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Dec 30, 2012

Israel eases ban on building material for Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel eased its blockade of Gaza on Sunday, allowing a shipment of gravel for private construction into the Palestinian territory for the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007.

A Palestinian official with knowledge of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended eight days of fighting last month between Israel and Gaza militants said the move had been expected as part of the deal.

Dec 13, 2012

Truce brings extra gleam to Gaza marketplace

GAZA, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The horizon of the claustrophobic
Gaza Strip stretches further out to sea after a bloody eight-day
battle last month and its main market gleams with extra supplies
of locally-caught fish.

In a low-key move it has yet to acknowledge, Israel moved a
naval blockade it imposed in 2009 back to six miles (10 km) from
the Palestinian enclave’s coast from three on Nov 23, two days
after signing an Egypt-brokered truce with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

Dec 12, 2012

Gaza perfume sales soar with rocket name

GAZA (Reuters) – Sales of a citrus-scented perfume marketed in Gaza have soared since it was named in honor of the rockets that Palestinians shot at Israel during a war last month, the manufacturer said.

“M-75″ perfume, which comes in men’s and women’s fragrances, is named for the missiles Hamas Islamist militants shot at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in an eight-day conflict that killed more than 170 Palestinians and six Israelis, ending with an Egyptian-brokered truce.

Dec 10, 2012

Hamas chief ends Gaza visit with Palestinian unity call

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal ended his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Monday with a pledge his Islamist movement would strive to heal political rifts with Palestinian rivals who hold sway in the occupied West Bank.

His comments reinforced promises he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the rival Fatah movement, made to each other in a telephone conversation a month ago, to forge ahead with a stalled unity deal opposed by Israel.

Dec 10, 2012

Hamas chief ends Gaza visit with call for Palestinian unity

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal ended his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Monday with a pledge his Islamist movement would strive to heal political rifts with Palestinian rivals who hold sway in the occupied West Bank.

His comments reinforced promises he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the rival Fatah movement, made to each other in a telephone conversation a month ago, to forge ahead with a stalled unity deal opposed by Israel.

Dec 9, 2012

Divided over Israel, Palestinian groups call for unity

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Leaders of the feuding Palestinian factions, the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza and the secular Fatah government in the West Bank, urged reconciliation between the two former foes on Sunday despite diverging policies on Israel.

Fatah and Hamas have been at loggerheads since the latter pulled off a surprise win in 2006 parliamentary polls. A brief, bloody civil war a year later saw Hamas eject Fatah from Gaza, leaving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, to consolidate his power base in the West Bank.

Dec 8, 2012

Feted in Gaza, Hamas leader hits out at Israel

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, in an uncompromising speech during his first ever visit to Gaza after decades of exile, told a mass rally on Saturday he would never recognise Israel and pledged to “free the land of Palestine inch by inch”.

A sea of flag-waving supporters filled wasteland in Gaza city to hear his fiery speech at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of his Islamist group, which has ruled Gaza – a small splinter of coastal land – since 2007.

Dec 8, 2012

Feted in Gaza, Hamas leader to attend “victory rally”

GAZA (Reuters) – After receiving a hero’s welcome on his return from decades in exile, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal will attend a rally in Gaza on Saturday to mark the founding of his Islamist group and celebrate “victory” over Israel.

At least 200,000 Palestinians are expected to attend the outdoor event, which is likely to be used by Meshaal to promote Hamas’s growing stature in the Arab world and push the case for reconciliation with its secular political rival, Fatah.

Dec 7, 2012

Joy at return of Hamas leader tinged by unity regret

GAZA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Policemen kissed him, crowds mobbed
him and gunfire rattled out in celebration as Hamas leader
Khaled Meshaal made his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip.

But the scenes of joy at his arrival in this small splinter
of land could not disguise deep-rooted disunity between the
Palestinian factions, ensuring its people remain divided both
geographically and politically.

Dec 7, 2012

Emboldened Hamas leader ends exile, visits Gaza

GAZA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrived
in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from
Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist
group’s growing confidence following a recent conflict with
Israel.

After passing through the Egyptian border crossing, Meshaal
knelt on the ground to offer a prayer of thanks and was then
greeted by dozens of officials from an array of competing
Palestinian factions lined up to meet him in warm December sun.

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