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Jun 2, 2015

Palestinian gov’t condemns Hamas for killing Islamist rival in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas security forces killed an activist of a rival Islamist militant group in a shoot-out at his Gaza home on Tuesday, drawing strong condemnation from the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Despite formally reconciling last year with the secular Fatah faction of the U.S.-backed president under a technocrat cabinet, Hamas retains de-facto control in the coastal Gaza Strip penned in by Israel and Egypt.

Jun 2, 2015

Palestinian government condemns Hamas for killing Islamist rival in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas security forces killed an activist of a rival Islamist militant group in a shoot-out at his Gaza home on Tuesday, drawing strong condemnation from the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Despite formally reconciling last year with the secular Fatah faction of the U.S.-backed president under a technocrat cabinet, Hamas retains de-facto control in the coastal Gaza Strip penned in by Israel and Egypt.

May 27, 2015

Israel, Palestinians pull back after Gaza exchange of fire

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and Palestinian militants appeared to be pulling back on Wednesday from further hostilities after Israel responded with air strikes to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

No casualties were reported on either side of the border, and Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon blamed the rocket launching late on Tuesday on “elements in the Islamic Jihad” group in the Hamas Islamist-run enclave.

May 21, 2015

Stuck in Gaza, hackers open lines to the world

GAZA, May 21 (Reuters) – With jobs scarce and time on their
hands, some tech-savvy Gazans have found a new way to make money
- hacking Internet-based phone lines and routing international
calls for a fee.

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) hacking has been a
phenomenon for years. But now Gaza, sealed off by a blockade
imposed by Israel and Egypt, is getting in on the act by using
the strongest link it has to the outside world – the Internet.

May 14, 2015

Hamas says Islamic State has no foothold in Gaza Strip

GAZA (Reuters) – Islamic State sympathizers in the Gaza Strip are making their presence felt on social media, but the enclave’s Hamas rulers said on Thursday the group has no real foothold in the Palestinian territory.

Statements signed “Supporters of the Islamic State” have appeared recently on Twitter and several websites, accusing the Islamist group Hamas of arresting dozens of jihadists and threatening attacks in Gaza unless they are released.

May 6, 2015

Hamas-Fatah face-off leaves hard road ahead for Palestinians

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – In recent weeks, a flurry of envoys has beaten a path to Gaza’s door: representatives from Qatar, Turkey, the United Nations, the European Union and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter have all visited or tried to visit.

Yet the result has been the same: no success in reconciling Hamas, the Islamist movement that has controlled Gaza since 2007, and Fatah, the more secular, Western-backed party that runs the Palestinian administration from the West Bank.

Apr 29, 2015

Gaza rally for Palestinian unity ends in scuffles

GAZA (Reuters) – A Palestinian unity rally attended by hundreds in Gaza on Wednesday ended in scuffles that showed the depth of divisions delaying reconciliation and recovery from a devastating war.

Hamas Islamists, in control of Gaza since seizing the territory from the Western-backed Fatah movement in 2007, had given the green light for the gathering organized by university student groups with rival political affiliations.

Apr 20, 2015

Palestinian ministers cut short Gaza visit over dispute with Hamas

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian cabinet ministers from the occupied West Bank cut short a visit to Gaza on Monday over disputes between their Western-backed Fatah movement and the Islamist group Hamas which dominates the territory, officials said.

The truncated visit reflected tensions threatening a year-old “unity” government, harming internationally-backed efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip after a war with Israel and complicating Palestinian statehood ambitions.

Apr 9, 2015

Gaza police seize Banksy painting in legal row

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian police confiscated from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap.

The artist Belal Khaled had paid 700 shekels ($175) for the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand, which had been spray-painted on Rabea Darduna’s iron-and-brick doorway as it stood among the ruins of his home, destroyed in the July-August war with Israel.

Apr 1, 2015

Gaza man feels duped after selling Banksy mural for $175

GAZA, April 1 (Reuters) – A Palestinian man was lamenting
his misfortune on Wednesday after selling his bombed-out doorway
to a local artist without realising that the image painted on it
was by Banksy and could be worth a small fortune.

Rabea Darduna, a father of six from northern Gaza, said he
sold the iron-and-brick doorway of his destroyed house to a
local man who offered him 700 shekels ($175) for it.

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