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Key dates in Israel since its creation in 1948

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:17 PM

A chronology of important events in the history of Israel

An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. - Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called for international powers to boycott a US peace plan which they see as biased towards Israel as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz are set to meet Donald Trump in Washington, with the US President expected to reveal his long-delayed proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

West Bank poverty may double over pandemic as annexation looms

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The number of households living below the poverty line in the West Bank could rise from 14% to 30% in 2020, warns the World Bank

WEST BANK. A picture taken on November 23, 2017 shows a view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with the settlement appearing in the background. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Gaza factories pivot to masks in coronavirus response

Apr 01, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Masks and other protective gear are being made initially for the Gaza market, with the potential to later export to Israel

Palestinian workers manufacture protective coverall suits and maks at a workshop in Gaza City on March 30, 2020 amid coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The Queen Tex factory in the Gaza Strip used to specialise in making shirts and jeans, but as the new coronavirus swept the globe it pivoted into medicalwear.Now lines of men use old sewing machines to stitch together masks while also wearing them as the blockaded Palestinian enclave develops a homegrown response to the crisis. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Gaza confirms first 2 coronavirus cases

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:31 AM

The United Nations warns a coronavirus outbreak in Gaza can be disastrous, given its high poverty rates and weak health system

FIRST CASES. This picture taken early on February 16, 2020, shows a general view from above of Gaza city. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Calm returns after 2-day flare-up in and around Gaza

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Israeli military reports no rocket fire from the territory and Agence France-Presse correspondents in Gaza report no Israeli strikes

AFTERMATH. Palestinians salvage belongings from the site of an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza, Syria after Palestinian rocket barrage

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The Israeli military says it had struck 'dozens' of Islamic Jihad targets throughout Gaza

EXPLOSION. A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike at Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early on February 23, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel strikes Gaza, cancels easing of restrictions

Feb 16, 2020 - 9:44 AM

The exchange of fire between both sides escalates following US President Donald Trump's unveiling of his Middle East peace plan, angrily rejected by the Palestinians as a capitulation to Israeli objectives

GAZA. This picture taken early on February 16, 2020, shows a general view from above of Gaza city. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel troops wounded in Jerusalem car-ramming as violence flares

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:26 PM

A manhunt is underway for the driver in the car-ramming, who fled the scene in the heart of west Jerusalem after the attack

CAR-RAMMING. Israeli policemen inspect the site of a car-ramming attack targeting Israeli troops in Jerusalem that wounded several people on February 6, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/AFP

Gaza protests against Israel suspended for 3 months – organizers

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The weekly protests began in March 2018, calling for an end to Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip and for Palestinians to be allowed to return to their ancestral homes inside the Jewish state

THE OLD GAZA PROTESTS. Palestinian demonstrators run away from the fence during protests along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire – army

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The army says the 'projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory and was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system'

DEBRIS. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on December 26, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Israel to probe 'unexpected' civilian casualties in Gaza strike

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Thirty-four Palestinians are dead after a strike targeting Islamic Jihad in Gaza

Palestinian rockets are being fired from Gaza city on November 12, 2019. - Israel's military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip, officials said, prompting retaliatory rocket fire. (Photo by BASHAR TALEB / AFP)

Ceasefire takes effect after spike in Israel-Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The agreement stipulates Palestinian factions must ensure a return to calm in Gaza and 'maintain peace' during demonstrations, while Israel must stop hostilities and 'ensure a ceasefire' during demonstrations by Palestinians

PEACE AND QUIET. Children get ready to sleep in a shelter during a rocket attack from the neighboring Palestinian Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on November 13, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:58 PM

UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov is expected in Cairo for talks on halting the fighting

ESCALATION. Palestinian men watch as smoke billows during an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Exchange of fire after Israel kills Palestinian commander in Gaza

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Israel launches air strikes in response to barrages of retaliatory rocket fire, with the Gazan health ministry reporting 4 people have been killed and 25 wounded in the Palestinian enclave

ROCKET FIRE. Palestinian rockets are being fired from Gaza city on November 12, 2019. Photo by Bashar Taleb/AFP

Israel hits Gaza after rockets disrupt Netanyahu rally

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:27 PM

It comes just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected

STRIKING GAZA. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Palestinian dies of wounds from Gaza-Israel border clashes

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:54 PM

At least 306 Palestinians have been killed since March 2018 by Israeli fire

BORDER CLASHES. Palestinian protesters flee from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration along the border with Israel near Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on August 30, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Israel unblocks Gaza fuel, expands fishing – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

A source at the United Nations, which along with Egypt mediates between Israel and Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas, says Israel had agreed to ease these restrictions in exchange for calm

FUEL IN GAZA. A tanker delivers fuel at the Gaza power plant in Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip on October 9, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Netanyahu says needs more time to form new Israel government

May 12, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cites the recent holidays and the Gaza flare-up in his request for more time to form new coalition government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Israel reopens Gaza crossings as calm restored

May 12, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Both the Erez crossing for people and Kerem Shalom crossing for goods are open again, says an Israeli defense ministry unit official

CLOSURE. Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Trump says U.S. backs Israel '100%' over Gaza escalation

May 06, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Gaza Strip's health ministry says among those killed by Israel's retaliatory airstrikes were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby

VICTIMS. An injured Palestinian baby cries at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza strip on May 5, 2019.  Photo by Anas Baba/AFP

Netanyahu vows more 'massive strikes' in response to Gaza rockets

May 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the military to reinforce troops around the Gaza Strip with tanks, artillery, and infantry forces

WAR CONTINUES. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza, Israeli response kills one

May 04, 2019 - 10:41 PM

Due to the rocket fire, Israel closes its people and goods crossings with Gaza as well as the zone it allows for fishermen off the enclave until further notice

RESPONSE. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at Israel today, which responded with strikes that killed a Palestinian, officials said. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Xian Gaza airport story fake news – Immigration

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Bureau of Immigration says there were no warrants of arrest against controversial social media personality Xian Gaza when he left the country in 2018

FAKE NEWS? Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval that Xian Gaza's departure from the Philippines was 'nothing out of the ordinary.' Photo from Xian Gaza's Facebook account

More than 40 zoo animals evacuated from Gaza Strip

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:02 AM

Four Paws association, which organized the transfer, says thin and weakened 43 animals, including a wolf and monkeys, had been living in 'terrible conditions' in the Rafah zoo

TRANSFER. A sedated lion lies in a cage at a zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2019, as members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" prepare to evacuate the animal out of the Palestinian enclave and relocate it to sanctuaries in Jordan. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

DOJ checking Xian Gaza's claim he fled the Philippines

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Former 'billboard suitor' Xian Gaza claims he was able to leave the country despite 3 arrest warrants against him

Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The reopening comes a day after Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel to mark the one-year anniversary since demonstrations and clashes erupted there

AT THE BORDER. This picture taken on March 30, 2019 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza Strip, shows Israeli military vehicles keeping position at the border fence, as Palestinians, waving national flags, demonstrate to mark the first anniversary of the 'March of Return' protests. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Thousands gather at Gaza-Israel border on anniversary in test of truce

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Warnings to stay far back from the heavily fortified fence that marks the border are already not being heeded by some

Palestinians gather during a demonstration near the border with Israel in Malaka east of Gaza City on March 30, 2019, as Palestinians mark the first anniversary of the "March of Return" border protests. - This marks the first anniversary of the often violent weekly border demonstrations in which around 200 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed, coming just 10 days before a keenly contested general election in Israel. The border protests peaked in May 2018, when Israeli forces shot dead at least 62 Palestinians in a single day in clashes over the transfer of the US embassy to Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border – officials

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

There is no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement

IN GAZA. A man stares at building that collapsed from reported Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Calm returns to Gaza after rockets draw Israeli response

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) The rocket firings come hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was prepared for further military action in Gaza

RUBBLE. A picture taken on March 26, 2019, shows Palestinians gathering next to the rubble of a building in Gaza City, after Israeli air strikes hit dozens of sites across the Strip overnight in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel in dozens of strikes on Gaza after rockets target Tel Aviv

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The escalation follows weeks of growing tension and comes at an especially sensitive time ahead of Israel's April 9 elections

BOMBINGS. The sky above buildings on the Gaza Strip glows orange during an Israeli air strike in Gaza city late on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade 'tyrant,' 'dictator' insults

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkey and Israel have tense relations and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies

TRADING INSULTS. This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). File photos by Ronen Zvulun and Ozan Kose/AFP

Israel hits Hamas sites after balloons with 'explosive device'

Mar 03, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Israeli aircraft targeted several militant sites in Gaza after an 'explosive balloon' launched from the Palestinian enclave damaged a house in Israel

TARGETS. This file photo taken from Gaza City on May 29, 2018, shows a smoke billowing in the background following an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel rejects 'biased' U.N. probe into its response to Gaza unrest

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No institution can negate Israel's right to self-defense and its duty to defend its residents and borders from violent attacks,' says Foreign Minister Israel Katz

'BIASED.' Israeli Minister Yisrael Katz attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2019. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP

U.N. probe accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The investigators specify that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli troops killed and injured Palestinians 'who were neither directly participating in hostilities, nor posing an imminent threat'

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib / AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

U.S. fails in U.N. bid to condemn Palestinian Hamas movement

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The proposed measure wins 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. Fifty-eight countries oppose the measure and 32 abstain.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. In this file photo, the UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its session on September 12, 2017. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel,' says Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Israel accuses Syria, Iran of orchestrating Gaza rocket fire

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The barrage of rockets triggers extensive retaliatory strikes by Israeli aircraft against Gaza that risked escalating into a wider conflict

Israel strikes Gaza Strip after first rocket fire in weeks

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Israeli warplanes strike 20 targets in Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket fire from the Palestinian territory

Palestinian protestors place their national flag on a metal structure during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018. The border protests since March 30 have been labelled the "Great March of Return" because they call for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes inside what is now Israel. Said KHATIB / AFP

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

U.N. calls on Israel, Hamas to prevent further deaths

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:14 PM

At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 30, the majority during Israel-Gaza border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper

BORDER PROTEST. In this file photo, smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States will no longer fund the 'irredeemable flawed' UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and provides education for children

A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

U.S. cut in aid amounts to 'cheap blackmail,' Palestinians say

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' says a member of PLO's executive committee

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

U.S. cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a surge of violence brought about by Palestinian protests against Israel that began in March

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER