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Sep 3, 2013

Hamas says Egyptian military building buffer zone with Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces have destroyed some 20 houses along the border with Gaza, local residents said on Tuesday, in what the Palestinian enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers fear is an effort to build a buffer zone to isolate them.

Egypt’s military stepped up a campaign against Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, bordering Gaza, after deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi following mass unrest, and has accused Gaza Palestinians of supporting the militants.

Aug 21, 2013

Hamas calls on Egypt to reopen border crossing

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian Islamist group Hamas urged Egypt on Wednesday to reopen the border crossing with the Gaza Strip that was closed after a suspected militant attack on Egyptian policemen near the frontier earlier this week.

Hamas, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has ruled Gaza since 2007 and has an uneasy relationship with Egypt’s new army-backed leadership, which toppled elected President Mohamed Mursi, a Hamas ally, last month.

Aug 20, 2013

Cornered Hamas looks back at Iran, Hezbollah

GAZA (Reuters) – Stunned by turmoil in neighboring Egypt and starved of funds, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to repair damaged ties with its traditional Middle East allies, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah party.

An off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas celebrated when the Sunni movement’s Mohamed Mursi was elected president of Egypt in 2012, believing the vote would boost its own international standing and its grip on the isolated Gaza Strip.

Aug 14, 2013

Freed Palestinian prisoners return to transformed lives

BRUQEEN, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) – Returning home 24 years after stabbing to death an Israeli settler in the rocky hills above his village, freed Palestinian prisoner Mustafa al-Haj has missed the milestones of a generation.

Al-Haj was one of 26 Palestinians released by Israel in the early hours of Wednesday, despite protests from the families of their victims, as a goodwill gesture aimed at paving the way for renewed U.S.-mediated peace talks in Jerusalem.

Aug 12, 2013

Post-Mursi Egypt curbs Palestinian visits from Islamist-led Gaza

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Egypt has sharply cut the number of Palestinians allowed to enter from the Gaza Strip since its military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last month, the tiny enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers said on Monday.

An Egyptian official said the curbs were “not a punishment” for Hamas’s Islamist leanings but an effort to reduce civilian traffic as Egypt has stepped up military operations against Islamist militants in the Sinai region bordering Gaza.

Aug 3, 2013

Thousands of Palestinians welcome Barcelona to West Bank

DURA, West Bank (Reuters) – Thousands of Palestinians celebrated the arrival of Barcelona in the West Bank on Saturday where Argentine forward Lionel Messi and his team mates showed off their skills to adoring fans.

Some 25,000 spectators, many clad in Barca shirts, packed every corner of a new stadium in the town of Dura in the southern West Bank as the Barca players held an hour-long clinic with some 40 young Palestinian boys and girls.

Aug 3, 2013

Soccer-Thousands of Palestinians welcome Barcelona to West Bank

DURA, West Bank, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Thousands of Palestinians celebrated the arrival of Barcelona in the West Bank on Saturday where Argentine forward Lionel Messi and his team mates showed off their skills to adoring fans.

Some 25,000 spectators, many clad in Barca shirts, packed every corner of a new stadium in the town of Dura in the southern West Bank as the Barca players held an hour-long clinic with some 40 young Palestinian boys and girls.

Jul 30, 2013

Gazan in Israeli custody was abducted in Egypt, Palestinians say

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank released a report on Tuesday quoting a Palestinian held by Israel as saying he had been snatched while visiting Egypt’s Sinai region last month.

The report by the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners could embarrass Israel and the Egyptian government, which is struggling to impose order in the lawless Sinai desert.

Jul 29, 2013

For Palestinians, Israelis new peace talks offer little hope

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – When Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators break bread at a Muslim feast in Washington on Monday, it will be a diplomatic breakthrough of sorts after almost three years of deadlock.

Back home, however, it seems Israelis and Palestinians hold out little hope for their leaders’ renewed peace drive, the outcome of months of intensive mediation by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to get the sides back to talks, with the hope of resolving a decades-old conflict.

Jul 21, 2013

Hamas reeling from Egyptian crackdown on Gaza tunnels

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are reeling from another devastating blockade but this time they are blaming Egypt, the neighboring Arab power they once hoped would end their isolation, rather than their old foe Israel.

In a few weeks of digging, dynamiting and drenching, Cairo’s troops have destroyed many of the smuggling tunnels that ran under the Egypt-Gaza border and which had provided the cramped coastal enclave with commercial goods as well as weaponry.

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