News The female face of Hamas: Isra Al-Modallal

During her teenage years, Isra Al-Modallal was a schoolgirl in Yorkshire. She travelled from her home in Bradford, which she shared with her older brother, to Grange Technology College, two miles outside the city centre.

Ceasefire appears to hold as Palestinians celebrate end of eight days of conflict

As a hard-won ceasefire in Gaza appeared to be holding, ending eight days of conflict in which some 150 Palestinians and six Israelis died, Israeli forces swooped on Palestinian suspects in the West Bank early today, arresting 55 people and vowing “to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into Israeli communities.”

The Arab Spring has done nothing for Gaza

Since the revolutions in the Arab world, Gaza is no longer without allies, but with friends like these, who needs Israelis?

Several people were wounded after a bomb destroyed a bus in Tel Aviv yesterday

Bombs both sides of the border, but it's Gaza that's been reduced to rubble

Israel's air strikes have dismantled the infrastructure of the under-siege city with precision

Fragile truce deal hailed as a victory on both sides

Hillary Clinton praised the Egyptian President for showing leadership during the talks

Israelis and Palestinians agree ceasefire despite Tel Aviv bus bomb leaving 20 people injured

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.

President Barack Obama

Obama points to greater activity for US in Middle East

President Barack Obama's decision to send his top diplomat on an emergency Middle East peacemaking mission Tuesday marked an administration shift to a more activist role in the region's affairs and offered clues to how he may use the political elbow room afforded by a second term.

A Palestinian rescues possessions from a destroyed home

In Gaza, line between militants and population is thin

No place is safe.

Palestinians inspect damage from an Israeli air strike

Israel-Hamas fighting puts US at odds with Turkey and Egypt

The Israeli-Hamas conflict is putting the Obama administration at odds with two of its most important partners in the Middle East, threatening to undermine other US objectives in the region at a time of political upheaval.

Egypt's leader must perform tough balancing act

The arrival of Turkish and Qatari officials in Cairo to help mediate peace talks between Hamas and Israel illustrates the pivotal role that Egypt has played since the overthrow of strongman Hosni Mubarak last year.

A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City

Gaza counts its dead as Israel plans invasion

Gaza suffered its bloodiest day since Israel launched a military offensive in the Hamas-controlled enclave, with a sharp escalation in the ferocity of attacks from both sides amid frenzied last-minute diplomacy to try and forestall an Israeli ground assault.

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.

Obama blames Hamas's missiles for conflict

President Barack Obama cautiously waded into the first major foreign policy challenge of his second term at the weekend by saying it would be "preferable" if Israel avoided a ground invasion of Gaza, even has he reaffirmed American support for its ally.

David Cameron calls for end to conflict in Gaza

David Cameron has urged Israel to “do everything possible” to end the crisis in Gaza as its military continued to trade missile strikes with Hamas amid fears of a new ground war.

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.

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