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Smoke rises from the Gaza Strip following an Israeli air strike, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT
A Hamas spokesperson warned foreign airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv after truce talks with Israel collapsed.
Palestinian mourners gather at the funeral of two brothers killed by an Israeli air strike in Jabalia, northern Gaza, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:53 GMT
A Palestinian teen along with an 11-year-old boy were killed by Israeli strikes in central Gaza Wednesday. Six others were also injured.
Israeli forces have destroyed at least 27,000 homes in the West Bank since 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (File/AFP)
16:24 GMT
The IDF destroyed eight homes including four, which were over one hundred years old, in the Nablus village of Aqraba, a Palestinian official confirmed.
Smoke rises from Gaza City after rockets are fired towards Israel, July 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:18 GMT
Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip Tuesday reached an illegal Israeli settlement west of Ramallah, witnesses reported.
Over 2,000 Palestinians have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT
At least 20 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the collapse of the ceasefire.
Palestinians counted 35 bombardments in the coastal enclave on Tuesday (AFP/ File Archive).
07:37 GMT
The Israeli army has resumed air strikes in Gaza as attempts to create a permanent truce failed.

August 19, 2014

Palestinian rescue workers search through rubble for the three-year-old child, who was later found dead, August 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:58 GMT
Three Palestinians including a toddler were killed and many others injured by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, medical officials said.
Over 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Israel has launched air strikes against Gaza and recalled its negotiators from Cairo after three Palestinian rockets hit southern Israel.
Azzam al-Ahmad, who heads the Palestinian delegation during the Cairo talks, attends a meeting of the Palestinian leadership chaired by president Mahmud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
09:07 GMT
Ceasefire talks are at risk of collapse given Israel's refusal to make concessions, members of the Palestinian delegation to Cairo said late Monday.
Palestinians flee their destroyed neighbourhood to take shelter in a United Nations school for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. [AFP]
07:15 GMT
A senior UN official says the Gaza Strip has suffered an “unprecedented amount of destruction” as a result of Israel’s offensive against the coastal enclave, calling for an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza.
Palestinians flee their destroyed neighbourhood to head to a United Nations school to take refuge for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. [AFP]
06:32 GMT
Palestinians and Israelis have agreed to extend a five-day ceasefire for one more day and continue their talks for a lasting truce.
Disease and poor access to food and water is making many UNWRA emergency shelters not fit for habitation (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT
Poor access to food and water and various diseases are making Unite Nation shelters in Gaza no longer habitable.

August 18, 2014

King Abdullah's donation was in response to a proposal made by the World Food Program (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT
King Abdullah donated an additional $1 million for Palestinian families in the West Bank, which would benefit up to 81,000 people.
An Israeli soldier applies camouflage to his face close to the border with Gaza, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:15 GMT
Israel has positioned troops along the Gaza border as a five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt is due to end late Monday.
Three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
08:24 GMT
Early on Monday morning the IDF destroyed the Hebron area West Bank homes of the suspected murderers of the three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
Palestinian children play amongst the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza City, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
The humanitarian situation in Gaza has worsened after more than one week of an agreed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Palestinians walk in the rubble of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
07:13 GMT
Qatar announced on Saturday that it has decided to donate $1,000 to each Palestinian family whose house was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge.
Palestinians observe the damage of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
05:23 GMT
A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of "stalling" in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that "the ball is in the Israeli occupation's court."

August 17, 2014

Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni Islamic group founded during the First Intifada (1987) as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood came on scene in Egypt in 1928, headed by Hasan al-Bana, to establish an Islamic state with the Quran and the Sunna serving as the basis for all aspects of life.
14:24 GMT
Whether you think Hamas are terrorists or just another resistance group fighting for freedom, how did they get to where they are now?
Both Hamas and Israel said fighting would continue if no permanent ceasefire was reached (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT
Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.
Gaza's sole power plant was bombed by Israeli forces on July 29, causing widespread electricity shortages (File/AFP)
10:05 GMT
Only six hours of electricity per day remained in most of Gaza as shortages continued following Israeli shelling of the Strip's sole power plant two weeks ago.
Thousands of people stand and protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, August 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT
The UK government faces a potential lawsuit over its continued arms sales to Israel as speculation continues that British-made weapons may have been used to commit war crimes in Gaza.
Chief Palestinian negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmad said he was "optimistic" about reaching a long-term peace agreement with Israel (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT
Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.
Palestinian patients in the hospital after the building was shelled by the IDF. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Dozens of families who fled their homes during the Israeli offensive on Gaza took refuge in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and informal tent communities have sprung up amid houses now reduced to rubble.
Djémila is a UNESCO world heritage site and plays hosts to an annual music festival. (Image courtesy of UNESCO website)
05:00 GMT
"Artists have always represented (...) a vibrant conscience and the best expression of the people's emotions, their pains and hopes," Algerian president Abdelaziz Boutefika read on Thursday evening at the opening of a festival.

August 16, 2014

Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
17:50 GMT
Sources in the Islamic Jihad and Hamas indicated that the Egyptian proposal does not meet the current demands of the Palestinian people and that therefore it is highly unlikely they will accept it.

August 15, 2014

Gaza death toll hit 1,980 Friday as serious injuries become fatal. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT
The death toll in Gaza reached 1,980 Friday, which officials attribute to a lack of medical supplies and facilities for the critically wounded.
The Kerem Shalom crossing is set to open Friday to allow humanitarian aid through. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT
With peace treaties being discussed, Israeli authorities have announced plans to open the Karem Shalom crossing to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza.
Islamic Jihad has reported a reached peace agreement with Israel. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT
The Islamic Jihad has announced a planned truce agreement with Israel at the end of the five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt. Agreement will include the end of Israeli offensive and the expansion of fishing zone and imports in Gaza.
Gaza-native and Arab Idol superstar Mohammad Assaf has cancelled his Abu Dhabi concert, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, in solidarity with Gaza. (Image: AFP)
06:00 GMT
Unfortunately, thousands of Mohammad Assaf's fans won't get to see him perform in Abu Dhabi tomorrow after canceling his concert over the Gaza conflict.

August 14, 2014

Feras Abu Inil, 13, walks past an apartment block in the northern Gaza strip that was all but destroyed in four weeks of clashes between Israel and Hamas, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP)
18:57 GMT
Deputy secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziad al-Nakhaala said on Thursday that a long-term ceasefire that would include the lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a joint press conference on July 22, 2014 at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. (AFP)
15:10 GMT
Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department.
A relative of 2-year old Palestinian Lamar Radiya, killed by shrapnel from an Israeli tank shell in the north of the Gaza Strip, holds her body at the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia on July 23. (AFP)
14:48 GMT
Despite a five-day ceasefire extension brokered in Cairo, Israeli airstrikes claim two more lives in Gaza.
Palestinians are Israeli settlers regularly clash in the West Bank (File/AFP)
13:12 GMT
A Palestinian man was killed Thursday after being hit by a settler car close to the illegal settlement of Barkan in the West Bank.
Palestinian men sit near a tent in Beit Hanoun after their neighborhood was completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes, August 12, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:19 GMT
Israeli forces carried out air strikes in Gaza after a temporary ceasefire was extended to five more days. Israeli media had also claimed Hamas violated the truce by firing rockets.

August 13, 2014

Israeli forces are deployed into Gaza as a three day lull comes to an end.
18:48 GMT
As the extended ceasefire comes to an end and tensions rise, Israeli troops have deployed near the Gaza border.
Carole performs in Algeria in solidarity with Palestine. (Image: Facebook)
14:43 GMT
What a sweet soul Carole Samaha is who has donated her most recent concert earning to Gaza!
Up to 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's assault on Gaza, most of them civilians (File/AFP)
11:50 GMT
Five people including two journalists were killed after an unexploded Israeli missile blew up in the northern Gaza Strip. Six others were also critically injured.
A total of 69 Palestinians were arrested across East Jerusalem and the West Bank, early Wednesday (File/AFP)
09:40 GMT
Israeli forces arrested 57 Palestinians in overnight raids across East Jerusalem, while 12 were arrested in the West Bank, an official confirmed.
Mourners hold the Palestinian flag at Mohammad Abu Khdeir's funeral in East Jerusalem, July 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:26 GMT
A settler who set fire to and killed Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdeir, allegedly confessed to murdering the boy, which was aired on Israel TV Monday.
Palestinian children wounded by Israeli air strikes in the al-Shati refugee camp lie on hospital stretchers, August 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:56 GMT
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), will next month begin investigating Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip after a panel was appointed Monday.
Palestinian women mourn the death of a relative killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza (File/AFP)
05:42 GMT
Up to 1,951 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza as a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continued for the third day, while mediation talks resume in Egypt.

August 12, 2014

Twenty-seven thousand new residents live within the twelve official camps. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT
A large influx of Palestinian refugees from Syria is causing a strain on Lebanon's refugee camps.
Palestinian fishermen sit off the shores of Gaza while an Israeli police boat patrols in the background, March 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:21 GMT
IDF warships opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the Rafah coast Tuesday, violating the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
George hasn't commented on the Gaza conflict but Amal said that "there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed." (Image: Albawaba edit)
12:17 GMT
While George Clooney makes no comment on the Gaza-Israel conflict, Amal Alamuddin turns down an offer to join the UN's special observation team on the war in Gaza.
A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud during their meeting in the Red Sea port of Jeddah on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
11:59 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah late Sunday where they reportedly tackled the restive situation in various countries in the Arab world.
Representatives of the League of Arab states take part in an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on August 11, 2014. [AFP]
10:42 GMT
A nine-hour session of indirect negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo on Monday ended with a partial draft agreement on easing the blockade on Gaza, sources close to the talks told Ma'an.
A Palestinian woman sits with her children in the ruins of her home, which was demolished by an Israeli air strike, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:11 GMT
Palestinian families continued to return home on the second day of a 72-hour ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas.
A Palestinian child carries her belongings out of a UN school in Beit Lahia, August 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT
The UN Human Rights Council appointed a three-member panel, including George Clooney's fiancé Amal Alamuddin, to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.
Omar Al Abdalaat is taking a career hiatus (Image: Facebook).
06:26 GMT
The Jordanian singer is postponing his album and canceling his concerts as a step of solidarity with the people of Gaza.
The Mavi Marmara, used as part of a flotilla in May 2010 in an attempt to break the Gaza blockade, however nine Turkish nationals died when Israeli commandos boarded the ship (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT
A pro-Palestinian campaign group in Turkey plans to send aid in a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, four years after its last attempt to break the Israeli blockade which resulted in 9 Turkish deaths.
Israeli bombardment has left parts of Gaza in ruins and the enclave's already shattered economy is also feeling the pinch as prices for staple foods have started to climb.
00:33 GMT
Mahir Al Tabaa, head of the Gaza chamber of commerce and industry, agreed the conflict had caused "huge and long term indirect losses" for the economy.

August 11, 2014

A selection of photos of Rita and an old black & white picture of her with Darwish. (Image: Albawaba edit)
13:40 GMT
If you've been waiting for forty years to find out who Mahmoud Darwish's lover "Rita" really is, then you've got to read this story!
A Palestinian woman carries her belongings out of a UN school during the latest 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:28 GMT
At least 250,000 Palestinians have been made homeless by Israel's military attacks in Gaza, according to Press TV.
Smoke rises over Gaza City, following an Israeli air strike, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:25 GMT
Palestinian representatives told mediators in Cairo that the coming three days will be the last chance for reaching a truce agreement with Israel, an official said Sunday.
The joke's on him: Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. said the IDF should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for for “unimaginable restraint” (File/AFP)
10:55 GMT
When one of Benjamin Netanyahu's most trusted advisors, Ron Dermer, said the IDF deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for “unimaginable restraint”, why not? War-mongering Obama got one, what difference does it make if we hand out another to Israel for its war crimes?
Gigi and Cody on the set of the singer's music video. (Image: Facebook)
09:13 GMT
Cody Simpson holds out hope he can win back his Sports Illustrated model girlfriend Gigi Hadid after HE broke up with her.
Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at protesters after Friday prayers at the Hawara checkpoint in Nablus, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:10 GMT
IDF soldiers shot and killed a 24-year-old Fatah activist during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, local officials and witnesses confirmed.
The mother and the sisters of Mohammed Khalil al-Anati, a 11-year-old Palestinian who was reportedly shot dead by Israeli soldiers, mourn during his funeral on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
06:22 GMT
A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt went into effect at midnight Monday, hours after Israeli bombings killed four Palestinians and armed groups fired rockets toward Israel.

August 10, 2014

A Palestinian man mourns over the body of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by an Israeli military strike during his burial ceremony at a mosque in the town of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip early on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
17:15 GMT
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire on Sunday, according to AFP.
Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians in the West Bank, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:11 GMT
A 11-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being shot by Israeli forces while he played in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on August 10, 2014. Israel will not return to talks to end the conflict in Gaza while Palestinian militants continue cross-border rocket attacks, Netanyahu said. [AFP]
13:00 GMT
Operation Protective Edge will continue until quiet is returned, and Israel will not negotiate under fire, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Tel Aviv.
Cruz and Bardem have said that they detest "anti-Semitism" as much as they detest "horrible and painful consequences of war." (Image: Press TV)
09:49 GMT
Top Hollywood executives have blacklisted Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem over their Gaza open letter.
Palestinian boys sift through rubble from a mosque after an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat, Aug 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT
Three Palestinians were killed overnight including a 13-year-old girl following Israeli raids over Rafah and Khan Younis.
Rivers says she stands behind her comments about the Gaza war. (Image: Hollowverse.com)
08:25 GMT
Comedian Joan Rivers surpasses herself as she makes a very controversial statement about Palestine.
A woman with a Palestinian flag covering her head lays on the ground along with other protesters during a demonstration against Israel's military operations in Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, on August 9, 2014. [AFP]
08:24 GMT
Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations.
Palestinian children look up at an Israeli plane from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:22 GMT
Over 450 children have been killed in one month of Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip according to health officials.
After new Israeli strikes Saturday, medics find the body of a Palestinian child. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
06:59 GMT
Amid new Israeli airstrikes and another crumbled peace deal, medics find the body of child in Gaza neighborhood of Shujaiyya.

August 8, 2014

Businessman Faisal al Shawa, vice-president of the Palestinian Trade Center (Paltrade), believes that the most urgent problem is the refugees.
21:08 GMT
Gaza does not need merely an economic plan; it needs basic reconstruction from the beginning.
Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukri and Palestinian delegation discussing ceasefire on 3 August in Cairo. (AFP)
08:33 GMT
A three-day truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas expired as indirect talks in Cairo on new border arrangements for the blockaded Gaza Strip hit a deadlock.

August 7, 2014

Jordan harbors over 1 million refugees. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT
Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of denying entry to or forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees.
Israeli women are exposing more than just support for the troops when they whip off their tops and post pix on Facebook sites like “Standing With IDF”. The week-old site has garnered nearly 18,000 followers with pix of semi-nude “patriots” painted with pro-Israeli slogans. Is this what the IDF is fighting for? And is it kosher?
15:55 GMT
OMG (and WTF!) - What’s Up With IDF Groupies?
The Gaza offensive left over 1,800 Palestinians dead. (AFP/File)
15:09 GMT
Thousands of Palestinians staged a demonstration in Gaza in support of Hamas.
The Hero becomes the Villain? Gal Gadot who plays Wonder Woman in the upcoming Hollywood flick “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” declared the caped hero as “officially pro-IDF,” much to the outrage of pro-Palis!
14:30 GMT
Team Palestine v Team IDF! In what might be the final phase of the Gaza War 2014, we bring you a round-up of celeb stances - for and against Gaza, or pro and anti IDF. Fans, get behind your celebs or jump ship if their politics disagree with you!
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off what is likely to be a concerted global push to haul the country’s military and political leaders to international courts for  war crimes committed in Gaza.
12:35 GMT
Netanyahu urged visiting Congressmen to summon their powers in assisting Israeli officials who wish to avoid trial by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to The New York Post.
The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa cancelled his trip to Israel, scheduled for later this year, in the aftermath of Israel's 28 day offensive in the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
10:59 GMT
Foreign minister announces plans to open embassy for delegation now in Ramallah, 5 South American countries recall ambassadors to Israel.
Israel is demanding that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized as uncertainty remains over whether a 72-hour truce will be extended. [AFP]
09:44 GMT
Officials close to ceasefire talks in Egypt said Thursday that Israel is demanding that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized as uncertainty remains over whether a 72-hour truce will be extended.
A wounded child receives treatment in Gaza's al-Shifa hospital (File/AFP)
09:03 GMT
The high death toll of Palestinian children killed in Israel's latest attacks are bad enough. What about the aftermath? Did the Israeli army think about how many kids will be living with life-threatening injuries as a result?
Palestinian electricity company workers inspect power lines destroyed following an earlier Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
08:42 GMT
Israeli official says Israel will extend truce under current terms; Hamas says group will not extend cease-fire unless significant progress is made in negotiations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference at his Jerusalem offices, on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
07:00 GMT
Netanyahu says deaths in Gaza ‘justified’ as he offers to extend truce with Hamas militants.