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Jul 4, 2014

Gaza calm as Israel braces for Palestinian youth’s funeral

GAZA (Reuters) – Shelling across the Gaza Strip’s border tapered off on Friday while Israel braced for violent protests by Palestinians in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank at the funeral of a youth they believe was killed by far-right Jews.

Hostility that had simmered since three Israeli teenagers were abducted on June 12, triggering army sweeps of the West Bank, boiled over this week upon the discovery of their bodies and the Palestinian’s slaying after they were laid to rest.

Jun 29, 2014

Sewage at the beaches, piles of garbage mar Gaza summer

GAZA, June 29 (Reuters) – When Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip seek some relief from the grind of life in an enclave
plagued by conflict and hardship, they usually need to look no
further than their sandy beaches.

But this summer, access to the cooling waters of the
Mediterranean is gradually being closed off to Gaza’s 1.8
million residents, due to pollution stemming from fuel shortages
that have halted work at sewage treatment facilities.

Jun 26, 2014

Hamas-hired workers in Gaza strike for wages in test for unity deal

GAZA (Reuters) – Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas went on strike in Gaza on Thursday in a pay dispute that could test the resilience of the new Palestinian government, formed just weeks ago under the Islamist group’s unity pact with President Mahmoud Abbas.

All government offices in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip were closed as a result of the one-day strike, but hospital emergency rooms remained open and police continued to patrol the streets.

Jun 18, 2014

With Israeli teens missing, Palestinian unity frays

GAZA (Reuters) – The disappearance of three Jewish youths in the occupied West Bank has rocked reconciliation between Palestinian political factions and risks sinking a new unity government, analysts and officials have said.

Israel has accused the Islamist group Hamas of orchestrating the kidnapping of the three teenagers last Thursday and has detained at least 240 Palestinians during a massive search mission that has so far failed to uncover the missing trio.

Jun 11, 2014

Gaza union halts protests for now in damaging wage dispute

GAZA (Reuters) – Gaza’s public sector union suspended protests on Wednesday that had paralyzed the local economy and threatened the deal on a Palestinian unity government but said it would resume its action if its members were not promptly paid.

The pay dispute involving some 40,000 public servants erupted last week shortly after Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, and President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement formed a unity government of technocrats to end years of feuding.

Jun 10, 2014

Palestinian reconciliation pact threatened by disunity

GAZA (Reuters) – A leader from the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas accused President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party on Tuesday of jeopardizing a reconciliation deal, just a week after a unity government was formed to end their feuding.

Problems between the two sides surfaced just days after the new administration took office, when it failed to pay some 40,000 civil servants hired by Hamas in Gaza, saying the employees had to be vetted before receiving their salary.

Jun 5, 2014

Gaza servants scuffle in unity government salary dispute

GAZA, June 5 (Reuters) – Employees who have been on separate
payrolls of rival Palestinian governments traded blows at Gaza
banks on Thursday when those hired by Hamas did not receive
their wages under a new unity administration.

Since Hamas Islamists seized control of the Gaza Strip in
2007 from Fatah forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, head of
the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, the PA has kept
paying some 70,000 public employees in the coastal enclave.

Jun 4, 2014

Hamas begins handover of Palestinian government offices in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Islamist Hamas handed control of two government ministries in Gaza to members of the new Palestinian unity government on Wednesday, a further sign of reconciliation between the rival factions after the collapse of peace talks with Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the cabinet on Monday in a deal with Hamas that elicited a U.S. pledge to work with and fund the new administration, setting Washington on a collision course with Israel, which has shunned it.

Jun 2, 2014

Palestinian reconciliation hobbled by continued disunity

GAZA (Reuters) – The swearing in of a Palestinian unity government on Monday will not end the divisions that have plagued the West Bank and Gaza Strip for years, providing a veneer of harmony but little change on the ground, analysts say.

Although no longer in government, the Islamist group Hamas will maintain power in its Gaza stronghold, while the Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas will remain largely unchallenged in his high-walled Ramallah headquarters.

May 30, 2014

Palestinians win first international soccer match, gain Asia Cup spot

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestine’s soccer team won the Asia Challenge Cup on Friday in a match against the Philippines, securing its place in the AFC Asia Cup that will be held next year in Australia.

The match, held in the Maldives, ended 1-0. It is the first victory in an international soccer contest for the Palestinians since the establishment of the Palestine Football Federation in 1928, sport officials said.

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