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Life in Gaza Grows Increasingly Difficult
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Families Run from Israeli Shelling [Nuseirat Refugee Camp, Gaza] – Mohammed Abdel Fatah Badawi is hosting 45 people in his home here in central Gaza. They are all relatives who fled the heavy fighting in Gaza City and have come to stay with him where it is relatively safer. “Thank G-d, we are managing,” Badawi, an ambulance driver, told The Media Line. “We had some food in the house and I have been able to go out briefly and.....

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Syrian Fighting Pushed to the Sidelines
by Emma J. Beals on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Islamic State Could Challenge Assad The war in Syria is disappearing off the news agenda behind conflict in Ukraine, neighboring Iraq, and now the Gaza Strip. Syrian activists and opposition alike greet expressions of outrage over the civilian death toll in Gaza with their own disquiet that the killing in their own country has not been greeted with an equal amount of worldwide condemnation, despite their constant protestations. As the world looks elsewhere, the deaths of civilians in.....

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Israelis Back Destruction of All Gaza Tunnels
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mounting casualties exact a toll on society [Kiryat Malachi, Israel] – Looking pale and dazed, Israeli soldier Ron Belzam from the town of Kfar Saba lay on a bed in the emergency room at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. A single red rose wrapped in plastic rests on the bed next to him. Balzam had been wounded that morning in fighting in the Gaza Strip, but didn’t want to talk about the incident. Suddenly, his mother rushed in, hyperventilating,.....

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Israeli-Hamas Battle Blasts Tourists from Mediterranean Beaches
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Officials see 9-month process to bring foreign tourists back [Ashkelon, Israel] -- Sopping wet Sandra Cohen and her three children ran through the lobby of the Leonardo Ashkelon Hotel and into the stairwell to take shelter as the familiar red alert siren again sounded. That few vacationers are willing to tolerate the frequent interruptions to their recreation or the sense of danger created by Hamas rocketry is evidenced by the fact that the Cohens were the only tourists.....

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Mapping Missiles Keeps City Safer
by Linda Gradstein and Felice Friedson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Residents of Ashkelon live with the sirens [Ashkelon, Israel] – A city employee enters the underground bunker where most of this city’s municipal staff has been working for the past week. “We’ve just had a rocket land near the Carlsberg factory,” he says. “No word of any injuries.” Dr. Alan Marcus, the Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Ashkelon, opens his laptop and pulls up a detailed plan of the city. A native Bostonian who has lived here for.....

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Mapping Missiles Keeps City Safer
by Linda Gradstein and Felice Friedson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Residents of Ashkelon live with the sirens [Ashkelon, Israel] – A city employee enters the underground bunker where most of this city’s municipal staff has been working for the past week. “We’ve just had a rocket land near the Carlsberg factory,” he says. “No word of any injuries.” Dr. Alan Marcus, the Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Ashkelon, opens his laptop and pulls up a detailed plan of the city. A native Bostonian who has lived here for.....

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Israel Debates Efficacy of Military Ground Operation
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, July 14, 2014

Despite apparent support for boots on the ground doubts remain Standing in a well-furnished bomb-shelter in the southern town of Sderot, former deputy Israeli army chief-of-staff Uzi Dayan says that a large-scale ground invasion of the Gaza Strip is the only way to ensure that Israel completes its mission of ending rocket fire once and for all while striking a heavy blow to the Islamist Hamas movement. “We should not only attack Hamas’s facilities and infrastructure, but we must.....

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Israel Debates Efficacy of Military Ground Operation
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, July 14, 2014

Despite apparent support for boots on the ground doubts remain Standing in a well-furnished bomb-shelter in the southern town of Sderot, former deputy Israeli army chief-of-staff Uzi Dayan says that a large-scale ground invasion of the Gaza Strip is the only way to ensure that Israel completes its mission of ending rocket fire once and for all while striking a heavy blow to the Islamist Hamas movement. “We should not only attack Hamas’s facilities and infrastructure, but we must.....

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“City of Bomb shelters” Handles Rockets
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Residents of Sderot say Tel Aviv finally understands them [Sderot, Israel] -- Simone Mizrachi wearily follows her two-year-old grandson as he happily jumps on the bouncy castle in a large indoor playground here. A balloon pops and she jumps. The playground has four large underground bomb shelters in case of rocket attacks. “Enough already,” Mizrachi says to The Media Line about the dozens of rockets fired at this small town over the past three days. “My grandson is the.....

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Fear that Israel, Hamas Fight Will Get Out of Control
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Hamas want Egypt border open; Israel demands quiet A cartoon that appeared in the daily newspaper Ha’aretz captured the feelings of many in Israel. A couple is sitting on the couch watching television while on the news program an Israeli army commander is shown asking his soldiers, “Okay guys, ready for action?” The wife turns to her husband and asks, “Isn’t this a rerun?” The situation seems similar to that of 2012 when Israel launched widespread air strikes on.....

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