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Southern Israel under massive rocket barrage from Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility after more than 100 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel from Gaza earlier today, the largest such attack since 2012.

Most of the rockets fell in open areas away from population centres but one rocket hit a residential district. No casualties on the Israeli side have so far been reported.

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Netanyahu attacks EU's top diplomat over Iran visit

By Daniel Easterman, March 10, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has attacked Baroness Ashton, the European Union's top diplomat, for her visit to Iran following the seizure of an Iranian arms ship loaded with weapons apparently bound for the Gaza Strip.

Mr Netanyahu said: "I would like to ask her if she asked her Iranian hosts about this shipment of weapons for terrorist organisations, and if not, why not."

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Labour MP condemned for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has condemned a Labour MP who compared the situation in Gaza to the treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust.

During a Parliamentary debate on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians on Wednesday, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Britain condemns Gaza rockets

By Daniel Easterman, January 17, 2014

Britain has condemned the firing of five rockets from Gaza into the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon yesterday.

Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson said that the rockets fired into Israel were a “violation of international law”.

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Terror rockets fired from Gaza as Sharon is buried

By JCReporter, January 13, 2014

Israeli military jets have hit two targets in Gaza after rockets were fired at an area close to where the funeral service for Ariel Sharon was taking place.

Israel reportedly had warned Hamas not to launch rockets during Monday afternoon’s funeral at the former prime minister's family farm in the Negev - a few miles from Israel’s border with Gaza.

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Israeli embassy criticises British MPs over Gaza letter

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy in London has hit back at a group of parliamentarians who blamed Israel for the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a letter published in the Guardian on December 27 - marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - more than two dozen MPs and peers called for the British government to "to take immediate action to bring an end to the blockade on Gaza".

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Sun, sea and kassams? Gaza border promoted as tourist destination

By Anthea Gerrie, January 2, 2014

It is cut off from beautiful beaches by barbed wire and a target for missiles, but the area around the Gaza border is being touted as Israel’s newest tourist attraction.

That’s according to the Tourism Ministry, which is throwing NIS 2 million (£350,000) at an area visitors have avoided for years over safety fears.

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EU ‘wasted millions’ in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

An auditing report has raised serious question marks over EU aid money worth hundreds of millions of euros that has been given to the Palestinian Authority.

According to the report, prepared by the European Court of Auditors and revealed by the Financial Times this week, funds transferred to the PA for Gaza were paid to civilians with ties to Fatah who were no longer working.

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Middle East Minister marks anniversary of Gaza ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, November 28, 2013

Middle East Minister Hugh Robertson has called on Israel and Hamas to respect their 12-month ceasefire and for Hamas put an end to “militant activities, including rocket fire”.

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Hamas leader’s granddaughter treated in Israeli hospital

By Daniel Easterman, November 19, 2013

One of the granddaughters of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has been transferred from Gaza to an Israeli hospital for urgent medical treatment.

The news emerged when Haniyeh’s son, Abdul Salam, wrote on his Facebook page that his daughter, Amal Haniyeh, aged one, had crossed the "green line" which separates Israel from the Palestinian territories.

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