Gaza

Amnesty urges Hamas to stop Gaza executions

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Amnesty International has attacked Hamas’ plans to carry out executions in Gaza following the Muslim festival of Eid.

The charity said the threat facing prisoners sentenced to death was “deeply disturbing”.

Hamas’ Attorney General in Gaza announced plans last week to execute a number of what he said were “convicted criminals” as a “lesson” to other Palestinians.

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Envoy’s Hamas warning

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2013

Britain’s ambassador to Israel believes trade restrictions imposed on Gaza have “enriched” Hamas and weakened Israel’s security.

Matthew Gould said he was in “no doubt about Hamas’ lack of readiness to be a partner for peace”, but added that Israeli sanctions on trade to the Palestinian territory were “hurting moderate businessmen” and “ordinary Gazan workers”.

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BBC rules on Gaza complaint

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

The BBC has partly upheld a complaint that a World Service programme misled listeners about the health of Palestinians in Gaza.

A segment on the Health Check show in October last year looked at the situation facing patients suffering from kidney failure.

It suggested that medical supplies and equipment had been blocked by Israeli authorities, hampering the treatment of the Palestinians.

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Time to ‘clean out’ Gaza, says Lieberman after rocket attack

By Zoe Winograd, June 24, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said on Israeli radio that “Israel will have to seriously consider the option of conquering all of Gaza and really cleaning it out.”

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Gaza tunnels used to smuggle KFC

May 23, 2013

Palestinians have started smuggling Kentucky Fried Chicken into Gaza, Haaretz has reported.

Yamama, a Gaza-based delivery service, employs motorcycle couriers to pick the chicken up from the border tunnels and deliver it to customers. The meals are made at KFC outlets in cities around the Sinai Peninsula.

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Hamas not sourcing missiles

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 10, 2013

Israeli intelligence has found no evidence that Hamas is rebuilding the missile-firing capabilities damaged during Operation Pillar of Defence five months ago.

Hamas is instead focusing on its attempts to solidify political control of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian movement.

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West Bank stabbing, pinpoint strike in Gaza but ‘no escalation’

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2013

Evyatar Borovsky, an actor and security guard from the settlement of Yitzhar, who was stabbed to death on Tuesday, was the first Israeli killed in a terror attack in the West Bank in nearly two years.

Hours later, Israel carried out the first “targeted killing” of a terror operative in Gaza in five months.

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Senior Salafist terrorist killed in Israeli air strike

By Zoe Winograd, April 30, 2013

A senior Salafist terrorist has been killed in Gaza.

An Israeli Air Force strike killed 29-year-old Hitam al-Mahsal near a Hamas training base on Tuesday morning. Reportedly, Mahsal was responsible for the rocket attack on Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula on April 17.

Mahsal was deemed an “explosives expert” by the IDF.

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It’s boom not bombs in Gaza for Channel 4 documentary

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2013

The presenter of a Channel Four documentary about Gaza has said that the local population would not recognise the portrayal of the area in much of the UK media as war-torn.

Seyi Rhodes travelled to the Gaza Strip in February to film an episode of Unreported World, which airs tonight.

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BBC Gaza reporting ‘misleads’

By Anna Sheinman, April 4, 2013

Media organisations including the BBC and Reuters have published articles that might mislead readers into thinking that current tensions between Gaza and Israel were started by the Jewish state, a pro-Israel group has argued.

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