January 4, 2009 |
JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 -- Israel launched a major ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, moving in tanks, infantry and artillery units after eight days of relentless air attacks failed to halt Hamas rocket fire from the narrow coastal territory. Israeli officials indicated that the incursion would be lengthy but said they have no intention of reoccupying the densely populated strip more than three years after withdrawing troops and settlers. Less clear is whether Israel intends to use the ground assault to try to topple Hamas,...
June 18, 2008 |
JERUSALEM, June 17 -- Israel and the armed Islamist group Hamas agreed in principle Tuesday to a truce in and around the Gaza Strip, officials on both sides said, capping months of indirect talks brokered by Egypt . The deal demonstrated Hamas's staying power as the ruler of Gaza and Israel's willingness to reach accommodation with groups it has labeled terrorist organizations. In recent weeks it has intensified negotiations with Lebanon's Hezbollah movement over a possible prisoner transfer and begun indirect...
March 26, 2009 |
Although others might celebrate their birthdays with cake or a trip to the spa, one Derwood woman recently spent her special day helping women in the Gaza Strip. Pam Rasmussen, along with more than 50 other peace activists from around the world, delivered 2,000 gift baskets filled with shampoo and other toiletries to the women of the war-torn territory on International Women's Day on March 8. "I could not have asked for a better way to spend my birthday or International Women's Day," she...
November 18, 2012 |
TEL AVIV — The death toll of Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip rose to 91 Monday, the local Health Ministry said, as shelling and airstrikes continued overnight and into the morning. Hoping to avert an Israeli ground invasion, foreign leaders stepped up efforts to broker a cease-fire. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was en route to Cairo, where he intended to "appeal personally for ending the violence," a statement from his office said. Meanwhile, Egypt dispatched...
November 15, 2012 |
THE IMMEDIATE cause of the exploding conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip was a series of attacks by Palestinian militants , including a missile fired at a jeep carrying Israeli soldiers inside Israel, and a rain of rockets against Israeli towns — more than 180 in the course of a few days. Israel could not but respond, and when it did, it chose to deliver a strategic blow: the assassination of Hamas's military commander, Ahmed Jabari , and airstrikes against...
December 29, 2008 |
CORRECTION: The article incorrectly described Nazareth as part of the West Bank. It is an Israeli town north of the West Bank. NIR AM, Israel , Dec. 28 -- The family of Um Shadi al-Bardaweel did not sleep. The Israeli airstrikes and the explosions, the sirens and the screams of strangers outside their house near the Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip kept them awake into the predawn hours Sunday. At the first light of dawn, the mother of five sent her son to the bakery to buy bread.