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  • UN secretary-general appoints Indian on Gaza probe panel November 11, 2014

    United Nations: An eminent Indian official has been named on a UN inquiry panel set up by the world body's chief Ban Ki-moon to probe the presence of arms in UN premises in the Gaza strip and the damage to its facilities during the conflict between Israel and Palestinian factions....
  • Hamas forces cancellation of Arafat rally in Gaza November 9, 2014

    Gaza City: The Hamas militant group forced the cancellation of a memorial on the 10th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death, underscoring the lingering tensions with the rival Fatah movement despite the formation of a unity government meant to end years of hostilities. In a statement, the Interior Ministry,...
  • Closure of Gaza crossings violates ceasefire deal: Hamas November 3, 2014

    Gaza: The Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday accused Israel of violating the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement by closing the crossings of the Gaza Strip until a further notice. Musa Abu Marzooq, a senior Hamas leader, said in a press statement that closing the crossings is irresponsible and the justification for the closure...
  • Donors pledge $5.4 billion for Gaza reconstruction October 13, 2014

    Cairo: India has promised USD four million in the total USD 5.4 billion aid that the global donors have pledged at a donor conference here aimed at raising funds for rebuilding Gaza Strip that was destroyed by its 50-day conflict with Israel. Norwegian foreign minister, Boerge Brende said that donors from...
  • Palestinian unity government holds first Gaza cabinet meeting October 9, 2014

    Gaza City: Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah convened his unity government's first cabinet meeting in Gaza on Thursday, months after it swore oath in the West Bank. The meeting at the Gaza property of president Mahmud Abbas aims to show the international community a united Palestinian front ahead of a donors...
  • Palestinians, Israelis resume talks on Gaza October 3, 2014

    Ramallah: Palestinians and Israelis have resumed negotiations on implementation of the permanent ceasefire agreed to in August that put an end to 50 days of intense conflict on the Gaza Strip. The meeting on Thursday was attended by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East...
  • Iran must not be 'threshold nuclear power': Netanyahu to Obama October 1, 2014

    Washington: A skeptical Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday directly warned US President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a "threshold nuclear power." Netanyahu and Obama renewed their often prickly relationship in the Oval Office, meeting for the first time since their...
  • Palestinians seek $3.8 billion in aid for Gaza September 24, 2014

    New York: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has said he has asked for $3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer. Hamdallah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million and other nations have indicated they...
  • Israeli troops kill Hamas men blamed for slaying teens: Army September 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza. Israel had spent months searching for Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their...
  • Delay in Gaza rebuilding could threaten truce: Quartet September 18, 2014

    Jerusalem: The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of warravaged Gaza before the current truce with Israel ends in renewed violence. "The precarious situation in Gaza and southern Israel, the danger that violence could flare up again at any point, are precisely...
  • IMF, World Bank warn of renewed Gaza violence September 17, 2014

    Jerusalem: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund warned that insufficient funding and political efforts to rebuild Gaza would make economic recovery almost impossible and lead to further violence. The warnings came three weeks after Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire to end 50 days of conflict, and as the...
  • Merkel leads Berlin rally against antiSemitism September 14, 2014

    Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel has led a rally against antiSemitism, telling thousands of people in Berlin that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity. Germany's Jewish community organized Sunday's rally at the capital's Brandenburg Gate after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw antiJewish slogans...
  • Hamas not to hold direct talks with Israel September 14, 2014

    Gaza: Deputy chief of the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza, Ismail Haneya, said on Saturday that his movement is not intending to hold direct talks with Israel. "Hamas won't hold direct talks with Israel," Haneya said in a meeting with Palestinian reporters in Gaza. Haneya was reacting to an earlier statement made...
  • War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists September 11, 2014

    Gaza City: Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip. Then the latest Gaza war burst in to add yet another layer: An Israeli airstrike levelled the...
  • Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains September 10, 2014

    Jerusalem: While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli...
  • Gaza war is over but Jerusalem violence remains September 10, 2014

    Jerusalem: While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli...
  • Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamasrun Gaza September 10, 2014

    Ramallah: The deputy Palestinian prime minister said on Wednesday that international donors are hesitant to fund the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip so long as Hamas remains in control there and the specter of future wars looms. Mohammed Mustafa, a top official in the West Bank Palestinian Authority, said international bodies...
  • Egypt to host Gaza reconstruction conference on October 12 September 10, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt will host a donors conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip on October 12 in Cairo following the recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, the Egyptian foreign minister said on Tuesday. The announcement carried on the state news agency came after Norway's foreign minister...
  • Hamas rejects plan to deploy international force in Gaza September 7, 2014

    Jerusalem: Hamas has rejected a plan by Israel's foreign ministry to deploy international troops in the Gaza Strip, a media report said on Sunday. "Hamas will deal with any international troops as a new occupation force," the Jerusalem Post quoted Hamas representative Ismail Radwan as saying. "The international parties should work toward...
  • Palestinian president urges Hamas to yield power September 7, 2014

    Jeruselam: The Palestinian president has threatened to dissolve a new unity government if the Hamas militant group does not give up power in the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Cairo late Saturday that he cannot accept the current situation in Gaza. He said if Hamas will not accept one...
  • Merkel : Germany no place for antiSemitism September 6, 2014

    Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country's citizens to attend a rally against antiSemitism next week in Berlin where she will be speaking. Merkel said on Saturday that she will do everything possible to make sure antiSemitism has no chance in Germany. Her remarks came after recent protests in...
  • $7.8 billion needed for reconstruction in Gaza September 4, 2014

    Ramallah: An estimated 7.8 billion dollars is needed for the Gaza Strip to reconstruct after being destroyed during the 50day Israeli offensive on the coastal enclave, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. "The direct and indirect losses resulted from the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip reached 4.4 billion dollars,"...
  • Israel claims West Bank land for possible settlement use, draws US rebuke September 1, 2014

    Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an antisettlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a US rebuke. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the...
  • Normalcy restored in Gaza, will Gaza ceasefire hold August 28, 2014

    Normal life has resumed in Gaza after Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire without a timeline. All Palestinian factions have signed up to it, which include an easing of the blockade and opening up of the border to humanitarian aids and also the extension of fishing to six miles...
  • Gaza ceasefire takes hold as focus turns to longer term August 27, 2014

    Jerusalem: A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their sevenweek conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding early on Wednesday as the focus shifted to securing an arrangement for the long term. No clear victor emerged from what had become a war of attrition between the Middle East's...
  • Israel, Palestinians reach Gaza ceasefire deal: Hamas spokesperson August 26, 2014

    Gaza: Israel and the Palestinians have reached a Gaza ceasefire deal and an official announcement will be made in Egypt, where the agreement was mediated, a Gazabased Hamas spokesman said on Tuesday. "An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine...
  • Israeli air strikes kill two Palestinians, 20 wounded August 26, 2014

    Gaza: Israeli air strikes launched before dawn on Tuesday killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza's tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said. Israel had no immediate comment on the attacks that took place as Egyptian mediators stepped...
  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower August 24, 2014

    Gaza: Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza. The violence signaled that a speedy resumption of truce talks is unlikely, despite...
  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages August 24, 2014

    Gaza: Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the center of Gaza City. Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel, hitting the southern city...
  • Lionel Messi's Facebook post on IsraelGaza conflict stirs controversy August 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Soccer star Lionel Messi has been dragged into the ongoing IsraelGaza conflict, two weeks after the Argentinian wrote in a Facebook post that he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of young lives with a photo of an injured Palestinian boy. Israeli social media users have exhorted Messi to acknowledge...