Gaza City’s harbour. Yasser Arafat included a deep-water commercial seaport for the fledgling Palestinian state in the 1993 Oslo accords. Photograph:  Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

In Greek and Roman times, Gaza thrived on shipbuilding, fishing and commerce, all centred on the port at Anthedon in northern Gaza. The strip of land (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: reported to have told his aides that Israel’s call for the demilitarisation of Gaza “doesn’t appear to be attainable in either the short term or the long term”. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Israel risks abrogating the Gaza ceasefire agreement if the government does not send an envoy to Cairo for negotiations slated to begin this month,(...)

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 (16) was very happy. Tasmeem’s father, Zuheir, was executed duri(...)

Sa’ed, Safa (with baby Abdallah) and Naima are among 10 people living in a badly damaged house in Shejaia. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

There appeared to be a method to the bombing of Gaza for 50 days in July and August, or at least a pattern. In eastern parts of the tiny enclave, alon(...)

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(...)

Palestinians take cover as smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the Al-Shatea refugee camp in the west of Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel has expanded its military attacks in Gaza and is now targeting high-rise residential buildings where it says rockets have been launched or stor(...)

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(...)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City on Friday. Photogtaph: Reuters/Stringer

International and Palestinian human rights organisations have condemned yesterday’s killing, by Hamas, of 21 suspected informants in response to Israe(...)