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 ...

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 ...

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

Jul 18, 2014

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas’ rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels ...