Gaza

6:29am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Gaza Militants Fire Rockets, As Obama Heads To West Bank

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 7:22 am

President Barack Obama arives for a joint press conference with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the Muqataa, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Militants in Gaza fired rockets into Israel on Thursday, just as President Obama travelled from Israel to the West Bank, where he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

NPR's Larry Abramson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Two of the rockets reached the southern town of Sderot, but one fell in an open area. The other caused some damage to a building, according to Israeli police."

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1:24pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Salt

Recipes, Not Rockets: Cookbook Offers New Lens On Gaza

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 7:21 am

Fatema Qaadan prepares fatta, a meal of buttery rice and griddle bread served with roasted meat.
Courtesy of Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

When you think about the Gaza Strip, do you think "organic farming"? How about "family dairy"? Would you expect California pistachios to flavor made-in-Gaza baklava? Have you heard that Hamas has a 10-year plan to develop sustainable local agriculture?

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1:09pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

Can Kidney Transplants Ease Strain On Gaza's Health System?

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 7:54 am

A Palestinian dialysis patient is treated at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City in 2010. Many kidney patients in Gaza struggle to get proper dialysis therapy because machines are often overbooked.
Khalil Hamra AP

It's no picnic being a kidney patient even in the best conditions. But coming in for dialysis in a place like the Gaza Strip calls for a special kind of patience.

Years of war have placed a constant stress on the health system there. Thanks to a host of factors, Gaza's main hospital, Shifa Hospital, regularly faces supply shortages of medications that kidney patients need to manage nausea and other symptoms.

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10:37am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Palestinian Rocket Likely Killed 11-Month Old In Gaza, UN Report Says

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 7:54 am

Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad.
Majed Hamdan AP

It became the iconic photograph of Israel's military strikes in Gaza last November:

It showed Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic journalist, carrying the body of his 11-month-old son, Ahmad. Misharawi is wailing, asking "What did my son do to die like this?"

An easy inference to make from the photograph was that the boy died because of an Israeli airstrike.

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1:27am

Mon March 4, 2013
Middle East

Palestinians Still Feel The Squeeze Of The Restrictions On Gaza

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 6:43 am

A Palestinian laborer works at the site of a residential construction project funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Mar. 21, 2012.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

The streets of Gaza are busy, but they are also crumbling.

Since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel has maintained tight limits on shipments of anything that could be used for military purposes. That includes basic building materials that could be used for bunkers and rocket launching sites.

Ask businessman Ali Abdel Aal what's the toughest thing for him to find, and he'll tell you "cement and gravel."

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