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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.

Jul 8, 2015

A year after Gaza war, no rebuilding and an uneasy future for all

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza (Reuters) – Ali Wahdan, a maths teacher from Gaza, lost his wife, 11 members of his family and a leg to Israeli bombardment of the town of Beit Hanoun, in the north of the Gaza Strip, during last year’s war between Israel and Hamas.

Nearly 12 months later, doctors amputated his other leg. It was a cruel reminder of how little progress he has made since the 50-day war. In almost all respects, his life and prospects have crumbled.

Jul 2, 2015

A year after war, head of U.N. in Gaza says rebuilding to begin

GAZA (Reuters) – Robert Turner has no quick and easy answer when asked to name the worst of times in his three years running the United Nation’s relief effort in Gaza.

“The worst day? It will be hard to rank the worst day,” the Canadian diplomat told Reuters as he prepares to leave Gaza, where two-thirds of the 1.8 million people receive some form of aid. “There were many – mostly during last summer’s conflict.”

Jul 2, 2015

Interview – A year after war, head of U.N. in Gaza says rebuilding to begin

GAZA (Reuters) – Robert Turner has no quick and easy answer when asked to name the worst of times in his three years running the United Nation’s relief effort in Gaza.

“The worst day? It will be hard to rank the worst day,” the Canadian diplomat told Reuters as he prepares to leave Gaza, where two-thirds of the 1.8 million people receive some form of aid. “There were many – mostly during last summer’s conflict.”

Jun 30, 2015

Hamas shuts offices of Gaza’s sole cellular operator

GAZA (Reuters) – The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip shut down the offices of the territory’s only mobile-phone provider on Tuesday, saying the company, Jawwal, had not paid its taxes.

Police were deployed outside the firm’s headquarters and posters were put up on the walls outside reading: “Jawwal Company is closed upon the attorney general’s order.”

Jun 17, 2015

Long-term Gaza truce mooted as Hamas, Israel grapple with jihadi challenge

GAZA (Reuters) – It’s not quite a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but shared concern over Islamic State-inspired militant groups in Gaza could help redraw complex relationships between Hamas and a hostile Egypt and Israel.

Talk is rampant in the territory of 1.8 million of a prospective pullback from confrontation with Israel – a long-term ceasefire to cement further an Egyptian-brokered truce that brought an end to the Gaza war nearly a year ago.

Jun 15, 2015

After fleeing Syria’s war, chef becomes a star in Gaza

GAZA, June 15 (Reuters) – It is a safe bet that no one made
it as a celebrity chef following the same path as Wareef
Hameedo.

Three years ago, the 34-year-old was running a small
restaurant in a mall in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Then it was
heavily bombed in Syria’s civil war. Members of his family fled
to southeast Turkey and he followed shortly afterwards.

Jun 13, 2015

Egypt opens Rafah crossing into Gaza in sign of easing tensions

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement.

Gaza, a small impoverished coastal enclave, is under blockade by neighboring Israel and Egypt has kept its Rafah crossing largely shut since Cairo’s Islamist president was toppled by the army in 2013.

Jun 8, 2015

Palestine to switch home World Cup qualifier to Saudi

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestine have given up home advantage for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia after the oil-rich kingdom cited “exceptional conditions” for their inability to travel to the West Bank.

The Group A match, the first for both teams in the second round of joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying, was scheduled to be played at Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium but will now take place in Jeddah.

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