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Ending the war: the obstacles

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Another round of escalation around Gaza appeared was averted at the last minute on Wednesday as negotiators in Cairo agreed to extend an expiring ceasefire until Monday night.

Securing a longer-term truce is proving difficult, however.

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Three Israelis dead in Swiss train crash

By JC Reporter, August 11, 2014

Three Israeli tourists died and five others were seriously wounded when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a train near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

The Israelis — four men and four women — had been travelling to Engelberg, just south of the lake, according to local reports.

It is not yet clear why the minibus was crossing the railway line in the path of the train.

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Israeli negotiators arrive in Cairo as ceasefire holds

By Charlotte Oliver, August 11, 2014

Israeli delegates travelled to Cairo on Monday morning after a three-day Gaza ceasefire seemed to hold overnight.

According to Israeli officials, they only agreed to meet in Egypt for negotiations after the 72-hour truce was accepted by both sides. This follows their refusals to negotiate with Hamas while under attack.

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Hamas say ceasefire will be renewed

By Daniel Easterman, August 8, 2014

UPDATE: Hamas will start a new unofficial truce at 8pm local time, according to Palestinian sources close to the ceasefire negotiations in Cairo.

Early reports from Egypt indicate that only minor disagreements remain between the two sides.

The previous three-day Gaza ceasefire expired at 8am local time as talks broke down amid rocket fire from Hamas and retaliatory air strikes by Israel.

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Ceasefire holds firm as talks continue in Cairo

By Daniel Easterman, August 6, 2014

The latest truce between Israel and Hamas is still in place as negotiators gather in Cairo for permanent ceasefire talks.

The 72-hour pause in the fighting began when Israel unilaterally withdrew its ground forces, initiating a process of de-escalation.

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National Union of Students votes to boycott Israel

By Charlotte Oliver, August 4, 2014

The National Union of Students has voted to boycott Israel.

At a special meeting on Monday, the NUS national executive committee adopted a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

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Israel withdraws majority of forces from Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, August 4, 2014

Israel has withdrawn most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip and declared a unilateral, humanitarian ceasefire – the eighth temporary break in the fighting since hostilities began.

The ceasefire is set to last for seven hours from 7am GMT, but will not include the Rafah area where Israeli operations are continuing.

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Choose which side you are on, say UK Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Jewish community leaders have called on the world to “pick which side they are on – Israel or Hamas” as the violence in Gaza continues.

In a message sent to rabbis ahead of Shabbat, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis and Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said the international community must make tough decisions.

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Hadar Goldin not kidnapped but died in battle, says IDF

By Marcus Dysch and Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

The Israeli soldier thought to have been abducted by Hamas fighters in Gaza has been declared dead.

Forensic information indicated that Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old from Kfar Saba, was killed in a gun battle near Rafah on Friday, a special IDF panel said this weekend.

Two other Israeli soldiers were killed in the attack.

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A truce agreed - then war erupts within hours

By Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

A 72-hour ceasefire agreed on last night by Israel and Hamas already appears to be falling apart.

The halt, brokered by the US and the EU, was due to take effect at 8am this morning local time. But within two hours, mortar shells had been fired from Gaza, landing near a town by the border, and Israeli forces had returned fire.

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