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Feb 10, 2014

Mysterious Greek god held in Gazan detention

GAZA (Reuters) – Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.

Word of the remarkable find has caught the imagination of the world of archaeology, but the police cannot say when the life-sized bronze might re-emerge or where it might be put on display.

Jan 21, 2014

Israel kills Gaza militant blamed for rockets during Sharon funeral

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an air strike on Wednesday, blaming one of them for firing rockets across the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral last week.

Palestinian residents initially identified the slain men as members of Islamic Jihad, an armed faction that has sometimes chafed at efforts by the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government to preserve a ceasefire with Israel.

Jan 10, 2014

Smuggled sperm brings baby joy to Gaza prisoner’s family

GAZA (Reuters) – The wife of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail gave birth on Friday to a boy born from sperm smuggled into Gaza, her family said, the first successful pregnancy of its kind in the embattled coastal enclave.

The procedure follows several similar cases last year in the West Bank, and Palestinians view such births as an act of defiance against Israel’s jail policies.

Jan 8, 2014

Hamas frees Fatah men, urges rival to reciprocate

GAZA (Reuters) – The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip freed seven imprisoned members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction on Wednesday, saying it was trying to promote reconciliation with its West Bank-based rival.

Hamas, which seized Gaza from Western-backed Fatah in 2007, made the unity gesture at a time when the Islamist movement is grappling with a rift with neighboring Egypt’s military-backed government that has damaged and isolated the enclave’s economy.

Jan 6, 2014

Hamas says rival Fatah men exiled from Gaza can return

GAZA (Reuters) – The Hamas premier of Gaza said on Monday hundreds of members of the rival Palestinian Fatah group, exiled from the coastal enclave since a 2007 civil war, could now return in what he called a step towards Palestinian unity.

It appeared to be a notable gesture towards reconciling the ruling Islamist militant group in Gaza and the Western-backed Fatah in the West Bank, with Gaza now suffering economic and political isolation imposed by neighbors Egypt and Israel.

Jan 2, 2014

Daughter sees foul play in death of Palestinian envoy

PRAGUE/GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian envoy to Prague was ‘deliberately killed’, his daughter alleged on Thursday, a day after he died in a mysterious explosion after opening a safe in his residence.

Czech police said the blast that killed ambassador Jamal al-Jamal might have been caused by mishandling an explosive securing the safe. They said they were not treating it as an attack or a terrorist incident.

Dec 31, 2013

Hamas rejects terror label of Egypt Islamists

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian group Hamas condemned on Tuesday Egypt’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group last week, reaffirming its solidarity with the ousted movement despite a crippling blockade imposed by Cairo.

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas Gaza government, also snubbed calls by some rival Palestinian factions to sever its connections with the Brotherhood.

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.

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