Blast damages Israel army vehicle in Gaza

An Israeli soldier on patrol in the occupied territories. On Tuesday, an explosive device blew up near the border in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: EPA

An explosive device blew up near the border in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, damaging an Israeli military vehicle, Palestinian witnesses and the army said.

Tuesday, 9 April, 2013, 6:28pm

Rocket fired from Gaza Strip hits southern Israel

Israeli security forces in the southern city of Ashkelon on Tuesday after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the city. Photo: AP

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed early on Tuesday near Ashkelon in southern Israel, police said, in the first such strike since a November truce.

“The rocket fell early in the morning near Ashkelon and did some damage to a road, without hurting anyone,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

26 Feb 2013 - 4:35pm

Israeli watchdog attacks Netanyahu over settlements

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Reuters

An Israeli watchdog says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement policies during his four-year term show intent to make a Palestinian state impossible to create.

16 Jan 2013 - 3:18pm

Israel arresting Palestinians to pre-empt uprising

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) with Israeli soldiers. Israel says it plans to step up arrests of suspected militants in the occupied West Bank to prevent further unrest. Photo: EPA

Israel plans to step up arrests of suspected militants in the occupied West Bank to prevent a rising tide of low-intensity conflict and civil unrest from turning into an uprising, security sources say.

“There is a certain [Palestinian] awakening,” one source said.

3 Jan 2013 - 12:15pm

Israel eases restrictions on Gaza

Palestinian youth clash with Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories late last year. On Monday, Israel dropped its five-year ban on construction materials crossing into the territory. Photo: Reuters

In a major concession to Gaza’s Hamas leaders on Monday, Israel dropped its five-year ban on construction materials crossing into the territory and raised hopes there that rebuilding could begin following a damaging eight-day Israeli air campaign.

1 Jan 2013 - 2:45pm

Israel must complete peace deal with Abbas, says Peres

Israel's president Shimon Peres. Photo: AFP

President Shimon Peres on Sunday urged Israel to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, saying their president Mahmud Abbas was a willing partner with whom an agreement could be reached.

31 Dec 2012 - 12:11pm

Palestinians win implicit UN recognition of sovereign state

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: AFP

The 193-nation UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue “birth certificate.”

30 Nov 2012 - 8:53am

Hamas cries victory over truce with Israel

Masked and armed members of Hamas in Gaza. Photo: EPA

Hamas leaders and thousands of flag-waving supporters declared victory over Israel on Gaza’s first day of calm under an Egyptian-brokered truce on Thursday, as Israeli officials flew to Cairo for talks on easing a blockade on the battered Palestinian territory.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:52pm

International pressure mounts for Gaza truce

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of members of the al-Dallu family during their funeral procession in Gaza City on Monday. Photo: AFP

Israel bombed dozens of suspected militant sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinians kept up their cross-border rocket fire as international pressure for a truce intensified.

19 Nov 2012 - 8:26pm

Signs mount of possible Israeli invasion of Gaza

Israeli armoured personnel carriers are stationed at the Israeli- Gaza Strip border on Friday. Israeli officials said the Jewish state was preparing to launch its first ground offensive in four years into the Gaza Strip. Photo: AFP

Israeli aircraft pummeled rocket launching operations of Gaza militants on Friday, as troops, tanks and armoured personnel carriers massed near the Palestinian territory.

16 Nov 2012 - 8:58pm

Israel mulls steps against the Palestinians over UN bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: EPA

Senior members of Israel’s cabinet on Tuesday weighed punitive steps that could be taken against the Palestinians if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status to “observer state” at the United Nations this month.

7 Nov 2012 - 11:32am

Syrian chaos deepens as rebels, Palestinians fight

Syrian citizens gathering at the site of bomb explosion at the Mazzeh Jabal area in Damascus. Photo: EPA

New chaos engulfed Syria’s civil war as Palestinian supporters and opponents of the embattled regime were swept up on Monday in intense fighting in Damascus, while rival rebel groups clashed over control of a Turkish border crossing.

6 Nov 2012 - 12:26pm