Six Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby, were killed, while four Israelis were wounded, including an elderly man who was in a critical condition. The fighting, the most intense between the sides in months, came as leaders from Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, and the smaller armed faction Islamic Jihad, were in Cairo for talks with Egyptian mediators aimed at preventing a fraying cease-fire from collapsing altogether. It also comes at a sensitive time for Israel, which is to mark its Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday this week, before hosting the Eurovision song contest in the middle of the month.
TEL AVIV, Israel—Every two months or so for the past year Israel and Hamas have engaged in a deadly but relatively limited round of violence—with the Islamic militant group firing rockets from the Gaza Strip and Israel responding with airstrikes for a day or two until international mediators step in and stop the fighting. The latest round over the weekend was the most lethal since the war but consistent with the pattern. Yet there are signs—economic, military, and political—that this could be the last of the short-lived escalation rounds.
Since protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least Palestinians and wounded more than 18, For more than six months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have protested along the fence with Israel demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago. The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe - a reference to the forced removal ofPalestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel's establishment in
Eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour was killed after being exposed to the toxic gas east of Gaza city yesterday, the health ministry for the territory said. It is not known how close to the troubled border with Israel the child and her family were when Leila died, reports NDTV. Israeli forces clashed with protesters yesterday as the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem - a city which Palestinians also claim as their capital.
Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in an apparently botched undercover raid and ensuing firefight that has threatened to destroy a precarious, unofficial ceasefire. An Israeli lieutenant colonel was killed and another officer wounded in the operation on Sunday night in south-east Gaza, the first known ground incursion there by Israeli forces since the last war in In apparent response to the gunfight, more than a dozen rockets were launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave overnight, and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahucut short a visit to Paris, where he had been gathering with world leaders for a first world war commemoration.
An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the deal, but there appeared to have been no rocket fire or Israeli strikes in the hours after it was due to take effect, an AFP correspondent in Gaza said. Israel also lifted restrictions on civilian movements in communities around the Gaza border this morning. Egypt brokered the agreement to cease hostilities from 4. It came after the most serious flare-up in violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a war.
At least 22 Palestinians, including militants and children, were killed in Gaza over the weekend, and four Israeli civilians died in the fighting. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Gaza groups that fired about projectiles at southern Israel on Saturday and Sunday, had indicated a readiness to restore the fragile truce that went into effect nearly five years ago but has been interrupted repeatedly by violence. A Hamas-run television channel reported in the early hours of Monday that a new cease-fire had been reached, and would come into effect at a.
Optional email code. Ramallah, February 12, — Israeli forces killed four Palestinian children with live ammunition across the Occupied Palestinian Territory between January 25 and February 8. Two further children from the West Bank were killed by Israeli forces during the last week of January. On January 30, Israeli forces shot Samah Zuheer Ahmad Mubarak, 16, at close range at a checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, after an alleged attempted stabbing attack.