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

Aid workers to join Gaza flotilla

More than 30 British aid workers will join a flotilla heading towards Gaza in June, it has been announced.

Egypt permanently opens Gaza border crossing

After four years, Egypt today permanently opened the Gaza Strip's main gateway to the outside world, bringing long-awaited relief to the territory's Palestinian population and a significant achievement for the area's ruling Hamas militant group.

Barenboim strikes a divisive note once more

Conductor defies Israeli security to perform peace concert for Palestinians

Gaza Strip: Reconciliation deal for Palestinians

Smaller Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation deal yesterday before a formal ceremony this week to celebrate the accord designed to end a four-year rift between the biggest factions, Hamas and Fatah.

Israel dismayed as Fatah strikes surprise deal with Hamas

The Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to end a four-year rift in a surprise move that could have profound implications for the stalled Arab-Israeli peace process.

Suspects in Gaza activist's murder killed in Hamas raid

Two main suspects for the killing of a pro-Palestinian Italian activist died yesterday and a third was captured during a raid by Hamas security forces, the Hamas-run Interior Ministry said.

Leading article: A killing in Gaza that also carries a warning to Israel

The kidnapping and killing of Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza is exactly what the Italian foreign ministry statement said it was: "An act of vile and senseless violence."

Activist's murder shakes Hamas's grip on Gaza

Outrage as first death of foreigner since militants seized power in 2007 underscores rise of destabilising 'outlaw' element

Troops and warplanes strike Gaza

Israeli aircraft and ground forces struck Gaza yesterday, killing three civilians and two Hamas gunmen, in retaliation for a Palestinian rocket attack on an Israeli school bus on Thursday.

Gaza Strip: Israel retaliates as missile hits bus

An anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an Israeli school bus yesterday, wounding two people. Israeli forces retaliated by shelling the territory, killing a 50-year-old man, Palestinian medics said.

UN jurist to review Gaza war criticism

South African jurist Richard Goldstone has accepted an invitation to visit Israel and work to nullify his UN report accusing Israel of targeting civilians during its offensive in the Gaza Strip two years ago, Israel's interior minister said yesterday.

Israeli air strike kills three militants in Gaza

Israeli aircraft killed three Palestinian gunmen in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, medical officials and the Israeli army said.

Rockets fired from Gaza strike Israel after lull

Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel today after a brief lull in violence along a frontier where tensions have risen in the past week.

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