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2008-07-22 12:00:53

Israel's intelligence chief says Hamas has taken advantage of a cease-fire agreement to plant land mines across large areas of Gaza. Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Bet security agency, told a Knesset committee Tuesday that the Palestinian militant group also possesses rockets that can reach further inside Israel, possibly as far as Kiryat Gat and Ashdod, the Jerusalem Post reported. At the hearing, Diskin said arms-smuggling into Gaza by Hamas has continued unabated during the...

2008-07-06 09:00:08

Text of report by Hamas-backed newspaper Filistin on 5 July ["Dimensions" column by Khalid Walid Mahmud: "What Use Is the Calm if There Is No Commitment to it?"] Ever since the first moments of the implementation of the calm agreement between Hamas and 'Israel' questions have been repeatedly raised among most observers about the extent the Israeli side will continue to commit to the calm and implement its articles. Ever since the first day of the calm negotiations in Egypt, the Israeli...

2008-07-04 12:00:10

ll crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip have been closed in response to this week's rocket attack, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. Barak said after Thursday's rocket attack on Israel violated the region's precarious cease-fire, he ordered all Gaza crossings to be closed immediately, The Jerusalem Post reported. The crossing closures came after more than 70 trucks delivered much-needed supplies to the region following the crossings' reopening on Wednesday. Rocket and...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM Palestinian militants fired three homemade rockets into southern Israel on Tuesday, threatening to unravel a cease- fire days after it began. Israel responded by closing vital border crossings into Gaza. Despite what it called a "gross violation" of the truce, Israel refrained from military action and said it would send an envoy soon to Egypt to work on the next stage of a broader cease-fire agreement: a prisoner swap that would bring...

2008-06-25 06:02:24

By Isabel Kershner Three rockets fired from Gaza on Tuesday struck the Israeli border town of Sderot and its environs, causing no injuries but constituting the first serious breach of a five-day-old truce mediated by Egypt between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic organization that controls Gaza. The crack in the calm came on the eve of a looming political crisis in Israel: Barring last-minute maneuvers and backroom deals, a preliminary reading of a bill for the dissolution of the Israeli...

2008-06-24 21:01:34

JERUSALEM _ Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets into Israel on Tuesday, breaching a five-day old cease-fire after Israeli troops killed one of the Palestinian group's commanders in the West Bank. Israel responded to the rocket fire by shutting border crossings into Gaza. The incident underscored the fragility of the Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas reached last week with Egyptian mediation, and it demonstrated how continuing Israeli raids against militants in...

2008-06-24 18:00:10

JERUSALEM _ Palestinian militants fired three homemade rockets into southern Israel on Tuesday, jeopardizing Israel's six-day-old cease-fire with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip. The rockets caused minimal damage but presented an early test for Hamas leaders in Gaza, who'd agreed to halt Palestinian militant attacks on Israel. Israeli leaders condemned the attack but stopped short of immediately declaring the tenuous Egyptian-brokered cease-fire dead. "What happened today is a flagrant...

2008-06-22 15:00:06

Israel's military said Sunday it has begun allowing a greater flow of goods into Gaza as the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas entered a fourth day. A spokeswoman for the Israeli Defense Forces told Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news service, that the army has begun allowing 90 trucks per day through checkpoints and into Gaza, up from the 60 to 70 daily trucks that were formerly going through. The trucks are entering Gaza through the Sufa border crossing, and after waiting 72 hours...

2008-06-19 12:00:03

By Isabel Kershner Taghreed El-Khodary contributed reporting from Gaza. * The prime minister and defense minister of Israel have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire with Hamas for the Gaza area starting Thursday morning, Israel Radio reported Wednesday. Egyptian and Hamas officials had already announced Tuesday that a deal had been reached. An unidentified senior Egyptian official told the state news agency MENA, "The Palestinian and Israeli sides have accepted the first stage...

2008-06-19 09:00:03

Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars toward Israel on Wednesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza just hours before a truce was to take effect, illustrating how fragile the cease-fire would be. "I hope it will succeed," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. - The Associated Press request of Lebanon In another diplomatic initiative, Israel called on neighboring Lebanon to open peace negotiations - an overture that was quickly rejected by Lebanon's prime...