Palestina

Israel and Hamas defy ceasefire calls

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft, tanks and ships pounded the Gaza Strip for a 15th day Saturday and militants from Hamas fired rockets back at Israel, both sides defying international efforts to put a stop to the conflict. In the latest exchange of fire, eight Palestinians were killed by an …

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Israel rebuffs U.N. resolution, pursues Gaza war

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel rejected a U.N. resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday and warplanes and tanks pounded the Palestinian enclave. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert dismissed Thursday’s binding Security Council resolution demanding an “immediate and durable” ceasefire in the two-week-old war as “unworkable.” …

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Gaza boy recounts house of death

GAZA (Reuters) – “Abu Salah died, his wife died. Abu Tawfiq died, his son died, his wife also died. Mohammed Ibrahim died, and his mother died. Ishaq died and Nasar died. The wife of Nael Samouni died. Many people died. “There were maybe more than 25 people killed,” said Ahmed …

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West Bank protests over Gaza muted by helplessness

RAMALLAH (Reuters) – Palestinians in the occupied West Bank protested on Friday against Israel’s full-scale offensive against Gaza, but the demonstrations were divided, short, and relatively muted. The death toll in the two-week onslaught, now 783, has stunned West Bank Palestinians, eclipsing an internal quarrel between those ready to recognize …

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Iran Urges Egypt to Fulfill Obligations towards Gazans

TEHRAN (FNA)- Global expectations of Egypt have been doubled because of its different geographical position and its shared borders with Gaza through Rafah border crossing, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said. Egyptian government needs to comply with its historical and conscientious obligations over Gazans and take fundamental steps regarding …

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Iran Renews Call for Int’l Efforts to End Massacre in Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran once again reiterated the need for continued international and regional diplomatic efforts to remove the offensive and siege against Palestinians in Gaza. During the last week, over a dozen senior Iranian diplomats were dispatched to various world countries to invite them to push for the said two …

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Larijani Slams Western Proposals on Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian politician described proposals put forward by Middle Eastern and European states to end the Gaza conflict as “honey injected with poison” that would not protect Palestinian rights. Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, a major figure in the Islamic Republic, was apparently referring to ideas put …

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Jordan activists mull legal war against Israel

AMMAN, Jan. 9 – Jordan’s activists has mulled a legal war against Israel in light of its intensive offensive against the Gaza Strip which has claimed over 700 lives there, local daily The Jordan Times reported on Friday. Representatives from 20 civil societies and law schools in the kingdom met …

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Japan may send special envoy to Middle East

TOKYO, Jan. 9 – Japan is studying the feasibility of sending a special envoy to related countries to help end hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, Kyodo News said Friday. Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said during a House of Representatives Budget Committee session that Tatsuo Arima, special envoy on the …

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