Latest Gaza Strip News

Israeli defense minister: Now's the time to strike Hamas

Oct. 16, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says the time has come to deliver a "heavy blow" to Gaza's militant Hamas leaders, after weeks of border violence. Avigdor Lieberman says he'll recommend doing so when Israel's security Cabinet meets the following day. The minister spoke on Tuesday during a visit...

Israeli fire wounds 32 Palestinians in Gaza beach protest

Oct. 15, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says 32 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire during a mass protest along the beach near the Israeli frontier. Protesters threw flaming tires over the fence Monday, while fishing boats hoisted Palestinian flags. Israeli forces responded with tear...

Israel warns Hamas of 'painful' strikes if protests go on

Oct. 14, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened "very painful blows" against Gaza's Hamas rulers if they don't halt protests along the perimeter fence that have led to clashes with Israeli troops. Netanyahu said Israel is very close to waging a "different kind of activity"...

Palestinians bury woman killed in West Bank, 7 slain in Gaza

Oct. 13, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

BIDYA, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians on Saturday buried eight of their dead — a woman killed when a stone hit her in the head while riding in a car in the West Bank, an attack blamed on Jewish settlers, and seven who were shot by Israeli troops during protests in Gaza the previous day. It was the...

The Latest: Mourners hold funerals for 7 killed in Gaza

Oct. 13, 2018 7:26 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Palestinian mourners across the Gaza Strip have held funerals for seven protesters killed a day earlier. Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Gaza's ruling Hamas group, attended a funeral Saturday, pledging to...

Israeli fire kills 6 Palestinians at Gaza protest

Oct. 12, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces shot dead six Palestinians Friday, four of them in a single incident, in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry said. The ministry said four were killed in one location,...

Israeli fire kills 5 Palestinians at Gaza protest

Oct. 12, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire at a protest near the fence dividing the territory and Israel. The ministry said Friday that 50 other protesters were wounded by live bullets. Thousands of Palestinians marched Friday after convening...

NZ activists dismiss Israel court order over Lorde concert

Oct. 12, 2018 4:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two New Zealand activists dismiss an Israeli court order to pay damages for allegedly helping persuade pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Israel. The women say the ruling aims "to intimidate Israel's critics." Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab said on Friday that instead of...

Israel says it destroyed a Hamas tunnel stretching from Gaza

Oct. 11, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Thursday it discovered and destroyed a Hamas tunnel dug out from Gaza into Israeli territory, the 15th such tunnel threat it has thwarted over the past year. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel was 1 kilometer (about half mile) in length,...

UN official: Qatar to buy fuel for Gaza's only power plant

Oct. 9, 2018 7:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar has agreed to buy fuel to restart the only power plant in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a top United Nations official said Tuesday, triggering accusations by the Palestinian Authority running the rival government in the West Bank that this will perpetuate the militants'...