Latest Gaza Strip News

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Sep. 16, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

ATLIT, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of...

Qatar resumes aid to Gaza, minus the suitcases of cash

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar resumed its distribution of aid to Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since the May war between Israel and the territory's militant Hamas rulers, this time through a new mechanism that does not involve suitcases full of cash. The...

Israel PM in first official trip to Egypt in over a decade

Sep. 14, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The leaders of Egypt and Israel met Monday as part of the first official trip to Egypt by an Israeli prime minister in over a decade, and rising tensions in the Gaza Strip were at the top of their agenda. Gaza is sandwiched between Israel and Egypt, and...

Latest: Australia's capital extends lockdown until Oct. 15

Sep. 13, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s capital city of Canberra will remain locked down for a second month after the local government reported 22 new coronavirus infections. The Australian Capital Territory locked down Aug. 12 after a single case linked to a Sydney...

Israel hits Hamas targets as Gaza militants fire rockets

Sep. 13, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday while Palestinian militants launched rockets into Israel in the third consecutive night of fighting between the sides. The violence took place shortly before Israel's prime...

Israeli firm unveils armed robot to patrol volatile borders

Sep. 13, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

LOD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli defense contractor on Monday unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot it says can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators and open fire. The unmanned vehicle is the latest addition to the world of drone technology, which is rapidly reshaping the modern...

Israel says it intercepts rocket launched from Gaza

Sep. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants launched a rocket into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night, the Israeli military said, adding that the rocket was intercepted. The launch came at a time of heightened tensions following an escape by six Palestinian militants...

Israel arrests 4 Palestinian fugitives who escaped prison

Sep. 11, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Saturday said they have arrested four of the six Palestinians who broke out of a maximum-security prison this week — including a famed militant leader whose exploits over the years have made him a well-known figure in Israel. Late on...

Israeli media: 4 Palestinian escapees captured, 2 at large

Sep. 10, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reports say two more of the six Palestinian who broke out of a maximum-security prison this week have been arrested at dawn Saturday, leaving two prisoners at large. The prisoners captured included Zakaria Zubeidi, a well-known militant...

Israel strikes Gaza as Palestinians celebrate prison break

Sep. 07, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel launched airstrikes on what it said was a militant site in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday after Palestinians sent incendiary balloons into Israel in support of six Palestinian prisoners who had escaped from an Israeli prison the day before. ...