Gaza protesters launch balloon bombs into Israel

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/15/18, 10:31 am

Intensified protests resumed Friday along the Gaza border as Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Mohammed al-Tayyar, a Palestinian protester, said an Israeli drone struck a tent protesters were using to launch kites and balloons rigged with incendiary devices into Israel. Israeli police detonated one of the balloons as it drifted onto a highway earlier in the day.

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Associated Press/Photo by Adel Hana

UN condemns Israel, ignores Hamas

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/14/18, 10:24 am

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution Wednesday blaming Israel for violence in Gaza and rejecting a U.S. demand to condemn the Palestinian militant group Hamas for its role in the conflict. In response to near-weekly protests since March 30 along the Israel-Gaza border, Israeli gunfire has killed more than 120 Palestinians and wounded more than 3,800. Israel insists it is protecting its border. Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the UN assembly that Hamas was conducting “a violent assault on Israel” and aimed to seize its main cities of Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

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Associated Press/Photo by Hatem Moussa

Quiet in Gaza amid unofficial cease-fire

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/30/18, 12:10 pm

Rulers of the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Wednesday said they had reached a cease-fire with Israel through Egyptian mediators after the one of the worst days of violence in Gaza since the 2014 war. Israeli officials denied signing a cease-fire but said quiet would be met with quiet. “We’ve given Hamas a chance to prove that we can return to routine,” said Israeli Cabinet member Arieh Deri.

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