BREAKING NEWS: US Bishops Rush To Israel As Ground Offensive Continues (BosNewsLife In-Depth)


By BosNewsLife Chief International Correspondent Stefan J. Bos with additional reporting by BosNewsLife Chief Middle East Correspondent George Whitten in Israel

ap_israel_offensive_gaza_victim_05jan09_190JERUSALEM/GAZA CITY (BosNewsLife)-- More than half of the United States' Lutheran bishops were on their way to Israel Monday, January 5, amid international concerns that an Israeli offensive against the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip would lead to more suffering of civilians, including the territory's Christian minority.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza (UPDATE 4)


(ADDS COMMENTS DEFENSE MINISTER, IDF, MORE DETAILS)
By BosNewsLife Chief Middle East Correspondent George Whitten reporting from Israel and Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent at BosNewsLife News Center
picture4JERUSALEM/GAZA CITY (BosNewsLife)-- Israel has begun a major ground offensive in the Gaza Strip aimed at destroying the terrorist infrastructure of the militant Islamic group Hamas, Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak confirmed late Saturday, January 3.

BREAKING NEWS: Israel Strike Near Gaza Church Kills Dozens; Hamas Warns Retaliation


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with BosNewsLife sources and reporting from the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem

ap_gaza_israel_airstrikes_palestinians_01jan09GAZA CITY/JERUSALEM (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in the Gaza Strip have mourned dozens of people who were killed when an Israeli air strike damaged a Baptist church while hitting a nearby police station, as part of Israel's military campaign against the Islamic militant group Hamas, BosNewsLife established Friday, January 2.

BREAKING NEWS: Israeli Airstrikes Kill Over 300 In Gaza; Christians In Crossfire


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ap_gaza_israelwarplanes_29dJERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife)-- The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned on Monday, December 29, ongoing Israeli airstrikes against the militant Islamist group Hamas and its infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, which reportedly killed over 300 Palestinians, injured up to 1,000, and put the territory's Christian minority in the crossfire.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Christians In Crossfire As Israel Strikes Kill 205 (Developing Story)


By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting from the region

ap_gaza_attack_190_engBETHLEHEM/JERUSALEM (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians in Gaza and the West Bank faced a dark night Saturday, December 27, as Israeli air strikes against suspected Hamas militants killed hunderds of Palestinians, and Christmas lights were shut off around Bethlehem, which Christians consider Jesus' birthplace, to protest Israel's actions.