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Israeli soldiers killed in militant infiltration JERUSALEM: Israel army announced on Saturday the deaths of two of its soldiers in a clash with Gaza militants who had breached the Jewish state's border, hours after they had been reported wounded.An army statement said the two, Sergeant Adar Bersano, 20, from Nahariya, and Major Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon, were killed fighting a group of militants who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from the centre of the Gaza Strip.The army had earlier said two soldiers were wounded in a clash with the militants, who had been "aiming to carry out a lethal attack in one of the nearby communities".The militants had fired machineguns and an anti-tank missile at the soldiers, who returned fire, "killing a terrorist and forcing the rest back into Gaza".Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said 12 of their men stayed "behind enemy lines" for six hours before engaging in "direct confrontation with ...

French FM calls for 'urgent' truce in Gaza  CAIRO: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Saturday for an "urgent" truce in Gaza and renewed support for an Egyptian initiative accepted by Israel but spurned by its Hamas foes.Fabius issued the call at a Cairo press conference after talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is rallying international support for Cairo's ceasefire proposal.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Israel air strike kills seven in southern Gaza GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike on the southern Gaza Strip killed seven people early Saturday, medics said, on day 12 of a major operation against the Palestinian territory.The strike hit a group of people outside a mosque in the southern city of Khan Yunis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, adding that three of the dead were from the same family.One woman was among those killed, Qudra said.The deaths took the toll from ...
Israeli shelling kills three Gaza teenagers GAZA CITY: Israeli shelling killed three Palestinian teenagers in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medics said. The attack took place near the northern town of Beit Hanun, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Israel's Gaza ground offensive bound to fail: Hamas chief DOHA: Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said on Friday that Israel's ground operation in Gaza was destined to fail, in remarks to AFP in the Qatari capital."What the occupier Israel failed to achieve through its air and sea raids, it will not be able to achieve with a ground offensive. It is bound to fail," Meshaal said from his exile in Doha.A Hamas spokesman in Gaza said earlier "Israel will pay a high price" for launching ...
Israel 'must stop' Gaza ground operation: Abbas CAIRO: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called on Israel to stop its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, saying it would cause more bloodshed and complicate efforts to end the conflict, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported on Friday.Abbas' remarks came hours after Israel launched a ground operation aimed at hitting the Palestinian Hamas."Isarel must stop its ground operation in the Gaza Strip," MENA quoted Abbas as saying as he addressed a group of Egyptian intellectuals ...
Hamas demands changes to Egypt Gaza plan: Palestinians CAIRO: Hamas demanded changes on Wednesday to an Egyptian proposal to end the deadly conflict with Israel in and around Gaza, a Palestinian official said.Hamas's demand came as the Palestinian death toll from Israel's punishing air campaign, now in its ninth day, rose to 220 Palestinians dead after the Islamist movement snubbed the truce plan on Tuesday even though it was briefly respected by Israel.Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq met Egyptian officials in Cairo ...


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