Gazans resume minor pilgrimage after years of Egyptian ban

World 03/03/19, 09:51

Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip resumed a minor pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, known as the "umrah," on Sunday after nearly five years of an Egyptian ban.The first convoy of 800 Palestinians passed into Egypt through Gaza's Rafah crossing. Airplanes will carry the Palestinians from the Egyptian capital to Mecca, ...

Gaza reporter appeals Hamas prison sentence and fine

World 02/26/19, 09:58

A Gaza journalist appealed a six-month prison term and fine Tuesday over her reporting on alleged corruption within the Hamas-run Health Ministry in a case that has drawn international condemnation of the coastal strip's Islamic rulers.Hajar Harb reported in 2016 that healthy people were paying doctors to help them circumvent ...

Israel wants Dutch case against ex-army chief dropped

World 02/11/19, 10:37

The Israeli Justice Ministry on Monday said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections.A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza Strip is suing Gantz and Israel's former air force ...

Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival

World 01/30/19, 11:28

A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory.But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances ...

Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza

World 01/27/19, 05:57

In a small studio packed with sculptures made of scrap metal, Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid has found a new medium in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.It's an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the outside world since ...

Thousands of Palestinians protest at Gaza border

World 01/18/19, 11:25

Thousands of Palestinians have gathered for a weekly protest along the fence between Gaza and Israel.The Palestinian Health Ministry says that Israeli gunfire wounded 14 Palestinians and that three medics suffered from a barrage of tear gas that targeted their ambulance.The protest appeared subdued compared to last week's violence, in ...

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

World 01/18/19, 02:04

The Palestinian security forces feel increasingly abused by their allies.Israel has been launching raids into the heart of Ramallah, and the U.S. is cutting off aid and taking actions that many fear will obliterate any remaining hope for a two-state solution.Despite the complaints, the Palestinian security forces are likely to ...

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

World 01/14/19, 01:08

The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants. The unlikely role reversal reflects the two sides' conflicting priorities. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to reassert his ...

Masked gunmen raid Palestinian TV studios in Gaza

World 01/04/19, 09:00

A Palestinian broadcasting corporation says masked gunmen have raided its studios in the Gaza Strip.Images circulating in the incident's aftermath Friday showed the TV station's Gaza headquarters strewn with shattered glass and destroyed equipment.The Interior Ministry, controlled by Gaza's Hamas rulers, said it is investigating the raid on the Palestinian ...

Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

World 12/16/18, 11:27

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment.Masked gunmen of the al-Qassam brigades, the military wing of Hamas, raise their hands as they stand in front of a huge poster showing a mock attack on ...

Dozens arrested as Israel steps up West Bank manhunt

World 12/14/18, 10:32

Israeli forces on Friday arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank as the army intensified a crackdown in response to a pair of deadly shootings believed to have been carried out by Hamas militants.In a fresh wave of violence, an Israeli soldier was severely wounded by a Palestinian ...

Update: Palestinian police end Hamas’ West Bank protest

World 12/14/18, 10:14

The Latest on the violence in the West Bank (all times local):5:15 p.m.Palestinian police have cracked down on a Hamas protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, beating demonstrators with batons and throwing stun grenades.Some 50 Hamas activists confronted Palestinian forces after Muslim prayers on Friday, as the ...

Suspicious optics said to have exposed Israeli raid in Gaza

World 12/12/18, 02:06

A month after a heavy round of Israel-Hamas fighting, the undercover Israeli operation that sparked the battle remains clouded in mystery.The Israeli army has kept mum, while Hamas officials aren't talking while they investigate. With each side protective of its secrets, and possibly keen to spread disinformation, the full story ...

Health officials: Israeli fire wounds 33 Gaza protesters

World 12/07/18, 11:31

Health officials say Israeli army gunfire has wounded 33 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence.Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Friday despite wintry weather, throwing rocks with slingshots at Israeli troops deployed behind the fence. The soldiers repeatedly fired volleys of tear gas and live fire, witnesses say.Palestinian medics wheel a ...

US fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

World 12/06/18, 16:56

A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly.Before Thursday's vote, the 193-member world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority which Arab nations pressed ...

Hamas leader says he has been invited to Moscow

Europe 11/28/18, 09:24

The top leader of the Hamas militant group says he has received an invitation to make an official visit to Moscow.The office of Ismail Haniyeh said the invitation was delivered Wednesday by a visiting Russian diplomat. Its statement did not elaborate on the purpose of the visit.Russia maintains high-level contact ...

Gaza’s fatal ritual: relentless protests, steady casualties

World 11/20/18, 01:31

Atalla Fayoumi hobbles on crutches across the flat, sunbaked plain near Israel's border fence in the Gaza Strip, gazing toward plumes of smoke rising from a clutch of burning tires in the distance.The 18-year-old Palestinian's right leg was amputated after Israeli soldiers shot him in April at one of the ...

Update: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

World 11/18/18, 13:37

The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local):8:35 p.m.Israel's prime minister says he will also take over as defense minister and is rejecting calls to hold early elections.Netanyahu announced on national TV Sunday that he would take over the defense post following the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman.Lieberman ...

Update: Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza truce

World 11/14/18, 06:16

The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers (all times local):1:15 p.m.Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he is resigning in protest over the cease-fire reached with Gaza militants.Lieberman's resignation Wednesday significantly weakens Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition government and could bring about an early election.Lieberman ...

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