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Middle East - Gaza roundup

Palestinian Mohammed Daher and his handicapped, 80-year-old mother - theiir house and his wheelchair were destroyed during Israel's  offensive(Photo: Reuters)

Rights groups accuse Israel of war crimes

Israeli, Palestinian and international rights group have accused Israel of abuses and war crimes during its offensive on Gaza this year. The charges, which Israel denies, include accusations of firing on medical workers and UN buildings and killing civilians.

2009-03-26 15:06 TU

Reviewing the offensive on Gaza (Audio - 07 minutes 20 seconds)

Reviewing the offensive on Gaza

Israel's offensive in Gaza has sparked protests around the world, but very little opposition at home. Palestinians and Israelis give their reaction to the operation and explain what they see as the background and context.


Gaza and France

(© Gaza Collectif)

Gaza tales told in comic book form

While many ordinary French people protested and demonstrated against the recent Israeli incursion into Gaza, a young comic strip artist decided to do his bit and set up the Gaza Collectif. Their book hits the shelves this week.

2009-02-17 13:06 TU

Focus on France 27 January 2009

Work on the Jerusalem transport system(Photo: Diakonia)

Israel-linked company loses Stockholm metro contract

A French transport company has lost a contract to run Stockholm's underground rail system, amid criticism of its involvement in the construction of a transit system that serves Jerusalem and West Bank settlements. So could links with Israel prove bad for business?

2009-01-27 15:11 TU

Focus on France 26 January 2009

Delegation members at the press conference(Photo: Marco Chown Oved)

French politicians visit Gaza

Now that the Israeli tanks have pulled out of Gaza, aid workers, food and medical supplies are slowly beginning to trickle in. A delegation from France went to speak to Palestinians and tell their story.

2009-01-26 15:01 TU

Focus on France 18 January 2009

A Pro-Palestinian protester shouts slogans during a demonstration in Paris on Saturday (Photo: Reuters)

Gaza brings thousands of Parisians onto the street again

Thousands of people from across Europe and France are protesting against Israel's offensive in Gaza.

2009-01-18 15:37 TU


Demonstrators burn an Israeli flag in paris, 10 January 2009(Photo: Reuters)

Synagogue attacked near Paris

A Molotov cocktail type firebomb was thrown at a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis late Sunday, the latest incident of anti-Semitic violence in France since the start of Israel's offensive in Gaza.

2009-01-12 11:59 TU

Middle East

Demonstrators protest on Saturday in response to the Israeli air strikes on Gaza, Paris(Photo: Reuters)

Thousands protest Gaza offensive in Paris and London

Thousands of people demonstrated against Israel's offensive in Gaza on Saturday, with the largest in London and Paris. More protests are expected Sunday in Belgium and Spain.

2009-01-11 09:50 TU

Middle East

Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak speaks to reservists during a visit to the Tzeelim army base in southern Israel(Photo: Reuters)

Israel sends in the jets, Obama envoy arrives in Israel

Israeli jets bombed tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Wednesday, after an attack which killed one Israeli soldier on Tuesday. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to convene the Security Cabinet to discuss the attack, as US envoy George Mitchell arrives in Israel.

2009-02-09 12:52 TU

Middle East

A Palestinian firefighter uses a hose to clean blood on a street in Gaza (Photo: Reuters)

Israel halts bombings for three hours, France condemns strike on UN school

Israel has halted bombing of the Gaza Strip for three hours, after announcing that it would do so every day to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. France on Wednesday condemned the Israeli air-strike on a UN school in Gaza, which killed at least 42 people. Egypt has put forward a three-point peace plan.

2009-01-07 11:16 TU

Focus on France 6 January 2009

(Photo: Reuters)

Is the Israeli-Palestine conflict coming to France?

An attack on a synagogue in Toulouse in the southwest, has given rise to fears that the current violence in Gaza may reach France.

2009-01-06 15:38 TU

Middle East - Interviews

Smoke rises in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday(Photo: Reuters)

Doctor says civilian houses are targeted, Sarkozy extends stay in region

The death toll from fighting in Gaza continues to rise as 40 Palestinians were killed while sheltering in a UN school and as the UN Security Council prepared to meet on Tuesday. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has met the Syrian head of state and has extended his current tour of the Middle East to meet for a second time with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak.

2009-01-07 11:21 TU

Focus on France: 4 January 2009

Demonstrators in Paris protest Israeli strikes on Gaza(Credit: Reuters)

Protests over Gaza as Sarkozy heads to Middle East

Thousands of people throughout France turned out this weekend to protest Israel's attacks on Gaza, ahead of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's two-day visit to the Middle East next week.

2009-01-04 15:25 TU

France/Middle East

(Photo: Reuters)

France watches Sarkozy's Middle East diplomacy closely

As the French President prepares to spend two days meeting with Middle East leaders, thousands marched over the weekend throughout the country to denounce the Israeli attacks on Gaza, while others marched to support what they see as an assault on Hamas.

2009-01-04 16:26 TU

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Middle East - UN investigation

UN report criticises both sides of Gaza conflict

2009-09-16 14:37 TU

Middle East - Gaza offensive

Israeli soldiers allege shoot first policy in Gaza

2009-07-18 16:47 TU

Middle East/Gaza

Israel used white phosphorous in Gaza offensive, says Human Rights Watch report

2009-03-26 15:06 TU

Middle East

Amnesty calls for arms embargo on Israel and Palestinians after Gaza offensive

2009-02-24 07:24 TU

Middle East

Palestinian Prime Minister resigns to allow unity government

2009-03-07 11:15 TU

Middle East/US

Clinton criticises Israel on visit to Abbas

2009-03-04 15:16 TU

Middle East/US

Clinton says she will help to create Palestinian state while supporting Israel

2009-03-03 15:37 TU

Middle East

International efforts to pick up the pieces

2009-03-02 14:23 TU

Middle East

EU to donate 436 million euros to Gaza, Palestinians agree to unite

2009-02-27 14:24 TU

Middle East

Olmert says no deal with Hamas unless Shalit released

2009-02-14 16:37 TU

Middle East

Hamas ready to sign 18-month truce

2009-02-13 14:07 TU

Middle East

Israeli raids kill Palestinian in Gaza, Mubarak arrives in France

2009-02-09 16:59 TU

Middle East

Turkish PM gets hero's welcome after Davos Gaza bust-up

2009-01-31 11:32 TU

Middle East

France claims Israel accepts peace plan, Gaza bombing starts again

2009-01-07 16:51 TU

Middle East

Two killed in Gaza as Obama envoy heads for region

2009-01-27 14:21 TU

Middle East

EU urges Palestinians to unite, Aid Commissioner slams Hamas in Gaza

2009-01-26 12:28 TU

Middle East

Palestinian children return to school

2009-01-26 09:24 TU

Middle East

Gaza ceasefire holds, Palestinians return to their homes

2009-01-19 16:38 TU

Middle East - report

Gaza peace campaigners protest as EU leaders dine with Olmert

2009-01-19 09:54 TU

Middle East

Fighting continues in Gaza City, Palestinians say 930 now dead

2009-01-13 12:54 TU

Middle East

Ground operations continue, Israeli reserves sent in

2009-01-12 09:36 TU

Middle East

Palestinian says civilian casualities at 700, Israeli army moves into Gaza city

2009-01-11 14:11 TU

Middle East

Abbas calls on Hamas to accept Egyptian plan, Israeli attacks continue

2009-01-10 11:33 TU

Middle East

UN aid restarts, human rights chief calls for war crimes investigaton

2009-01-10 13:18 TU

Middle East

Both sides ignore UN truce call

2009-01-09 10:43 TU

Middle East

Hezbollah denies involvement in rocket attack as Israeli army not yet asked to do "everything necessary"

2009-01-09 10:27 TU

Middle East

UN suspends aid operations in Gaza

2009-01-09 10:25 TU

Middle East

Fighting reaches Gaza City and Khan Yunis

2009-01-06 16:01 TU

Middle East

Diplomatic efforts continue in an effort to stop the violence

2009-01-05 13:48 TU

Middle East

Humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens, hospital hit in attack

2009-01-05 17:00 TU

Middle East

Israel attacks Gaza via sea, air, land: civilians killed

2009-01-04 10:27 TU

Middle East - Interview

All 120 patients here are civilians, says Gaza doctor

2009-01-05 15:19 TU

US/ Middle East

White House leaves decision to invade Gaza in hands of Tel Aviv

2009-01-03 10:35 TU

Middle East

Protests around the world against Gaza raids

2009-01-02 13:14 TU

Middle East

Bombing enters day seven after Hamas leader killed

2009-01-02 15:12 TU

Middle East

Sarkozy to visit region as Gaza raid deaths reach 400

2009-01-01 12:35 TU

Middle East

Israel rejects 48-hour truce proposal

2008-12-31 15:05 TU

Middle East

Divided world leaders debate Gaza fighting

2008-12-30 16:30 TU

Middle East - interview

Weeks of conflict possible and ground war not ruled out, say Israeli officials

2008-12-31 10:39 TU

Middle East

France promises Gaza aid, protests at Israeli raids worldwide

2008-12-29 16:49 TU

Middle East - interview

Missiles and air raids hinder treatment, says Israeli doctor

2008-12-29 15:17 TU

Middle East - interview

Civilians killed in "vicious attacks", says Gaza resident

2008-12-29 14:21 TU

Middle East

Gaza death toll rises over 300, at least 51 civilians killed, says UN

2008-12-29 11:51 TU

Middle East

Deadliest day in Gaza history

2008-12-29 10:50 TU

Middle East

Israel launches retaliatory air raids in Gaza

2008-12-29 10:49 TU

Middle East

Israeli Foreign Minister vows to end Hamas control

2008-12-29 10:48 TU

Middle East

Hamas agrees 24 hour truce in Gaza

2008-12-23 13:20 TU

Middle East

Hamas truce ends, thousands rally in Lebanon

2008-12-19 14:05 TU

Middle East

Israel releases hundreds of Palestinian prisoners

2008-12-15 14:56 TU


Hamas-Fatah talks called off

2008-11-08 13:53 TU

Middle East

UN suspends food aid to Gaza

2008-11-14 14:58 TU

from our correspondent

Middle East - report

Ban Ki-moon and Sderot's mayor David Bouskila.(Photo: T Cross)

Open Gaza border, says UN chief Ban

2009-01-26 09:02 TU

Middle East- report

Palestinian women react after their relative Billal Nabham was found dead underneath the rubble in Gaza(Credit: Reuters)

Israel denies using white phosphorous in Gaza, blames Hamas

2009-02-09 17:59 TU

Middle East - report

Demonstrators and counter-demonstrators at the Peace Now rally.(Photo: RFI/Tony Cross)

Gaza peace campaigners protest as EU leaders dine with Olmert

2009-01-19 09:54 TU

Middle East

Israeli soldiers crossing the Gaza border back to Israel early on Sunday(Photo: Reuters)

Gaza ceasefire delicate as diplomacy continues

2009-01-18 15:16 TU

Middle East

A Palestinian woman searches the rubble at the al-Abrar mosque after Israeli air strikes in Rafah.(Photo: AFP)

Israel debates truce but continues firing on Gaza

2009-01-17 10:58 TU

Middle East - photoreport

Women chant in support of Hamas.(Photo: RFI/Tony Cross)

A day of anger over Gaza in Ramallah

2009-01-25 16:59 TU

Middle East

An Israeli soldier adjusting the barrel of a tank near the northern Gaza Strip.(Photo: Reuters)

Continuing deadlock in ceasefire negotiations

2009-01-16 14:40 TU

Middle East - interview

Mustapha Barghouti(Photo: RFI)

International complicity helps Israeli "war crimes" in Gaza, says Barghouti

2009-01-26 10:04 TU

Middle East - interview

Abdallah Al Frangi(Photo: RFI/Tony Cross)

End Fatah-Hamas rift, says Abbas party member

2009-01-19 07:50 TU

Middle East - report

Rezeq Barghouti, of the Palestinian Authority's farming section(Credit: T. Cross)

West Bank Palestinians collect for Gaza, and criticise Abbas

2009-01-28 11:46 TU

Middle East - report

Jakob Kellenberger,President of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent(Credit: T. Cross)

Respect international law and let us work, says Red Cross chief

2009-01-14 14:29 TU

Middle East - report

Melanie Takefman of Acri, the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (Credit: T. Cross)

Israeli media biased over Gaza, say campaigners

2009-02-09 18:09 TU

Middle East - report

Marlène Markovitch(Photo: Tony Cross/RFI)

Hopes and fears of Israelis living close to Gaza border

2009-01-25 17:03 TU


Interview: Leo Vinovezky in Sderot, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Audio - 4 minutes 52 seconds)

Interview: Leo Vinovezky in Sderot, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Israel is keeping open the option of reopening hostilities as rockets landed near the town of Sderot on Sunday. Leo Vinovezky of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Hamas' infrastructure is not completely destroyed and points out that that IDF remains in the Gaza strip "ready for any scenario".


Interview: Ariela Geneger collecting food for soldiers near Sderot (Audio - 02 minutes 17 seconds)

Interview: Ariela Geneger collecting food for soldiers near Sderot

A group of women in the south of Israel are collecting food and clothing other for soldiers. RFI's Tony Cross speaks to Ariela Geneger, who explained why they are making made their gesture and why she believes that Israelis and Palestinians must talk to each other.


Interview: Correspondent Riham Abdel Karim in Gaza City (Audio - 08 minutes 21 seconds)

Interview: Correspondent Riham Abdel Karim in Gaza City

Speaking on Tuesday morning, correspondent Riham Abdel Karim in Gaza City says the Israeli offensive has forced large numbers of Palestinians to move from their homes. She says anger in the Gaza strip remains directed at Israel rather than Hamas.


Middle East - interview

Palestinians enter the United Nations headquarters in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip(Photo: Reuters)

Israel hides Gaza reality by banning me, says UN investigator

2008-12-18 18:56 TU