RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) – Thousands of flag-waving Palestinians set off fireworks and danced in the streets on Thursday to celebrate a United Nations General Assembly vote granting de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state.
In Bethlehem, the bells of the Church of the Nativity peeled in honor of the vote, and thousands of people crowded around to watch a live broadcast of President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech in New York projected on the concrete of Israel’s separation wall.
RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) – Flag-waving Palestinians thronged the squares of the West Bank and Gaza Strip before President Mahmoud Abbas’s move to claim observer statehood at the United Nations in a vote on Thursday that is assured of a majority.
Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, gave schoolchildren and civil servants the afternoon off to attend celebrations in Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron.
GAZA (Reuters) – Gazans offered very public thanks to Iran on Tuesday for helping them in this month’s fight against Israel, when Iranian-made missiles were fired out of the Palestinian enclave towards Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
“Thank you Iran”, said large billboards on three major road junctions in the Gaza Strip – the first time there has been such public acknowledgement of Iran’s role in the arming of Islamic militants in the tiny territory.
GAZA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Israel eased restrictions on Gaza
fishermen and farmers on Saturday, Palestinian officials said,
advancing a three-day-old truce brokered by Egypt after a week
of fierce fighting.
Gaza’s children also headed back to school in their hundreds
of thousands, in another indication normal life was returning
after eight days of fierce cross-border fighting in which 166
Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.
GAZA (Reuters) – Israel eased restrictions on Gaza fishermen on Saturday, further implementing a three-day-old truce brokered by Egypt after a week of fierce fighting, Palestinian officials said.
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children headed back to school for the first time in 10 days, in another indication normal life was returning after cross-border violence in which 166 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.
GAZA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Hamas Islamists enforced a fragile
two-day-old truce on Friday by evacuating Palestinians from a
“no-go” border zone after Israel shot dead a Gaza resident
there in the first fatality since the ceasefire.
The rare move by the group in control of the Gaza Strip
followed intervention by Egyptian mediators who urged both sides
to take steps to preserve the truce that ended eight days of
fierce Israeli-Palestinian fighting on Wednesday.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held firm on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger.
In the sudden calm, Palestinians who had been under Israeli bombs for eight days poured into Gaza streets for a celebratory rally, walking past wrecked houses and government buildings.
CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) – Khaled Meshaal narrowly survived an assassination attempt ordered by Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997 the first time he was Israeli prime minister. Fifteen years on, the Hamas leader claims to have defeated Netanyahu once again.
The eight-day war between Israel and Palestinians in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip – a Hamas victory in Meshaal’s eyes – has breathed new life into his political career just he seemed poised to leave his post. Meshaal indicated earlier this year he did not want to continue as Hamas leader.
GAZA (Reuters) – Gazans savoured the calm that pervaded their coastal enclave on Thursday after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire halted eight days of relentless Israeli bombardment that killed 162 people.
Despite the death and destruction, many were buoyant, echoing assertions of the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers that their rocket salvoes, which reached Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the first time, had trumped Israel’s military might.
CAIRO/GAZA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel
and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days
of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on
how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.
Even after the ceasefire came into force late on Wednesday,
a dozen rockets from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel, all in
open areas, a police spokesman said. In Gaza, witnesses reported
an explosion shortly after the truce took effect at 9 p.m (1900
GMT), but there were no casualties and the cause was unclear.