GAZA (Reuters) – Islamist group Hamas on Friday urged a United Nations agency to resume its operations in the Gaza Strip, accusing the world body of over-reacting by shutting down after its headquarters was stormed by demonstrators.
The main U.N. humanitarian agency for Palestinians closed all its offices in Gaza on Thursday after protesters stormed its headquarters to demand it reverse a decision to cut an annual $40 handout to the poorest Gazans.
GAZA (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the first such attacks since an eight-day war in November, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the territory, and Israel’s military said.
“Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded,” a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry said.
GAZA (Reuters) – The Islamist Palestinian Hamas group re-elected the relatively pragmatic Khaled Meshaal as its leader on Tuesday, despite past criticism of him by hardliners in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
A diplomat in the region said Egypt and Qatar had lobbied strongly on behalf of a reluctant Meshaal before the vote in Cairo by about 60 Hamas leaders who had met through the night.
GAZA, March 22 (Reuters) – Hamas complained to Egypt on
Friday after Israel suspended part of a Cairo-brokered truce
agreement by halving Palestinian access to fishing waters in
response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.
Thursday’s salvo at the Israeli border town of Sderot, which
caused no casualties, coincided with a visit to Israel and the
Israeli-occupied West Bank by U.S. President Barack Obama.
GAZA (Reuters) – A hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner was exiled by Israel to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian officials said.
The deal involving Ayman Sharawneh, whose case had helped fuel Palestinian protests, could reduce friction ahead of Wednesday’s two-day visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Israel and Palestinian territory.
SDEROT, Israel/GAZA (Reuters) – Five years ago, a few months after a Palestinian rocket crashed through his kitchen ceiling, Pinhas Amar received a more welcome guest at his southern Israeli home – Barack Obama, then running for president of the United States.
Amar holds up a picture he now keeps in a back room – unframed and glued to thin cardboard with crumpled corners – of himself showing the missile damage to Obama. He was impressed by the candidate, he says. The president Obama became: less so.
GAZA, March 6 (Reuters) – Business was booming for Gaza
brick-maker Yasser Qreqea, until neighbouring Egypt shut down
smuggling tunnels across its border that were funnelling arms to
militants in the territory and cement and other basic goods to
Overnight the price of building materials soared in the Gaza
Strip, hitting Qreqea’s key customers and, industry sources
said, slowing the construction of apartments, roads and houses
across the enclave run by Hamas Islamists.
GAZA (Reuters) – The main United Nations agency in Gaza has canceled the annual marathon in the small Palestinian territory after ruling Hamas Islamists banned women from the race.
Hamas said having women in the annual event, scheduled for April 10, contravened Islamic tradition even though dozens of Palestinian schoolgirls had started the two previous marathons.
GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt’s campaign to shut down smuggling tunnels running under its border into the Gaza Strip threatens to throw thousands of Palestinians out of work in the Hamas-run enclave.
The network of tunnels has been a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt for more than seven years.
GAZA (Reuters) – Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said.
The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.