The Palestinian militant group Hamas said it had agreed to a three-month suspension of attacks on Israelis, a development that could put the U.S.-backed "road map" back on track after several weeks of deadly terrorist attacks and Israeli reprisals.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the Palestinian Authority must crack down more forcefully on militant groups such as Hamas and called on both sides to move "beyond" cease-fire negotiations.
Israeli helicopters fired missiles Thursday at a vehicle in a Gaza City neighborhood, killing a senior leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and six others.
The militant Islamic group Hamas on Friday broke off planned talks with new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, saying it would continue attacks on Israelis and rejecting compromises Abbas made at Wednesday's U.S.-led summit.
Israeli troops killed eight Palestinians Monday during a raid in the Gaza Strip that captured a founder of the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Israeli jets launched an air strike that killed the military leader of the Palestinian group Hamas late Monday. The missile attack on the leader's Gaza City home, leveled five buildings and killed at least 10, according to Palestinian officials.
Israel stepped up its incursion into Palestinian-controlled territory Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his country's military is "preparing massive activity" against the Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli leaders and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat Friday cautiously welcomed calls for a Middle East peace conference.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas has called for war against Israeli soldiers and settlers after Israeli commandos killed four of the militant group's members at a West Bank hideout.
At least five people were killed and more than 70 wounded in gun battles between Palestinian police and militant members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The violence comes as Hamas said it would suspend suicide attacks on Israeli targets.
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