Israel intensifies Gaza assault

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Israel has knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war Hamas.

Only dialogue can stop Gaza war - De Klerk

2014-07-29 16:56

Former president FW de Klerk says the only way the fighting in the Middle East could stop is through dialogue.

UN schools flooded with displaced Gaza families

2014-07-29 15:32

Dozens of displaced Gaza families flooded into a UN school after Israel warned them to leave their homes, struggling to set up camp in a cramped, dirty courtyard.

Gaza's sole power plant down after Israel attack

2014-07-29 12:23

The only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip has been knocked out of commission by Israeli shelling, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory says.

Gaza militants kill 5 Israeli soldiers

2014-07-29 09:42

Gaza militants who crossed into Israel via a tunnel killed five Israeli soldiers in a gun battle near the community of Nahal Oz close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the military says.

Gaza doctors save baby from her dead mother's womb

2014-07-28 22:12

When the doctors gently pulled the tiny newborn from her mother's womb in an emergency Caesarian section, the woman had already been dead for an hour.

Israel blames Hamas for Gaza hospital tragedy

2014-07-28 20:40

The Israeli army has categorically denied firing on a hospital and a refugee camp in Gaza City, accusing Hamas militants of misfiring their own rockets.

Egypt's Morsi salutes Palestinian 'resistance'

2014-07-28 16:24

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has praised the Palestinian "resistance" over the 21-day conflict with Israel in Gaza that has killed more than 1 030 people.

Pro-Palestine protest outside Parliament

2014-07-28 14:24

A number of protesters are standing outside Parliament's main gates behind a row of shoes, which are meant to represent the number of people, many of them children, killed during the conflict in Gaza.

Israel carries out 3 strikes on Gaza, breaks lull

2014-07-28 12:33

The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip.

US-Israeli tensions flare over mediation

2014-07-28 09:16

Israel sees no need for another Gaza ceasefire, an Israeli official was quoted as saying, as tensions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and Washington flared over US mediation.

Gaza's Christians bury their first casualty

2014-07-28 05:49

Gaza's Christian community has buried its first casualty, hours after an Israeli airstrike destroyed her family's home.

1000s march in Marseille in support of Israel

2014-07-27 21:49

Thousands took to the streets of Marseille in the south of France to show their support for Israel, the first such demonstration in the country since the start of the recent fighting in Gaza.

Hamas chief: We can't coexist with occupiers

2014-07-27 19:44

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighbours while their land is occupied.

Gaza truce efforts go up in smoke

2014-07-27 16:34

The Islamist Hamas movement has continued firing rockets at Israel, despite claims it had accepted a UN request for a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian truce in Gaza.

Hamas agrees to new 24-hour truce in Gaza

2014-07-27 12:30

Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in its conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip that should start within the hour, the group's spokesperson says.

Israeli soldier killed near Gaza Strip - army

2014-07-27 07:45

Israel's army says that one of its soldiers was killed near the Gaza Strip, taking to 43 the number of troops killed since the start of ground operations.

Militants resume firing rockets into Israel

2014-07-26 21:18

Militants have resumed firing rockets into Israel from Gaza around two hours after the end of a 12-hour ceasefire.

Official: Israel leans toward extending Gaza truce

2014-07-26 17:47

An Israeli government official says Israel is "leaning toward" extending a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by at least four hours.

Israel, Hamas set to start 12-hour ceasefire

2014-07-26 07:46

The Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas are set to start a 12-hour ceasefire, but a longer-term truce remained elusive.


Protest march for Palestine

2014-07-25 16:08

Pro-Palestine protesters again took to the streets of Cape Town to protest against the Israeli incursion in Gaza. They marched from District 6 to Parliament to voice their anger over the recent Middle East conflict.

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US airlines, others resume flights to Israel

2014-07-25 10:00

American, Russian and some European carriers have resumed flights to Israel after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

Gaza truce talks very complicated - US

2014-07-25 07:49

Diplomatic talks to end the fighting in Gaza as civilian casualties mount are very complicated, a US official says.

Israel fire takes Gaza deaths above 800

2014-07-25 05:32

Israeli fire has killed four people in Gaza, including a pregnant woman, bringing the total death toll to more than 800, Palestinian emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra says.

Ban 'shocked and appalled' by shelling of Gaza school

2014-07-24 23:41

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says he is appalled by the shelling of a UN school in the Gaza Strip and has made a vehement plea for both sides to end the conflict.


Kerry: Netanyahu has asked for help on truce

2014-07-29 20:59

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked for fresh US help in trying to broker a ceasefire in Gaza, top US diplomat John Kerry says.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad 'ready for 24h truce' - PLO

2014-07-29 16:28

The Palestinian leadership, along with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, are willing to observe a 24-hour ceasefire in the war-torn Gaza Strip, a senior PLO official says.

Iran's Ayatollah accuses Israel of Gaza 'genocide'

2014-07-29 12:23

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and called on the Islamic world to arm Palestinians fighting "the Zionist regime".

2 tank shells hit fuel tank at Gaza power plant

2014-07-29 10:59

Israeli tank shells hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant, forcing the plant to shut down, a spokesperson for Gaza's electricity distribution company says.

Israel strikes house of Gaza Hamas leader

2014-07-29 07:20

Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats have targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City, in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

Israel must prepare for protracted Gaza campaign

2014-07-28 22:12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country must prepare for a long conflict in the Gaza Strip that would require demilitarisation and closing of tunnels.

Gaza fighting abates as Ban urges peace

2014-07-28 16:33

Israel has eased its offensive in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave has declined sharply as Ban calls for a durable ceasefire.

Gaza toll hits 1 037

2014-07-28 15:25

A four-year-old child was one of two people killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza hiking the Palestinian death toll from Israel's 21-day operation to 1 037.

Boy, 4, killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

2014-07-28 13:05

Israeli tank fire has killed a four-year-old boy in the northern Gaza Strip, the first death since the two sides began observing an unofficial lull, Palestinian medics say.

UN Security Council calls for Gaza ceasefire

2014-07-28 10:20

The UN Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting.

Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school

2014-07-28 08:06

Israel has acknowledged that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a UN school in Gaz, but says aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.

Documenting death: The man who counts the bodies

2014-07-28 05:00

Inside Ashraf al-Qudra's cramped office in Shifa hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of the latest victims of Israel's devastating 20-day military operation.

Kerry hopes for more Gaza pauses

2014-07-27 21:04

US Secretary of State John Kerry is working for Israel and Hamas to agree to further halts in the Gaza bloodshed ahead of Egyptian-led peace talks, an official says.

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR, but not security

2014-07-27 17:53

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he realises world opinion might be shifting away from his nation, but adds that the public relations battle cannot supersede Israel's security.

ANC welcomes Gaza truce

2014-07-27 15:41

The ANC has welcomed Hamas's acceptance of a 24-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and Palestine.

Israel army says resuming Gaza attacks

2014-07-27 09:24

The Israeli army says it is resuming its raids on Gaza by land, sea and air after Hamas continued firing rockets, ending a unilateral 12-hour humanitarian truce.

Ceasefire ends as Gaza militants resume firing rockets into Israel

2014-07-26 22:39

Militants have resumed firings rockets into Israel from Gaza, rejecting an extension to a ceasefire in a conflict in which over 1 000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

Israel extends temporary truce

2014-07-26 18:15

Israel has approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, Israeli television says, after the Palestinian death toll topped 1 000 with the retrieval of dozens of bodies.

At least 76 bodies found as Gaza truce kicks

2014-07-26 13:03

A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force, with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 76 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes.

Israel says missing soldier definitely dead

2014-07-26 07:05

The Israeli army has announced that a soldier unaccounted for after an ambush in the Gaza Strip six days ago was definitely dead.

Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant

2014-07-25 14:43

Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons.

Palestine declares 'Day of Rage'

2014-07-25 10:00

In the West Bank, Palestinian factions have declared a "Day of Rage" after a night of clashes over Israel's Gaza offensive.

SA enters the Middle East abyss

2014-07-25 07:46

Dr Siphamandla Zondi shares his thoughts on former deputy minister for foreign affairs, Aziz Pahad's mission to the Middle East.

Kerry says can't wait indefinitely for Gaza ceasefire

2014-07-25 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire and will not stay in the region indefinitely.

Official: Iran gave Hamas its rocket know-how

2014-07-24 21:18

Iran provided Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas with the technology it has used to rain down rockets on Israel from Gaza, its parliament speaker has said.

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