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.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 4:46am

Hamas rejects talk of truce with Israel for now; Israel to take 'whatever action necessary' in Gaza: PM

An Israeli sapper inspects the damage in a house hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants. Tensions escalated between Israel and Gaza after the Israeli military carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory.

Israel will take “whatever action is necessary” to defend its citizens from Palestinian rocket attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday as the military pressed a massive operation in Gaza.

15 Nov 2012 - 11:02pm

Hamas ready for truce amid Gaza rockets crisis

A Jewish woman surveys her damaged home in Sderot. Photo: Reuters

Palestinian militants say they are ready for a truce with Israel to defuse a growing crisis after days of rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip.

As the conflict moved into a fifth day, the Israeli army said its aircraft struck Gaza three times early yesterday, hitting a weapons storage facility and two rocket launching sites used by militants. No casualties were reported in the strikes.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Almost 150 killed on first day of Syria truce, watchdog finds

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: EPA

Almost 150 people died on the first day of a barely-observed truce between the warring parties in Syria, a watchdog said, adding that a fresh clashes on Saturday claimed more lives.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:01pm