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Israel Strikes Gaza Sites after Rocket Fire

The Israeli air force carried out attacks on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, Palestinian security sources said, just hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern Israel.

According to the sources, the Israeli strikes targeted four empty facilities ranging from Beit Hanoun in the north to Rafah in the south, causing damage but no casualties.

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Gazans Celebrate Christmas with Heavy Hearts

It is a bitter Christmas for Elias Manna, who will celebrate alone for the first time because his five sons have left the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory hit by three wars since 2008.

"At first, they left to study there," Manna, 62, said as he stood before the large wooden cross in front of a church for Latin rite Catholics in Gaza City, explaining that his sons moved to Europe.

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Mother's Appeal Revives Interest in Israeli Soldiers' Fate

The fate of two Israeli soldiers presumed killed during the 2014 Gaza war has resurfaced with an emotional appeal from one of their mothers and a mysterious letter.

The family of Oron Shaul -- pronounced dead by the Israeli army but whose body has never been recovered -- appealed for information on Sunday, after a letter purportedly written by the soldier was sent to the family.

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Gaza Rocket Hits Israel

A rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hit an open field in southern Israel on Monday morning, the Israeli army said in a statement.

"No injuries have been reported," it added.

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Israeli Fire Kills Palestinian in Gaza Clashes

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip on Friday during clashes along the border, the enclave's health ministry said.

Salame Abu Jamaa, 23, was shot in the head during a protest east of Khan Yunis, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

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Egyptian Naval Fire Kills Gaza Fisherman

An Egyptian naval patrol shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman and wounded another Thursday off the coast near the border between Gaza and Egypt, a Gaza health ministry spokesman said.

The victim was identified as Faris Meqdad, 18, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. 

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Israeli Air Raids Hit Gaza after Rocket Fire

Israeli air raids have hit the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave that was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, officials said Wednesday.

There were no reports of injuries from both the rocket fire and the Israeli raids, which the military said targeted "four terror sites".

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Signs of Increasing Suicides in Devastated Gaza

Muammar Quider was set to marry, but he reached his breaking point as he dealt with the unique pressures of life in the Gaza Strip.

The 21-year-old Palestinian recently tried to kill himself by swallowing rat poison.

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Yaalon Warns Israel Won't Tolerate Transfer of Advanced Weapons to Hizbullah

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has warned that Israel will not tolerate advanced weapons reaching Hizbullah, which has fought alongside Syrian troops.

“Those who try to violate our sovereignty – we will strike them, and those who try to transfer advanced weapons to terror elements, with an emphasis on Hizbullah, we will strike them, and those who try to transfer chemical weapons to terror elements, we will strike them,” Yaalon said on Tuesday during a visit to Gaza-border communities.

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Egypt Leader Defends 'Security Measures' along Gaza Border

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday said the security measures taken by his country along the border with Gaza were not aimed at "harming" Palestinians.

"The measures taken by Egypt to secure its eastern borders are in full coordination with the Palestinian Authority and cannot have the aim of harming our Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip," Sisi was quoted as saying in a statement sent by his office.

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