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

Israel navy boards protest boats

Israeli forces have boarded protest boats trying to break its naval blockade of Gaza, the military said.

Netanyahu refuses to apologise to Turkey

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that he would not apologise to Turkey over an Israeli raid that killed nine Turks on a ship bound for Gaza, reiterating his position after Turkey acted to downgrade relations with Israel.

Army aims to close Gaza tunnels

Egypt's military has begun an operation to shut a network of smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border following an outbreak of tension with Israel.

UN censures Israel for raid on flotilla that killed nine Turks

Israel's naval blockade of Gaza is legal and justified but it used unreasonable and excessive force when it killed nine Turks on a flotilla trying to break through it, a UN report has concluded.

Rocket attacks and airstrikes threaten Gaza ceasefire pledge

Israel indicated at the beginning of the week that it would halt airstrikes, but reserved the right to target those who fired rockets

Gaza militant killed in air strike

Violence along the Gaza-Israel border intensified yesterday, with Israeli air strikes on militant targets in response to renewed rocket fire.

Israel launches air strikes in retaliation for Sinai attacks

At least seven Israelis were killed yesterday in bold and co-ordinated attacks by gunmen armed with assault rifles, mortars, and a roadside bomb. They were said by Israel to have infiltrated the country from Gaza through an increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula.

Gaza: Men hung after spying for Israel

Gaza's Hamas government says it has executed two Palestinians convicted of spying for Israel.

Israelis seize protest yacht as it tries to run Gaza blockade

Israeli commandos yesterday boarded and seized control of a yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists as it tried to defy Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel suspends MP for opposing Gaza blockade

The Israeli parliament has temporarily suspended an Israeli-Arab politician who participated in the Gaza-bound flotilla last year that was intercepted by Israel in a bungled assault that left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

Israel and Turkey row delays UN flotilla report

Israeli and Turkish officials are working feverishly behind the scenes to agree on a reconciliation document which would draw a line under Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May, which left nine Turkish activists dead and chilled relations with its closest ally in the region.

Gaza's male hairdressers cut under Hamas ban

Hamas, the Islamist overlords of Gaza, has started to enforce a ban on male hairdressers as it seeks to impose a stricter code of Islam on Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinians.

Mystery deepens over the flotilla on the rocks

The many mishaps that have befallen 10 ships heading for Gaza have triggered accusations of Israeli dirty tricks

The hoax video blog and the plot to smear a Gaza aid mission

A bizarre video where a gay activist claims he was prevented from taking part in the upcoming Gaza-bound flotilla because of his sexual orientation has been exposed as an Israeli hoax.

Israeli campaign stops Gaza flotilla leaving port

Efforts by pro-Palestinian activists to challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza appeared increasingly doubtful yesterday amid reports that Greece was preventing several ships from leaving port to join a convoy bound for the Palestinian territory.

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