GAZA, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Mohammed Al-Telbani, owner of one of
Gaza’s biggest food factories, is the sort of businessman plucky
enough to thrive despite an Israeli blockade of the Palestinian
coastal enclave, but even he says he is finally running out of
With a new military-backed government in Egypt shutting
smuggling tunnels that had kept Gaza alive, he now worries for
the first time that the siege will choke off his business and
consign his 400 employees to poverty.
GAZA, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Turkey will fund a purchase of fuel
to provide power for emergency services in the Hamas-run Gaza
Strip, including hospitals and idle sewage treatment plants, a
United Nations official said on Thursday.
Robert Turner, of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
(UNRWA) that provides assistance to Palestinian refugees, said
Turkey had pledged $850,000 that should allow emergency services
to operate over the coming four months.
GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas looked to project an image of strength in Gaza on Thursday, organizing one of its largest ever military parades to mark the first anniversary of an eight-day conflict with Israel.
Hamas emerged from the conflagration with a renewed sense of confidence, but its fortunes have gone sharply into reverse since the toppling of its main ally, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, by the military in July.
GAZA (Reuters) – Children waded through sewage submerging the streets of a central Gaza neighborhood on Thursday, a day after one of the blockaded Palestinian enclave’s largest waste water treatment plants stopped for lack of fuel.
Fetid muck, which bubbles up from manholes and overflows from the idle plant when waste goes untreated, could soon spill into the homes of tens of thousands more residents in downtown Gaza City, officials and residents said.
GAZA (Reuters) – Hours after Israeli special forces killed Mohammed Assi in a shootout last month in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad both tried to cloak themselves in his legacy.
Underscoring their shared Islamist credentials, the two groups quickly claimed the dead man as one of their own, proud to take responsibility for a Tel Aviv bus bombing in 2012 that he helped carry out and that wounded several Israelis.
GAZA (Reuters) – The Islamist Hamas group, long shunned by the West and increasingly isolated in the Middle East, has appointed its first spokeswoman, a 23-year-old who used to live in Britain and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.
Isra Al-Modallal’s job is to convey the views of the Hamas government that controls Gaza to the foreign media.
GAZA (Reuters) – The U.N. said on Tuesday it had halted work on all but one of its 20 Gaza building projects as a result of an Israeli ban on importing building materials into the Palestinian enclave.
Israel imposed the ban after discovering on October 13 a 2.5-km (1-1/2-mile) tunnel which it said militants planned to use for attacks inside its territory. Islamist Hamas, which has run the Gaza Strip since 2007, claimed it dug the tunnel.
GAZA (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed three militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the Islamist group Hamas said, after an overnight clash killed a fourth Palestinian gunman and wounded five Israeli soldiers.
It was the worst violence between Israeli and Palestinians in the coastal enclave since a ceasefire was agreed last November at the end of an eight-day conflagration.
GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility on Sunday for a tunnel that Israel said was found beneath the heavily fortified Israel-Gaza frontier.
A website for a Hamas radio station called al Aqsa said the group’s armed wing was responsible for what it called the “Khan Younis Tunnel,” named for a part of the coastal territory where the subterranean passage was found.
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.