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Jun 15, 2015

After fleeing Syria’s war, chef becomes a star in Gaza

GAZA, June 15 (Reuters) – It is a safe bet that no one made
it as a celebrity chef following the same path as Wareef
Hameedo.

Three years ago, the 34-year-old was running a small
restaurant in a mall in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Then it was
heavily bombed in Syria’s civil war. Members of his family fled
to southeast Turkey and he followed shortly afterwards.

Jun 13, 2015

Egypt opens Rafah crossing into Gaza in sign of easing tensions

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement.

Gaza, a small impoverished coastal enclave, is under blockade by neighboring Israel and Egypt has kept its Rafah crossing largely shut since Cairo’s Islamist president was toppled by the army in 2013.

Jun 8, 2015

Palestine to switch home World Cup qualifier to Saudi

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestine have given up home advantage for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia after the oil-rich kingdom cited “exceptional conditions” for their inability to travel to the West Bank.

The Group A match, the first for both teams in the second round of joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying, was scheduled to be played at Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium but will now take place in Jeddah.

Jun 8, 2015

Soccer-Palestine to switch home World Cup qualifier to Saudi

GAZA, June 8 (Reuters) – Palestine have given up home advantage for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia after the oil-rich kingdom cited “exceptional conditions” for their inability to travel to the West Bank.

The Group A match, the first for both teams in the second round of joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying, was scheduled to be played at Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium but will now take place in Jeddah.

Jun 4, 2015

Israel raids Gaza, Islamic state sympathizer claims rocket fire

GAZA (Reuters) – A radical Islamist Salafist group posted a statement on Twitter on Thursday claiming responsibility for firing three rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Israel retaliated with at least three air strikes before dawn, hitting two training camps of the armed wing of Hamas Islamists who dominate the coastal territory and a third belonging to an Islamic jihad group, damaging buildings nearby but causing no casualties, medics and witnesses said.

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.

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