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Mar 13, 2014

Gaza rockets pepper Israel though truce called

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Four rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Thursday despite a Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced by Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad after the most intense cross-border violence since the 2012 war.

No one was hurt by the evening rocket salvo, the Israeli army said. With winter rainstorms keeping people indoors and Iron Dome interceptors shooting down some rockets, the two-day flare-up has been relatively free of casualties.

Mar 13, 2014

Gaza ceasefire agreed after two-day flare-up: Islamic Jihad

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt brokered a ceasefire on Thursday aimed at ending a flare-up of rocket attacks from Gaza on Israeli towns and Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian enclave, the Islamic Jihad militant group said.

There was no immediate word from Israel, but a senior Defence Ministry official said earlier in the day he expected the fighting to die down soon.

Mar 7, 2014

Gaza Palestinians protest Egypt’s Hamas ban

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian protesters raised banners and placards on Friday in the Gaza Strip condemning neighboring Egypt’s ban on activities of the Hamas Islamist group.

Senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya said Tuesday’s decision by a Cairo court to ban Hamas’ work and activity in the country was an attempt to “criminalize resistance” to Israel and would not deter it from its fight against the Jewish state.

Mar 6, 2014

Abbas cuts salaries of Fatah rival’s security men

GAZA (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas has halted salary payments to scores of security men loyal to a rival Palestinian politician, deepening disarray within their U.S.-backed Fatah faction, officials said on Thursday.

They said Abbas’s move appeared aimed at weakening Mohammed Dahlan, a former Gaza Strip strongman who lives in Dubai but is widely expected to return to the Palestinian territories to challenge the president and Fatah chairman.

Feb 21, 2014

Gaza’s economic woes pile up, unemployment soars

GAZA, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Voices of construction workers and
the noise from their tools used to ring out in Gaza’s streets.
Now hulks of unfinished buildings stand in eerie silence, and
the idle builders are left to worry how to make ends meet.

An Egyptian-Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, run by the
Hamas Islamist movement, has left industry and construction
gasping for resources, pushing unemployment to dizzying heights
and deepening suffering for impoverished residents.

Feb 10, 2014
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Mysterious Greek god Apollo held in Gaza Strip detention

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(A bronze statue of the Greek God Apollo is pictured in Gaza in this September 19, 2013 picture provided by Gaza’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Reuters/Gaza’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Handout)

Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.

Feb 10, 2014

Mysterious Greek god held in Gazan detention

GAZA (Reuters) – Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.

Word of the remarkable find has caught the imagination of the world of archaeology, but the police cannot say when the life-sized bronze might re-emerge or where it might be put on display.

Jan 21, 2014

Israel kills Gaza militant blamed for rockets during Sharon funeral

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an air strike on Wednesday, blaming one of them for firing rockets across the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral last week.

Palestinian residents initially identified the slain men as members of Islamic Jihad, an armed faction that has sometimes chafed at efforts by the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government to preserve a ceasefire with Israel.

Jan 10, 2014

Smuggled sperm brings baby joy to Gaza prisoner’s family

GAZA (Reuters) – The wife of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail gave birth on Friday to a boy born from sperm smuggled into Gaza, her family said, the first successful pregnancy of its kind in the embattled coastal enclave.

The procedure follows several similar cases last year in the West Bank, and Palestinians view such births as an act of defiance against Israel’s jail policies.

Jan 8, 2014

Hamas frees Fatah men, urges rival to reciprocate

GAZA (Reuters) – The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip freed seven imprisoned members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction on Wednesday, saying it was trying to promote reconciliation with its West Bank-based rival.

Hamas, which seized Gaza from Western-backed Fatah in 2007, made the unity gesture at a time when the Islamist movement is grappling with a rift with neighboring Egypt’s military-backed government that has damaged and isolated the enclave’s economy.

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