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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

Israeli soldier injured in Gaza explosion ahead of visit by the ruler of Qatar

An Israeli soldier has been injured in an explosion along the Gaza security fence, ahead of a scheduled visit by the ruler of Qatar to the Palestinian territory, Israel's military said today.

Israel intercepts Gaza-bound boat

Israeli naval vessels have stopped a pro-Palestinian boat attempting to reach Gaza in defiance of Israel's blockade of the territory, military officials said.

Gilad Shalit in a video recorded by his captors in 2009

Israeli soldier held captive for 1,941 days tells his story

Gilad Shalit's fate transfixed the nation. A year after release he talks of chess games with his captors

Ahmed, son of the Salafist leader Islamist Hisham al-Saedni, sits next to his father’s body at his funeral in a Gaza refugee camp yesterday

Israeli air strikes kill extremist leaders in Gaza Strip

Two Islamist militant leaders were killed by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip at the weekend as Palestinians continued to fire rockets into southern Israel.

Israeli forces and Gaza militants exchange fire

Officials say Israel and Hamas militants have exchanged fire in the most serious flare-up in months on the Jewish state's border with the Gaza Strip.

Israeli court rejects Rachel Corrie family's lawsuit over bulldozer death

An Israeli court on yesterday rejected a lawsuit brought against the military by the parents of a US activist crushed to death in 2003 by an army bulldozer as she tried to block its path in the Gaza Strip, ruling the army was not at fault for her death.

Gunmen kill 16 Egyptian soldiers on border with Gaza and Israel

Masked gunmen killed 16 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint along the border with Gaza and Israel, the first such attack on troops.

Egyptian entry rules eased for Palestinians

Egypt is allowing freer entry for Palestinians, in an unprecedented move that eases long-imposed travel restrictions, particularly on Gazans, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said yesterday.

Israel bombs Hamas targets in Gaza as truce unravels

Israel launched air raids on Hamas security targets in Gaza today, wounding more than 20 people including a baby, medical officials in the Islamist-ruled territory said, as militants stepped up rocket fire, wounding an Israeli man.

Violence continues along Israel-Gaza border leaving two Palestinians dead

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes and Hamas fired its first cross-border rocket barrages in more than a year as fighting along the Israel-Gaza frontier flared on yesterday for a second day.

Two dead after Gaza militant launches attack on Israeli troops

A Palestinian militant entered Israel early yesterday, opening fire on a group of soldiers, killing one of them before being shot dead.

Two die in Gaza border shootout

An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian militant have died in a shootout near the border with the Gaza Strip.

Vincent Fean, the British Consulate General, with Palestinian Paralympic athletes in Jerusalem

Paralympic athletes make it to Jerusalem thanks to the British

The Palestinian athletics coach Mousa Qadoum was so overcome by emotion on entering the al-Aqsa mosque yesterday that he collapsed into silent tears. It was a reminder of how rare it is for Gazans make it out of the territory to what for Muslims is easily the most sacred site in the Holy Land, a mere 48 miles away.

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Palestinian paralympian team visits Jerusalem's Old City

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Israel expels 'Palestinian collaborator' back to Gaza

Israel deported a Palestinian man to Gaza even though he faced almost certain execution there if caught by Hamas, which has charged him with spying for Israel, the man's lawyer said.

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