Gaza News

The Palestinian enclave of Gaza is a major global hotspot with potential for extreme violence. Nearly isolated from the world since Hamas took control of it in 2007, it has been a poverty -ridden corner of the world. It is a regular launching pad for rocket attacks against southern Israel and a training ground for Islamist terrorists. Israel has carried out three major operations in the territory since relinquishing it unilaterally in 2005.

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Israeli cyber company uncovers Hamas campaign against PA

Hamas cyber-cells used Trump's plan and Soleimani's assassination to target PA officials.

Gaza Imam indicted for smuggling funds from Malaysia charities to Hamas

$3,000 USD were smuggled on behalf of the Malaysian charities to Hamas

Smoke and flame are seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza
After relative calm with Gaza, four days of rocket fire towards Israel

COGAT bans import of concrete into Gaza, cancels 500 work permits

A Palestinian incendiary balloon that landed in a field in Israel
Hamas to end IED balloon attacks on Israel

At Cairo’s request, Islamist movement to rein in balloon bomb attacks from Gaza

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media in Gazaa
Hamas-affiliated analyst calls for dialogue with US

"America is a force that cannot be ignored and, if possible, we should have a dialogue with it on the basis of our people’s rights. All countries want to be friends with America.”

Streaks of light are pictured as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen fr
Israel struck by over 2,600 rockets and mortars over past two years

1,500 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel in the past year alone.

Netanyahu: Israel has not changed Gaza policy, will strike enemies

"Our security policy has not changed – not even slightly."

A Palestinian militant walks past the home of Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta after i
Israel says it is probing deadly Gaza air strike

Shortly before the ceasefire went into effect on Thursday, the IDF struck a home belonging to Rasmi Abu Malhous, killing eight members of his family, including five children.

A Palestinian militant walks past the home of Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta after i
Hamas official attacked when paying visit to slain PIJ commander's family

Some PIJ members expressed outrage that Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar and other Hamas leaders did not pay a condolence visit to the family of Bahaa al-Ata in the first days after his death.

UN expected to renew UNRWA’s mandate Friday in spite of ethical probe

Israel has long been concerned about the organization, and has argued that it helped promote a politicized idea of Palestinian refugee status that makes it hard to resolve the conflict.

Hamas announces: No Gaza border protests this Friday - report

This would be the first that Hamas cancels the protests since March 2019, over 6 months ago.

A Palestinian incendiary balloon that landed in a field in Israel
U.S. human rights group sued for funding Palestinian balloon terror

“This landmark case exposes a shocking and multi-layered planned conspiracy and campaign aimed at manipulating the public,” said Adv. Yifa Segal of the International Legal Forum.

Israel Katz: Targeted slaying of PIJ leaders sends warning to region

Israel killed PIJ leader Bahaa Abu al-Ata in a surgical strike in Gaza, marking Israel’s clear return to targeted assassinations.

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards
Rockets fired hours after Israel, Islamic Jihad announce ceasefire

After two days of heavy fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the two sides announced a ceasefire on Thursday morning, which went into affect around 5:30 a.m..

An eerie quiet interrupted by rocket fire and interceptions

You could hear a pin drop, or a rocket fired

AN IRON DOME antimissile system is installed near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the G
Israel, Islamic Jihad agree on ceasefire, IDF confirms

The ceasefire reportedly took effect at 5:30 a.m. Nonetheless, at around 6:00 a.m., rockets were fired from Gaza at Jewish communities on the border.

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
How Israeli intel derailed Hamas’s ‘secret weapons’ for bigger war

There are broader strategic reasons why Hamas has so far stayed on the sidelines, but part of it can undoubtedly be traced to Israeli intelligence success at liquidating Hamas’s weapons experts.

Rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel, November 12, 2019
Poll - What should Israel do: ceasefire, continue strikes or retake Gaza?

More than 350 rockets fired at Israel which deploys tanks, artillery batteries along Gaza border amid predictions violence will escalate but what should the Jewish state do? Have your say.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF commanders
Netanyahu: Gaza terror leaders know Israel can target them anywhere

“We do not mean to escalate [the situation],” Netanyahu said, “but we will know how to…protect the state of Israel and its citizens.”

Expensive escalation: The civilian cost of the Gaza violence

Losses to businesses in the South and central regions were estimated to total approximately NIS 1.1 billion ($315m.) by Wednesday afternoon.

A trail of smoke can be seen as rockets are fired from Gaza towards Israel
Israel’s maximum restraint and the myth of a ‘clean war’

In 2009, after more than 250 rockets, Israel would have been at war already. Today, there is no need for a rush to action and disproportionate response.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with newly-appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chie
Naftali Bennett: Israeli security forces will hunt down every terrorist

The new defense minister also said that the terrorists are doing as much harm to Gazan civilians as they are to Israelis.

IDF tanks along the Gaza border
Islamic Jihad says not ready for ceasefire; PM: Israel will do what’s needed

“We will not tolerate attacks on our citizens,” Netanyahu said. “In the last year, we accumulated a mass of these attacks.”

Mourners carry the body of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Atta during his Gaza funeral
Israel threatens to assassinate Islamic Jihad leader in Damascus - report

According to a report in the Arabic language al-Hayat newspaper, Israel’s message was delivered to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) through United Nations Special Envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov.

Bennett's warning to Gaza: Harm us by day, you won't make it through the night

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will respond to every Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack.

People run to take cover in Ashkelon
Cairo, UN working to halt IDF-Islamic Jihad violence

*Close to 400 rockets target Israel in two-days * At least 26 Palestinians killed *

EX-SENIOR IDF lawyer Liron Libman has
Who is authorized to decide on military action in Israel?

Former chief military prosecutor explains that it is not clear

Im Tirzu calls for 'complete destruction of Hamas'

The NGO uploaded multiple videos and photos on their social media on Tuesday morning calling for a victory. Activists were also out and about hanging signs that said, "Bibi - Give Us The Order!"

#JiHadEnough: Another IDF social media misfire

#JiHadEnough, which was used in the IDF's tweet announcing the assassination of Baha Abu Al Ata, is the latest in the IDF's misguided social media campaigns.

Gaza terror groups: Israel has crossed a red line

PIJ says too early to talk about ceasefire

Rishon Lezion quiet as rockets rain down
Central Israel a ghost town as terrorists aim rockets at the country

People wondered out loud whether or not there would be a war.

A MOTHER puts her children to bed in a public bomb shelter in Ashkelon during the 2014 Gazan war
What should you do if you hear a rocket siren?

As rockets fly, welfare institutions, public health officials issue recommendations.

Who was Islamic Jihad's Baha Abu al-Ata and why did Israel want him dead?

The head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ) Al-Quds Brigades in Gaza, Baha Abu al-Ata was considered one of the top terrorists in the blockaded coastal enclave.

Live Updates: Rockets fly over southern Israel, despite ceasefire

Rockets test shaky ceasefire

Palestinians protest next to the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, March 30, 201
Two dead and 76 injured during Gaza protests

Over 6,000 Palestinians gathered along the border. 76 people were injured, 46 of them from live ammunition, according to Palestinian Health Services.

AS WE stood on the border and looked across the field at the Gaza Strip, we saw the Palestinian flag
Israeli official: Israel willing to pay for flights for emigrating Gazans

According to the official, Israel is willing to finance flights from an airport in the south for those who are interested in leaving.

Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a rally marking the 31st anniversary of Hamas' founding, in
Hamas to 'shower' Israeli cities with missiles

Group's leader Yayha Sinwar vows to defeat IDF troops in the event of another war.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh next to his destroyed office (REUTERS/Handout)
Facing ongoing failure, Hamas replaces officials in Gaza

'Al Akhbar' newspaper suggested the reasons for the changes are the failure of attempts to resolve the clash with Fatah, which controls parts of the West Bank, and severe criticism leveled at Hamas.

One Palestinian dead, 56 wounded at weekly Gaza riots

The report specifies that 38 of those injured were cause by live ammunition fire, 22 of the injured were children and three were women.

Palestinian Hamas militants attend the funeral of their comrades who were killed in an explosion, in
Hamas: Our struggle is only against the occupation, not Jews elsewhere

"These remarks do not reflect the official stances of Hamas and its policy," stated Hamas in response to Hamas official Fathi Hamad who on Friday told Palestinians to "attack every Jew on Earth."

Israel reopens Gaza fishing zone

Fishing zone was closed completely last week.

A KITE flies over the Gaza border into an area where incendiary kites and balloons have caused major
Violence with Gaza causing families to leave southern Israel

At least 10 families leaving Gaza border area because of security situation.

A Palestinian man inspects a building destroyed in Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City May 5, 2019
Qatar will allocate $480 million to the West Bank, Gaza

Hamas put out a statement from its political leader Ismail Haniyeh thanking the Emir for the planned transfer.

Tawfiq Abu Naim
IDF destroys Hamas interior minister's office

The interior minister was held by Israel for 20 years before being released as a part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal.

Yael Nisinbaum reacts after house near the Gaza border was struck by a rocket on May 4, 2019
WATCH: IDF target dozens terror positions in Gaza in response to rocket fire

One killed and over 80 wounded • IDF hits more than 120 targets in Gaza • Schools closed Sunday throughout the South

Egypt delegation to announce ceasefire progress in next few days

Israel requested “an official postponement of the actual implementation of any understandings” with Hamas until after the April 9 election, according to a Palestinian report.

IDF soldiers on the Gaza border
IDF releases photos of its activity on the Gaza border on Saturday

The images depict the commander of the Gaza division, Brig. Gen. Eliezer Toledano, as well as riot control measures.

Palestinian demonstrators protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the central Gaza Strip January
Palestinians call for mass Gaza border protests on Saturday

The organizers said they are hoping that tens of thousands of Gazans will join the mass protests.

Gaza children experiencing psychosocial distress
68% of Gaza school children suffer from psychological distress

“The violence children witness daily, including the loss of loved ones... has left an entire generation emotionally damaged."

Palestinian protesters take part in a night demonstration near the fence along the border
IDF strikes two Hamas posts after aerial incendiary devices sent from Gaza

24-year-old Palestinian killed by IDF fire during riots.

PALESTINIAN HAMAS SUPPORTERS in Gaza celebrate the Ariel terrorist attack, earlier this week
What’s happening in Gaza?

Depending on who describes it, there’s an anti-Hamas uprising or a Fatah-led ‘conspiracy’ taking place in the besieged strip of land.

Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City February 28, 2019
Mladenov condemns Hamas violence against Palestinians in Gaza

A top United Nations official issued a rare rebuke of Hamas violence against Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, after its security forces cracked down on protesters and journalists.

Streets of Tel Aviv seen empty as the rocket sirens were heard on Thursday
Politicians warn Gaza's terror organizations after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement he would open the city's bomb shelters.

Rocket interception
Rocket alert sirens sound in Gaza border communities, Iron Dome activated

Israeli media sources report two rockets intercepted by Iron Dome system.

Palestinian militants of the Islamist movement Hamas' military wing Al-Qassam Brigades
Netanyahu declares Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV a terrorist organization

Senior Hamas figure Fathi Hamad, a former Hamas interior minister, owns the channel and regularly uses it to further Hamas's goals.

Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops toward Palestinians during a protest
12-year-old Palestinian killed as thousands riot along the Gaza border

About 8,000 Palestinian rioters gathered at several points Gaza border fence, hurling stones, and setting tires aflame on Friday.

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IAF jets scramble to intercept unidentified aircraft near Gaza strip

The small light aircraft piloted by an Israeli civilian had flown over Sderot without the coordination of authorities, in violation of civil aviation laws.

Helmet of IDF soldier shot by terrorist gunfire at Gaza border
Helmet saves Israeli officer hit by Palestinian sniper at Gaza border

An IDF tank struck a Hamas observation post killing one Palestinian after an IDF officer was lightly injured Tuesday evening by gunfire along the border with the southern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Hamas militants attend the funeral of their comrades who were killed in an explosion, in
Hamas reveals 'seized equipment during botched IDF raid'

The IDF elite unit that infiltrated the Gaza Strip was on a mission to plant espionage devices in order to spy on his group’s telecommunication network.

Palestinians evacuate a demonstrator during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence
Palestinian woman killed, IDF soldier wounded in clashes along Gaza border

13,000 Palestinians take part in violent protests; IDF strikes Hamas positions in response to violence; Attempted stabbing attack thwarted near Hebron.

A woman gestures as she waits to travel into Egypt through Rafah border crossing.
Egypt limits passage of Palestinians through Rafah after PA removes forces

Human rights groups say Rafah has been the sole exit point from Gaza for an estimated 95 percent of its population of 2 million.

Palestinian riots in the Beit Hanoun area of the Gaza Strip.
10,000 Palestinians riot along the Gaza border, IDF fires back

Six Palestinians were injured, according to Palestinian Health Ministry reports.

Palestinian militants of the Islamist movement Hamas' military wing Al-Qassam Brigades
Fatah: Hamas has arrested 500 of our men in Gaza

Fatah officials in the West Bank on Monday accused supporters of deposed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan of helping Hamas in its crackdown on their members.

Palestinian Hamas militants attend a military drill in preparation to any upcoming confrontation wit
Hamas’ popularity spikes among Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza Strip

A survey found that if elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would defeat PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest near the Israel-Gaza border fence
Four Palestinians killed in Gaza protests

IDF investigating death of east-Jerusalem Palestinian teen shot by troops in West Bank.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague
ICC Prosecutor soon to say whether to probe Israel, Hamas for war crimes

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda late Wednesday finally said she is close to a decision on whether to fully criminally probe Israel and Hamas for war crimes.

Protesters hold abanner that reads "Boycott Israel" during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris
CNN commentator fired for 'Free Palestine from river to the sea' comment

Marc Lamont Hill accused Israel of denying “citizenship rights and due process to Palestinians just because they are not Jewish,” and expressed his support for the BDS movement.

Hamas to U.N.: Stop American agression

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, responded by saying, "A terrorist organization going to the UN for assistance is like a serial killer asking the police for assistance."

Hamas: Commandos killed allegedly attempting to plant listening device

Brandishing IDF Glock handgun, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar warns next round of rockets to target Tel Aviv.

An Israeli soldier stands next to an armoured vehicle in kibbutz Nahal Oz
Gazan fisherman killed as large-scale violence winds down

Despite the incessant Hamas rockets attacks on Tuesday, the Kerem Shalom border crossing remained open, with dozens of trucks entering Gaza.

A man stands inside a building damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip overnight
Palestinian workman killed in Ashkelon rocket attack

Abu Asbah apparently worked in the building and government officials said that he had permits to reside in Israel. A woman was seriously wounded in the rocket attack.

Brother of Hamas commander killed by IDF worked for NASA

Prof. Suleiman, who was born in the Gaza Strip in 1965, returned from the US to the Gaza Strip two years ago to teach at local universities and colleges.

Brother of Hamas commander killed by IDF worked for NASA

Prof. Suleiman, who was born in the Gaza Strip in 1965, returned from the US to the Gaza Strip two years ago to teach at local universities and colleges.

Palestinian militants of the Islamist movement Hamas' military wing Al-Qassam Brigades
This is how a war in Gaza that nobody wants begins

The PA role in isolating Gaza is often not acknowledged.

idf soldier
Is a ground war in Gaza coming? Forces assemble along the border

IDF fighter planes hit roughly 150 terrorist targets throughout the Gaza Strip as of Tuesday morning, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Office.

An Israeli soldier stands next to an armoured vehicle in kibbutz Nahal Oz
IDF amasses troops along border with Gaza ahead of escalation

“The IDF is determined to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli citizens, and is prepared and ready for a variety of scenarios, as necessary,” the army said in a statement.

Report: IDF artillery attacks Hamas positions in Gaza Strip

"A special force of the IDF operated tonight in an operation of high importance to Israel's security," said Eisenkot.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and other top IDF personnel in a security meeting in Tel Aviv  on
Analysis: What was the IDF doing in Gaza and is a new war brewing?

What was so important that Israel was willing to endanger the ceasefire for it?

Palestinians inspect the scene of an Israeli air strike on a Hamas security forces site
Analysis: What brought Gaza to a knife edge?

What comes out of all of the debates over the last months is that many people want to talk tough, but no one wants a real conflict. Hamas knows that and also doesn’t want a conflict.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu defends allowing Qatari funds to Gaza

“We held serious discussions. It’s a question of alternatives,” he said of the deal.

Yoav Gallant
'Game change' coming in Israeli response to Gaza terror, Gallant says

"We will no longer accept the fire terror," security cabinet minister says day after Gaza rocket attack.

Musa Abu Marzouk
Hamas denies firing rockets, 'regrets' cancellation of Egypt intel visit

The top Egyptian official was scheduled to visit Ramallah and the Gaza Strip on Thursday as part of Cairo's effort to avert a military confrontation between Israel and Hamas.

President Rivlin with UN Special Coordinator Mladenov on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
Rivlin to U.N.'s Mladenov: Israel will respond forcibly to attacks

"Israel will not stand by while our people are under attack, and the world must know that,” said Rivlin.

Why isn’t Liberman talking about victory over Hamas in Gaza?

Both Israel and Hamas wanted quiet, they simply couldn’t agree on the terms for such a cessation of hostilities, settling instead of a series of minimal understandings.

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip October 17, 2018
WATCH: IDF eliminates terror cell during preparation for rocket attack

The center of the IDF's attacks was a Hamas terrorist attack tunnel in the Khan Yunis area that crossed into Israeli territory, as well as a rear shaft of the tunnel.

Palestinians inspect the scene of an Israeli air strike on a Hamas security forces site
Analysis: Major escalation as Gaza calculates conflict with Israel

Palestinian riots and clashes along the Gaza border have now entered their seventh month, with thirty weeks of clashes that have killed almost two hundred in Gaza and led to thousands of wounded.

Palestinians voice outrage over Rawabi song festival amid Gaza deaths

Thousands of Palestinians converged on Rawabi last Saturday to attend the “Rawabi Extreme” festival, which was held under the auspices of the Palestinian branch of the XL Energy Drink Company.

Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence
Seven Palestinians killed, hundreds injured in riots along Gaza border

Netanyahu appealed to Sisi at UN meeting to help restore calm

The results of a fire started by an incendiary balloon over the Sukkot holiday, September 2018
Incendiary balloons cause more than a dozen fires over Sukkot

In recent days the IDF has carried out air strikes on cells in the northern Gaza Strip that had been launching incendiary balloons toward Israel.

Palestinian Hamas militants attend a military drill in preparation to any upcoming confrontation wit
Bennett says Israel's policy of restraint in Gaza has failed

"If we had fired at the first kite launchers when there were still one or two of them, we would not have reached thousands," Bennett said.

A member of Hamas' military police walks through rubble at a site that was hit by Israeli air strike
Calm, but still no Gaza ceasefire

Avi Dichter, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and former head of Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), warned that only Israel will dictate military options.

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interceptor missile as rockets launched from Gaza 2018
Hamas arrests Salafi cell suspected of Grad missile launch

There are Salafi people in all of the Palestinian factions that are recognized as "light." However, there is a group that did not recognize the authority of the organization in power in the Strip.

Gaza group vows to continue launching flaming kites at Israel

Hamas says it has accepted an Egyptian proposal to end the dispute with Fatah.

The man who died twice: Report claims Palestinians staged Gazan's death

"This incident demonstrates a propagandist mechanism of staging the injuring and killing of a person who eagerly anticipates his own martyrdom."

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