Latest Gaza Strip News

Israel strikes Gaza in response to explosive balloons

Aug. 6, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army said it attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday after Palestinian militants launched explosive balloons from the territory into Israel. In a brief statement, the army said airstrikes struck “infrastrucure used for underground activities” by...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

Israel downs rocket launched by Gaza militants

Aug. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night in a rare attack punctuating months of relative calm. Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. The military said the Iron Dome missile defense system...

Israel says it arrested Hamas militant who fled strip by sea

Jul. 30, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security officials on Thursday announced they have caught a Hamas militant who fled the Gaza Strip and swam into Israeli waters, confirming weeks of rumors that a Hamas figure had “defected” to Israel. Israel's Shin Bet security agency said that Izz el-Din Hussein,...

Palestinian veterinarians neuter a dog at a clinic in Gaza City, Monday, July 13, 2020. In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gazans defy taboos to rescue, neuter stray animals

Jul. 25, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. Said el-Er, who founded the territory's only animal rescue organization in 2006, has been trying to change that. He...

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Israel to shut down on weekends in response to virus surge

Jul. 17, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced sweeping new restrictions on Friday in response to a new surge in coronavirus cases, including weekend closures of many businesses and limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery. The government announced the restrictions after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said...

Israeli military says Gaza militants fire 3 rockets

Jul. 5, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said aircraft struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Sunday following a barrage of rocket fire into southern Israel. No casualties were reported on either side. In a statement, the military said attack helicopters and fighter jets struck “underground...

A Palestinian woman flashes the victory sign as she demonstrates against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Netanyahu ally confirms delays in West Bank annexation plan

Jul. 1, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the Israeli leader's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank would not start on Wednesday, the original target date, as the British prime minister made an extraordinary appeal to Israel to call off the plan. The...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, shows a view of the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Efraim on the hills of the Jordan Valley. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the valley and all of Israel's far-flung West Bank settlements, in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, which overwhelmingly favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israeli leaders at odds over West Bank annexation plan

Jun. 29, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top two leaders appeared to feud Monday about the timing of the country's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, complicating the task of American officials who were in Jerusalem trying to finalize a plan. The comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his...

Hamas supporters paint heir faces while mach with their green and national flags during a protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and  U.S. President Donald Trump's mideast initiative, after Friday prayer at the main road of Khan Younis City, Gaza Strip, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israeli military says 2 Gaza rockets hit southern Israel

Jun. 26, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military said Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel late Friday, shattering months of near-total calm. In response, Israeli aircraft attacked two military facilities for Hamas, the Islamic group ruling Gaza. There were no...