Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling


GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. | Video

Turkey offers help on captured Israeli, says Gaza ceasefire priority 8:20pm BST

ISTANBUL - Turkey will do what it can to help free an Israeli soldier whose capture led to the breakdown of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but the priority should be the reinstatement of a truce, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday.

Kerry seeks Qatari, Turkish help to find Israeli soldier 6:13pm BST

RAMSTEIN Germany - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fearing an escalation of violence in Gaza, called on Turkey and Qatar on Friday to use their influence to secure the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier whose abduction led to the breakdown of a short-lived ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Saudi king labels Israeli offensive in Gaza a war crime 4:03pm BST

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah broke his silence on Friday over the three-week-old conflict in Gaza, condemning what he saw as international silence over Israel's offensive and describing this as a war crime and "state-sponsored terrorism".

U.S. calls Hamas attack 'barbaric' violation of Gaza ceasefire - CNN 2:17pm BST

WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday condemned a reported Hamas attack on Israeli soldiers in Gaza as a violation of the newly reached humanitarian ceasefire and called for the release of an abducted Israeli soldier.


Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce 12:24am BST

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term. | Video

Kerry sees 'opportunity' in Gaza ceasefire, urges search for common ground 12:06am BST

NEW DELHI - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called the 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Israel and Hamas in their conflict in the Gaza Strip a "lull of opportunity" and said it was imperative that the sides make their best efforts to find common ground.

U.S. defends supplying Israel ammunition during Gaza conflict 31 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to protect civilians in its military offensive in Gaza and condemned an Israeli strike on a U.N.-run school, even as it defended moves to resupply its close ally with ammunition.

Israel may be required to help displaced Gaza Palestinians - U.N. envoy 31 Jul 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Israel will be required under international law to take responsibility for helping Palestinian civilians if there are any further large-scale displacements from the fighting in Gaza, a top U.N. envoy told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave.