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.

The enemy within: life under Hamas

A Palestinian insurgent tells Donald Macintyre how the internal security force in Gaza is posing more of a threat than the Israeli army

Netanyahu accused over stalled talks to free Shalit

The family of Gilad Shalit, the soldier seized by Gaza militants in 2006, sharply criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday for not securing his release despite the disclosure that a German mediator had renewed contact with both sides.

Gaza burns as Hamas declares war on drugs

Use of narcotics has soared among a people under siege. Now the authorities have vowed to clean up

Gaza militants launch rocket attacks in effort to derail peace talks

Short-range rockets and mortars rained on southern Israel yesterday as militants sought to derail the revived peace process on the second day of talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Hamas claims reponsibility for West Bank attack

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility today for a shooting attack yesterday in which two Israelis were wounded in the occupied West Bank.

Donald Macintyre: Settlements still occupying minds in the West Bank

As long as there is occupation there will be resistance. This is a reaction to what the Israelis do

Hamas claims drive-by attack ahead of summit

Hamas last night claimed responsibility for the killing of four Israelis in a West Bank drive-by shooting attack 24 hours before President Barack Obama hosts a dinner summit to start the first direct peace negotiations for 20 months.

Poles extradite 'Mossad agent'

Polish authorities extradited a suspected Mossad agent to Germany yesterday, where he faces charges over a passport that was used in the slaying of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year.

Israel kills senior Hamas rocket maker

Israeli warplanes fired missiles, killing a senior commander of the Hamas military wing and wounding 11 people in five targets hit across Gaza overnight, the group and the military said today.

Blockade helps Hamas recruit, says ambassador

Israel's three-year blockade of Gaza has thrust its residents into the embrace of the Islamist group Hamas and created a generation of Palestinians hostile to the Jewish state, according to the departing British ambassador.

As the Israeli blockade eases, Gaza goes shopping

The newest mall in Gaza City is filled with goods imported from Israel, not smuggled in through tunnels from Egypt. Donald Macintyre reports

Gaza ban on women smoking pipes

Hamas has banned women from smoking water pipes in Gaza's cafés, calling it a practice that destroys marriages and sullies the image of Palestinians.

Hamas blocks newspapers in Gaza Strip

The Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers say they have blocked what would have been the first shipment of outside newspapers to the territory in three years.

Iranian ships could join wave of flotillas to Gaza, says Hamas chief

A top Hamas leader has warned Israel to expect more Gaza-bound pro-Palestinian flotillas over the next two months, including vessels "from the Gulf". Mahmoud Zahar, often seen as the dominant figure in Hamas's political leadership in Gaza, said that he had been informed by "people ... from the Gulf states" that "after the Mondial [World Cup] at least eight ships will come from the Gulf".

Parents march to free captured Israeli sergeant

The family of a captured Israeli soldier set out on a 12-day march to Jerusalem yesterday to press Israeli leaders to make a deal with his Hamas captors to free him.

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