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Gaza Ceasefire Holds but Israel Government in Turmoil

A ceasefire held Wednesday after the worst escalation between Israel and Gaza militants since a 2014 war, but the situation remained volatile and the deal provoked sharp disagreement within the Israeli government.

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Gaza Night Protests Step Up Months of Anti-Israel Unrest

It's nearly 10:00 pm when young Palestinian men begin banging drums and chanting songs, while others attach incendiary devices to balloons -- all closely watched by Israeli snipers on the border.

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Two Palestinians Killed in Israel Strike on Gaza Border

Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza border, the territory's Hamas-run health ministry said early Tuesday, with Israel saying they had planted a suspicious object next to the border fence.

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U.N. Schools for Palestinians Reopen despite U.S. Funding Cut

Tens of thousands of Palestinian children returned to United Nations-run schools on Wednesday after the summer holidays, though major U.S. cuts have thrown their funding into jeopardy beyond next month.

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5 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Operation to Blow Up Gaza Tunnel

Five Palestinians were killed and several others injured Monday when Israel blew up a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into its territory, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

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U.N. Chief Calls for Lifting of Gaza Blockade

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" he had seen.

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Midnight Rush for Power in Electricity-Starved Gaza

Once a day, the electricity comes on and the Ahmed household whirs into action -- even if it's the middle of the night.

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Gaza May Already be 'Unlivable', Says U.N. Official

The Gaza Strip may already be "unlivable," a United Nations official warned Tuesday, after a decade of Hamas rule and a crippling Israeli blockade.

Robert Piper, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the Palestinian territories, told AFP in an interview to mark a new report on living conditions in Gaza all the "indicators are going in the wrong direction."

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Hamas, the Government in Gaza

Following are key dates in the evolution of Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas, a sworn enemy of Israel that seized power in Gaza 10 years ago.

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Gaza Power Shortage to Worsen as Israel Reduces Supply

Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after funding cuts by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a minister said Monday, worsening an already severe shortage in the Hamas-run enclave.

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