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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

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan

May 18, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Egypt president Sisi says the decision to keep the crossing open was taken 'to alleviate the suffering' of residents in the Palestinian enclave

OPEN. Palestinians wait to travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 18, 2018. Photo by Said Khatiob/AFP

Hamas hands over Egypt border crossing to Palestinian Authority

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Hamas hands over control of the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt to the Palestinian Authority, in a first key test of a Palestinian reconciliation accord agreed last month

CHECKPOINT. Portraits of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas hang at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on November 1, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Israeli strikes kill senior Hamas commanders in Gaza

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Yet Hamas says the attack will not weaken their resistance to Israel

MOURNING. Palestinian Hamas supporters mourn over the body of one of three Hamas senior commanders killed in an Israeli military strike during their funerals at a mosque in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, on August 21, 2014. Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief. AFP/Thomas Coex

Shunning world pressure, Israel says Gaza assault to go on

Aug 05, 2014 - 12:37 AM

How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?

PULLBACK. Israel soldiers and tank, pulling back from the Gaza Strip at dusk, 03 August 2014. Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel declares 7-hour Gaza truce after fury over school strike

Aug 04, 2014 - 7:35 AM

UPDATED The Israel Defense Forces warned in a statement that it would respond to any attempt to exploit this window and attack civilians and soldiers during the truce

PULLBACK. Israel soldiers and tank, pulling back from the Gaza Strip at dusk, 03 August 2014. Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel extends Gaza truce, but Hamas resumes rocket fire

Jul 27, 2014 - 9:40 AM

UPDATED Israel s unilateral decision to continue the ceasefire signaled a pause in its assault on Gaza which since July 8 has killed more than 1 000 Palestinians Over the same period 42 Israeli soldiers deployed into Gaza have been killed

WHAT NOW? Palestinian men look at destroyed houses during a short period of ceasefire in Shejaiya neighborhood in east Gaza City, 26 July 2014. Oliver Weiken/EPA

Hamas, choked by blockade, seeks to avoid Egypt clash

Sep 24, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Experts: The Hamas rulers of Gaza is doing all it can to avoid a confrontation with Egypt s army

BORDER SECURITY. Members of Hamas' security forces stand guard in front of the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on September 16, 2013. AFP/Said Khatib

Deadly Sinai ambush adds to growing Egypt crisis

Aug 19, 2013 - 9:26 PM

The death of 25 policemen on Monday worsens matters as Egypt struggles with violent unrest following the Mohamed Morsi s ouster

SINAI AMBUSH. The death of 25 policemen on Monday worsens matters as Egypt struggles with violent unrest following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi.

Militant RPG attack kills 24 Egypt police in Sinai

Aug 19, 2013 - 3:52 PM

At least two others were injured when the unknown militants fired on the buses as they headed towards the town of Rafah on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip

Israeli strike on south Gaza kills 4 as toll hits 38

Nov 17, 2012 - 4:40 PM

An Israeli air strike on Rafah in southern Gaza killed four people on Saturday November 17 Palestinian medics said raising the overall death toll from the aerial campaign to 38