Gaza’s Palestinians hunkered down in fear for their lives while Hamas militants urged defiance after Israel sent forces into the densely populated territory on Thursday after 10 days of cross-border fire.
Egypt’s attempts to pressure Hamas into accepting a truce plan offering few concessions for the group to end the latest fighting with Israel show Cairo’s determination to finish the job it began at home - crushing Islamists it sees as a threat.
Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to express his “very grave concerns” over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said.
A 27-year-old Israeli was among the 298 victims who died when Malaysian airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine.
Expressing concern about civilian casualties, U.S. State Secretary John Kerry said Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip should be a “precise” one, targeting Hamas tunnels.
Israel stepped up its ground offensive in Gaza early on Friday pounding targets with artillery fire and using tanks and infantry to battle Hamas fighters.3
First they removed the baby seat to make room in the car. Then three Jewish extremists searched for an Arab to kidnap and kill to avenge the deaths of three Israeli teenagers.9
First they removed the baby seat to make room in the car. Then three Jewish extremists searched for an Arab to kidnap and kill to avenge the deaths of three Israeli teenagers.
Several bomb shelters in Ashdod were ordered to remove signs indicating they are for men only.5
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