Gaza

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2010

The Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, has ordered the reopening of his country's border with Gaza.

The Rafah crossing will be reopened to allow humanitarian and medical aid into Hamas-controlled Gaza, following the weekend's raid on a flotilla ship which left at least nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

Rafah has been kept mostly closed in the three years since Hamas gained control of the area. It is the only point on the Gaza border that Israel does not fully control.

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More deaths in aftermath of IDF raid

June 1, 2010

Two terrorists were shot dead attempting to infiltrate the Gaza border this morning.

The attempt followed Monday's IDF raid of the "Free Gaza" flotilla in which nine passengers were killed.

Four settlements near the border fence have been closed and families living nearby have been asked to stay in their homes. It is believed schools have been closed.

As international outrage mounted, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cut short his visit to North America and canceled a meeting with President Barack Obama to return to Israel.

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Analysis: Gaza aid deaths: how could it happen?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2010

Flotilla 13, the IDF's naval commandos, were the toast of Israel's military - until yesterday. The recipients of a rare citation for the entire unit from Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, only last month, the "Shayetet" are credited with numerous secret missions far away from the country's shores. According to the non-Israeli press, these missions included interdiction of ships bearing arms from Iran to Israel's enemies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

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Netanyahu regret over Gaza aid killings

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2010

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has expressed his regret that nine people were killed in the IDF action against the Gaza flotilla.

The six ships, which were part of a supposed aid mission to Gaza, have now docked in the port of Ashdod and 32 activists have been arrested.

Israeli had previously offered the ships a safe passage to dock in Ashdod and have their aid transported by land to Gaza.

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Gaza analysis: These were not 'peace protesters'

By Stephen Pollard, May 31, 2010

It’s depressing, but not in the least bit surprising, that the ‘condemn first, ask questions later (if at all)’ attitude towards Israel is as universal as ever.

To judge from the media coverage of what happened last night, you’d think that the IDF had attacked a defenceless group of peace activists almost for the sake of it, shooting indiscriminately and behaving like barbarians.

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Gaza protesters killed in clash with IDF

May 31, 2010

Up to sixteen members of a Turkish Gaza protest organisation are said to have been killed by Israeli forces after fighting on board a flotilla of ships en route to Gaza.

The ships, part of an ‘aid convoy’ from the ‘Free Gaza’ organisation, a Turkish based group, had left northern Cyprus on Sunday. Six boats carried 600 activists. One of those on board was Mairead Corrigan Maguire, the Northern Ireland peace protester who won a Nobel Prize in 1976.

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Gaza tunnels 'shut down by Hamas'

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2010

Hamas has ordered Gazans to shut down the network of tunnels used for smuggling along the border with Egypt, in an unprecedented move.

Gazans told Israeli media that they believed the closure of the tunnels was in response to security requests from Egypt. The move comes shortly after Israelis were advised to leave the Sinai peninsula after an urgent warning of an imminent kidnap attempt by Hamas.

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Palestinian killed in Gaza border clash

By Jessica Elgot, April 13, 2010

At least one Palestinian terrorist, who attempted to plant a bomb at the Gaza border fence, has been killed by the Israeli army.

The IDF and Palestinian sources have confirmed the attack happened on the Kissufim border with Gaza.

The IDF said that a group of Palestinians had attempted to breach the border and a Givati strike force fired and shelled at the group. Military helicopters were also used to target the men.

The dead man is a member of the al-Quds Brigade, the military section of Islamic Jihad, the terrorist group confirmed.

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Gaza leaders in 'truce' talks

April 5, 2010

A truce with Israel and the prospects of inter-Palestinian reconcilliation were discussed on Sunday night at a meeting of several Gaza factions.

Islamic Jihad, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front all participated attended the meeting, described by Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha as the “first fruits” of a series of inter-Palestinian talks.

The representatives gathered as a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip missed a kibbutz in the Western Negev.

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Hamas could start executing Israel "collaborators"

By Jessica Elgot, April 1, 2010

Hamas may carry out death sentences for men convicted of “collaboration with Israel” within days.

Amnesty International reports that Hamas officials have indicated the sentences may be carried out in the next few days.

Fourteen people are known to have been sentenced to death in Hamas’ military courts, which do not meet international standards for fair trials.

However, more could be facing execution for charges of collaboration, treason and murder.

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