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Jul 21, 2013

Hamas reeling from Egyptian crackdown on Gaza tunnels

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are reeling from another devastating blockade but this time they are blaming Egypt, the neighboring Arab power they once hoped would end their isolation, rather than their old foe Israel.

In a few weeks of digging, dynamiting and drenching, Cairo’s troops have destroyed many of the smuggling tunnels that ran under the Egypt-Gaza border and which had provided the cramped coastal enclave with commercial goods as well as weaponry.

Jul 19, 2013

Israel indicts Palestinian seized after vanishing in Egypt

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian secretly held by Israel after he vanished during a visit to Egypt last month was indicted on terrorism charges on Friday, though Israeli authorities kept a lid on how and where he was detained.

Any indication that Wael Abu Rida was seized on Egyptian soil, whether by Israeli undercover agents or in cooperation with Cairo, could fan popular hostility toward the Jewish state in the politically chaotic Arab power.

Jul 10, 2013

Egypt opens border gate to allow stranded Gazans to cross

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt opened its crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for several hours to allow stranded Palestinians to return to the enclave and for others to leave after five days of closure.

The Rafah crossing is the only gateway to the world for the 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which is governed by the Islamist Hamas group, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood movement of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

Jul 8, 2013

Hamas shaken and cautious after Egyptian upheaval

GAZA (Reuters) – Just a year ago, tens of thousands of Hamas supporters took to the streets of Gaza for a noisy celebration of the election of fellow Islamist Mohamed Mursi as Egypt’s president.

Stunned silence among Hamas officials in the Palestinian enclave, which shares a border with Egypt’s lawless Sinai peninsula, greeted his overthrow last Wednesday by the Egyptian military.

Jul 4, 2013

Abbas rejoices, Hamas goes quiet after Egyptian president’s fall

RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised Egypt’s military on Thursday for toppling President Mohamed Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological ally of Abbas’s Hamas rivals.

The fall of Mursi’s government deprived Hamas of a sympathetic neighbour, and may strengthen Abbas’s chances of nudging Hamas toward a long-delayed reconciliation and power-sharing pact.

Jun 30, 2013

Israel holds Gaza Palestinian who vanished in Egypt

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who vanished while visiting Egypt this month is under arrest in Israel for alleged security offences, his family and his Israeli lawyer said on Sunday.

They said they did not know how Wael Abu Rida, 35, ended up in the Jewish state. The possibility he was seized from Egyptian Sinai territory could embarrass the Islamist-rooted government in Cairo at a time of major domestic unrest.

Jun 26, 2013

As Gaza heads for water crisis, desalination seen key

GAZA, June 26 (Reuters) – A tiny wedge of land jammed
between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean sea, the Gaza Strip
is heading inexorably into a water crisis that the United
Nations says could make the Palestinian enclave unliveable in
just a few years.

With 90-95 percent of the territory’s only aquifer
contaminated by sewage, chemicals and seawater, neighbourhood
desalination facilities and their public taps are a lifesaver
for some of Gaza’s 1.6 million residents.

Jun 25, 2013

Gaza Palestinians give hero’s welcome to their ‘Arab Idol’

GAZA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of joyous fans turned out on Tuesday to welcome “Arab Idol” Mohammed Assaf on his return to the Gaza Strip and the song contest winner appealed for harmony among divided Palestinians.

The fresh-faced 22-year-old from humble roots in a Gaza refugee camp has endeared millions of voting television viewers with his Palestinian patriotic anthems and folk songs.

Jun 24, 2013

Egypt steps up Gaza tunnel crackdown, dismaying Palestinians

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory.

Palestinians involved in the tunnel business say that the campaign, which began in March and has included flooding of underground passages, was ramped up in the past two weeks before a wave of opposition-led protests in Egypt expected to start on June 30.

Jun 20, 2013

Palestinians step up campaign for Gaza “Arab Idol” star

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian fans and big business are rallying behind a 22-year-old singer from the Gaza Strip in a final push to vote him the next “Arab Idol” in a TV talent contest choosing a winner in Beirut on Saturday.

Mohammed Assaf is the first Palestinian to qualify for “Arab Idol”, the Middle East’s version of “American Idol”, in which contestants perform for judges and voting viewers.

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