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Dec 7, 2012

Emboldened Hamas leader ends exile, visits Gaza

GAZA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrived
in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from
Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist
group’s growing confidence following a recent conflict with
Israel.

After passing through the Egyptian border crossing, Meshaal
knelt on the ground to offer a prayer of thanks and was then
greeted by dozens of officials from an array of competing
Palestinian factions lined up to meet him in warm December sun.

Dec 7, 2012

Emboldened Hamas leader to visit Gaza for first time in 45 years

GAZA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Hamas’s exiled leader will step onto
Palestinian land for the first time in 45 years on Friday for a
“victory rally” in the Gaza Strip, displaying his newfound
confidence after last month’s conflict with Israel.

The Islamist group’s leader, Khaled Meshaal, who has not
visited the Palestinian Territories since leaving the West Bank
at age 11, emerged emboldened from the eight day conflict which
ended in a truce he negotiated under Egypt’s auspices. He has
since spoken of reaching out to other Palestinian factions.

Dec 5, 2012

Hamas chief to make first visit to Gaza on Friday

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal will make his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Friday to attend the Palestinian Islamist group’s 25th anniversary rally, Hamas sources said on Wednesday.

The two-day visit comes in the wake of last month’s air offensive by Israel against Hamas and other armed Islamist factions to stop them firing rockets from the enclave at southern Israeli towns.

Dec 3, 2012

Haniyeh urges friendly states to help Gaza rebuild

GAZA (Reuters) – Gaza’s prime minister has appealed to Arab states and friends of the Palestinian people to help pay for reconstruction after a week of Israeli aerial attacks on the enclave inflicted damage assessed at between $250 million and $545 million.

“We urge Arab brothers and the international community to stand beside the Palestinian people and Gaza in order that we can reconstruct what has been destroyed by the occupation (Israel) and to rehabilitate the infrastructure,” Ismail Haniyeh told Reuters Television.

Dec 1, 2012

Hamas complains to Egypt after Israeli army kills Gazan

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of November 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave’s border fence.

Medical officials said the 21-year-old man had been among six Palestinians wounded by gunfire during Friday’s demonstration near southern Rafah, and had later died in hospital.

Dec 1, 2012

Palestinian dies after Israeli troops fire at Gaza border: medics

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of November 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave’s border fence.

Medical officials said the 21-year-old man had been among six Palestinians wounded by gunfire during Friday’s demonstration near southern Rafah, and had later died in hospital.

Nov 29, 2012

Palestinians take to streets to cheer UN statehood vote

RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) – Thousands of flag-waving Palestinians set off fireworks and danced in the streets on Thursday to celebrate a United Nations General Assembly vote granting de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state.

In Bethlehem, the bells of the Church of the Nativity peeled in honor of the vote, and thousands of people crowded around to watch a live broadcast of President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech in New York projected on the concrete of Israel’s separation wall.

Nov 29, 2012

Palestinians rally for U.N. statehood bid

RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) – Flag-waving Palestinians thronged the squares of the West Bank and Gaza Strip before President Mahmoud Abbas’s move to claim observer statehood at the United Nations in a vote on Thursday that is assured of a majority.

Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, gave schoolchildren and civil servants the afternoon off to attend celebrations in Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron.

Nov 27, 2012

Gazans say “Thank you Iran” after Israel conflagration

GAZA (Reuters) – Gazans offered very public thanks to Iran on Tuesday for helping them in this month’s fight against Israel, when Iranian-made missiles were fired out of the Palestinian enclave towards Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

“Thank you Iran”, said large billboards on three major road junctions in the Gaza Strip – the first time there has been such public acknowledgement of Iran’s role in the arming of Islamic militants in the tiny territory.

Nov 24, 2012

Hamas leader defiant as Israel eases Gaza curbs

GAZA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Israel eased restrictions on Gaza
fishermen and farmers on Saturday, Palestinian officials said,
advancing a three-day-old truce brokered by Egypt after a week
of fierce fighting.

Gaza’s children also headed back to school in their hundreds
of thousands, in another indication normal life was returning
after eight days of fierce cross-border fighting in which 166
Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.

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