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Jun 5, 2012

Israel detention ends Gaza footballer’s dream

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Al-Sarsak left the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2009 to play football in the West Bank. But he never reached his goal.

He was arrested by Israeli security and, after three years of detention without trial, Sarsak is on hunger strike.

Jun 1, 2012

Israeli soldier, Gaza gunmen killed in clash

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian gunman broke into Israel on Friday and killed a soldier before being shot dead himself in a rare cross-border attack that Israel blamed on the Islamist group Hamas.

Israel hit back, with a missile-strike killing one militant and wounding two others in the southern Gaza Strip. Militants also fired rockets out of the Palestinian enclave, but they did not cause any damage, the Israeli army said.

Jun 1, 2012

Israeli soldier, Gaza gunman killed in border clash

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian gunman broke into Israel on Friday and killed a soldier before being shot dead himself in a rare cross-border attack that Israel blamed on the Islamist group Hamas.

Israel hit back, with a missile-strike wounding three people in the southern Gaza Strip. Militants also fired rockets out of the Palestinian enclave, but they did not caused any damage, the Israeli army said.

May 28, 2012

Palestinian rivals begin unity government talks

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas began talks to form a unity government on Monday in a renewed bid to heal political rifts, paving the way for a general election.

Hamas runs the Gaza Strip – cut off from the West Bank by Israeli territory – as a separate entity, ignoring policies set by Abbas’s Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The split has divided the Palestinians politically as well as geographically.

May 23, 2012

Gaza fleet leashed by Israel, starved for fuel

GAZA, May 23 (Reuters) – Israeli gunboats and an Egyptian
clampdown on fuel smuggling into the Gaza Strip are strangling
the Palestinian enclave’s little fishing fleet, slowly turning a
generation of fishermen into fishmongers.

Since 2009, they have been unable to sail out beyond three
miles because of Israel’s strictly enforced blockade. This year
they can hardly afford to go out at all because diesel has
nearly tripled in price.

May 14, 2012

Palestinian inmates agree to end hunger strike

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-brokered deal aimed at ending a mass hunger strike that challenged Israel’s policy of detention without trial and raised fears of a bloody Palestinian backlash if any protesters died.

Most of some 1,600 prisoners, a third of the 4,800 Palestinians in Israeli jails, began refusing food on April 17 although a few had been fasting much longer – up to 77 days.

May 14, 2012

Palestinian inmates mull deal to end hunger strike

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian prisoners considered an Egyptian-brokered deal on Monday aimed at ending a mass hunger strike that is challenging Israel’s policy of detention without trial.

Some 1,600 prisoners, a third of the 4,800 Palestinians in Israeli jails, began refusing food on April 17 in a protest that also included demands for more family visits and an end to solitary confinement.

May 14, 2012

Egypt brokers Palestinian hunger strike deal: source

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt has brokered a deal aimed at ending a hunger strike by 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, a Palestinian source close to the negotiations said on Monday.

One in three of the 4,800 Palestinians serving time in Israeli jails began refusing food on April 17 in protest against detention without trial and to demand better conditions like an increase in family visits and ending solitary confinement.

May 11, 2012

Palestinians escalate hunger-strike in Israel jails

GAZA (Reuters) – Hundreds of Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails said on Friday they would shun vitamin supplements and prison clinics in an escalation of their mass protest against detention conditions.

“We swear we will not retreat. We are potential martyrs. Either we live in dignity or die,” prisoner organizers said in a letter announcing the move and which was read out by Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Islamist Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, during a demonstration.

Apr 27, 2012

Abduct Israelis to free prisoners: Gaza leaders

GAZA (Reuters) – Islamic leaders in the Gaza Strip called on Friday for militants to kidnap Israelis and use them as bargaining chips to secure the freedom of thousands of Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Human rights groups say up to 2,000 prisoners have joined an open-ended hunger strike to protest against jail conditions and thousands of Palestinians staged a rally in the Gaza Strip to support their cause.

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