Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Jul 26, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation “significantly.” Hours after ...

Gaza morgue duty growing more onerous

| Jul 25, 2014

Gaza morgue duty growing more onerous

by Karin Laub and Beit Lahiya

In the morgue at a small Gaza Strip hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table. With swift, steady movements, ...

15 die as U.N. school in Gaza gets caught in cross-fire

Jul 25, 2014

15 die as U.N. school in Gaza gets caught in cross-fire

A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel ...

Jul 25, 2014

U.S. urges civilian protection after U.N. school in Gaza is shelled

The United States on Thursday urged greater effort to protect civilians in Israel’s Gaza campaign as it voiced sadness over the deaths at a U.N. school serving as a shelter. “We are deeply saddened and concerned about the tragic incident,” State Department spokeswoman Jen ...

Israeli mood turns dark as military casualties mount

Jul 22, 2014

Israeli mood turns dark as military casualties mount

For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with ...

| Jul 21, 2014

Israel, Hamas equally vexed by status quo

If Israel and Hamas can agree on one point, it seems, it’s that things have to change. That’s why cease-fire efforts carried out by Egypt and backed by the West have so far failed, and why Israel decided to roll the dice and launch ...

Jul 20, 2014

Israel to expand Gaza ground offensive: army

Israel’s army said Sunday it was expanding its ground offensive against the Gaza Strip as the bloodiest conflict since 2009 entered its 13th day with a death toll of over 360. “This evening, the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge expands as additional forces ...

Israeli troops uncover Gaza tunnels as death toll reaches 325

Jul 19, 2014

Israeli troops uncover Gaza tunnels as death toll reaches 325

Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation Saturday as the Palestinian death toll climbed to 325 and diplomats scrambled to revive cease-fire efforts. The Israeli military said it had ...

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

Jul 19, 2014

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

Sobbing and shaking, Ismail Abu Musallam leaned against the wall of a hospital Friday, waiting for three of his children to be prepared for burial. They were killed as they slept when an Israeli tank shell hit their home, burying 11-year-old Ahmed, 14-year-old Walaa ...