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Jan 11, 2015

Hamas condemns France attacks, says no justification for ‘killing innocents’

GAZA (Reuters) – The Hamas group that controls the Gaza Strip on Saturday issued a condemnation of the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen in France this week, saying there was no “justification for killing innocents”.

The Palestinian Islamist faction, which is designated as a terror organization by most Western countries, also challenged Israel’s “helpless attempts” to draw comparisons between its activities and the violence in France.

Dec 28, 2014

Hamas bars Gaza youths bereaved in war from visiting Israel

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER (Reuters) – Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented on Sunday a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state, organizers of the trip said.

Gaza’s Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, citing the children’s “suspicious” itinerary, confirmed they were barred from crossing the border.

Dec 22, 2014

Gaza gets machinery to equip its first Coca Cola plant

GAZA/RAMALLAH, Dec 22 (Reuters) – With Israel’s approval,
Palestinians began importing machinery on Monday to equip the
Gaza Strip’s first Coca Cola plant for an anticipated
2015 launch of operations.

Emad al-Hindi, director-general of the Palestinian National
Beverage Company which produces the soft drink in the occupied
West Bank, said 10 truckloads of machinery had arrived in Gaza
via a crossing with Israel.

Dec 21, 2014

Egypt allows in travelers from Gaza for first time since October

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months, Palestinian and Egyptian officials said.

Rafah is the only major crossing between impoverished Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, and the outside world that does not border Israel, which blockades the strip and allows passage mainly on humanitarian grounds.

Dec 19, 2014

Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

GAZA (Reuters) – Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred.

The conference in Cairo had been hailed as a success, with Qatar promising $1 billion, Saudi Arabia $500 million and the United States and the European Union a combined $780 million in various forms of assistance.

Dec 17, 2014

Hamas’ deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group’s deputy leader said on Wednesday.

Patching up ties with Tehran could ease Hamas’s financial and political isolation. Israel is blockading the Gaza Strip, while Egypt, battling Islamist militants in neighboring Sinai, has largely kept its Gaza frontier closed.

Dec 14, 2014

Hamas holds Gaza military parade, vows Israel’s destruction

GAZA (Reuters) – Vowing to destroy Israel, Hamas paraded some 2,000 of its armed fighters and truck-mounted rockets through Gaza on Sunday, marking its 27th anniversary with its biggest show of force since the end of the Gaza war this summer.

A ceasefire in August halted 50 days of fighting with Israel in which local health officials said more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed. Israel put the number of its dead at 67 soldiers and six civilians.

Dec 3, 2014

U.N. begins inquiry into attacks and weapons in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – The United Nations has begun investigating Israeli attacks that hit U.N. facilities during last summer’s Gaza war and how Palestinian militants came to store weapons at several U.N. schools, officials said on Wednesday.

A team of UN investigators arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to conduct the inquiry, three months after the war ended. They had already met with Israeli representatives in Jerusalem. The investigation is expected to last three weeks.

Dec 1, 2014

Desperate for cement and bulldozers, Gazans face winter in ruins

GAZA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Three months after the war in Gaza,
Sadeeqa Naseer still lives in a bomb site. Air strikes turned
the two upper floors of her three-storey apartment building in
the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun into a rubble-strewn ruin.

Thirty-five people shelter on the ground floor, where holes
blasted in the wall by tank shells have been covered over only
by plastic sheeting that does little to keep out the cold wind
and driving rain of the fast-approaching winter.

Nov 26, 2014

Egypt opens Rafah crossing to stranded Palestinians bound for Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday for the first time in a month to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, border officials said.

However, the frontier remained closed in the other direction, making it impossible for the vast majority of Gazans to leave the densely populated Mediterranean enclave.

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