funeral of members of the Daloo family in Gaza City yesterday; 11 members of the family were killed on Sunday in an Israeli missile attack on their house

'They killed my son. Why? There will be no answer'

Members of the family which lost four generations in one Israeli attack tell Kim Sengupta of a loss which has left them in despair

Editorial: This vicious circle must be broken

Six days has a particular resonance in the recent history of the Middle East. In 1967, that is how long it took Israeli forces to seize control of huge swathes of its borderlands from its neighbours in coordinated operations that entered the annals of warfare. But the six days since Israel triggered the latest eruption of the conflict with Gaza by assassinating the head of the military wing of Hamas have brought only more conflict and nothing like a resolution. The considerations now are far more complex and more finely balanced.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal giving a press conference in Cairo yesterday

Ceasefire hopes slim after death toll passes 100

Hamas sticks to demand for end to Israeli blockade as UN chief arrives for talks

Gaza: under attack from Israeli air strikes

In Egypt, rage against Israel but little appetite for war

For 30 years, Egyptians simmered with anger toward Israel, frustrated that their longtime leader Hosni Mubarak wasn't aggressive enough toward their hated neighbour. But under Mubarak's successor, few in Egypt seem to be spoiling for a fight.

The aftermath of the Israeli air strike on the al-Dallu family home

‘Flatten all of Gaza’ says son of Ariel Sharon

The son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has sparked outrage with an idiotic and hugely depressing op-ed in the Jerusalem Post.

November 18, 2012: Israeli soldiers pray near the border with the central Gaza Strip. Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip from air and sea for a fifth straight day on Sunday, preparing for a possible ground invasion while also spelling out its conditions for a truce.

New alliances in the Middle East mean that, for Israel and Hamas, the worse is still to come in Gaza

How the Arab Spring can be traced in the recent escalation of violence

Egyptians rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza

Thousands of Egyptians gathered outside mosques and in squares across the country on Friday to call on Egypt and the Arab world to back the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.

A woman cries during the funeral of her brother after he was killed in an Israeli air strike. Missiles continue to be fired on Israeli targets by Palestinian militant in the Gaza Strip

Hamas turns up heat with first ever rocket attack on Jerusalem as pressure mounts on Netanyahu to launch ground invasion

The unfamiliar sound of air raid sirens wailed across Jerusalem last night as, for the first time, militants in Gaza targeted the city that Israelis and Palestinians both claim as their capital.

'We have lost loved ones in Gaza and so have they. We hope for peace'

The death toll mounts, as do fears of a drawn-out conflict, reports Donald Macintyre from Beit Hanoun in Gaza

Jordan: King Abdullah II cancels UK trip after protests

King Abdullah II has cancelled his trip to London scheduled for next week, after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman yesterday calling for his fall on the fourth day of unrest sparked by rising fuel prices.

BBC apologises to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks for surprise Middle East question on live radio

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks was caught off-guard this morning during a BBC Radio 4 broadcast when he made comments regarding the Gaza and Israel conflict without appearing to know he was on air.

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