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Israeli warplanes strike back over Gaza rocket salvo

Israeli warplanes pounded 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday night in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state earlier, the military said. Palestinian eyewitnesses, including an AFP photographer, said warplanes hit bases of the strip's Hamas rulers and the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, which had claimed responsiblity for firing dozens of rockets into Israel. An army statement late Wednesday night said the remains of 60 rockets had so far been located, five of which hit populated areas.

Two killed as Israel targets senior Gaza militant

Two Palestinians believed to be militants were killed in an Israeli strike on northern Gaza early on Wednesday, medics said, just hours after a blunt warning from Israel's prime minister. Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, named the two as Ahmad al-Zaanin, 21, and Mohammed al-Zaanin, 23, and said they died when a missile struck their car as they were driving around the northern town of Beit Hanun.

Gaza's sole power station begins working again

Gaza's lone power station rumbled to life on Sunday for the first time in more than seven weeks after receiving a long-awaited delivery of diesel, the electricity company said. "The power station started reworking gradually after stopping for 50 days," spokesman Jamal Dirsawi told AFP. sa-sy-hmw/jjm/dv

Senior UN officials urge protection of medical facilities in Syria

Senior UN officials urge protection of medical facilities in Syria UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Senior UN humanitarian officials have launched a fresh appeal for the protection of medical facilities and secured access to medicines, vaccines and other vital humanitarian aid in Syria, a UN spokesperson said on Monday.

Four Palestinian militants killed in Gaza clashes with Israel

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed three militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the Islamist group Hamas said, hours after an overnight clash killed a fourth Palestinian gunman and wounded five Israeli soldiers. It was the worst violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the coastal enclave since a ceasefire ended an eight-day conflagration in November.

Gaza's Ark: a bid to break Israel's blockade... from within

Palestinian labourers and foreign activists are working tirelessly to transform a large fishing boat into "Gaza's Ark" with the aim of exporting local produce in the latest bid to break Israel's blockade on the coastal strip. The Ark, which is being fitted out to carry goods and more than 100 passengers, is expected to set sail for Europe when it is completed by the end of July in the latest high-profile attempt to challenge Israel's maritime lockdown on the tiny Hamas-run territory.

Gaza fights to save Holy Land's oldest monastery

A haven of peace in the sea of concrete that is the Gaza Strip, the crumbling remains of the Holy Land's oldest monastery are in danger of disappearing for lack of funds to preserve them. Saint Hilarion, which is located at a site called Tel Umm al-Amr, draws its name from the fourth century hermit who came from southern Gaza and is considered to be the father of Palestinian monasticism.

Saving the Holy Land's oldest monastery in Gaza

A haven of peace in the sea of concrete that is the Gaza Strip, the crumbling remains of the Holy Land's oldest monastery are in danger of disappearing for lack of funds to preserve them. Saint Hilarion, also known as Tel Umm al-Amr, draws its name from the fourth century hermit who came from southern Gaza and is considered to be the father of Palestinian monasticism.

One dead in Israeli air strike on Gaza City

An Israeli air strike on Gaza City killed one person and wounded another on Tuesday, Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry said. "A man in his 20s was martyred and another injured in an Israeli air strike... in Shati refugee camp in western Gaza City," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP. jad/hmw/jds

Israel's army to stop using white phosphorus

Israel's army has announced it will stop using munitions containing white phosphorus, for which it was internationally condemned during a military operation against Gaza in 2008-2009. Shells containing the chemical "will no longer be used," the army said in a statement released late Thursday. "In around a year, the Israeli artillery will have developed a new munition which can create smoke screens and that uses only gas. This will replace the current munitions which contain small amounts of phosphorus," it said.
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