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Dec 24, 2013

Israeli civilian, Palestinian girl killed in Gaza flare-up

GAZA (Reuters) – A Gaza sniper shot dead an Israeli civilian over the border on Tuesday and Israel hit back with air strikes on two Hamas training camps which hospital officials said killed a Palestinian girl near one of the targets.

The Israeli man, who the military said was working on Israel’s security fence, was the first Israeli killed on the Gaza frontier in more than a year.

Dec 18, 2013

Nearly 1 million Gazans to need food aid in 2014 – U.N.

GAZA, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Almost a million people are
expected to need food aid in the Gaza Strip next year, a U.N.
agency said on Wednesday as it appealed for $95 million from

About 813,000 Palestinian refugees currently receive food
aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), but
the organisation expects a 10-20 percent rise in demand in 2014,
said Robert Turner, its Gaza director of operations.

Dec 15, 2013

Qatari-funded fuel enters Gaza to ease power crisis

GAZA, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Israel allowed the entry of 450,000
litres of fuel, paid for by Qatar, into the Gaza Strip on Sunday
to enable the Palestinian territory’s sole power plant to resume

Gaza’s 1.8 million people have been enduring daily blackouts
of around 12 hours since the power plant was switched off 43
days ago due to a fuel shortage caused by neighbouring Egypt’s
closure of smuggling tunnels.

Dec 14, 2013

More than 4,000 evacuated from Gaza ‘disaster area’ floods

GAZA (Reuters) – More than 4,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza in what the United Nations has called “a disaster area”, officials said on Saturday.

Flooding has been so severe that access to many homes is by rowing boat and water is reported to be two meters (more than six feet) high in some places. Many people have been trapped inside inundated homes by rising waters.

Dec 12, 2013

Icy storm batters struggling Gaza Strip

GAZA, Dec 12 (Reuters) – A severe winter deluge enveloping
much of the Eastern Mediterranean added to the woes of
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, with more than 30
people injured in car crashes and as poorly built homes
collapsed in the icy rain.

Gaza’s 1.8 million people, governed by the Islamist group
Hamas, have already been enduring around 12 hours blackouts
daily since the lone power plant was switched off last month due
to a fuel shortage.

Dec 9, 2013

Egypt tunnel blockade takes toll on Gaza business

GAZA, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Mohammed Al-Telbani, owner of one of
Gaza’s biggest food factories, is the sort of businessman plucky
enough to thrive despite an Israeli blockade of the Palestinian
coastal enclave, but even he says he is finally running out of

With a new military-backed government in Egypt shutting
smuggling tunnels that had kept Gaza alive, he now worries for
the first time that the siege will choke off his business and
consign his 400 employees to poverty.

Nov 28, 2013

Turkey to fund fuel for stricken Gaza utilities

GAZA, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Turkey will fund a purchase of fuel
to provide power for emergency services in the Hamas-run Gaza
Strip, including hospitals and idle sewage treatment plants, a
United Nations official said on Thursday.

Robert Turner, of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
(UNRWA) that provides assistance to Palestinian refugees, said
Turkey had pledged $850,000 that should allow emergency services
to operate over the coming four months.

Nov 14, 2013

On war anniversary, Hamas holds major military rally

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas looked to project an image of strength in Gaza on Thursday, organizing one of its largest ever military parades to mark the first anniversary of an eight-day conflict with Israel.

Hamas emerged from the conflagration with a renewed sense of confidence, but its fortunes have gone sharply into reverse since the toppling of its main ally, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, by the military in July.

Nov 14, 2013

Sewage swamps Gaza streets as Egypt tunnel closures cut off power

GAZA (Reuters) – Children waded through sewage submerging the streets of a central Gaza neighborhood on Thursday, a day after one of the blockaded Palestinian enclave’s largest waste water treatment plants stopped for lack of fuel.

Fetid muck, which bubbles up from manholes and overflows from the idle plant when waste goes untreated, could soon spill into the homes of tens of thousands more residents in downtown Gaza City, officials and residents said.

Nov 12, 2013

Single-minded Islamic Jihad grows in Gaza’s shadows

GAZA (Reuters) – Hours after Israeli special forces killed Mohammed Assi in a shootout last month in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad both tried to cloak themselves in his legacy.

Underscoring their shared Islamist credentials, the two groups quickly claimed the dead man as one of their own, proud to take responsibility for a Tel Aviv bus bombing in 2012 that he helped carry out and that wounded several Israelis.

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