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France fears more civilian casualties JERUSALEM: France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday that attempts to reach a ceasefire in Israel's 12-day conflict with Gaza militants had failed. Fabius, who flew to Israel after talks in Egypt and Jordan, told reporters after meeting with Netanyahu: "Sadly I can say that the call for a ceasefire has not been heard, and on the contrary, there's a risk of more civilian casualties that worries us."Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

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 ...
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 ...


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