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Mar 25, 2014

UNRWA chief appeals to Israel, Egypt over Gaza restrictions

GAZA (Reuters) – The outgoing head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees urged Israel and Egypt on Tuesday to lift their border restrictions on the Hamas Islamist-run Gaza Strip.

Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Organization (UNRWA), said Israel and Egypt had legitimate security concerns but that the plight of the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza should also be taken into account.

Mar 23, 2014

Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

GAZA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well.

The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’s ideological kin, in Cairo last year deems the Palestinian faction a security threat. An Egyptian court this month banned Hamas activities in the country, and Cairo has clamped down on smuggling tunnels across the Sinai-Gaza border.

Mar 23, 2014

Corrected – Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

GAZA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well.

The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’s ideological kin, in Cairo last year deems the Palestinian faction a security threat. An Egyptian court this month banned Hamas activities in the country, and Cairo has clamped down on smuggling tunnels across the Sinai-Gaza border.

Mar 18, 2014

Hamas calls Egypt blockade a ‘crime against humanity’

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Tuesday called Egypt’s curbs on movement through its crossing with the Gaza Strip a “crime against humanity”, in an unprecedented rebuke of its Arab neighbor that further frays their worsening ties.

The closures, that Egypt says were introduced because of security concerns, have cut off imports of medicine and aid to the impoverished coastal enclave and prevented travel by thousands of Gazans and patients seeking treatment abroad.

Mar 13, 2014

Gaza rockets, Israeli air strikes persist despite truce call

JERUSALEM/GAZA, March 13 (Reuters) – A small armed faction
in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel on Thursday, drawing
retaliatory air strikes and pushing cross-border violence into a
third day despite a truce called by the more powerful
Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

The clashes have been the most intense since the Gaza war of
November 2012. This time, however, casualties have been scant
with winter rains keeping many people indoors, and Israel’s Iron
Dome interceptor shooting down some of the Palestinian rockets.
Most Israeli strikes have hit unmanned militant facilities.

Mar 13, 2014

Gaza rockets pepper Israel though truce called

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Four rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Thursday despite a Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced by Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad after the most intense cross-border violence since the 2012 war.

No one was hurt by the evening rocket salvo, the Israeli army said. With winter rainstorms keeping people indoors and Iron Dome interceptors shooting down some rockets, the two-day flare-up has been relatively free of casualties.

Mar 13, 2014

Gaza ceasefire agreed after two-day flare-up: Islamic Jihad

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt brokered a ceasefire on Thursday aimed at ending a flare-up of rocket attacks from Gaza on Israeli towns and Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian enclave, the Islamic Jihad militant group said.

There was no immediate word from Israel, but a senior Defence Ministry official said earlier in the day he expected the fighting to die down soon.

Mar 7, 2014

Gaza Palestinians protest Egypt’s Hamas ban

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian protesters raised banners and placards on Friday in the Gaza Strip condemning neighboring Egypt’s ban on activities of the Hamas Islamist group.

Senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya said Tuesday’s decision by a Cairo court to ban Hamas’ work and activity in the country was an attempt to “criminalize resistance” to Israel and would not deter it from its fight against the Jewish state.

Mar 6, 2014

Abbas cuts salaries of Fatah rival’s security men

GAZA (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas has halted salary payments to scores of security men loyal to a rival Palestinian politician, deepening disarray within their U.S.-backed Fatah faction, officials said on Thursday.

They said Abbas’s move appeared aimed at weakening Mohammed Dahlan, a former Gaza Strip strongman who lives in Dubai but is widely expected to return to the Palestinian territories to challenge the president and Fatah chairman.

Feb 21, 2014

Gaza’s economic woes pile up, unemployment soars

GAZA, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Voices of construction workers and
the noise from their tools used to ring out in Gaza’s streets.
Now hulks of unfinished buildings stand in eerie silence, and
the idle builders are left to worry how to make ends meet.

An Egyptian-Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, run by the
Hamas Islamist movement, has left industry and construction
gasping for resources, pushing unemployment to dizzying heights
and deepening suffering for impoverished residents.

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