Gaza toll hits 788 as 15 killed at U.N. school

Jul 25, 2014

Gaza toll hits 788 as 15 killed at U.N. school

Fifteen people were killed Thursday when Israeli fire hit a U.N.-run school in Gaza, as the Palestinian toll on the 17th day of the conflict rose to 788, medics said. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said at least 15 people had been killed and ...

Rocket cache stashed at U.N. school in Gaza goes missing

Jul 24, 2014

Rocket cache stashed at U.N. school in Gaza goes missing

Rockets found at a U.N.-run school in Gaza “have gone missing,” an “alarmed” U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday, demanding a full review of such incidents. A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief’s “outrage and regret” at the placement of weapons ...

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Jul 24, 2014

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the ...

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Jul 24, 2014

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Washington’s top diplomat said global efforts to end 16 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing Wednesday as the fighting raged on and airlines suspended flights over rocket fears. As U.S. and U.N. diplomats continued intensive diplomacy to end the violence, the Islamist Hamas ...

Jul 23, 2014

FAA bars U.S. airlines from Israel for 24 hours amid Gaza crisis

The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airlines Tuesday from flying to and from Israel for at least 24 hours amid safety concerns sparked by the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The FAA said its prohibition applied only to U.S. air carriers, and that “updated instructions” ...

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 ...

Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon; fire returned

Jul 22, 2014

Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon; fire returned

Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon on Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the Israeli army said, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday. An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate ...

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

Jul 22, 2014

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas ...

| 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 ...