March 11, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- A new U.N. report suggests that the Nov. 14 killing of an 11-month-old Gaza baby and two adult relatives during the eight-day clash between Israel and the militant group Hamas was likely caused by an errant Palestinian rocket and not an Israeli airstrike as widely reported. Photos of distraught father Jehad Misharawi holding the body of his son, Omar, became one of the symbols of the conflict's toll on civilians. A March 6 report from the U.N. Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights said the three were killed “by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.” It offered no details about how it reached the conclusion.
February 15, 2013 |
Bulgarian officials ejected Hamas lawmakers from the country on Friday, saying they had reason to believe that the group of Palestinians threatened their nation's security. The Bulgarian State Agency for National Security said four Palestinians had entered the country Wednesday on a private invitation. While they were in Bulgaria, “information was received giving reason to believe that their presence poses a serious threat to national security,” the agency said in a statement Friday.
November 25, 2012 |
GAZA CITY - In the wake of its eight-day clash with Israel, Hamas will seek $1 billion in reconstruction aid from the Arab world and international community to help rebuild the Gaza Strip, the group's deputy foreign minister said Sunday. Hamas believes the brief conflict, which left 162 Palestinians and six Israelis dead, reshaped the power dynamic between Hamas and Israel, according to Ghazi Hamad, who is seen as one of the organization's moderate voices. Israel says it dealt a crushing blow to the Islamist militant group.
November 20, 2012 |
GAZA CITY -- As Hamas continued its attacks against Israel on Tuesday with two rockets targeted at Jerusalem, Israeli and Egyptian officials signaled that a cease-fire agreement may be close. Hamas officials claimed responsibility for the strikes, saying they used one of their new homemade M-75 rockets. As occurred last week, the rockets landed in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank, south of Jerusalem. No damage or injuries were reported. Attacks by Palestinian militants against Jerusalem previously were rare because the city is home to many Arab residents and some of the world's most sacred religious and historical sites, including those of Islam.
October 13, 2011 |
Initial jubilation over the impending prisoner-swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas began to fade Wednesday as people on both sides expressed concern that their leaders may have given away too much at the negotiating table. While many Palestinians celebrated the expected release of 1,027 prisoners from Israeli jails, some were disappointed that the list did not include high-profile leaders such as Marwan Barghouti and Ahmed Saadat. The two men were convicted by Israeli courts of orchestrating terrorist attacks.
October 12, 2011 |
Images of the lanky soldier with dark eyes have haunted Israel for five years, but Gilad Shalit may finally be heading home. Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas announced an agreement Tuesday to free Shalit, who was seized in 2006 in a cross-border raid near the Gaza Strip, in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli soldier's capture pushed Israel to tighten a punishing blockade around the seaside enclave, where 1.5 million Palestinians continue to grapple with widespread poverty.