Palestine

August 31, 2014

With a population of 1.8 million, Gaza is a densely populated coastal strip of urban warrens and agricultural land that still bears the scars of previous rounds of fighting.
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Any effort to rebuild Gaza will be hindered by a blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in 2007

August 29, 2014

Palestinians celebrate late on August 26, 2014 what they said was a victory by Palestinians in Gaza over Israel following a ceasefire, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. [AFP]
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Hamas chief says that Israeli 'failure ... proves that the resistance cannot be blockaded' and calls for Palestinian self-determination through an end to the occupation.

Israeli forces destroyed six homes near Jerusalem Thursday, leaving 51 Palestinians homeless. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Fifty-one Palestinians were left homeless Thursday when Israeli authorities destroyed six homes near Jerusalem.

August 28, 2014

Israeli forces declared the Nablus village of Madama a 'closed military zone' Thursday. (AFP/File)
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After Israeli soldiers raided Burin Wednesday, the adjacent Nablus village of Madama was declared a 'closed military zone' and residents were reportedly barred from leaving or entering the village.

An IDF soldier keeps watch along the border with Gaza and Israel (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT

Israel's army fired warning shots near the Gaza Strip Thursday after a crowd of Palestinians hurled rocks at the security fence.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
11:07 GMT

Jordanian newspaper says leaders met in Amman; Prime Minister's Office does not comment on report; Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel could potentially want Abbas and his forces in Gaza.

A Palestinian waves a national and a Hamas flag as fireworks light up the sky on August 26, 2014 in East Jerusalem as Palestinians celebrate in the streets the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. [AFP]
09:22 GMT

First UN humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Gaza Strip

Palestinians flash the sign of victory wave a national flag as they celebrate in the streets in East Jerusalem the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians on August 26, 2014. [AFP]
09:13 GMT

The Palestinian leadership will pursue diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council in a bid to end Israel's decades-long occupation following a ceasefire deal in Gaza, a senior Fatah official said late Wednesday.

Hamas top leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) brandishes a weapon during a rally in Gaza City on August 27, 2014, following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war. [AFP]
07:51 GMT

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there

Russell has been vocal in his criticism of the media coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict. Particularly in his satirical YouTube series, The Trews. (Image: YouTube still)
07:43 GMT

Russell Brand opposes anti-Semitism after death threats: 'We must disavow all forms of prejudice that lead to exclusion and execution.'

A Palestinian man kisses a Hamas militant sniper during a parade by Hamas militants in Shejaiya on August 27, 2014. [AFP]
03:20 GMT

Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of resistance movement Hamas, says Palestinians are the victors of the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

August 27, 2014

A Palestinian family ride on top of a horse cart as they head home with their belongings in the Shejaiya neighborhood on August 27, 2014. [AFP]
17:16 GMT

Israel authorities have begun implementing the terms of a ceasefire agreement that went into effect early Tuesday, officials in Gaza said, as life slowly began returning to normal after 50 days of bombardment on the besieged coastal enclave.

A group of Palestinian boys, one carrying the national flag, walk past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on August 27, 2014, following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. [AFP]
16:27 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under severe criticism by members of his coalition government, among others, after reaching a ceasefire deal with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the recent conflict. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Palestinians across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip celebrated Tuesday night as the long-term truce went into effect, ending 50 days of violence.

August 26, 2014

Abbas thanked Egyptian, Qatari, and American efforts in cementing the agreement. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions. It went into effect at 7pm Tuesday.