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Apr 2, 2013

Israel launches air strikes on Gaza; first since truce

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the first such attacks since an eight-day war in November, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the territory, and Israel’s military said.

“Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded,” a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry said.

Apr 2, 2013

Palestinian Hamas Islamists re-elect Meshaal as leader

GAZA (Reuters) – The Islamist Palestinian Hamas group re-elected the relatively pragmatic Khaled Meshaal as its leader on Tuesday, despite past criticism of him by hardliners in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

A diplomat in the region said Egypt and Qatar had lobbied strongly on behalf of a reluctant Meshaal before the vote in Cairo by about 60 Hamas leaders who had met through the night.

Mar 22, 2013

Hamas appeals to Egypt after Israel halves Gaza fishing zone

GAZA, March 22 (Reuters) – Hamas complained to Egypt on
Friday after Israel suspended part of a Cairo-brokered truce
agreement by halving Palestinian access to fishing waters in
response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

Thursday’s salvo at the Israeli border town of Sderot, which
caused no casualties, coincided with a visit to Israel and the
Israeli-occupied West Bank by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Mar 17, 2013

Palestinian hunger striker exiled to Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – A hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner was exiled by Israel to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian officials said.

The deal involving Ayman Sharawneh, whose case had helped fuel Palestinian protests, could reduce friction ahead of Wednesday’s two-day visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Israel and Palestinian territory.

Mar 14, 2013

Israelis, Palestinians pin no peace hopes on Obama trip

SDEROT, Israel/GAZA (Reuters) – Five years ago, a few months after a Palestinian rocket crashed through his kitchen ceiling, Pinhas Amar received a more welcome guest at his southern Israeli home – Barack Obama, then running for president of the United States.

Amar holds up a picture he now keeps in a back room – unframed and glued to thin cardboard with crumpled corners – of himself showing the missile damage to Obama. He was impressed by the candidate, he says. The president Obama became: less so.

Mar 6, 2013

Egypt’s tunnel closures hit Gaza builders

GAZA, March 6 (Reuters) – Business was booming for Gaza
brick-maker Yasser Qreqea, until neighbouring Egypt shut down
smuggling tunnels across its border that were funnelling arms to
militants in the territory and cement and other basic goods to
everyone else.

Overnight the price of building materials soared in the Gaza
Strip, hitting Qreqea’s key customers and, industry sources
said, slowing the construction of apartments, roads and houses
across the enclave run by Hamas Islamists.

Mar 5, 2013

Gaza marathon cancelled after Hamas bans women runners

GAZA (Reuters) – The main United Nations agency in Gaza has canceled the annual marathon in the small Palestinian territory after ruling Hamas Islamists banned women from the race.

Hamas said having women in the annual event, scheduled for April 10, contravened Islamic tradition even though dozens of Palestinian schoolgirls had started the two previous marathons.

Feb 18, 2013

Egyptian flooding washes away Gaza tunnel business

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt’s campaign to shut down smuggling tunnels running under its border into the Gaza Strip threatens to throw thousands of Palestinians out of work in the Hamas-run enclave.

The network of tunnels has been a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt for more than seven years.

Feb 13, 2013

Egypt floods Gaza tunnels to cut Palestinian lifeline

GAZA (Reuters) – Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said.

The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.

Feb 11, 2013

Palestinians take a step towards unity, doubts remain

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank started registering on Monday to vote in a long-delayed election that is aimed at healing nearly six years of bitter rifts among rival factions.

However, with no date yet set for either the overdue legislative or presidential ballot and with the main political blocs still bickering over their reconciliation drive, the chances of lasting unity looked as elusive as ever.

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