Palestinian Arena

July 27, 2014

Israeli soldiers sleep during the ceasefire at an army deployment near the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on 26 July 2014. (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
07:10 GMT

The Israeli security cabinet agreed to a United Nation's request to extend a humanitarian ceasefire by 24 hours until midnight Sunday, however Hamas rejected the proposal.

July 26, 2014

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP).
18:38 GMT

Latest figures show the death toll from the ongoing Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip has exceeded 1,000 as more bodies are recovered from the rubble.

Former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (AFP)
16:52 GMT

Zbigniew Brzezinski’ strong criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza indicates a “fundamental change in policy” by the US government

(Ma'an image)
16:29 GMT

As if struck by an earthquake, vast swathes of the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyya have been reduced to rubble, with unknown numbers of burnt and decaying bodies buried below.

The bodies of Mohammed Udeh, 17, and Musaab Nuwarah, 20, are carried during their funeral procession in Ramallah on Friday (AFP).
16:20 GMT

A large number of Palestinian mourners have held a funeral ceremony for nine Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld ruled out any links between the men responsible for the murdering of the three teenagers and Hamas, saying they are part of a “lone cell.”
09:55 GMT

After three weeks of Israel’s bloody war on Gaza mainly under the pretext of alleged abduction of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, the Israeli police have acknowledged that the kidnappers were not acting under the orders of the resistance movement.

Rescue workers find the body of a member of al-Najar family, after removing it from under the rubble of their home following an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern of Gaza strip , on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
09:18 GMT

Minutes before a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire went into effect in Gaza on Saturday morning, an Israeli airstrike left at least 20 members of a Palestinian family dead in Khan Younis refugee camp.

July 25, 2014

"Israel has agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire from 7:00 a.m. Saturday," said the US official traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry. [AFP]
23:09 GMT

Hamas and Israel announced late Friday a 12-hour ceasefire to take place beginning Saturday morning, as the day's death toll in the Israeli assault on Gaza topped 65 amid an intense sunset barrage that killed at least 14.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (on the phone) on July 25, 2014, from his hotel room in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. [AFP]
20:31 GMT

Diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms.

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah gestures on July 25, 2014, during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb. [AFP]
20:23 GMT

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday vowed "all means of support" to the Palestinian resistance in its battle with Israel, saying the latter had failed miserably in the 18-day conflict in Gaza.

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of slain 36-year-old Israeli reservist Sergeant First Class.  Yair Ashkenazi, who was killed early morning in the northern Palestinian Gaza Strip, during his funeral on July 25, 2014 at the military cemetery in the southern Israeli city of Rehovot. [AFP]
20:16 GMT

The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility on Friday for killing "at least" 10 Israeli soldiers after targeting an Israeli infantry unit with explosives in eastern Beit Hanoun.

Palestinian protesters throw rocks and fireworks at an Israeli guard tower during the funeral of three men on July 25, 2014, in the Beit Omar village, north the West Bank city of Hebron. [AFP]
20:10 GMT

Five Palestinians were killed yesterday as clashes intensified in the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip, while activists asserted that a new uprising against Israeli occupation is taking shape.

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Natan Cohen, a 23-year-old Israeli army Captain of an armoured brigade who was killed the previous day in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants inside the Gaza Strip, during his funeral on July 23, 2014, in the central town of Modiin, 30 kilometres from Tel Aviv. [AFP]
13:41 GMT

The Israeli army said on Friday that one of its soldiers had been killed in Gaza earlier in the day, bringing the total number of soldiers killed to 33.

Palestinians hold night prayers in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem in support of Palestinians in Gaza July 20, 2014, during Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
13:29 GMT

Clashes broke out in East Jerusalem as Israeli police barred Palestinian men under 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday, the last Friday of Ramadan, a day the holy site is typically packed with worshipers.

At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip clash with Israeli soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, on July 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:19 GMT

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces late Thursday as over 20,000 marched from a Ramallah-area refugee camp toward Jerusalem in protest against Israel's Gaza offensive, a Ma'an reporter at the scene said.