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Israel completes Gaza troop withdrawal

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it completed a troop pullout from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, starting its relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama by quitting Palestinian land devastated by its 22-day offensive. “As of this morning, the last of the Israel Defense Forces soldiers have left the Gaza Strip and the forces have […]

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Conflict costs Israelis, Palestinians dear: study

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israelis and Palestinians could all be twice as rich as they are today if conflict had not continued throughout the peace process of the past two decades, an international think tank said on Wednesday. The Strategic Foresight Group, an India-based body that says it has advised governments, said Israel’s offensive in the […]

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Hamas still standing, but some Gaza districts gone

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

SALATIN, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Palestinian families returned to their homes in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday but many found there was nothing recognizable left standing. Women and children gazed around in dismay as they came in sight of Salatin, trundling slowly along on overloaded donkey carts or packed into decrepit cars, over roads […]

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Arab economic summit divided on Gaza

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders agreed at a summit on Tuesday to help rebuild the battered Gaza Strip, but failed to bridge differences over the three-week Israeli offensive that killed more than 1,300 people. The conflict in Gaza underscored the Arab divide between those allied to Egypt and Saudi Arabia on one side, and those […]

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Aid agencies ramp up Gaza operations after conflict

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Aid agencies poured resources into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, providing basic essentials to tens of thousands of Palestinians in need of emergency aid after three weeks of devastating conflict. Israel, which controls border entry points into Gaza, said it hoped to triple the number of trucks being allowed to deliver […]

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France signals easing conditions for Hamas talks

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

PARIS (Reuters) – France signaled on Tuesday that it might be prepared to hold talks with Hamas even if the Palestinian Islamist group does not recognize Israel as Paris and other Western powers have demanded for years. The “Quartet” of Middle East mediators — the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia […]

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TIMELINE: Israeli-Hamas violence

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

(Reuters) – Voicing shock at stark scenes of destruction, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, and Israel was poised to withdraw its troops. Here is a timeline of events since a six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip ended last month. December 19, 2008 – Ceasefire expires. December […]

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IAEA to look into Gaza uranium ammunition claim

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog said Tuesday it would look into a claim by Vienna-based Arab ambassadors that Israel may have used ammunition containing depleted uranium in Gaza attacks. The International Atomic Energy Agency said the request was made in a letter addressed to Director General Mohammed ElBaradei and was delivered by the […]

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U.N. chief Ban sees “heartbreaking” Gaza damage

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, voicing shock and anger at the “heartbreaking” devastation, visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to pledge aid for Palestinians after Israeli attacks killed 1,300 and made thousands homeless. Israel had withdrawn most of its force before U.S. President Barack Obama was inaugurated — Israeli leaders seemed eager not […]

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Iran Lauds Independent Countries’ Support for Gaza

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Comments Off

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in separate letters to independent heads of state, praised them for boycotting Israel and supporting the oppressed people in Gaza. The Iranian president called cut of commercial and political ties with Israel a “revolutionary and valuable stance”. Ahmadinejad in his letters expressed his confidence in victory of independent nations […]

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Hamas and Israel separately announce Gaza ceasefire

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas said on Sunday it would cease fire immediately along with its Islamist allies in the Gaza Strip and give Israel, which already declared a unilateral truce, a week to pull its troops out of the territory. A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in response: “We’ll play this day […]

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Obama welcomes Israeli ceasefire in Gaza

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama welcomes Israel’s ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and is committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians work toward peace, a spokesman said on Sunday. Obama will say more on the situation in Gaza after he is inaugurated on Tuesday, spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said in a statement.

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Gazans grapple with scale of death and destruction

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – After 22 days of devastating Israeli air strikes and shelling, shocked Palestinians emerged onto the rubble-strewn streets of the Gaza Strip on Sunday to collect their dead and inspect their shattered homes. Women sat weeping amid the ruins of their houses, hiding their faces, many too distressed to speak. Others sifted through […]

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Europeans and Arabs say turn truce into permanent peace

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – European and conservative Arab leaders said on Sunday Israel and the Palestinians must turn a shaky ceasefire in Gaza into a permanent peace that prevents any recurrence of violence. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the host of a summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, said the three weeks […]

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Gaza adds to strains in Algeria before election

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Public anger over Gaza has added to economic and political strains in Algeria that will make for an uncomfortable test of nerves ahead of a presidential election in a country with a history of popular unrest. A steep drop in oil revenue, questions about the integrity of the April vote and anger […]

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Israeli fire kills Palestinian in Gaza Strip

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an area where militants had fired mortar bombs in defiance of a unilateral Israeli ceasefire, medical workers said. The incident occurred near the Gazan town of Khan Younis, the workers said, identifying the man as a civilian. He was the […]

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Gaza clash erupts despite Israeli ceasefire

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli forces and Palestinian militants exchanged fire in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, hours after Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire, the Israeli military and Hamas sources said. “Gunmen fired at our forces in the northern Gaza Strip,” an Israeli military spokesman said. “They returned fire from the ground and the air and […]

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Ahmadinejad Urges UN Action to Stop Massacre in Gaza

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a message to an international conference on supporting Palestinian resistance urged the United Nations to fulfill its responsibility to stop Israeli massacre in Gaza. “I urge the UN Secretary General and the Security Council to do their International and legal duties and responsibilities on the basis of the […]

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Iran’s Firs Lady Asks for Facilitated Dispatch of Aid to Gazans

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Lady Azam al-Sadat Farahi, in a letter to her Egyptian counterpart, asked for her help to facilitate aid delivery to Palestinians. “Witnessing the dead bodies of women and children is painful and even worse is that some governments in Arab and Islamic countries do not support the oppressed people in Gaza,” […]

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Iranian FM: Israel’s Ceasefire Not Enough

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Sunday called for a complete withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip, stressing that just ceasing fire by the Israeli military is not enough. “A mere halt of aerial, naval and ground attacks without a pull-out of the forces from the occupied positions is not enough to […]

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Iranian Ship Struggles for Gaza Aid Delivery

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

TEHRAN (FNA)- Captain of Iranian cargo ship, carrying Iran’s aid to Gaza, stressed that his vessel will wait in international waters until its mission is accomplished. “We will be waiting until we accomplish the mission. Our objective is to deliver the cargo to the Gazans,” Goudarz Qaleh-Golab said. “We started moving toward the Gaza port […]

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UN Chief Issues Statement on Gaza Truce

Sunday, January 18, 2009 Comments Off

TEHRAN (FNA)- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued on Saturday in Beirut, expressed satisfaction over the decision to cease hostilities in the occupied lands. According to a press release issued by the UN Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran, the full text of the UN chief’s statement is as follows: “I am relieved that […]

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Gaza building apparently hit by phosphorus: U.N.

Friday, January 16, 2009 Comments Off

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A warehouse in a U.N. compound in Gaza that came under Israeli fire on Thursday was apparently hit by white-phosphorus shells, U.N. humanitarian affairs chief John Holmes said. It was the first public allegation by a senior U.N. official echoing an accusation by Human Rights Watch last week that Israel had […]

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Phased Gaza ceasefire takes shape: diplomats

Friday, January 16, 2009 Comments Off

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Egyptian proposal to end the war in Gaza centers on a phased-in ceasefire, starting with a lull to let in aid, followed by the pullout of Israeli forces and the reopening of border crossings, diplomats said. But Western and U.N. diplomats close to the negotiations said Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, […]

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Gulf Arab leaders discuss Gaza in Saudi Arabia

Friday, January 16, 2009 Comments Off

RIYADH (Reuters) – Gulf Arab leaders gathered in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday for an emergency meeting on Israel’s offensive in Gaza that could help scupper an Arab summit proposed by regional maverick Qatar. King Abdullah called the meeting, pre-empting a bid by Qatar to stage an Arab summit in Doha on Friday that […]

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Arab support slips for Doha summit on Gaza

Friday, January 16, 2009 Comments Off

DUBAI (Reuters) – Support has slipped for a special Arab summit on the Israeli offensive in Gaza proposed to be held in Qatar on Friday, with several countries dropping out after a tug-of-war highlighting Arab divisions. Qatar’s emir insists his invitation still stands, but Arab League official Hesham Youssef said one of the Arab League’s […]

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Q&A: What’s next in the Gaza conflict?

Thursday, January 15, 2009 Comments Off

(Reuters) – Israeli forces pushed deeper into Gaza city Thursday and unleashed their heaviest shelling of its crowded neighborhoods in three weeks of war, stepping up pressure on Hamas as the Islamist group weighed a ceasefire. The Palestinian death toll topped 1,050, including many civilians. More than 4,000 have been wounded. Three Israeli civilians, killed […]

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Explosion hits media offices in Gaza

Thursday, January 15, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – An explosion blasted a tower block in the city of Gaza that houses the offices of Reuters and other media organizations on Thursday, forcing an evacuation and disrupting coverage of increasingly fierce fighting. Colleagues said a journalist for the Abu Dhabi television channel had been wounded. Reuters journalists working in the building […]

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Israel apologizes to Ban for hitting U.N. compound

Thursday, January 15, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak apologized to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday after Israeli forces shelled the main U.N. aid compound in the city of Gaza, Ban told reporters. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said its compound, where up to 700 Palestinians were being sheltered, was hit twice by […]

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London Seeks to Soothe Muslim Anger over UK’s Pro-Israel Policy

Monday, January 12, 2009 Comments Off

TEHRAN (FNA)- British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in an unprecedented move wrote a letter to British Muslim leaders to placate criticism about the UK’s policy in refusing to condemn Israel’s massacre of nearly 900 Palestinians in Gaza. “I thought it would be helpful to be in touch about the extremely worrying situation in the Middle […]

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Israel sends army reservists into Gaza battle

Monday, January 12, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA – Israeli leaders trying to find a knockout blow against Hamas militants defying a 17-day-old assault on the Gaza Strip have sent army reservists into battle. With the Palestinian death toll nearing 900 and international pressure for a ceasefire mounting, Israeli forces might launch a full-scale attack on Hamas smuggling tunnels on Gaza’s border […]

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Israel and Hamas vow to fight on in Gaza

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and Hamas vowed to keep fighting on Sunday, ignoring international calls to stop the Gaza conflict which entered a 16th day with heavy clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian guerrillas. Hamas’s leader in exile, Khaled Meshaal, said his Islamist group would not consider a truce until Israel ended its military offensive […]

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Q&A: What’s next in the Gaza conflict?

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Comments Off

(Reuters) – Israel and Hamas remained locked in a 16-day-old Gaza war on Sunday, ignoring international calls for a ceasefire. The Palestinian death toll topped 850, including many civilians. Three Israeli civilians, killed by rockets, and 10 soldiers have died. Here are some questions and answers about the conflict:

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Israeli troops kill 10 gunmen in Gaza city: medics

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Comments Off

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli soldiers killed 10 Palestinian gunmen during clashes in the city of Gaza on Sunday, Palestinian medical officials said. The location of the fighting, on the southwest side of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip’s biggest population centre, suggested Israel was intensifying a more than two-week-old offensive. Troops previously kept to the outskirts of […]

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FACTBOX: Developments in Gaza fighting

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Comments Off

(Reuters) – Following are developments in the fighting in the Gaza Strip as of 0500 GMT: (* Denotes new or updated items) *GAZA – Palestinian witnesses report heavy fighting east of the city of Gaza where Hamas militants fired anti-tank missiles and mortar bombs at advancing Israeli forces who responded with tank shells and air […]

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