Israel

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    August 27, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, an independent commission announced that there’s evidence that the Syrian military used chlorine gas at least eight times in April against villages in the northern part of the country — territory where Islamic State fighters now hold control. Also, residents of Gaza streamed back to communities destroyed during fighting with Israel. Continue reading

  • Palestinians celebrate Gaza ceasefire
    August 26, 2014  

    The war between Israel and Hamas, which took thousands of lives this summer, appeared to be at an end with the announcement of a new cease-fire. Gwen Ifill talks to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institution about the prospects of enduring calm, the emergence of Egypt as lead negotiator and the rebuilding process ahead. Continue reading

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    August 26, 2014  

    Israel and Hamas accepted a cease-fire deal that opens more border crossings, allowing humanitarian aid and construction materials into Gaza. If the cease-fire holds, new talks on other issues would begin in a month. The U.S. State Department called the deal “an opportunity, not a certainty.” Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • Palestinians stand in a room of their house whose facade was destroyed overnight by Israeli airstrikes on Aug. 26 in Gaza City. Israel and Hamas reportedly have agreed to a cease-fire. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
    August 26, 2014   BY newsdesk 

    Egyptian state television announced Tuesday that Israel and Hamas will enter a cease-fire at 7 p.m. local time (noon EDT), ending a seven-week Gaza war that has left more than 2,200 people dead. Continue reading

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    August 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, at least 58 people died in Iraq in a series of attacks that mostly targeted Shiite districts. At a mosque in Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vest with explosives as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers. Also, Egypt pressed for new efforts to broker another truce between Israel and Hamas, but fighting continued with Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks. Continue reading

  • Funeral ceremony of Hamas commanders in Gaza
    August 21, 2014  

    Following this week’s cease-fire collapse, Israeli airstrikes killed multiple Hamas leaders in Gaza. The Associated Press’s Josef Federman, reporting from Jerusalem, talks to Hari Sreenivasan about news that a member of Hamas has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, plus the prospects of either side returning to the negotiating table. Continue reading

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    August 21, 2014  

    A pre-dawn Israeli airstrike killed three senior Hamas military leaders Thursday. Thousands of Palestinians marched through the streets of Gaza as part of their funeral procession. Meanwhile, a top Hamas official acknowledged for the first time that his group was responsible for the kidnapping of Israeli teens, whose death sparked the ongoing conflict. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

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    August 20, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a strike by Israel targeted the head of Hamas’ military wing in a new round of attacks, but Gazans say it instead killed his wife and son. Also, police and soldiers in Liberia enforced an Ebola quarantine in a Monrovia neighborhood by firing live ammunition and tear gas after angry residents stormed the barricades. It was unclear whether anyone was hurt. Continue reading

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    August 19, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel hours before the latest truce was set to expire. Israel responded with escalating airstrikes, sending large clouds of smoke above the Gaza skyline. Palestinian officials reported two were killed. Also, the Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded American journalist James Foley. He was reported missing in Syria in 2012. Continue reading

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    August 18, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, the Ukrainian military reported that dozens of civilians were killed when a convoy of refugees came under rocket fire near the rebel-held city of Luhansk. Government officials and the separatists have blamed each other for the attack. Also, a five-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was extended another 24 hours as Egyptian officials continued to broker a truce. Continue reading