Latest Gaza Strip News

Mideast cease-fire efforts gain steam as US envoy visits. Mediators report 'encouraging' signs

Feb. 22, 2024 15:23 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — International efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appeared to gain new momentum on Thursday as the White House said a visit by a senior envoy with Israeli leaders was “going well” and other mediators reported encouraging signs from the warring parties. ...

Live updates | Israeli bombings kill 48 Palestinians in Gaza, 1 Israeli killed in West Bank attack

Feb. 22, 2024 13:39 PM EST

At least 48 people were killed in Israeli airstrikes in southern and central Gaza overnight, half of them women and children, the territory's health officials said. European diplomats stepped up calls for a cease-fire on Thursday, with alarm rising over the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza...

Houthi rebel attack sets cargo ship ablaze, forces Israel to intercept another attack near Eilat

Feb. 22, 2024 13:32 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels launched attacks Thursday on both Israel and a ship traveling through the Gulf of Aden, setting the vessel ablaze and again demonstrating their ability to launch assaults despite facing U.S.-led airstrikes targeting their forces. ...

Denmark records highest number of antisemitic incidents since WWII, part of a grim European trend

Feb. 22, 2024 07:16 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The number of antisemitic incidents registered in Denmark since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel that ignited the war in Gaza has reached levels not seen since World War II, the head of the Scandinavian country's small Jewish community said Thursday. “We...

Live updates | New attempts at Gaza cease-fire are underway, Israel's Gantz says

Feb. 21, 2024 19:13 PM EST

New attempts are underway to reach a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas that could pause the war in Gaza, a member of Israel’s War Cabinet said late Wednesday. “Initial signs indicate a possibility of moving forward,” said Benny Gantz, a former military chief and defense...

Harvard condemns student and faculty groups for posting antisemitic cartoon

Feb. 21, 2024 16:04 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University condemned what it called a “flagrantly antisemitic cartoon” that an undergraduate group posted on social media over the weekend. It also appeared on the Instagram account of Harvard Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine. Copied from a...

Why isn't desperately needed aid reaching Palestinians in Gaza?

Feb. 21, 2024 14:17 PM EST

From the earliest days of the Israel-Hamas war, the United States and much of the international community have pressed Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. But as the fighting rages on with no end in sight, the humanitarian catastrophe there has only worsened. ...

Food deliveries into northern Gaza are halted because of the war's chaos, increasing famine risk

Feb. 20, 2024 23:28 PM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The World Food Program said Tuesday it has paused deliveries of food to isolated northern Gaza because of increasing chaos across the territory, hiking fears of potential starvation. A study by the U.N. children’s agency warned that one in six children in the north are...

Attacks on ships and US drones show Yemen's Houthis can still fight despite US-led airstrikes

Feb. 20, 2024 20:24 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Despite a month of U.S.-led airstrikes, Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels remain capable of launching significant attacks. This week, they seriously damaged a ship in a crucial strait and downed an American drone worth tens of millions of dollars. ...

The US vetoes an Arab-backed UN resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza

Feb. 20, 2024 16:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Tuesday vetoed an Arab-backed and widely supported U.N. resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in the embattled Gaza Strip, saying it would interfere with negotiations on a deal to free hostages abducted in...