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Aug 27, 2015

Abbas heats up Palestinian politics in PLO reshuffle bid

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas is acting to shake up Palestinian politics with peace talks with Israel in deep freeze and unity efforts with Hamas Islamists who run the Gaza Strip stalled.

In power for more than a decade, and facing a mounting challenge to his stewardship, Abbas, 80, resigned last week as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, its top decision-making body.

Aug 7, 2015

Palestinians delay soccer final, saying Israel blocking players

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Federation postponed the final Palestine Cup game between the champion teams of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after Israel denied entry permits to some of the Gaza players, sports officials said.

The Shejaia club from the Gaza Strip must pass through an Israeli border crossing to reach the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where Sunday’s game was scheduled to be played, and to do so needs approval from Israel.

Aug 7, 2015

Palestinians delay football final, saying Israel blocking players

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Federation postponed the final Palestine Cup game between the champion teams of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after Israel denied entry permits to some of the Gaza players, sports officials said.

The Shejaia club from the Gaza Strip must pass through an Israeli border crossing to reach the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where Sunday’s game was scheduled to be played, and to do so needs approval from Israel.

Aug 6, 2015

Palestinian territories come together in rare football match

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians long riven by geography and factional feuding enjoyed a rare show of unity on Thursday in a football match that brought together teams from their two territories.

Al-Ahly, the top team in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, had travelled to the Gaza Strip to face off with the coastal enclave’s champion Shejaia – the first such visit since the eruption in 2000 of a Palestinian revolt against Israel.

Aug 6, 2015

Palestinian territories come together in rare soccer match

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians long riven by geography and factional feuding enjoyed a rare show of unity on Thursday in a soccer match that brought together teams from their two territories.

Al-Ahly, the top team in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, had travelled to the Gaza Strip to face off with the coastal enclave’s champion Shejaia – the first such visit since the eruption in 2000 of a Palestinian revolt against Israel.

Aug 6, 2015

Soccer-Palestinian territories come together in rare soccer match

GAZA, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Palestinians long riven by geography and factional feuding enjoyed a rare show of unity on Thursday in a soccer match that brought together teams from their two territories.

Al-Ahly, the top team in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, had travelled to the Gaza Strip to face off with the coastal enclave’s champion Shejaia – the first such visit since the eruption in 2000 of a Palestinian revolt against Israel.

Aug 4, 2015

Palestinian West Bank soccer team to play in Gaza for first time since 2000

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian team from the Gaza Strip will host West Bank opposition for the first time in 15 years on Thursday after Israel gave the visitors permission to cross its territory for the clash between the two lands’ respective cup holders.

The Gaza Strip’s Shejaia and Al-Ahly from Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will play in a fixture that appeared in doubt before the permit granted by Israel, whose territory separates Gaza and the West Bank.

Aug 4, 2015

Soccer-Palestinian West Bank soccer team to play in Gaza for first time since 2000

GAZA, Aug 4 (Reuters) – A Palestinian team from the Gaza Strip will host West Bank opposition for the first time in 15 years on Thursday after Israel gave the visitors permission to cross its territory for the clash between the two lands’ respective cup holders.

The Gaza Strip’s Shejaia and Al-Ahly from Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will play in a fixture that appeared in doubt before the permit granted by Israel, whose territory separates Gaza and the West Bank.

Jul 31, 2015

“Blue Beach” offers Gazans a glimpse of the good life

GAZA, July 31 (Reuters) – A luxurious new tourist resort has
opened in the Gaza Strip, its manicured lawns, sparkling pool
and private beach in stark contrast to the impoverished
territory still struggling to recover from last year’s war.

The Blue Beach Resort, made up of 162 chalet-style rooms set
among palm trees and overlooking the Mediterranean, hopes to
become the “most significant tourist attraction and
entertainment venue in Gaza”, according to its website.

Jul 10, 2015

For Gazans, fence with Israel is a leap into the unknown

GAZA-ISRAEL BORDER (Reuters) – From his spartan room in the Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, 18-year-old Abdalla al-Haddad could glimpse a narrow chance at a better life: it was less than a mile and a 3-1/2-metre fence away.

So on a chilly night in February, he and a friend made a dash for it, scrambling over the heavily secured steel and wire barrier that separates Gaza from Israel.

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