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May 23, 2012

Gaza fleet leashed by Israel, starved for fuel

GAZA, May 23 (Reuters) – Israeli gunboats and an Egyptian
clampdown on fuel smuggling into the Gaza Strip are strangling
the Palestinian enclave’s little fishing fleet, slowly turning a
generation of fishermen into fishmongers.

Since 2009, they have been unable to sail out beyond three
miles because of Israel’s strictly enforced blockade. This year
they can hardly afford to go out at all because diesel has
nearly tripled in price.

May 14, 2012

Palestinian inmates agree to end hunger strike

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-brokered deal aimed at ending a mass hunger strike that challenged Israel’s policy of detention without trial and raised fears of a bloody Palestinian backlash if any protesters died.

Most of some 1,600 prisoners, a third of the 4,800 Palestinians in Israeli jails, began refusing food on April 17 although a few had been fasting much longer – up to 77 days.

May 14, 2012

Palestinian inmates mull deal to end hunger strike

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian prisoners considered an Egyptian-brokered deal on Monday aimed at ending a mass hunger strike that is challenging Israel’s policy of detention without trial.

Some 1,600 prisoners, a third of the 4,800 Palestinians in Israeli jails, began refusing food on April 17 in a protest that also included demands for more family visits and an end to solitary confinement.

May 14, 2012

Egypt brokers Palestinian hunger strike deal: source

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt has brokered a deal aimed at ending a hunger strike by 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, a Palestinian source close to the negotiations said on Monday.

One in three of the 4,800 Palestinians serving time in Israeli jails began refusing food on April 17 in protest against detention without trial and to demand better conditions like an increase in family visits and ending solitary confinement.

May 11, 2012

Palestinians escalate hunger-strike in Israel jails

GAZA (Reuters) – Hundreds of Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails said on Friday they would shun vitamin supplements and prison clinics in an escalation of their mass protest against detention conditions.

“We swear we will not retreat. We are potential martyrs. Either we live in dignity or die,” prisoner organizers said in a letter announcing the move and which was read out by Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Islamist Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, during a demonstration.

Apr 27, 2012

Abduct Israelis to free prisoners: Gaza leaders

GAZA (Reuters) – Islamic leaders in the Gaza Strip called on Friday for militants to kidnap Israelis and use them as bargaining chips to secure the freedom of thousands of Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Human rights groups say up to 2,000 prisoners have joined an open-ended hunger strike to protest against jail conditions and thousands of Palestinians staged a rally in the Gaza Strip to support their cause.

Apr 3, 2012

Rivals reach deal to end power crisis in Gaza

GAZA, April 3 (Reuters) – The Gaza Strip’s Hamas government
and the rival Palestinian Authority (PA) agreed to an
Egyptian-brokered deal on Tuesday to end a fuel crisis that has
caused daily power cuts in the territory, officials said.

Under the agreement, an Israeli company will supply
industrial diesel for the Gaza Strip’s only power plant and a
temporary mechanism will be put in place whereby Hamas can pay
the bill without dealing directly with its enemy, Israel.

Apr 1, 2012

Israel exiles former Palestinian detainee to Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian woman held by Israel without charge was deported to the Gaza Strip on Sunday under a deal that ended her 44-day hunger strike.

Hana Shalabi of the Islamic Jihad militant group was put into so-called “administrative detention” on February 16. An Israeli military official said that in return for her release from jail, she had agreed to three years’ exile in the Gaza Strip.

Mar 23, 2012

Fuel crosses from Israel to ease Gaza fuel crisis

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel allowed nine fuel tankers to cross into the Gaza Strip on Friday to ease a severe power shortage triggered by a dispute over supplies between Egypt and the enclave’s Hamas Islamist rulers.

The delivery of around 450,000 liters of industrial diesel was the first to Gaza’s only power station coming via Israel in almost a year after Hamas softened on its resistance to accepting supplies from its Jewish neighbor.

Mar 22, 2012

Dispute with Egypt triggers fuel crisis in Gaza

GAZA, March 22 (Reuters) – Petrol pumps have run dry and
power cuts are blacking out the Gaza Strip because of a dispute
over fuel supplies between Egypt and the enclave’s Hamas
Islamist rulers.

Taxis are scarce, with would-be passengers fighting for
rides, and the government has ordered civil servants with
vehicles to pick up hitchhikers.

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