GAZA (Reuters) – Just a year ago, tens of thousands of Hamas supporters took to the streets of Gaza for a noisy celebration of the election of fellow Islamist Mohamed Mursi as Egypt’s president.
Stunned silence among Hamas officials in the Palestinian enclave, which shares a border with Egypt’s lawless Sinai peninsula, greeted his overthrow last Wednesday by the Egyptian military.
RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised Egypt’s military on Thursday for toppling President Mohamed Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological ally of Abbas’s Hamas rivals.
The fall of Mursi’s government deprived Hamas of a sympathetic neighbour, and may strengthen Abbas’s chances of nudging Hamas toward a long-delayed reconciliation and power-sharing pact.
GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who vanished while visiting Egypt this month is under arrest in Israel for alleged security offences, his family and his Israeli lawyer said on Sunday.
They said they did not know how Wael Abu Rida, 35, ended up in the Jewish state. The possibility he was seized from Egyptian Sinai territory could embarrass the Islamist-rooted government in Cairo at a time of major domestic unrest.
GAZA, June 26 (Reuters) – A tiny wedge of land jammed
between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean sea, the Gaza Strip
is heading inexorably into a water crisis that the United
Nations says could make the Palestinian enclave unliveable in
just a few years.
With 90-95 percent of the territory’s only aquifer
contaminated by sewage, chemicals and seawater, neighbourhood
desalination facilities and their public taps are a lifesaver
for some of Gaza’s 1.6 million residents.
GAZA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of joyous fans turned out on Tuesday to welcome “Arab Idol” Mohammed Assaf on his return to the Gaza Strip and the song contest winner appealed for harmony among divided Palestinians.
The fresh-faced 22-year-old from humble roots in a Gaza refugee camp has endeared millions of voting television viewers with his Palestinian patriotic anthems and folk songs.
GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory.
Palestinians involved in the tunnel business say that the campaign, which began in March and has included flooding of underground passages, was ramped up in the past two weeks before a wave of opposition-led protests in Egypt expected to start on June 30.
GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian fans and big business are rallying behind a 22-year-old singer from the Gaza Strip in a final push to vote him the next “Arab Idol” in a TV talent contest choosing a winner in Beirut on Saturday.
Mohammed Assaf is the first Palestinian to qualify for “Arab Idol”, the Middle East’s version of “American Idol”, in which contestants perform for judges and voting viewers.
GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas said on Wednesday its relations with financial backer Iran have suffered as a result of the Islamist group’s support of rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a long-time Iranian ally.
Hamas was also once an Assad ally but last year endorsed the revolt against him in a shift that deprived the Syrian leader of an important Sunni Muslim supporter in the Arab world.
GAZA, May 13 (Reuters) – The fractious factions in the Gaza
Strip and across the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories
have found one voice to unite behind – a 22-year-old youth
singing songs about a lost homeland on the Middle East’s version
of ‘American Idol’.
Gaza native Mohammed Assaf has become the first Palestinian
to qualify for ‘Arab Idol’, a TV talent show staged in Beirut,
in which singers perform for judges and voting viewers.
GAZA (Reuters) – Leading Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi paid a high-profile visit to Gaza on Thursday, giving a boost to the Islamist group Hamas that runs the enclave, but also laying bare Palestinian rivalries.
Qaradawi, chairman of the International Federation of Muslim Clerics, is based in Qatar and has been a vociferous supporter of the revolutions that have shaken the Arab world in the last two years, bringing new governments to Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.