Egypt brokers informal Israel-Gaza truce
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
October 25, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Palestinian fighters held fire overnight Thursday and Israel refrained from airstrikes as an informal truce brokered by Egypt appeared to take hold following two days of violence along the Israel-Gaza border. Palestinians had launched dozens of rockets into Israel over the preceding two days and Israel conducted a number of air raids on the coastal enclave, raising fears of a prolonged, bloody confrontation between the two sides. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the last known rocket was fired from Gaza on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

More than 70 rockets and mortars hit south Israel, three wounded
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 70 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel over the course of Wednesday, leaving three people wounded.

Hamas policy on attacking Israel has changed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff - (Analysis) October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Maybe it's the support it received from the official visit of the Qatari emir, maybe it's Hamas' feeling that it has restrained itself for too long in light of the Israeli assassinations of extremist Jihad activists in Gaza – what is apparent, based on the heavy rocket attack from the Strip on Wednesday morning, is that Hamas has changed its policy on attacks against Israel.

Israel says 79 rockets fired at it from Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Jeffrey Heller - October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air strike killed a militant, a day after the Emir of Qatar made a rare visit to the enclave's Hamas leadership. Hamas claimed responsibility for some of the rocket and mortar bomb attacks, prompting some Israelis to wonder whether it had been emboldened by the Qatari visit on Tuesday that broke the Islamist group's diplomatic isolation.

War will not resolve Gaza problem -Israeli official
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Crispian Balmer - October 17, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A major Israeli attack on Gaza would not curb growing extremism in the Palestinian enclave, with the ruling Islamist group Hamas itself struggling to quell radicalism, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday. Voicing concern about a recent influx of increasingly potent weaponry into the Gaza Strip, the director of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs told reporters that international pressure was needed to try to put an end to militancy.

Salafis' rise in Gaza robs Hamas of resistance banner
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Christian Science Monitor
by Joshua Mitnick - October 15, 2012 - 12:00am

Tel Aviv Israel and Hamas are seeking to restore the relative calm that has prevailed for months after a weekend flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza that left at least five Palestinians dead. 

Rocket fired from Gaza strikes house in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
September 8, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — The military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the roof of a house in southern Israel, causing damage but no injuries.

Rocket from Gaza hits house in Israel, no injuries
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
August 31, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — A rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza has struck a house in Israel. The Israeli military says no one was hurt in the attack before dawn Friday on the border town of Sderot, less than a mile (2 kilometers) from Gaza. The town of 24,000 has been a favored target for rocket squads in Gaza, whose activity has been curtailed sharply but not halted since Israel's offensive against them in 2009.

Israel-Hamas Escalation in Gaza Has Explosive Potential
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Yedioth Ahronoth
by Alex Fishman - (Opinion) June 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Something different, with hugely volatile potential, has been happening in the last few days in the Gaza Strip. Over the course of an entire year, Hamas didn’t take responsibility for violent acts from the Strip against Israel, nor did it actually carry out any such acts. It didn’t even take part in the last significant round of fire this past March. But now, in the last day, not only has Hamas fired Qassam rockets at Israeli communities, it has also rushed to take loud and clear responsibility for doing so.

Rocket From Sinai Lands in Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - April 5, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — At least one rocket fired from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt struck the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat overnight, causing alarm but no injuries, police officials said on Thursday. Residents reported hearing several explosions shortly after midnight, and bomb-disposal experts located one rocket that fell in an open area close to buildings in a residential neighborhood.

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