Palestinian militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian take part in a military display in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

When Hamas executed 21 alleged Israeli collaborators on August 21st and 22nd, Tasmeem Hamouda (16) was very happy. Tasmeem’s father, Zuheir, was exec(...)

Syrian refugee children stand in front of their family residence at Azraq refugee camp near Al Azraq, east of Amman. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of aba(...)

No victors in Gaza

After fifty days of fighting and more than 2100 dead in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas are claiming victory following this week’s announcement of an inde(...)

 A Palestinian family celebrate as they return home in Al-Shejaeiya neighbourhood following a ceasefire in Gaza City. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

On the 50th day of fighting, an open-ended ceasefire went into effect last night, paving the way for Egyptian-mediated talks in Cairo in a month’s tim(...)

A Palestinian boy flashes a V-sign as he joins celebrations following a ceasefire in Gaza City today. Earlier, an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal to end seven weeks of fighting between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip was announced. Photograph: EPA

A ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza went into effect today and joyous Palestin(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli this morning, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said the(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)

The mother of Palestinian militant Mahmoud Abbas, who medics said was killed by an Israeli air strike, mourns during his funeral in Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Palestinian civilians to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after(...)

Burnt out cars in the southern Israeli agricultural community of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip yesterday, after a mortar fired by Palestinian exploded and killed Daniel Turgeman, a 4-year-old Israeli. Photograph: Avi Roccah/EPA

Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip today and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state, the military said, with no end in sight to t(...)

The wreck of a bus in southern Sinai, Egypt, today. At least 33 people were killed in a collision between two tour buses near Egypt’s resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh. Photograph: EPA

Two buses have collided near a popular Red Sea resort in Egypt, killing at least 33 people, in the country’s worst road accident in nearly two years.T(...)