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Jul 10, 2012

Israel frees Palestinian soccer player from prison

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel released a member of the Palestinian national soccer team on Tuesday after holding him in jail without trial for three years, during which he staged an intermittent four-month hunger strike in protest, Palestinian officials said.

Mahmoud al-Sarsak, 25, alleged by Israel to have been active in the Islamic Jihad militant group, received a hero’s welcome on his return home to Islamist-ruled Gaza.

Jul 2, 2012

Hamas suspends Gaza voter registration

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas suspended voter registration in the Gaza Strip on Monday in a setback to Palestinian plans for parliamentary and presidential elections and to forging unity with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement.

Hamas, the Islamist group that seized the enclave from Fatah forces in 2007, cited the continued arrest of its members in the West Bank by security forces of the Palestinian Authority, which is led by Abbas.

Jun 24, 2012

Hamas hopes Morsy’s Egypt will focus on Palestine

GAZA (Reuters) – The Gaza Strip’s governing Hamas on Sunday welcomed the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s presidential vote, saying its ideological ally’s success would help the Palestinian cause.

The impoverished enclave burst into celebration upon hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy had won elections held after former president Hosni Mubarak fell to a people’s revolt last year.

Jun 5, 2012

Israel detention ends Gaza footballer’s dream

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Al-Sarsak left the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2009 to play football in the West Bank. But he never reached his goal.

He was arrested by Israeli security and, after three years of detention without trial, Sarsak is on hunger strike.

Jun 1, 2012

Israeli soldier, Gaza gunmen killed in clash

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian gunman broke into Israel on Friday and killed a soldier before being shot dead himself in a rare cross-border attack that Israel blamed on the Islamist group Hamas.

Israel hit back, with a missile-strike killing one militant and wounding two others in the southern Gaza Strip. Militants also fired rockets out of the Palestinian enclave, but they did not cause any damage, the Israeli army said.

Jun 1, 2012

Israeli soldier, Gaza gunman killed in border clash

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian gunman broke into Israel on Friday and killed a soldier before being shot dead himself in a rare cross-border attack that Israel blamed on the Islamist group Hamas.

Israel hit back, with a missile-strike wounding three people in the southern Gaza Strip. Militants also fired rockets out of the Palestinian enclave, but they did not caused any damage, the Israeli army said.

May 28, 2012

Palestinian rivals begin unity government talks

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas began talks to form a unity government on Monday in a renewed bid to heal political rifts, paving the way for a general election.

Hamas runs the Gaza Strip – cut off from the West Bank by Israeli territory – as a separate entity, ignoring policies set by Abbas’s Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The split has divided the Palestinians politically as well as geographically.

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.

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