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NYT Middle East
May 29, 2024

Former Israeli Hostage Held Captive in Gaza Awaits Her Husband's Release
Aviva Siegel was held captive with her husband until late November, when she was one of 105 hostages released as part of a cease-fire deal.

NYT Middle East
May 29, 2024

Rafah Aid Groups Say Israel's Offensive is Pushing Them Out
Hospitals, clinics and kitchens are shutting down, and transporting the wounded is a challenge on roads choked with debris and fleeing refugees.

NYT Middle East
May 29, 2024

Israel Used U.S.-Made Bombs in Strike That Killed Dozens in Rafah
A Times visual analysis found that munition debris filmed at the scene were remnants of a GBU-39, a bomb designed and manufactured in the United States.

NYT Middle East
May 29, 2024

Israel Used U.S.-Made Bombs in Strike That Killed Dozens Near Rafah
A Times visual analysis found that munition debris filmed at the scene were remnants of a GBU-39, a bomb designed and manufactured in the United States.

NYT Middle East
May 29, 2024

U.S. officials have pressed Israel to use more GBU-39s, which they say can reduce civilian casualties.
A Times visual analysis found that munition debris filmed at the scene were remnants of a GBU-39, a bomb designed and manufactured in the United States.

NYT Middle East
May 29, 2024

‘All Eyes on Rafah' Meaning and Origins
The slogan, which has been a touchstone for pro-Palestinian demonstrators for months, ricocheted across social media this week.

NYT Middle East
May 29, 2024

Ancient Skull With Brain Cancer Preserves Clues to Egyptian Medicine
Cuts in the cranium, which is more than 4,000 years old, hint that people in the ancient civilization attempted to treat a scourge that persists today.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

U.S. Pier for Gaza Aid Damaged by Rough Seas
Army engineers are working to put the pier back together, and Defense Department officials hope it will be operational again in about a week.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

Israel Pushes Into Rafah as Displaced Palestinians Search for Safety
The Israeli military said it had deployed additional combat troops to the southern Gaza Strip, even as a growing chorus of voices demand an end to the fighting.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

U.S. Officials Say Deadly Rafah Airstrike Did Not Cross Biden's Red Line
The deaths were "devastating," a White House spokesman said, but the scale of the attack was not enough to change U.S. policy.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

At Least 21 Killed in Strike on a Tent Camp in Al-Mawasi, Gazan Officials Say
The reports come just two days after dozens of people were killed when a fire tore through a camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah after an Israeli airstrike.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

A Gazan official says a strike killed 21, and other news.


NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

Spain, Norway and Ireland Formally Recognize Palestinian Statehood
The moves are a rebuke to Israel, who is the face of mounting international anger over the country's military offensive in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

World Leaders Denounce Deadly Strike in Rafah
They called for an investigation into the attack, which Gazan authorities say killed 45 people, and intensified the pressure for Israel to end its military campaign in southern Gaza.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2024

War-Weary Iraqis Feel for Gaza, but Fear Spread of the Conflict
Iraqis want to help Palestinians but say they are still recovering from their own wars and fear playing host to a proxy fight between Iran and the United States.

NYT Middle East
May 27, 2024

Facing Global Outrage, Netanyahu Calls Civilian Deaths in Rafah Strike ‘Tragic Accident'
The strike on Sunday, which Israeli officials said targeted two Hamas leaders taking cover near a civilian encampment, ignited a fire that killed 45 people, according to the Gazan authorities.

NYT Middle East
May 27, 2024

Macron says Israeli operations in Rafah ‘must stop,' and more news.


NYT Middle East
May 27, 2024

Shooting Near Rafah Border Crossing Kills a Member of Egypt's Security Forces
The Israeli military reported the shooting on the border, but neither country said who opened fire. An investigation was underway.

NYT Middle East
May 26, 2024

Aid Deliveries From Egypt Into Gaza Resume
Under a U.S.-brokered agreement, Egypt allowed trucks to pass through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom.

NYT Middle East
May 26, 2024

Aid Deliveries From Egypt Into Gaza Are Due to Resume
After U.S. pressure, Egypt said last week that it had agreed to send trucks through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing as a temporary measure.

NYT Middle East
May 26, 2024

The Hamas Chief and the Israeli Who Saved His Life
In an Israeli prison infirmary, a Jewish dentist came to the aid of a desperately ill Hamas inmate. Years later, the prisoner became a mastermind of the Oct. 7 attack.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

Israel and Hamas Could Restart Cease-Fire Talks Within a Week, Officials Say
Negotiators held preliminary discussions in Paris this weekend, hoping to revive the possibility of a truce, the officials said.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

Preliminary cease-fire discussions were held this weekend in Paris, officials said.
For months, Qatar, the United States and Egypt have been trying to cajole Israel and Hamas into accepting a truce and an exchange of captives that could help bring the seven-month war to a close.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

Israel Continues Military Offensive in Rafah After ICJ Order
The court on Friday ordered Israel to suspend its military offensive and "any other action" in Rafah that might wholly or partly destroy the Palestinian population there.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

Mohammad Rasoulof, Director Who Fled Iran, Brings a Message of Hope to Cannes
At a news conference for his film "The Seed of the Sacred Fig," Mohammad Rasoulof reveled details of his escape from the country to avoid a prison sentence.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

Director Who Fled Iran Brings a Movie and a Message of Hope to Cannes
At a news conference for his film "The Seed of the Sacred Fig," Mohammad Rasoulof reveled details of his escape from the country to avoid a prison sentence.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

Crowds for Raisi Show Support for Iranian State, Supreme Leader Says
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pointed to the turnout at memorials for Iran's president at a time when external critics say popular backing for the Islamic Republic has weakened.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

Condemnation Slows, but Does Not Stall, Israel's Assault on Rafah
Despite fierce criticism, Israel insists it must take control of Rafah and the border with Egypt to prevent future arms smuggling.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2024

17 Hours to Find the Crash That Killed Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's President
As a frenzied quest began for the fallen helicopter of President Ebrahim Raisi, Iran moved to control possible threats from abroad and unrest at home.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

ICJ Decision Adds to Israel's Growing Isolation
An order to stop the Rafah offensive was the latest action against Israel, all of which create "a tremendous sense of pressure," a former consul general said.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

Top U.N. Court Decision Adds to Israel's Growing Isolation
An order to stop the Rafah offensive was the latest action against Israel, all of which create "a tremendous sense of pressure," a former consul general said.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

ICJ Orders Israel to Halt Its Military Incursion Into Rafah
The International Court of Justice has no means to enforce its order in the Gazan city, but the ruling added pressure on the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

Egypt's President Agrees to Reopen Crossing for Gaza Aid After Biden Call
Fuel and humanitarian aid will be able to enter Gaza through Kerem Shalom, an Israeli-operated crossing, the White House said.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

U.N. Court Orders Israel to Halt Rafah Offensive
The International Court of Justice ruling deepens Israel's international isolation, but the court has no enforcement powers.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

Israeli Forces Cut Off Access to Kamal Adwan Hospital in Northern Gaza
Israeli bombardments and raids have put many of Gaza's hospitals out of operation and only a few remain even partially functional.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

Israel says it destroyed weapons and tunnels in Rafah, and other news.


NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

Israel Recovers Bodies of 3 More Hostages in Gaza
The bodies were found in Jabaliya, where the Israeli military has been trying to root out a renewed Hamas insurgency.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2024

As Rafah Offensive Grinds On, Hunger in Gaza Spirals
Aid officials and health experts expect famine this month unless Israel lifts barriers to aid, the fighting stops and vital services are restored.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

Israel Expands Rafah Offensive Amid International Pressure Over Gaza War
While the government has been hit with a string of diplomatic and legal defeats, the Israeli public's support for the Gaza war remains strong.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

Israel Pushes Deeper Into Rafah, Defying International Opinion
While the government has been hit with a string of diplomatic and legal defeats, the Israeli public's support for the Gaza war remains strong.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

Israeli forces raided a major hospital in northern Gaza, forcing patients and staff to evacuate.


NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

CIA Director Burns to Try Reviving Cease-Fire and Hostage Negotiations in Europe
It was unclear if negotiators from Egypt and Qatar would participate.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

U.S. Military Faces Reality in Gaza as Aid Project Struggles
The Pentagon predicted that a stream of humanitarian aid would be arriving in Gaza via the floating pier, but little relief has reached the besieged strip, officials acknowledged this week.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

As Israel's Hard Line Stokes Anger Abroad, Netanyahu May Get Benefits at Home
Despite diplomatic blows this week, Israeli leaders are focused on their public, which still largely views the war with Hamas in Gaza as an existential conflict.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

Iran Buries President Raisi in His Hometown
The president, who died in a helicopter crash, was laid to rest at a holy shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

In a City of Ancient Jewish Mysticism, Israelis Arm for a Fight
In Safed, a center of kabbalah, ordinary citizens shocked by the Oct. 7 attacks are carrying military-grade weapons.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

Yellen Warns Israel Against Cutting off Palestinian Banks
The Treasury secretary said that allies from the Group of 7 nations must work to stabilize the West Bank economy and increase Gaza aid.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

Iran Prepares to Bury President Raisi
The president, who died in a helicopter crash, will be buried at a shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad, his hometown.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2024

Can European Recognition Bring Palestinian Statehood Any Closer?
Not on its own, in all likelihood. But it reflects a growing, global exasperation with Israel that might eventually lend momentum to a two-state solution.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Spain, Norway and Ireland Recognize Palestinian State, Further Isolating Israel
The moves, while largely symbolic, were welcomed by Palestinians and denounced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called them "a prize for terrorism."

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

New Video Shows Hamas Fighters Taking Israeli Soldiers Hostage
The Israeli military showed family members of the hostages the video a few weeks ago and gave them a copy on Tuesday, which they shared.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

The War Is Shifting Europe's Politics Away From Israel
The recognition of Palestinian statehood by Spain, Ireland and Norway highlights the changing center of gravity, but there also are staunchly pro-Israel nations in Europe.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Recognizing a Palestinian State: What to Know
The move by three European countries fits into a long-term goal of Palestinian leaders to secure diplomatic acceptance, but the immediate impact may be limited.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Israel Responds to Move to Recognize a Palestinian State by Withholding Funds
The finance minister's office signaled that the decision, which could worsen the Palestinians' dire economic crisis, was a response to Spain, Norway and Ireland recognizing Palestinian statehood.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Ireland's Palestinian State Recognition Nods to Its Own History
Simon Harris, Ireland's prime minister, invoked his nation's struggle for independence from Britain and its decades of violent sectarian conflict.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Why Norway's Recognition of a Palestinian State Carries Significance
Norway hosted the clandestine meetings in 1993 that led to the Oslo Accords, the framework for peace that came close to resolving the conflict.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Iran's Supreme Leader Leads Funeral Prayers for President
State TV in Iran reported that the political leader of Hamas, which Tehran has backed, was in the capital for the funeral. It was not immediately clear how many foreign dignitaries would attend.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Who Was Abdul Raziq?
Uncovering the brutal career of a crucial American ally — and the hidden truths of the war in Afghanistan.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2024

Iran's Use of Axis of Resistance Likely to Persist After Crash
The sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi is not expected to affect the actions of groups like Hezbollah and the Houthis, which are vital to Iran's power.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

No Gaza Aid Delivered Through U.S.-Built Pier Has Been Distributed, Pentagon Says
The temporary pier is one of few remaining entry points for aid shipments since Israel began an incursion into Rafah, in southern Gaza, earlier this month.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Israel Says It Will Return Camera It Seized From AP
Officials had confiscated camera equipment from the news agency as a part of a feud with the Pan-Arab broadcaster, but the decision was reversed after the Biden administration privately expressed concerns.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Pro-Palestinian protesters heckle Blinken as he testifies on Capitol Hill.


NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

The U.S. Was Resettling Guantánamo Prisoners. The Hamas Attack Halted Those Plans.
The White House suspended a secret mission to transfer detainees to Oman in October after Congress members expressed concerns about Middle East instability.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Israeli Officials Seize AP Equipment, Claiming Media Law Violation
The move was an escalation in Israel's feud with the pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, and drew sharp criticism from The Associated Press.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Iran Begins Funeral Events for President Raisi After Helicopter Crash
A procession in the city of Tabriz was the first in a string of events after Ebrahim Raisi's death in a helicopter crash. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has announced five days of mourning.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Gazans Say ICC Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas Leaders Are Misguided
Some said the decision to seek arrest warrants for both Israeli and Hamas leaders on war crimes charges seemed to equate victim with perpetrator.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

What to Know About the ICC Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas Leaders
The International Criminal Court prosecutor requested arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Hamas leaders. Here is a closer look at the court and the warrant.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

After President Raisi's Death, Iran's Elections Pose Tricky Test for Rulers
Iran's political establishment must choose between opening the race and facing moderate rivals, or limiting candidates and risking the embarrassment of low turnout.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Israel Seizes Camera From AP, Citing Use of Its Images by Al Jazeera
The move was an escalation in Israel's feud with the pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, and drew sharp criticism from The Associated Press.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

ICC's Warrant Request Appears to Shore Up Netanyahu's Support in Israel
"The Hypocrisy of The Hague," read the front page of one mainstream daily that has often been critical of Israel's prime minister.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Gazans Say ICC Prosecutor's Pursuit of Hamas Leaders Is Misguided
Some said the decision to seek arrest warrants for both Israeli and Hamas leaders on war crimes charges seemed to equate victim with perpetrator.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

After Raisi's Death, Elections Pose Tricky Test for Iran's Rulers
Iran's political establishment must choose between opening the race and facing moderate rivals, or limiting candidates and risking the embarrassment of low turnout.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Who is Karim Khan, the ICC Prosecutor?
Mr. Khan, known as a gifted speaker and a tough-minded litigator, took an unusual approach to announcing his request for arrest warrants for leaders of Hamas and Israel.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Iran Begins Funeral Events for President Raisi
A procession in the city of Tabriz was the first in a string of events after Ebrahim Raisi's death in a helicopter crash. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has announced five days of mourning.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2024

Biden says there is ‘no equivalence between Israel and Hamas.'
The president, s

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Former Trump Officials Meet With Netanyahu in Israel
Robert O'Brien, one of Donald Trump's closest foreign policy advisers, said he was there as a "private citizen."

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Iran Moves to Project Stability After President Raisi Dies in Helicopter Crash
The ayatollah announced five days of mourning for the president and foreign minister who died when their helicopter plunged into a mountainous region. Some Iranians celebrated the deaths.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Iran Moves to Project Stability After Crash Kills Key Leaders
The ayatollah announced five days of mourning for the president and foreign minister who died when their helicopter plunged into a mountainous region. Some Iranians celebrated the deaths.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Iran President Raisi Is Latest Prominent Figure to Die in a Helicopter Crash
Officials from Ukraine, Kenya and Sudan are just some of the others who have also died in crashes.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Biden and Blinken Accuse ICC Prosecutor of Falsely Equating Israel and Hamas
The forceful denunciations of the International Criminal Court came even as tensions have risen between the United States and Israel over its conduct of the war in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's President, Is Dead at 63
The hard-line Shiite cleric was seen as a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader. Mr. Raisi's death comes at a moment of turbulence for a country facing a deepening conflict with Israel.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

After Raisi's Death, Speculation Over Iran's Next Supreme Leader Turns to Khamenei's Son
Mojtaba Khamenei, 55, plays an influential role in the office of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and has fostered ties within the security apparatus.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

A top Biden aide meets with Israeli military officials, and other news.


NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

What to Know About the ICC Arrest Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders
The International Criminal Court prosecutor requested arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Hamas leaders. Here is a closer look at the court and the warrant.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Amal Clooney Was Among the Experts Consulted on I.C.C. Warrants
Ms. Clooney, a prominent human rights lawyer, was on a panel that recommended arrest warrants for leaders of Israel and Hamas. She had been criticized for not speaking out on the war.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

What to Know About the I.C.C. Arrest Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders
The International Criminal Court prosecutor requested arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Hamas leaders. Here is a closer look at the court and the warrant.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Israel Should Expect Little Change After Iranian President's Death, Experts Say
Israel, despite being one of Iran's biggest foes, saw little strategic benefit from the president's death and was not likely to change its posture toward Tehran, analysts said.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

ICC Prosecutor Requests Warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas Leaders
While the request must be approved by the court's judges, the announcement is a blow to Mr. Netanyahu and will likely fuel international criticism of Israel's war strategy in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Who Was Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian?
A hard-liner and career diplomat long focused on Iran's relationships in the Middle East, he died in a helicopter crash that also killed Iran's president.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

What to Know About Mohammad Mokhber, Iran's Acting President
Mr. Mokhber has long been involved in business conglomerates tied to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He must hold elections for a new president within 50 days.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Back From War, These I.D.F. Soldiers Demand New Leadership
Some reservists in the Israel Defense Forces who have returned home from war are joining the growing calls within Israel for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition to step aside.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Proud to Serve Israel, but Not Its Government
Some reservists in the Israel Defense Forces who have returned home from war have joined the growing calls within Israel for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition to step aside.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2024

Who Was Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi?
Mr. Raisi had been seen as a possible successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as supreme leader, the highest political and religious position in the Islamic republic.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2024

Helicopter Crash Increases Pressure as U.S. and Iran Face Crises
Iran and the United States are groping their way out of several simultaneous crises, including over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2024

Who is Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi?
Mr. Raisi has been seen as the likely successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as supreme leader, the highest political and religious position in the Islamic republic.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2024

Helicopter Carrying Iran's President Has Crashed, State Media Reports
Rescuers are trying to locate the helicopter on which President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian were traveling, state media reported. Their status is unknown.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2024

Benny Gantz threatens to leave Israel's government, and other news.


NYT Middle East
May 19, 2024

Thousands march in Tel Aviv to call for a hostage deal.
There are growing signs of domestic frustration with how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has handled the war in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2024

Gazans Flee Jabaliya as Israel's Military Launches New Offensive
At least 64,000 people were displaced from Jabaliya and a neighboring town in the past week, according to the main U.N. agency aiding Palestinians.

NYT Middle East
May 18, 2024

U.S. and Iranian Officials Held Indirect Talks in Oman on Risks of a Wider War
The talks were the first since Iran attacked Israel last month in retaliation for its killing of an Iranian general.

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