Hamas forces encroached on Fatah strongholds in Gaza Wednesday, gaining an advantage in what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called “the first signs of a cruel civil war.” Two regional experts, Ghaith al-Omari and Mark Perry, lend their perspectives on the conflict. Continue reading
Even after the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, came to an agreement on a unity government, fighting between the two groups has continued in Gaza. Independent Television News reports on the efforts to end clashes and enforce a cease-fire. Continue reading
In the days after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for early parliamentary elections on Saturday, deadly fighting between rival Hamas and Fatah factions continued throughout the Gaza region. Continue reading
Clashes erupted Friday between rival Palestinian factions after Hamas accused Fatah of trying to assassinate Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government. Two experts on the Middle East analyze Palestinian tensions. Continue reading
Israeli troops moved into Southern Lebanon Wednesday in response to the abduction of two Israeli soldiers during a border raid by the militant group Hezbollah. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the soldiers’ kidnapping an “act of war.” Continue reading
A top Israeli official signaled a willingness to compromise Friday, saying Hamas militants must free an Israeli soldier and stop firing rockets. Hamas, meanwhile, insisted upon the release of prisoners. Continue reading
Israel’s detention of 64 leaders of the Hamas-led Palestinian government and 23 members of other factions has further heightened tensions strained after Palestinians abducted an Israeli soldier and Israelis launched a retaliatory attack on Gaza.
Israeli troops launched air strikes against Gaza Wednesday, in response to the Palestinian abduction of a wounded Israeli soldier. Destroying three Palestinian bridges and a power station, troops crossed the Gaza border for the first time since the Israeli withdrawal 10 months ago. Continue reading