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

Adrian Hamilton: Gaza conflict is in both sides' interest

T here's a simple explanation for Israel's decision to raise the stakes in Gaza. Because it can. It has military superiority. And it knows the act has no consequences, at least internationally. President Obama turned aside, saying he quite understood Israel's reasons but hoped it would try to avoid civilian casualties. The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, made clear which side the UK was on, declaring that "Hamas bears principal responsibility for the current crisis".

The conflict in Gaza intensifies

Civilians on both sides of Israeli-Gaza conflict experience familiar suffering

The only sound in a room of the intensive care unit at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City was the heartbeat of 8-month-old Haneen Tafish, amplified through a cardiac monitor. Her 50-year-old grandfather Ahmad Tafish watched her with teary eyes as he shook.

Three Israelis die as Palestinians launch attacks after Hamas commander killed in air strike

Gaza militants' missiles target Tel Aviv in revenge attack

Three Israelis die as Palestinians launch attacks after Hamas commander killed in air strike

Protesters wave Egyptian and Palestinian flags during a protest in solidarity with Gaza in Cairo yesterday

Egypt’s Islamist president condemns shelling of Gaza

Egypt’s Islamist president today denounced Israel’s shelling of Gaza as an “unacceptable aggression,” ordering his prime minister to visit the Hamas-governed enclave in what could emerge as the first major test for the country’s leader.

11-month-old son of BBC picture editor is killed in Gaza

Update: A report of 6 March by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded that the death of Omar Masharawi was the result of “what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel”.  The High Commissioner’s reported also concluded that the Israeli Defence Force, the De Facto Authorities in Gaza and Palestinian armed groups all “failed in many instances to respect international law”.

William Hague condemns Gaza attacks

William Hague condemned rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza today, insisting militant group Hamas bore “principal responsibility” for spiralling violence.

Palestinians extinguish fire from the car of Ahmed al-Jabari after it was hit by one of several Israeli air strikes in Gaza City

Massed Israeli troops poised for invasion of Gaza

Air strike assassination of Hamas military chief signals start of major operation

Editorial: A killing that will rebound on Israel

There have been occasions in the past when it has been hard to penetrate the thinking of an Israeli government; the events of yesterday supplied one more. At a time when instability, or potential instability, afflicts almost all its borders, from Sinai in the south to Golan in the north, one might have thought that the last thing Israel needed was any action likely to fan the flames further.

Israel says Ahmed Jabari killing is launch of operation to assassinate Palestinian militant leaders

The Israeli military says its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants.

An Israeli man reacts as he receives treatment after he was injured by a rocket launched from the Palestinian Gaza Strip towards the southern Israeli city of Sderot on November 11

After border attack, Israeli shells kill four

Palestinian militants fired an antitank missile at an Israeli army vehicle on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on Saturday, wounding four soldiers and prompting Israeli shelling that local medical officials said killed four Palestinian civilians and wounded 25 others.

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Netanyahu cool to Abbas' hint at waiving Palestinian 'right of return'

Remarks by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas suggesting that he was conceding the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees, a core issue in dispute with Israel, drew a wary response Sunday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after setting off a storm of controversy in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinians still divided as bid looms for UN recognition

Rival Palestinian officials from Fatah and Hamas sparred publicly today over reports that the two sides were once again on the brink of signing a power-sharing agreement before a new bid for state recognition at the United Nations this month.

Hamas rockets head for southern Israel

Israel threatens 'deeper action' over Hamas rocket blitz bombardment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of "deeper action" to prevent attacks from Gaza after Israeli civilians came under a massive Hamas bombardment yesterday.

A fire breaks out following Tuesday night's air strike, which killed two people

Sudan blames Israel for attack on arms factory

Sudan yesterday accused Israel of carrying out an air strike on a large arms factory in its capital, Khartoum, that killed two people.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani

Hamas hails diplomatic victory: Cheering crowds greet Emir of Qatar as he becomes first foreign head of state to visit Gaza since group seized power

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, arrived in Gaza today, in the first visit by a foreign head of state since Hamas seized power five years ago.

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