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Israel to pay 'very high price' if it attacks Gaza

Gaza's Hamas premier Ismail Haniya warned Israel Sunday it would pay dearly if it heeded its foreign minister's call to reoccupy the enclave to try to halt rocket attacks. "We tell the enemy and (Foreign Minister Avigdor) Lieberman who is threatening to reoccupy Gaza that the time for your threats is over," Haniya told a rally in Gaza City. "Any aggression or crime or stupidity you commit will cost you a very high price." az-sy-agr/scw/srm

Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in the West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian youth on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials and the Israeli military said. The dead teenager was named as Youssef Shawamra. His family said he was 16. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that three Palestinian suspects were seen tampering with a security fence near the West Bank city of Hebron, and did not heed the soldiers' call on them to stop and move back.

Gaza truce firms up after two-day flare-up

A truce declared by Gaza militants appeared to be largely holding on Friday with the Israeli military reporting a single rocket fired after two days of tit-for-tat violence. "Moments ago an additional rocket hit," an army statement said at 11:47 am (0947 GMT). A spokeswoman told AFP it was the first to strike Israel in more than 12 hours.

Gaza militants say truce restored

Gaza's Islamic Jihad announced Thursday that an Egyptian-brokered truce had been restored following a brief but intense confrontation a day earlier when Israeli warplanes pounded the Strip after heavy cross-border rocket fire. But the truce, which was to have taken effect at 1200 GMT, was being tested after the Israeli military reported further rocket fire from Gaza hours later. An army spokesman told AFP four rockets hit Israeli soil during the evening and another two were intercepted midair by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

Gaza rockets pepper Israel though truce called

By Dan Williams and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Four rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Thursday despite a Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced by Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad after the most intense cross-border violence since the 2012 war. No one was hurt by the evening rocket salvo, the Israeli army said. With winter rainstorms keeping people indoors and Iron Dome interceptors shooting down some rockets, the two-day flare-up has been relatively free of casualties.

Gaza militants say truce restored

Gaza's Islamic Jihad announced Thursday an Egyptian-brokered truce following a brief but intense confrontation a day earlier when Israeli warplanes pounded the Palestinian territory after heavy cross-border rocket fire. But the truce was being tested after the Israeli military reported further rocket fire from Gaza during the evening, hours after the truce had been slated to take effect. An army spokesman told AFP that a total of seven rockets hit Israeli soil on Thursday. An eighth was launched but brought down by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

Gaza militants say truce restored

Gaza's Islamic Jihad announced Thursday that an Egyptian-brokered truce had been restored following a brief but intense confrontation a day earlier when Israeli warplanes pounded the Strip after heavy cross-border rocket fire. But the truce was being tested after the Israeli military reported than a rocket had been fired from Gaza early in the evening, bringing to four the total over the course of the day.

Gaza raids draw Abbas call for Israel to halt 'escalation'

Israel pounded nearly 30 targets in Gaza overnight after militants fired scores of rockets into the south, prompting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to demand Thursday that it halt its "escalation." The rocket barrage, which was the heaviest since an eight-day conflict between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers in November 2012, sent thousands of Israelis fleeing for cover across the south on Wednesday afternoon. So far, there have been no reports of casualties on either side of the border.

Gaza raids draw Abbas call for Israel to halt 'escalation'

Israel pounded nearly 30 targets in Gaza overnight after militants fired scores of rockets into the south, prompting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to demand Thursday that it halt its "escalation." The rocket barrage, which was the heaviest since an eight-day conflict between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers in November 2012, sent thousands of Israelis fleeing for cover across the south on Wednesday afternoon. So far, there have been no reports of casualties on either side of the border.

Israel bombs Gaza militants after intensive rocket fire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel bombed 29 targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, after Palestinian militants in the coastal territory fired 60 rockets into Israel in the heaviest such barrage since 2012. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the military "to take any action necessary to restore calm" to Israel's south, and that "if there is no quiet in the south then it will be noisy in Gaza, and that's an understatement."
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