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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.

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.

Violence surges on Israel-Gaza frontier

Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza today and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave's Hamas leadership with a visit.

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.

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 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.

Aman surveys the damage after an air strike in Ashdod, Israel

Israeli air strikes kill five Palestinians

Israeli air strikes today killed five Palestinians, including a father and his daughter, as Gaza-based militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel’s south for a fourth consecutive day.

Toll from Israel Gaza strikes now 14 militants

The worst exchange of strikes between Israel and the Gaza Strip so far this year entered its second day today, as Israeli aircraft carried out raids that have so far killed 14 militants according to a Palestinian count, and militants responded with nearly 100 rockets.

Israeli airstrike kills top militant commander in Gaza

An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed the commander of the militant group behind the abduction of Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier who was held captive for more than five years and freed in a prisoner swap for more than 1,000 Palestinians.

Syrian opposition says 16 die in intense shelling

Syrian government troops heavily shelled rebellious districts in the resistance stronghold of Homs today, killing at least 16 people and compounding fears of a new round of bloody urban combat in a country careening toward all-out civil war.

Fatah and Hamas agree that Abbas will lead Palestinian unity cabinet

The leaders of Fatah and Hamas yesterday agreed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could head an interim "unity" cabinet to pave the way for fresh future elections in Gaza and the West Bank.

Hamas MPs arrested

Israeli police have arrested two Hamas MPs who had been hiding in a Red Cross compound in Jerusalem.

Khaled Meshaal, left, was keen to broker a deal with President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, right

Uncertainty in Hamas as leader decides to quit

Meshaal's departure may affect movement's shift to a more moderate stance towards Israel

Evgeny Lebedev (left) with Saed Ibrahim Abdullah, a 55-year-old unemployed fisherman, and his wife, and (right) Ismail Haniyeh

Rebel without a state: Evgeny Lebedev meets Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of Gaza

As prime minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh is one of the world's most controversial politicians. He talks to Evgeny Lebedev about the Arab Spring, suicide bombing, the Israeli blockade - and the elusive prospect of peace.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh on board the Mavi Marmara in Istanbul yesterday

Gaza PM stirs tension by boarding blockade ship

Palestinians plan diplomatic blitz to increase pressure on Israel over peace talks

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