International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/AFP/Getty Images

With more than 1,030 people now dead in Gaza, mostly civilians, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been urged by human rights organisations to ur(...)

Smoke rises after an air strike in eastern Gaza City today. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Fighting subsided in Gaza today after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensi(...)

A relative of Palestinian man Mohammed al-Araj, whom medics said was killed by Israeli troops, mourns during his funeral at Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian factions in the West Bank declared a “day of rage” yesterday after three demonstrators were killed in some of the worst clashes between Pa(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks on the phone to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the terms of a ceasefire in Israel’s fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, from his hotel suite in Cairo today. Photograph: Reuters

Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source has said, but US secr(...)

A Palestinian child wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza Strip, cries in Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya yesterday. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

In his window-frame workshop off a narrow alleyway in Al-Amari, one of Ramallah’s sprawling refugee camps, Assad Shahran is bent over a work table, di(...)

Palestinians search for victims under the rubble of a house which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israeli air strike during an Israeli ground offensive east of Khan Younis in  southern Gaza today. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa /Reuters

Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war today with the lifting of a US ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in  Ramallah. Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Reuters

As diplomatic shuttling intensified yesterday in an effort to secure a ceasefire to end the two-week conflict in Gaza, there was a public closing of r(...)

A Jewish worshipper takes part in a special prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City for the well-being of Israeli soldiers in Gaza today. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/ Reuters

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he was ready to accept a humanitarian truce in Gaza where the Islamist group is fighting an Israeli military offensiv(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph: Reuters/Murad Sezer

International activity in pursuit of a ceasefire in Gaza is centred on the proposal tabled by Egypt a week ago for a halt to violence to be followe(...)

Israelis react after a rocket, fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, landed in the southern city of Ashkelon. Photograph: Reuters/Amir Cohen

Just a few kilometres separate Ashkelon and Gaza city, but in many ways the two cities are worlds apart. The enclave to the south, where plumes of bla(...)