HAMAS

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief August 20, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 100 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome antimissile...
  • Unless blockade ends, Gaza faces years of misery: UN August 19, 2014

    Gaza: Unless negotiations to end the Gaza war succeed in lifting a blockade of the territory, Gazans will not see any improvement in their lives for at least another 15 years, the head of a UN relief agency said on Monday. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are in Egypt trying to secure...
  • Gaza death toll rises above 2,000: Health Ministry August 18, 2014

    Gaza City: The death toll in the wartorn Gaza Strip rose above 2,000 on Monday, the health ministry said as more people injured in over a month of fighting with the Israelis succumbed to their wounds. According to a ministry statement, a total of 2,016 people were killed and another 10,196...
  • Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war August 17, 2014

    Cairo: Offers made to the Palestinian delegation in Cairo do not meet the aspirations of the people, said Hamas's head of foreign affairs, Osama Hamdan, raising doubts about the chances of reaching a truce with Israel in the Cairobrokered talks. Hamdan said on his official Facebook page on Saturday: "Israel must...
  • Palestinians accuse Israel of violating Gaza truce August 16, 2014

    Gaza: The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza accused Israel on Friday of a crossborder shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said "We have no knowledge of such an incident." The Palestinian ministry in the coastal...
  • Israel, Hamas agree on a new 5 day truce in Gaza: Egypt August 14, 2014

    Cairo: An agreement between Israel and Hamas had decided to extend the temporary truce in Gaza for five more days, Egypt has said. The announcement came on Thursday, moments before the existing ceasefire was to expire. Egyptian capital is the hosting these talks. It was been accepted by both the parties to...
  • Palestinians say UN probe will prove Israel war crimes August 13, 2014

    Caracas: Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad alMaliki said on Wednesday that a probe by the UN Human Rights Council will prove that Israel committed war crimes and violated humanitarian law during its Gaza offensive. Speaking after Israel complained that the inquiry was biased, Maliki said the Palestinians were confident in the commission,...
  • Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war August 12, 2014

    Gaza: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks mediated by Egypt on Monday to end a monthold Gaza war, Egypt's state news agency said, after a new 72hour truce held for a day. Israeli negotiators flew in and out of Cairo on Monday, an Egyptian official said, but no details were...
  • Israel, Palestinians launch new threeday truce August 11, 2014

    Gaza: Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt that took effect at 2100 GMT. There were no immediate reports of breaches of the ceasefire although Hamas claimed it fired rockets as far as the Tel Aviv area...
  • Palestinians accept new 72hour ceasefire offer August 10, 2014

    Cairo: Palestinian negotiators on Sunday said they had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72hour truce with Israel, clearing the way for a possible resumption of talks on a longterm ceasefire arrangement in the Gaza Strip. Israel had walked away from ceasefire talks over the weekend, after militants resumed their...
  • Renewed fighting jeopardizes Gaza truce efforts August 10, 2014

    Gaza: An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian man and wounded seven others on Sunday, medics said, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardized international efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in a more than monthold Gaza conflict. The parties remained far apart. Israel refused to send back...
  • Hamas official says not extending 72hour Gaza truce August 8, 2014

    Cairo: A senior Hamas official said the group has decided not to extend a 72hour ceasefire with Israel that expires on Friday morning. Before the end of truce, Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel, the army said. Israel and Hamas have been holding indirect talks in Cairo on new,...
  • Mediators race against clock to extend Gaza truce August 7, 2014

    Gaza: Israel has said it is ready to agree to an extension as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and Palestinians on an enduring end to a war that devastated the Hamasruled enclave, while Palestinians want an IsraeliEgyptian blockade of Gaza to be lifted and prisoners held by Israel to...