Israel-Gaza Conflict

Lip-smacking profits in smuggling KFC to Gazans

A man holds KFC food in an underground tunnel beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. Photo: Xinhua

Fast-food starved Gazans can now order home-delivered Kentucky Fried Chicken, thanks to a new smuggling service which brings takeout from Egypt via a network of underground tunnels. It is not exactly "fast", taking several hours to arrive, with the Palestinian delivery firm behind it charging hefty prices to cover the cost of fuel and transport.

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 4:22am

Talking points

Legco panel discusses handling of glass bottles

he Legislative Council's panel on environmental affairs meets to discuss the public consultation on a producer-responsibility scheme for glass drink bottles.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am

Pressure mounts over Israel settlement plans

Palestinian women walk past graffiti sprayed by Israeli settlers in the village of Khirbet al-Assia in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Photo: AFP

Britain and France on Monday weighed measures against Israel to protest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

3 Dec 2012 - 9:37pm

Israel to build 3,000 settler homes after Palestinian UN bid

Temporary housing in the community of Nitzan, near Ashkelon, southern Israel.

Israel is to build 3,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the Palestinians won recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations, an Israeli official told AFP on Friday.

30 Nov 2012 - 10:41pm

Recriminations in Israel as Palestinians win UN upgrade

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the UN vote on Palestine as 'a meaningless decision'. Photo: EPA

The Palestinians’ historic UN success sparked angry recriminations in Israel on Friday, with officials saying it crippled peace hopes and the opposition blaming government inaction for causing the crisis.

30 Nov 2012 - 8:46pm

Israel defence minister retires in pre-vote shock

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak announces his resignation at his offices in Tel Aviv on Monday. Photo: EPA

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak shook up the Israeli political system on Monday by saying he is quitting politics and will not run in general elections in January.

26 Nov 2012 - 8:34pm

Mursi raises hopes for peace

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi

A welcome new peacemaker has emerged in the Middle East. Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi brokered the ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, ending tit-for-tat attacks that killed more than 140 people and threatened to escalate into all-out war.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am

Beijing urged to give more support to Palestinians by envoy

Bassam al-Salhi (left), general secretary of the Palestinian People's Party, meets Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry building in Beijing. Photo: AFP

A Palestinian envoy said yesterday that he hoped China would play a greater role in supporting his people in their conflict with Israel as a counterweight to the United States' influence over the peace process.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Gaza truce splits Israelis, as Hamas claims victory

A Palestinian girl stands behind gunmen from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. Photo: AFP

Hamas has emerged from battle with the triumphal sense of a hard-won game change: by stopping its offensive when it did, Israel's hardline government seems to have grudgingly accepted that the Islamic militant group cannot soon be dislodged from power in Gaza.

24 Nov 2012 - 4:46am

Palestinian envoy seeks role for China in Gaza conflict

General Secretary of the Palestinian People’s Party, Bassam al-Salhi, greets China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing. Photo AFP

China could play a “special role” in the Middle East, a Palestinian envoy said on Friday, after eight days of conflict between Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

23 Nov 2012 - 8:07pm

Talking Points

America shops on 'Black Friday'

Palestinian envoy in Beijing talks

23 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi hailed after brokering Gaza ceasefire

Palestinians in Gaza City celebrate what they say is a victory over Israel after an eight-day conflict. Photo: Reuters

The Gaza ceasefire deal reached on Wednesday marks a startling trajectory for Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi: an Islamist leader who refuses to talk to Israelis, or even say the country's name, mediated for it and finally turned himself into Israel's de facto protector.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:02am

Iron Dome rocket interceptions cost Israel US$30m

Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome interceptor missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel. Photo: AP

Israel's Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost US$25 million to US$30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the US-backed system was well worth the money.

23 Nov 2012 - 9:02pm

TV men killed in missile strike 'legitimate targets', says Israel

The wreck of the al-Aqsa TV car hit by Israel, killing two men.

The unprecedented killing of two cameramen from Gaza's Hamas television station in a targeted missile strike this week raised questions about whom Israel considers to be militant operatives, and thus legitimate targets.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Palestinian envoy to brief China on Gaza situation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a joint statement with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

A Palestinian envoy arrived in China’s capital to discuss the Palestinians’ conflict with Israel and their bid to upgrade their status at the UN on Thursday .

22 Nov 2012 - 5:06pm 1 comment