Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

Aug 30, 2014

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel. The assessment by Shelter Cluster, chaired by the Norwegian Refugee Council with the ...

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel, monitors report

Aug 28, 2014

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel, monitors report

Al-Qaida’s Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday. The fighters, who have vowed to “liberate” the area, ...

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Aug 27, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of ...

Iranian TV shows off wreckage it claims came from shot-down drone

Aug 25, 2014

Iranian TV shows off wreckage it claims came from shot-down drone

Iran’s state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country’s Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site. The brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, showed what the channel says ...

Aug 24, 2014

Iran claims to have downed Israeli drone near Natanz nuclear site

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards say its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The Guards issued a statement on its website saying its forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in ...

Israeli airstrike brings down 12-story Gaza apartment tower

Aug 24, 2014

Israeli airstrike brings down 12-story Gaza apartment tower

Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza. The violence signaled that a speedy resumption of ...

Hamas says it killed 18 suspected Gaza informers to deter leaks

Aug 23, 2014

Hamas says it killed 18 suspected Gaza informers to deter leaks

Militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one ...

Israeli airstrike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

Aug 21, 2014

Israeli airstrike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group’s military leadership after a failed attempt on the life of its top commander this week. Hamas, which ...