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Gaza Strip: Israeli forces martyr seven in airstrikes

GAZA : Seven killed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in airstrikes and an undercover raid that Hamas said targeted one of its commanders and the Israeli military said left one of its officers dead. Hamas said the incident began when assailants in a passing car opened fire on a group of its fighters, killing one of its commanders. Hamas gunmen gave chase as the car sped back towards the border with Israel, Hamas said in a statement. Later on, Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles in the area, according to witnesses.…

Palestinian militants fire rockets, Israel strikes Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israel struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip before dawn on Saturday, the Israeli military said, and Palestinian militants fired their heaviest rocket salvoes across the border since August. There were no casualties reported during the exchange of fire in Israel or Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas group. The Islamic Jihad, one of the other armed groups that operates in Gaza, said in a statement it had fired the rockets in response to Israel’s killing of four Palestinian protesters on…

Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks progress

Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks progressed. An Israeli official said on condition of anonymity that an initial set of “understandings” had been reached with the help of Egypt and United Nations officials, leading to calm over the last several days and the opening of the crossing. But the official, commenting after an Israeli security cabinet meeting on the…

Four Palestinians martyred in Gaza escalation

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israeli aircraft and tanks hit targets across the Gaza Strip Friday after shots were fired at troops on the border, the army said, with reports that four Palestinians were martyred. Hamas said among the four deceased three of them were its members. A fourth Palestinian was shot dead during protests along the frontier with Israel, Gaza's health ministry said. The flare-up is the latest in months of tensions that have ratcheted up fears of a wider conflict between Israel and Gaza's rulers Hamas, who have…

Palestinian killed in Israeli strike in Gaza: ministry

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian was killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the enclave's health ministry said, after Israel said one of its aircraft targeted a group allegedly launching balloons carrying firebombs. Three other people were wounded east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, the ministry said. A family member said the person killed was working as a border policeman in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave. Following the incident, Israel's army said Palestinians launched mortar shells at soldiers near…

Israel places new limitations on cargo crossing into Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a ceasefire ending 24 hours of intense fighting. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until Sunday but will allow food and essential medication to cross. Commercial cargo was suspended last week. Lieberman also said Israel was tightening its naval blockade to limit Palestinians…