BBC Posted a Q&A on the Gaza conflict. Below are some of the questions. Click the Article Heading for the answers:

Three weeks after it began its offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire, followed hours later by Hamas announcing a one-week ceasefire. The BBC News website looks at the background to the conflict and what the ceasefire means.

Why has Israel declared a ceasefire and what are its terms?

How did Hamas react?

Why did the Israelis launch their 27 December offensive?

Why did Hamas not renew the ceasefire?

Why does Hamas fire missiles into Israel?

What casualties have the Hamas rockets caused?

What have been the effects of the Israeli blockade?

What is the history of this small strip of land?

How did Hamas come to control Gaza?

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