A Palestinian woman cries next to rubble of a destroyed house in Al-Zanna neighbourhood in the south of Khanyounis town, southern Gaza. EPA/Mohammed Saber

Proximity talks involving Israeli and Palestinian delegations, mediated by Egypt, are expected to get under way today or tomorrow in Cairo, aimed at (...)

Part of the Shejaia neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive. Photograph: Reuters/Suhaib Salem

Israel and the Palestinians last night agreed to a 72-hour truce in the Gaza Strip to start this morning, the latest effort to end four weeks of fi(...)

Captured soldier Hadar Goldin: his father said he was sure the Israeli army “will turn over every stone in Gaza to bring back Hadar safe and sound”. Photograph: EPA/HO

The conflict in Gaza intensified yesterday after the capture of an Israeli soldier drew a furious response from Israel and caused the collapse of (...)

A Palestinian flag flies over the destroyed home of Ismail Haniya, deputy chief of the Hamas movement, in Gaza City, on July 29th. A new coalition of Arab states has in effect lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not(...)

Israeli soldiers sleep near their armoured personnel carriers on the front line with the Gaza Strip. Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Israelis to prepare for a lengthy campaign. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

The Israeli security cabinet convened last night for the umpteenth time since the start of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”, now in its fourth wee(...)

A Palestinian child who was injured in the Gazan conflict is prepared to be moved by ambulance from a hospital in north Sinai to Cairo after crossing the Gaza-Egypt border. About 100 wounded Palestinians have been allowed enter Egypt from Gaza for hospital treatment. Photograph: Muhamed Sabry/AP

Israel’s onslaught on Gaza finds Egypt between a rock and a hard place. The foreign ministry has condemned Israel’s “excessive” and “unjustified” use (...)

US travelers AJ  and Patrick, both from Salt Lake City in Utah,  on their mobile phones as they try to book an E-ticket at Ben Gurion Airport near  Tel Aviv, on Wednesday. The two had a Delta Airways ticket to return from Tel Aviv to the United States but Delta, and many other airlines,  cancelled all flights to and from the airport after a rocket fired by Hamas militants on Tuesday exploded close to  the facility. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

During more than two weeks of fighting,Hamas has been desperately trying to achieve a spectacular success, a “victory photograph” that it could show t(...)

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly

American and major European airlines last night cancelled all flights to and from Israel for at least 24 hours after shrapnel from a rocket fired fro(...)

Slaughter in Gaza

Two weeks into Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, what began as a limited intervention has expanded into a major campaign involving ground, s(...)

Israeli soldiers weep at the grave of sergeant Adar Barsano during his funeral yesterday. Sergeant Barsano was killed along with another IDF soldier on the twelfth day of operation “Protective Edge”. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

There was a significant increase in casualties on both sides yesterday as Israeli forces expanded their ground operation in Gaza.More than 60 residen(...)

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