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Thursday 28 Aug 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Islamist foe Hamas achieved none of its demands in a truce ending 50 days of deadly conflict in Gaza.

"Hamas was hit hard and got none of its demands," Netanyahu said at a news conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, his first comments since the ceasefire went into effect on Tuesday evening.

"Hamas wanted a port and airport in Gaza, the liberation of Palestinian prisoners, the mediation of Qatar and Turkey and the payment of salaries for its employees.

"But it got nothing."

The seven-week conflict claimed the lives of at least 2140 Palestinians, more than 70 per cent of them civilians according to the United Nations, and 64 soldiers and six civilians on the Israeli side.

"Hamas has not suffered such a defeat since its creation. We destroyed attack tunnels, killed nearly 1000 enemy combatants, including senior officials in the movement, destroyed thousands of rockets and hundreds of command posts," Netanyahu said.

Both sides' guns fell silent at 1600 GMT on Tuesday (0200 AEST), with Israel agreeing to ease restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza, and allow fishing boats up to six nautical miles offshore.


Wednesday 27 Aug 2014
Millions in and around the war-torn enclave of Gaza have enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes.
The skies over the Gaza Strip are calm as a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians takes hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade.Millions in and around the war-torn enclave have enjoyed a welcome night of peace...

A long-term ceasefire has been agreed for Gaza, ending 50 days of deadly violence.

Celebrations have erupted in Gaza as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians went into effect, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade.

The agreement, which came into effect late on Tuesday, involves an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza, which began on July 8 and has claimed the lives of 2143 Palestinians and 69 on the Israeli side.

The Palestinians said it was a "permanent" truce, while a senior Israeli official described it as "unconditional and unlimited in time."

As the ceasefire took hold, thousands of Palestinians flooded on to the streets of Gaza City, some firing joyfully into the air, among them gunmen from Hamas, AFP correspondents said.

Mosques used their loudspeakers to broadcast celebratory chants of "God is greatest" as the war-torn enclave hailed the apparent end to seven weeks of violence that has seen a quarter of the territory's 1.8 million people flee their homes.

"Thank God the war is ended. I can't believe I'm still alive with my kids!" 32-year-old Maha Khaled told AFP.

Tuesday 26 Aug 2014
Israeli air strikes on Gaza City killed two Palestinians early Tuesday, while scores more were wounded when warplanes bombed two high-rise residential blocks, medics and witnesses said.
The raids came as Israel stepped up the pressure on Hamas on day 50 of a bloody confrontation which began on July 8 and has claimed the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians and 68 on the Israeli side. An early air strike killed two men in the...

Violence has reverberated across Gaza with Israel launching several deadly air strikes, while Egypt proposed a new ceasefire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.

Since an earlier truce collapsed on August 19, the death toll in Gaza has risen steadily with at least 112 Palestinians killed in more than 350 Israeli air strikes across the territory.

Over the same period, more than 650 rockets have struck Israeli territory, one of which killed a four-year-old boy over the weekend, army figures show. Around 110 rockets were shot down.

Since midnight on Sunday, Israeli fire killed at least nine Palestinians, including a woman, a 78-year-old man and a three-year-old boy.

Also among the dead was Abdullah Mortaja, 27, a freelance journalist who previously worked for Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV.

Medical officials said he was hit by tank fire in the Shejaiya area of eastern Gaza City.

Two people wounded previously died of their injuries on Monday, raising the Gaza death toll since the July 8 start of the campaign to 2133 with 10,890 wounded, according to the emergency services.

The Gaza religious affairs ministry said Israeli fire destroyed four more mosques on Monday, raising to 71 the number of mosques destroyed over the past seven weeks.

On the Israeli side, 68 people have been killed, the vast majority soldiers.

On Monday, militants fired 107 rockets at Israel, of which 14 were shot down, one in the greater Tel Aviv area, the army said.

But there was also increasing talk about a possible new ceasefire agreement which would see delegations return to Cairo to resume discussions on an Egyptian proposal to broker a longer-term end to the violence.


Monday 25 Aug 2014
Hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors and their families have published a statement condemning the 'genocide' of Palestinians in Gaza.
Latest news from the Gaza conflictMore than 300 survivors of and descendants of survivors of the Nazi holocaust have issued a statement condemning the "genocide" of Palestinians in Gaza.In the statement, which was released by the International...
Saturday 23 Aug 2014

Three Palestinians were killed by an Israeli air strike on central Gaza, medical officials said Saturday, as the bloody conflict between Hamas and Israel entered its 47th day.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the three were killed in a house in the Nusseirat camp, with five others wounded in the same attack.

Hostilities in the six-week war between Israel and Islamist rulers of Gaza Hamas resumed on Tuesday as Egyptian-brokered truce talks collapsed.

The Gaza emergency services say 79 people have died in the Palestinian enclave since then. One Israeli child was killed by a Gaza mortar on Friday with seven others wounded the same day by other rocket attacks, one of them critically.

At least 2,095 Palestinians have been killed since July 8, of whom the United Nations has identified 70 percent as civilians, and 68 people have died on the Israeli side, all but four of them soldiers.

The Israeli prime minister has vowed harsh retribution for the death of a four-year-old boy in rocket fire from Gaza as Hamas executes 18 "collaborators".
Hamas has executed 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza City as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed harsh retribution for the killing of a four-year-old boy by Palestinian mortar fire.The escalating bloodshed has seen another 76...