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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.

Apr 3, 2012

Rivals reach deal to end power crisis in Gaza

GAZA, April 3 (Reuters) – The Gaza Strip’s Hamas government
and the rival Palestinian Authority (PA) agreed to an
Egyptian-brokered deal on Tuesday to end a fuel crisis that has
caused daily power cuts in the territory, officials said.

Under the agreement, an Israeli company will supply
industrial diesel for the Gaza Strip’s only power plant and a
temporary mechanism will be put in place whereby Hamas can pay
the bill without dealing directly with its enemy, Israel.

Apr 1, 2012

Israel exiles former Palestinian detainee to Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian woman held by Israel without charge was deported to the Gaza Strip on Sunday under a deal that ended her 44-day hunger strike.

Hana Shalabi of the Islamic Jihad militant group was put into so-called “administrative detention” on February 16. An Israeli military official said that in return for her release from jail, she had agreed to three years’ exile in the Gaza Strip.

Mar 23, 2012

Fuel crosses from Israel to ease Gaza fuel crisis

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel allowed nine fuel tankers to cross into the Gaza Strip on Friday to ease a severe power shortage triggered by a dispute over supplies between Egypt and the enclave’s Hamas Islamist rulers.

The delivery of around 450,000 liters of industrial diesel was the first to Gaza’s only power station coming via Israel in almost a year after Hamas softened on its resistance to accepting supplies from its Jewish neighbor.

Mar 22, 2012

Dispute with Egypt triggers fuel crisis in Gaza

GAZA, March 22 (Reuters) – Petrol pumps have run dry and
power cuts are blacking out the Gaza Strip because of a dispute
over fuel supplies between Egypt and the enclave’s Hamas
Islamist rulers.

Taxis are scarce, with would-be passengers fighting for
rides, and the government has ordered civil servants with
vehicles to pick up hitchhikers.

Mar 22, 2012

Palestinians suffer fuel crisis in Gaza

GAZA, March 22 (Reuters) – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
are suffering a crisis of dry petrol pumps and frequent
blackouts triggered by a fuel supply dispute between Egypt and
the enclave’s Hamas Islamist rulers.

Taxis are scarce, with would-be passengers fighting for
rides, and the government has ordered civil servants with
vehicles to pick up hitchhikers.

Mar 20, 2012

Iran paid Hamas to block Palestinian deal – Fatah

GAZA (Reuters) – Iran paid the Islamist group Hamas to block a deal with the rival Fatah movement that would have ended a five-year rift between the two main Palestinian factions, a Fatah spokesman said on Tuesday.

He said Tehran recently resumed financial aid to Hamas which it had suspended six months ago over the Palestinian movement’s failure to back their mutual ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in his military campaign to crush dissent.

Mar 13, 2012

Israel-Gaza truce mostly observed

GAZA (Reuters) – An Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip was largely observed on Tuesday after four days of violence in which 25 Palestinians were killed and 200 rockets were fired at Israel.

The number of Palestinian rocket attacks dropped sharply after the deal took effect overnight, with less than 10 rockets reportedly fired since then. In a further sign of a return to normality, towns and cities in southern Israel announced plans to reopen schools that had been kept shut for the past three days.

Mar 13, 2012

Israel, Gaza militants agree to truce: Egypt official

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and militant factions in the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce to end four days of cross-border violence in which 25 Palestinians have been killed, a senior Egyptian security official told Reuters on Tuesday.

The official said in a telephone call from Cairo that both sides had “agreed to end the current operations”, with Israel giving an unusual undertaking to “stop assassinations”, and an overall agreement “to begin a comprehensive and mutual calm”.

Mar 12, 2012

Israel-Gaza violence rages into fourth day

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli war planes struck at the Gaza Strip and Palestinians fired more rockets against southern Israel on Monday in a fourth day of hostilities in which 25 Palestinians have been killed.

Egyptian efforts to broker a ceasefire appeared to be stuck over a demand by the Islamic Jihad militant group that Israel first promise not to target militant leaders for future attack.

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