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  • Three children, woman killed in Egypt's Sinai
    Three children, woman killed in Egypt's Sinai 9 hours ago

    Three children and a woman were killed Saturday in a blast and when a shell struck a house in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula where troops are battling Islamic State group jihadists, officials said. More »

  • Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility 22 hours ago

    By Maayan Lubell and Mostafa Hashem JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces. Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards "occupied Palestine". An Israeli military source earlier said the rockets had been fired from Sinai, which borders Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. More »

  • UN rights body calls for Gaza war crimes trials
    UN rights body calls for Gaza war crimes trials 23 hours ago

    The United Nation's Human Rights Council called overwhelmingly Friday for those responsible for war crimes during last summer's Gaza conflict to be brought to trial. More »

  • Civilian killed at Cairo protest on anniversary of Mursi ousting
    Civilian killed at Cairo protest on anniversary of Mursi ousting Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - A civilian was killed on Friday during a protest rally in Cairo in support of Egypt's former president Mohamed Mursi, security sources said, on the second anniversary of the army's overthrow of the Islamist leader. Supporters of Mursi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood said interior ministry forces had opened fire at the protest. The security sources said the person had been shot dead and that two other people had been wounded. More »

  • Hamas says claim it supported Sinai attacks 'propaganda'
    Hamas says claim it supported Sinai attacks 'propaganda' Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Friday dismissed as "propaganda" an Israeli claim that it provided support for this week's jihadist attacks against Egyptian soldiers in Sinai. More »

  • Islamic State's Egypt affiliate says it fired rockets at Israel - state … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said on Friday in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards "occupied Palestine". Israeli police said earlier they had found rocket remnants in an open area. No damage or casualties resulted. An Israeli army source said the missile was launched from the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and Gaza. (Reporting by Mostafa Hashem; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Alison Williams) More »

  • Funeral for Palestinian teenager shot by senior Israeli officer at Qalandiya …
    Funeral for Palestinian teenager shot by senior Israeli officer at Qalandiya … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of a youth who was shot dead by a senior Israeli army officer in the West Bank. Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Kasba was among a group throwing stones at an army vehicle near a Qalandiya checkpoint. Mohammed, who had two brothers killed during the second intifada in 2002 at the Qalandiya checkpoint, was trying to climb the separation wall. More »

  • U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes
    U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, presented by Muslim states, by a vote of 41 to one, with five abstentions. Israel's closest ally, the United States, was the only country to vote against. More »

  • Palestinian forces arrest dozens of Hamas men in the West Bank Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Palestinian security forces arrested dozens of Hamas members in overnight raids in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the largest security crackdown since 2007, officials said on Friday. Adnan Al-Dmairi, security spokesman for the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, said the Hamas men had planned "to sow chaos" but he gave no specifics charges. Islamist Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and is a rival of Fatah, the movement headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas which is dominant in the West Bank. More »

  • Israel accuses Hamas of aiding Islamic State in Egypt
    Israel accuses Hamas of aiding Islamic State in Egypt Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    An Israeli general has accused members of Hamas in Gaza of providing support to militants linked to Islamic State in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, where the Egyptian army has fought deadly battles with Islamist insurgents in recent days. Major-General Yoav Mordechai, who oversees Israel's civilian policy towards Gaza, named members of Hamas's military wing he said were involved in training fighters of Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and smuggling wounded from Sinai into Gaza for treatment. More »

  • Palestinians arrest 100 Hamas members in W.Bank: security
    Palestinians arrest 100 Hamas members in W.Bank: security Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Palestinian forces have arrested around 100 Hamas members in the West Bank, a security official said Friday, raising tension between the Islamist movement and its Ramallah-based rivals. More »

  • Israeli officer kills stone-throwing Palestinian youth in West Bank
    Israeli officer kills stone-throwing Palestinian youth in West Bank Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A senior Israeli army officer shot and killed a Palestinian youth who was throwing stones near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said. A Palestinian witness and an Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinian was among a group throwing stones at an army vehicle near Qalandiya, a major checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah. The witness said the army vehicle stopped and soldiers got out and fired at the youth, whom a hospital official in Ramallah identified as 17-year-old Mohammed Sami al-Ksbeh. More »

  • Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen in West Bank
    Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen in West Bank Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank on Friday after he threw stones at their patrol, Palestinian medical and security sources said. More »

  • Egyptian army kills 35 militants in North Sinai - sources
    Egyptian army kills 35 militants in North Sinai - sources Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Yusri Mohamed ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt’s military killed 35 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Thursday, security sources said, a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of Islamic State, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 exactly two years ago after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-Islamic State group Sinai Province, and other militant factions, pose an existential threat to Egypt, other Arab states and the West. More »

  • Israel says Hamas linked to IS assault on Egyptians
    Israel says Hamas linked to IS assault on Egyptians Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A senior Israeli officer said Thursday the militant Palestinian movement Hamas played a part in attacks by the Islamic State group on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Egypt vows to wipe out 'dens of terror' after IS attacks
    Egypt vows to wipe out 'dens of terror' after IS attacks Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Egypt on Thursday pressed its campaign to crush an escalating insurgency in Sinai, vowing to wipe out "dens of terror" on the peninsula after a spectacular attack by jihadists killed dozens. More »

  • A year after war, head of U.N. in Gaza says rebuilding to begin Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Robert Turner has no quick and easy answer when asked to name the worst of times in his three years running the United Nation's relief effort in Gaza. It will be hard to rank the worst day," the Canadian diplomat told Reuters as he prepares to leave Gaza, where two-thirds of the 1.8 million people receive some form of aid. "There were many - mostly during last summer's conflict." The 51-year-old's deployment with the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Hamas-run territory included two wars - an eight-day conflict in 2013 and the devastating seven-week war last July and August that left tens of thousands of Palestinians homeless. More »

  • Islamic State in Egypt: Who can tame Sinai, the Wild West of North Africa?
    Islamic State in Egypt: Who can tame Sinai, the Wild West of North Africa? Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    On July 1, Islamic State (Isis) carried out its largest attack on the Sinai Peninsula to date. More »

  • Palestinians protest one year after teenager burnt to death
    Palestinians protest one year after teenager burnt to death Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in east Jerusalem Thursday to commemorate the first anniversary of a teenager being burned to death in an Israeli revenge attack in the run-up to the Gaza war. More »

  • Egypt's rising jihadist insurgency challenges Sisi in the Sinai
    Egypt's rising jihadist insurgency challenges Sisi in the Sinai Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Despite a two-year campaign, Egypt is facing an increasingly powerful and sophisticated insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula and the jihadist hotbed is emerging as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's biggest challenge. More »

  • A year after Gaza war: ruins, small joys and much to fear
    A year after Gaza war: ruins, small joys and much to fear Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By Luke Baker GAZA (Reuters) - As the sun sets over Gaza, there isn't a table to be found on the terrace of the Roots hotel, with views overlooking the port and the gently crashing waves of the Mediterranean. It is a far cry from the death and destruction that consumed Gaza a year ago, when Israel launched an air and ground assault to put an end to constant rocket fire by Hamas militants from Gaza. The scene on the hotel terrace is not a sign of how far Gaza has come since - quite the contrary, as not a single one of the estimated 100,000 homes damaged or destroyed in the war has yet been rebuilt - but of the stern resilience of many Gazans. More »

  • Egyptian air strikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai - sources
    Egyptian air strikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai - sources Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Egypt launched air strikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of Islamic State, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. More »