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Oct 19, 2013

Shunned by Egypt, Hamas reaches out to Palestinian rival Abbas

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas, its Gaza Strip stronghold cut off by the new military-backed government in Egypt, called upon rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to end their six-year schism and form a unity government.

Abbas’s secular, U.S.-backed Fatah faction lost a 2006 ballot to Islamist Hamas. They sat in an uneasy alliance until a civil war the following year left Hamas ruling Gaza while Abbas’s authority was limited to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Oct 9, 2013

Isolated Hamas faces money crisis in Gaza Strip

GAZA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Hamas is struggling to meet its
payroll in the Gaza Strip, where income from taxes has been
badly hit since neighbouring Egypt started destroying a network
of tunnels used to smuggle food, fuel and weapons into the
Islamist-run enclave.

The crisis means that Gaza’s thousands of civil servants may
not receive their full salaries in time for an important Muslim
holiday next week.

Oct 2, 2013

Hamas hangs Palestinian man convicted of murders

GAZA (Reuters) – The Islamist Hamas group said they had executed a Palestinian man in Gaza on Wednesday despite appeals from human rights groups not to hang him because he was under 18 when one of two murders for which he was convicted occurred.

Hani Abu Eleyan, 28, was the 17th Palestinian executed by Hamas since it seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. At least eight others were killed as alleged spies for Israel.

Sep 22, 2013

Israel allows more building material into Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel began allowing construction material for private projects into the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the first time in six years, in response to a request from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, an Israeli defense official said.

Abbas, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which governs the West Bank but not Gaza, restarted peace talks with Israel in July.

Sep 12, 2013

Gaza Palestinians feel pain of new Egypt border restrictions

GAZA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Hooked up to a dialysis machine,
Samir Abu Tahoun can only sit and wait for the gates to a new
life to open.

For the 57-year-old Palestinian seeking a kidney transplant
in Cairo, that means the border crossing from the Gaza Strip to
Egypt, whose army-backed government has sharply limited entry
from the Islamist Hamas-run territory since the military deposed
Islamist president Mohamed Mursi two months ago.

Sep 11, 2013

Hamas seeks to lower tension with Egypt

GAZA (Reuters) – The Hamas Islamist group ruling Gaza sought to ease tensions with Cairo on Wednesday by ordering Muslim preachers to mute their criticism of the Egyptian government over what some of the clerics have called its war on Islam.

“Preachers should avoid speaking of the internal affairs of Egypt and focus on our Palestinian national issues and our struggle for the liberation of our land and the freedom of our prisoners (held by Israel),” said Ismail Rudwan, the Hamas-appointed religious affairs minister in Gaza.

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.

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