An explosion at a home in the southern Gaza city of Rafah killed a leader of the Palestinian militant group, the Popular Resistance Committees,Saturday night, according to security and medical sources.
Thousands of Palestinians celebrated the release Sunday night of 550 inmates from Israeli prisons, part of the second phase of the deal that won the freedom of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Israel will release tax money that it was withholding from the Palestinian Authority, Israel's defense minister said Monday.
Palestinian leaders declared Wednesday a holiday for government institutions and schools in celebration of the release of prisoners in exchange of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas admits they didn't get everyone released they'd hoped for.
More than five years have passed since Palestinian operatives burrowed under the Israel-Gaza border and captured a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Shalit. During those years, efforts to reach an agreement that would free Shalit in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails came and went, several times appearing excruciatingly close to success.
Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit says he's healthy and happy in his first interview since his release.
Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit arrived safe and sound in his northern Israeli hometown, feeling "good" in his first day of freedom after more than five years in Hamas captivity, but suffering small injuries from shrapnel wounds.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Tripoli on Tuesday, making her the first Cabinet-level American official to go to Libya since the ouster of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
CNN's John Vause reports on what happened during the years Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was held hostage.
Gilad Shalit was a 19-year-old enlisted man guarding an Israeli army post when Palestinian militants attacked his tank, killed the two men he was serving with and took him prisoner more than five years ago.
Looking pale, thin and emotional, Gilad Shalit was reunited with his family Tuesday after more than five years in captivity. Now he faces what is likely to be a bewildering few days, weeks and months as he readjusts to a life of liberty.
Former Hamas captive, Gilad Shalit returning to Israel
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the homecoming for more than a thousand Palestinians.
The release of the first half of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit elicited waves of joy Tuesday from relatives of the prisoners.
Israeli reaction to the exchange of Israeli Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners is mixed. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.
Israel is freeing more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis, in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was captured by Hamas in 2006. How and why has the controversial deal come about?
CNN's Becky Anderson speaks to a resident of Israel and a resident of Palestine about the prisoner exchange.
Palestinian inmates began leaving Israeli jails early Tuesday, setting in motion the historic swap that will trade more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one captured Israeli soldier.
Gilad Shalit was a 19-year-old enlisted man guarding an Israeli army post when Palestinian militants attacked his tank, killed the two men he was serving with and took him prisoner.
The details of the prisoner-exchange deal announced between Israel and Hamas -- a swap of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas since 2006, for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners -- are not yet fully known. But after five years of failed negotiations, it is clear that both sides have made concessions. And that is a sign of hope.
Israel early Sunday released the names of the first group of Palestinian prisoners to be freed in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, setting in motion a process that will allow the public to file objections to specific releases.
CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports on why some Israelis do not approve the deal to get Gilad Shalit released.
Following an investigation, Israel apologized to Egypt this week over an August incident in which five Egyptian border guards were killed, the Israeli Ministry of Defense said.
The parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas for more than five years, left their protest tent outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office Wednesday, thanking their supporters before heading home.
Israeli government and Hamas approve an agreement to exchange Israeli Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners.
Israel's government approved an extraordinary deal Tuesday night -- agreeing to release more than 1,000 Palestinians from prison, including hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis, in exchange for a single slender young Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.
Israel's ambassador to the UK says Hamas was pressured into the prisoner swap by the Arab Spring.
Israel and Hamas leaders said Tuesday they have brokered a deal to swap roughly 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas more than five years ago.
Two Palestinians were killed by the Israeli military in Gaza, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Wednesday.
The father of an Israeli soldier kidnapped five years ago by Palestinian militants has called for his release no matter how high the price.
The Red Cross sharply demanded Thursday that the Hamas movement in Gaza show proof that abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is alive, and it called the lack of information about him "totally unacceptable."
An indictment released Monday by Israel contends a Palestinian engineer perfected deadly rockets for Hamas and helped train its soldiers.
A Palestinian engineer held in Israel for more than a month declared to reporters on Thursday that he has no knowledge of any details about kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Life in Israel came to a halt Tuesday morning as thousands of people stood still for five minutes to remember kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
A group pounds the French foreign minister car in Gaza, then throws things at the vehicle.
The car of French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie was attacked Friday in Gaza by a mob of around 20 people -- the family members of Palestinians in Israeli jails.
It's late afternoon in Jerusalem and Moses Levi is making one of his frequent visits to the Western Wall.
Israel is back in contact with a mediator who is trying to broker a deal for the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
Britain on Saturday demanded the release of Gilad Shalit as the Israeli soldier marked his 24th birthday in Hamas' captivity.
A 12-day march in support of a prisoner exchange to win the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit ends in Jerusalem Thursday on the doorstep of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The father of Gilad Shalit on Friday resumed calls on Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help get the soldier freed.
Facing mounting pressure from the family of Gilad Shalit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel was ready to pay a high price for the captured soldier's release -- but there was a limit to that price.
A senior Hamas official who was released from prison last month has been taken into custody again for failing to leave East Jerusalem as he had been ordered to do, Israeli police spokesman Shmulik Ben Rubi confirmed to CNN Wednesday.
The family of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured in Gaza by Hamas, set out on a march to Jerusalem on Sunday in an effort to bring about his release.
An Israeli ministerial legislation committee has approved a bill that seeks to toughen the incarceration conditions of Hamas prisoners.
In a move aimed at increasing pressure on Israel to agree to a prisoner exchange in return for the freedom of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas on Sunday released an animated video showing a character depicting Shalit's father aging as Israeli leaders vow his son's return.
The son of a Hamas founder claims in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he spied for Israel.
Negotiations for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have stopped, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza said Tuesday.
Israel could release 980 Palestinian prisoners in a possible deal to win the freedom of an Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas for three years, prosecutors disclosed Sunday.
Talk of a possible deal to release an Israeli soldier captured more than three years ago heightened Monday amid diplomatic activity in the region.
Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit reads a 'proof of life' statement and holds up a newspaper dated September 14th.
A "proof-of-life" video of an Israeli soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants more than two years ago was made public Friday, after its delivery led to the release of Palestinian women prisoners.
Israel will release 20 Palestinian female prisoners and detainees in a deal to obtain a recent proof-of-life videotape of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Israeli Security Cabinet announced Wednesday.
Israeli security forces are questioning 10 Hamas terrorism suspects, including four Hamas legislative council members, who were arrested in overnight raids across the West Bank, the military said Thursday.
A potential prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas collapsed Tuesday when the Israeli Cabinet rejected the latest Hamas demands.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert postponed a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday as talks aimed at securing the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier were extended.
The parents of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit set up camp Sunday outside the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in hopes of pressuring government officials to a secure a deal with Hamas that would bring their son home.
Israel on Wednesday demanded the release of an Israeli soldier seized by militants more than two years ago as a condition of lifting its economic blockade on Gaza, a government spokesman said.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas said Monday that it is willing to consider the release of an Israeli soldier who was seized in a cross-border raid more than two years ago.
Israel's prime minister denied media reports that it is negotiating with the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, but said there will be Israeli "consultations" Sunday "regarding the situation in the south."
Recent media reports about the negotiations to secure the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier are "exaggerated and damaging," outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday.
Israeli security forces shot and killed a Palestinian militant near the West Bank town of Jenin, Palestinian and Israeli authorities said.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met Sunday in Damascus, Syria, with Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of Hamas' political wing, a Hamas official said.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter meets with Hamas' exiled political leader Khaled Meshaal. CNN's Cal Perry reports
Hezbollah has agreed to a swap with Israel involving prisoners both alive and dead, leader Hassan Nasrallah says.
Hamas leaders in Gaza are still committed to a cease-fire agreement with Israel despite numerous rocket and mortar strikes Tuesday, a Hamas spokesman said.
Israel's High Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the parents of a captured Israeli soldier who hoped to compel the government to explain why a recent cease-fire deal with Hamas did not include the release of their son, a court spokeswoman said.
The parents of an Israeli soldier held captive for nearly two years petitioned Israel's High Court Sunday to compel the government to explain why a cease-fire with Hamas did not include the release of their son.
Israeli children toted colorful backpacks to school in this town on the Gaza border Thursday, the first day of a truce that Israel hopes will end the barrage of rockets that have pummeled Sderot in recent months.
World leaders welcome six month truce, but will Israel-Hamas cease-fire hold? CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
A truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas leaders will take effect Thursday and last for six months, Hamas officials said Tuesday.
CNN's Atika Shubert discusses the significance of the reported truce between Hamas and Israel.
There'll be no signing ceremonies or even public acknowledgment, but Israel and Hamas appear to have agreed on a formula to stop rocket fire from Gaza
A violent bid for attention by Palestinian militants is likely to provoke a new escalation of bloodshed
A rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza on Monday struck a house in southern Israel, killing one woman, according to Israeli medical emergency services.
Meshaal on Gilad Shalit
Sitting in a room with the top Hamas leader -- a man Israel would prefer dead -- is not an easy feeling, knowing that at any second a missile could shatter the building, killing everyone inside, myself included.
Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit -- captured by Hamas more than a year ago -- is alive and well, the exiled leader of Hamas told CNN Friday.
Israel and the Islamist militants are quietly negotiating the release of anIsraeli soldier held in Gaza
As both BBC reporter Alan Johnston and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit speak out, Hamas must show that it is powerful and responsible enough to win their release
The militant group in Gaza claiming to hold BBC correspondent Alan Johnston renewed its threat Tuesday to kill the British journalist who has been held in Gaza since March 12.
Cpl. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian political movement Hamas a year ago, said in an audiotape released Monday that his health is deteriorating and that he needs to go the hospital.
Clad in what appeared to be an explosive vest, kidnapped BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston warned in a new video that his captors would turn their hideout into a "death zone" if any rescue attempt is made.
Israeli officials Wednesday said that a "sign of life" had been received from Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped in a cross-border raid by Palestinian militants.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suspended talks on a unity government with Hamas until after he returns from a United Nations meeting in New York, according to Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
The Israel Defense Forces re-entered northern Gaza late Saturday, Israeli military sources said.
An Israeli airstrike killed at least seven Palestinians and wounded 15 others as Israeli troops moved into new areas of central Gaza early Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.
As Israeli airstrikes continued Monday in Gaza, a Hamas political leader said the Palestinian people won't accept the release of an Israeli soldier until the Jewish state agrees to free Palestinian prisoners.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Monday put no time limit on military operations in Gaza designed to free an Israeli soldier abducted two weeks ago and rout out Palestinian militants firing missiles into Israel.
New Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza on Sunday, Palestinian sources said, killing one Palestinian and wounding more than a dozen others as Israel continued its push to free a kidnapped soldier.
Israel launched more attacks against targets in Gaza early Sunday, continuing its bid to retrieve a soldier who was kidnapped two weeks ago.
Israeli forces pushed deeper into Gaza early Saturday amid conflicting statements regarding the release of an Israeli soldier whose kidnapping last month sparked the current conflict.
An Israeli airstrike hit the building housing the Palestinian government's Interior Ministry early Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian sources told CNN.
Israel broke an uneasy quiet along the Gaza border late Monday, launching airstrikes near the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern part of the territory and inside Gaza City.
An Israeli helicopter-fired missile hit the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya early Sunday, Palestinian sources said.
Three Palestinian militant groups reportedly holding an Israeli soldier hostage issued demands Saturday shortly after an Israeli state-run television station reported that Cpl. Gilad Shalit had been treated by a doctor.
Israel rounded up members of the Hamas-led Palestinian government Thursday, and warplanes fired a rocket into the Palestinian Authority's Interior Ministry building in Gaza City.