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NYT Middle East
Jul 15, 2024

They Were Told They Were in a Safe Area. Then Came the Missiles.
Survivors of a strike in Gaza on Saturday that Israel said had targeted Hamas's top military leader described a scene of carnage, with fire, smoke, blood and bodies everywhere.

NYT Middle East
Jul 14, 2024

Israel Struck Twice in Its Attack on Al-Mawasi, Videos and Photos Show
Visual evidence from Saturday's strike in Gaza that left dozens dead appears to show that the Israeli military launched a separate strike near emergency vehicles.

NYT Middle East
Jul 14, 2024

Israel's Attempted Assassination of Hamas Leader Followed Surveillance of Deputy
A compound belonging to the family of Rafa Salameh, a top Hamas deputy in southern Gaza, had been under surveillance for several weeks, Israeli officials said. The strike killed more than 90 people.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2024

Israel Launches Major Attack Against a Senior Hamas Commander
The target, Muhammad Deif, was an architect of the Oct. 7 attacks and has been the object of repeated Israeli assassination attempts over decades.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2024

Who Is the Hamas Military Leader, Muhammad Deif?
Muhammad Deif, an architect of Hamas's Oct. 7 attack and commander of the group's military wing, was the focus of an Israeli strike on Saturday.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2024

How Hamas Is Fighting in Gaza: Tunnels, Traps and Ambushes
Hamas overwhelmed Israel's border in October with a coordinated, large-scale maneuver before committing atrocities. Now, it acts as a guerrilla force, its fighters often disguised as civilians.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2024

Over 100 United Nations member states pledge support for UNRWA, and other news.


NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2024

How Hamas Is Fighting in Gaza
Hamas overwhelmed Israel's border in October with something like a conventional military maneuver. Now, it acts as a guerrilla force, its fighters often disguised as civilians.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2024

Gaza City Neighborhood Left in Ruins After Israeli Troops Withdraw
Intense fighting between soldiers and Hamas militants has left parts of the city uninhabitable, say residents who returned.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2024

Hamas Official: ‘We're Not Obstinate' in Cease-Fire Talks on Gaza
Husam Badran said the militant group would give up civilian control in the territory, but would not disband its military wing.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2024

U.S. Officials See Hopeful Signs in Gaza Cease-Fire Talks
People briefed on the talks said it would be days until it is clear whether there was a breakthrough, and other officials cautioned that previous hopes had been dashed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2024

Hartwig Fischer Will Lead a New Museum in Saudi Arabia
Hartwig Fischer, a German art historian, will be the director of a new museum of world cultures in Saudi Arabia.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2024

Rescued Hostage Describes Months of Uncertainty and Terror in Gaza
Andrey Kozlov was kept for six months in a family's apartment by a Hamas operative who moonlighted as a journalist. Then Israeli commandos stormed in.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Israeli Military Admits Wide-Ranging Failures in Border Village Attacked on Oct. 7
The military said that it had "failed in its mission" to protect Kibbutz Be'eri, but exonerated a general who authorized tank fire there on a house where Hamas fighters were holding hostages.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Many in Gaza City Ignore Israeli Military's Calls to Evacuate
Some civilians are fatigued by their repeated displacements, while others say there is no point in going to other areas that may be just as dangerous.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Israeli Military Clears General Who Approved Fire on House With Hostages on Oct. 7
The military conceded that it had "failed in its mission" to protect an Israeli village from attack, but exonerated a general who oversaw the fighting there.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Letter in The Lancet Raises Question of Excess Deaths in Gaza War
A letter in a major medical journal has prompted a discussion about the importance, and difficulty, of tallying those killed as an indirect result of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

U.S. Will Allow Delivery of 500-pound Bombs to Israel, an Official Says
The bombs had been part of a shipment that President Biden withheld out of concerns over civilian deaths in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Cease-Fire Negotiations Are Being Watched Closely by Hezbollah Leaders in Lebanon
Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, warned that "the only way" to stop the cross-border hostilities between his group and Israel was to negotiate an end to the fighting in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Doctors Without Borders closes its last facility in north Gaza, and other news.


NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Wife of ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Is Sentenced to Death in Iraq
The woman was found guilty of helping the terrorist group detain and enslave women and girls of the Yazidi religious minority.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

‘We Want Our Real Lives Back': For Gazans, Egypt Is Safe, but It's Not Home
Cairo now houses tens of thousands of Palestinians who fled the war in Gaza, with few job prospects, dwindling savings and no way to put their children in the local public schools.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2024

Strike on Gaza School Compound Adds to Mounting Death Toll at U.N. Buildings
At least 27 people were killed when an Israeli airstrike exploded as people played soccer at a school turned shelter in southern Gaza.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2024

Carnage at Gaza School Compound Adds to Mounting Death Toll at U.N. Buildings
At least 27 people were killed when an Israeli airstrike exploded as people played soccer at a school turned shelter in southern Gaza.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2024

U.A.E. Tries 84 Emirates Again, Sentencing 43 to Life
The Emirati lawyers, academics and activists, who were imprisoned in national security trials, had been scheduled to be released.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2024

A Biden Confidant Emerges as a Crucial Mideast Diplomat
Amos Hochstein, an energy policy official who was born in Israel, is playing diplomatic firefighter along the Israel-Lebanon border.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2024

Hezbollah Launches Retaliatory Rockets After Israel Appears to Strike in Syria
Two members of Hezbollah were reported killed in Syria, near the border with Lebanon, and the Israeli police said that the Hezbollah rocket barrage that followed killed a man and a woman in the Golan Heights.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2024

Cigarette Smuggling in Gaza Turns Aid Trucks Into Targets
Organized looters are attacking aid convoys in search of contraband cigarettes, officials say, as needed aid languishes.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2024

IDF Leader Denounces Jewish Settler Violence in West Bank
Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuks, the outgoing chief of Israel's Central Command, rebuked the Israeli government's policies in the West Bank and condemned "nationalist crime" by Jewish settlers.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2024

How Swizz Beatz Climbed to the Top of Saudi Arabia's Camel Racing Scene
"I'm just bringing the cool factor to it," said the American hip-hop producer, who has spent millions of dollars on 48 camels for a team he calls "Saudi Bronx."

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2024

‘Crown Jewels of the Jewish People': Preserving Memories of the Holocaust
With the survivor generation shrinking and antisemitism on the rise around the world, Israel's Holocaust memorial is stepping up efforts to safeguard its vast collection of artifacts and testimony.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2024

Israel's Holocaust Memorial Is Stepping Up Efforts to Preserve Memories
With the survivor generation shrinking and antisemitism on the rise around the world, Israel's Holocaust memorial is stepping up efforts to safeguard its vast collection of artifacts and testimony.

NYT Middle East
Jul 08, 2024

U.S. Creates High-Tech Global Supply Chains to Blunt Risks Tied to China
The Biden administration is trying to get foreign companies to invest in chip-making in the United States and more countries to set up factories to do final assembly and packaging.

NYT Middle East
Jul 08, 2024

Soaring Temperatures and Profit Seekers Amplify Dangers on the Hajj
"The halls felt like they were on fire," one Jordanian woman said of her accommodations after she opted to take a cheaper travel package for "unregistered" pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2024

Masoud Pezeshkian, Iran's New President, Raises Hope for a Diplomatic Opening
Masoud Pezeshkian, a reformist, wants warmer relations with the West, with the goal of ending sanctions. But his powers are strictly limited.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2024

Israelis Call for a Cease-Fire Deal and Elections After 9 Months of War
A day of nationwide anti-government protests comes amid signs of progress toward a truce and hostage deal with Hamas, as well as continued fighting.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2024

After 9 Months of War, Israelis Call for a Cease-Fire Deal and Elections
A day of nationwide anti-government protests comes amid signs of progress toward a truce and hostage deal with Hamas, as well as continued fighting.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2024

In Rafah, We Saw Destruction and the Limits of Israel's Gaza Strategy
Months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that "victory is within reach," the Israeli military escorted journalists into parts of a devastated Gazan city.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2024

Hopes for a Diplomatic Opening Rise Under Iran's New President
Masoud Pezeshkian, a reformist, wants warmer relations with the West, with the goal of ending sanctions. But his powers are strictly limited.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2024

4 Takeaways From Iran's Presidential Runoff
The victory of the reformist candidate, Masoud Pezeshkian, is expected to bring change, but to what extent is still an open question.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2024

Masoud Pezeshkian Wins Iran's Presidential Election
Masoud Pezeshkian, a cardiac surgeon and relative moderate in the ruling establishment, defeated an ultraconservative former nuclear negotiator in a runoff.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2024

Hamas's Cease-Fire Proposal Includes a Familiar Sticking Point
Hamas wants assurances that Israel won't restart the war after some hostages come home. Israel says it needs the option.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2024

Violence, Rape, Thirst, Even Organ Theft: Migrants Face Lethal Risks in Africa
The danger to migrants while crossing the Mediterranean is well documented, but an earlier phase of their trek, across the Sahel and the Sahara, is deadlier, researchers say in a new report.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2024

Masoud Pezeshkian Wins Iran Election
Masoud Pezeshkian defeated an ultraconservative former nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, in a runoff.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2024

Gaza Cease-Fire Talks Revive After Weeks of Deadlock
The negotiations had been stalled for weeks until Hamas announced on Wednesday that it had exchanged some ideas with mediators on a new way forward.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2024

Iran Voters Face Stark Choice in Competitive Presidential Runoff
For the first time in years, the outcome is difficult to predict, and could be decided by how many people end their boycotts and participate in the vote.

NYT Middle East
Jul 04, 2024

Israeli Leaders to Discuss Hamas Response on Cease-Fire Proposal
Wide gaps remain between the sides but mediators have renewed discussions based on a three-stage framework deal publicized by President Biden in May.

NYT Middle East
Jul 04, 2024

Saudi Arabia Sentences Producer to 13 Years in Prison Over Netflix Show
In a video plea for help, Abdulaziz Almuzaini — a dual Saudi-American citizen — described how the authorities had accused him of promoting extremism through a cartoon franchise.

NYT Middle East
Jul 04, 2024

What to Know as Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Grows
A Hezbollah-Israel war could metastasize into a larger regional conflict that could dwarf the current fighting and draw in Iran and the United States.

NYT Middle East
Jul 04, 2024

Iranians' Demand for Their Leaders: Fix the Economy
In a series of interviews, virtually every resident of Tehran listed Iran's sickly economy as the No. 1 issue for the country's next president.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2024

Israel Kills a Top Commander of Hezbollah, Which Replies With a Rocket Barrage
The escalation in violence across the border of Israel and Lebanon came as Western diplomats tried to head off a full-fledged war there.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2024

Israel Strike Kills Hezbollah Commander in Lebanon
The escalation in violence across the border of Israel and Lebanon came as Western diplomats tried to head off a full-fledged war there.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2024

Israel's Repeated Evacuation Orders Take Toll on Already Weakened Gazans
The latest order, which the United Nations estimated affects about 250,000 people, was the largest since October, the U.N. said.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2024

Top US Official Holding Talks on Defusing Israel-Hezbollah Conflict
Amos Hochstein's trip to France comes after comments by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken that Israel had "effectively lost sovereignty" near the border with Lebanon because of attacks by Hezbollah.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2024

Top US Official to Hold Talks on Defusing Israel-Hezbollah Conflict
Amos Hochstein's trip to France comes after comments by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken that Israel had "effectively lost sovereignty" near the border with Lebanon because of attacks by Hezbollah.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2024

Iran's Runoff Election: What to Know
Two candidates from opposite camps will compete for the presidency after no one garnered the number of votes needed last week to win.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2024

Thousands Flee in Gaza as Israel Orders More Evacuations
The Israeli military says its campaign will soon become less intense, but Palestinians were once again racing to escape the fighting in southern Gaza, including Khan Younis.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2024

With Fists and Knives, Mobs Attack Syrian Refugees in Turkey
As economic woes grow in Turkey, groups of men have targeted Syrian refugees there. In response, fighters across the border in northern Syria have confronted Turkish soldiers.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2024

Blinken Says Hezbollah Attacks Have Cost Israel Sovereignty in North
The secretary of state's comments underscored the stakes of cross-border tensions that threaten to bring a larger regional war alongside the conflict in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2024

Blinken Says Israel Has Lost Sovereignty in North From Hezbollah Attacks
The secretary of state's comments underscored the stakes of cross-border tensions that threaten to bring a larger regional war alongside the conflict in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2024

Release of Al-Shifa Hospital's Director Sets Off Uproar Across Israel
The Israelis had sought to link the hospital director to Hamas operations at Al-Shifa, and his release after seven months without charges prompted extensive finger-pointing.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2024

Israeli Generals, Low on Munitions, Want a Truce in Gaza
Israel's military leadership wants a cease-fire with Hamas in case a bigger war breaks out in Lebanon, security officials say. It has also concluded that a truce would be the swiftest way to free hostages.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2024

Israel Frees Gaza Hospital Chief Held Without Charges for 7 Months
Rights groups denounced the detention of Al-Shifa Hospital's director and thousands of other Gazans without trial, while Israeli leaders faulted his release as a government failure.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2024

Palestinian Fighters in West Bank Seek to Emulate Hamas in Gaza
In the towns of Tulkarm and Jenin, armed militants are flocking to more hard-line factions, such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, while the Israeli military tries to rein them in.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2024

Release of Gazan Hospital Director Draws Outcry in Israel
Mohammad Abu Salmiya, the director of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, was released on Monday after more than seven months in Israeli detention without charges.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2024

Trump Organization Signs Contract for New Saudi Tower
The residential high-rise tower in Jeddah is the latest of several developments that the former president's company has planned for the Middle East.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2024

Trump Organization Signs Contract for New Middle East Tower
The residential high-rise tower in Jeddah is the latest of several developments that the former president's company has planned for the Middle East.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2024

Iranians Say Elections Bring Little Change, So Why Vote?
In Tehran, many Iranians said they didn't see the point in voting in Friday's first-round presidential election since all the candidates had been vetted by the government.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2024

Taliban Talks With U.N. Go On Despite Alarm Over Exclusion of Women
The meeting is the first between the Taliban and a United Nations-led conference of global envoys who are seeking to engage the Afghan government on critical issues.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2024

As Thousands Protest in Israel, a Rescued Hostage Speaks Out
In a new video, Noa Argamani, a hostage rescued on June 8, called for the release of the remaining captives.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2024

Iran Elections: What to Know
The results from Friday's election, which drew record-low turnout for a presidential race, will force a runoff on July 5 between a reformist and an ultraconservative.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2024

Israeli Minister Reportedly Agrees to Release Funds to the Palestinian Authority
Under a tentative deal, Israel's far-right finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, would help the Palestinian Authority stave off financial collapse if five illegal West Bank outposts are authorized.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2024

Israel's Plan to Legalize 5 West Bank Settlements: What to Know
Israel says it will legalize five West Bank settlements previously considered illegal, as the government accelerates what critics call a slow-motion annexation of land meant for a Palestinian state.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2024

Reformist Masoud Pezeshkian Reaches Runoff in Iran's Presidential Election
Candidates in the campaign to fill the seat of President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash, showed notable candor about the country's mounting problems.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2024

U.S. Presses to Avert Wider War Between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon
A recent flurry of diplomacy aims to head off a conflict that could pit the United States directly against Iran.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2024

Iran Holds Vote to Pick a President
Whoever is chosen will have to cope with a cratering economy, regional strife and deep divisions and discord at home.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2024

Iran Set to Hold Vote to Pick a President
Whoever is chosen will have to cope with a cratering economy, regional strife and deep divisions and discord at home.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2024

Iran's Presidential Candidates: Who Are They?
Four of the six candidates selected by officials to run in Iran's special presidential election are still in the running after the president died in a helicopter crash last month.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Israel Orders More Evacuations in Gaza as Military Fights Hamas in Shajaiye
Palestinian officials and residents described strikes and blasts as Israel's public broadcaster reported that the Israeli military had returned to fight Hamas in Gaza City's east.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Critically Ill Children Allowed to Leave Gaza for First Time Since May
The Israeli military said the operation was carried out in coordination with the U.S., Egypt and the international community. In all, 68 people — sick and injured patients and their escorts — were allowed to leave, the military said.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

As Iran Picks a President, a Nuclear Shift: Open Talk About Building the Bomb
Iran has expanded its most sensitive nuclear production site in recent weeks. And for the first time, some leaders are dropping their insistence that the nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Will Extreme Heat Hold Back Saudi Arabia and Other Gulf States?
The high temperatures blamed for the deaths of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia are taking a broad toll in countries that have spent vast sums to attract tourists and investors.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Rich Gulf States Have Huge Ambitions. Will Extreme Heat Hold Them Back?
The high temperatures blamed for the deaths of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia are taking a broad toll in countries that have spent vast sums to attract tourists and investors.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Gazans Describe Life on the Verge of Famine
A panel of global hunger experts warned this week that the Gaza Strip could soon face famine, but to many Gazans, it feels as if one has already arrived.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Israeli Soldier Is Killed During Raid in West Bank, IDF Says
As well as the officer who died, another was severely wounded during the operation in Jenin, a bastion of armed resistance to Israel's occupation. One Palestinian was also reported wounded.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Israeli Officials Tour Lebanon Border Amid Escalating Tensions With Hezbollah
Israeli officials toured the northern border as U.S. officials stressed the need for a diplomatic solution to tensions with the militant group Hezbollah.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Iranians Say, ‘We Have Been Going Backward'
Iranians say they have little faith their votes in Friday's presidential election will improve their lives, and many are planning to sit it out.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2024

Help! Qatar Airways Denied Us Boarding Because of a Broken Link.
A woman and her Chinese-born son were set to return to China for the first time since the pandemic, but their airline would not let them fly without filling out a health form they could not access.

NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2024

What the Court's Ruling on Drafting the Ultra-Orthodox Means for Israel
Israel's insular ultra-Orthodox community has long been exempt from military service. The Supreme Court's decision to end that exemption could change the country's social and political dynamics.

NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2024

Iran's Presidential Candidates Agree on One Thing: Trump Is Coming
The former U.S. president's election is treated as a foregone conclusion, with the six contenders clashing over who is best suited to handling him.

NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2024

A U.N. official called on Israel to offer more protection for aid workers.


NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2024

The U.S. imposes new sanctions to cut off funding to Iran-backed militant groups.


NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2024

A U.N. official called on Israel to offer more protection for aid workers, as hunger experts warned that Gaza was at high risk of famine.


NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2024

At Least 11 Americans Among Those Dead in Hajj Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia
The daughter of one Maryland couple was still searching for answers about her parents' deaths. The State Department said it was possible that more deaths could be confirmed.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2024

Strike in Gaza Kills Sister of Hamas's Political Leader Haniyeh
Hamas confirmed the death of a sister of Ismail Haniyeh and her family. The Israeli military said it was aware of the reports but could not "currently confirm" that it had struck the Haniyeh family home.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2024

What Is a Famine and Who Determines That One Exists?
A group of global experts said that Gaza is at high risk of famine, but stopped short of saying that one had begun. Here's a closer look at how famine is defined.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2024

Israel's Supreme Court Rules Ultra-Orthodox Jews Must Be Drafted Into Military
The court ruled there was no basis to exempt the ultra-Orthodox from service, a decision that threatened to split Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government amid the war in Gaza.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2024

An Israeli panel warns Netanyahu over corruption case, and other news.


NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2024

Over 1,300 Pilgrim Deaths Put Spotlight on Underbelly of Hajj Industry
More than 1,300 people died, and a Saudi official said most of them were not registered for the pilgrimage. That left them with little protection from the heat.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2024

Israeli Strike Kills Health Official, Gazans Say, as Gallant Visits U.S.
Israel's defense minister, Yoav Gallant, was meeting with the C.I.A. director and the secretary of state on Monday as Israel signaled a potential shift in its military campaign in Gaza.

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