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Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas pledge unity against Israeli annexations

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The joint press conference is spurred by common opposition against US President Donald Trump's controversial peace plan, which paves the way for Israel to annex territory in the occupied West Bank

UNITED. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (on screen from Beirut) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 2, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Hamas says West Bank annexation would be 'declaration of war'

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:00 AM

Israel's proposal to annex its settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley form part of a broader US peace plan published in January

WEST BANK. A picture taken from the Israeli settlement of Naale in the occupied West Bank northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah shows the skyline of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 17, 2020. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel says Hamas used 'attractive' women in thwarted cyberattack

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Authorities say Hamas sought to gain access to soldiers' mobile phones by using seductive pictures of young women

Israeli soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint blocking access to the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 26, 2016, before reopening the entrance to the Palestinian camp. Israel reopened the main entrance to the Palestinian camp in the occupied West Bank after keeping it closed for nearly a month in response to a series of attacks. The al-Fawwar refugee camp had been closed off for at least 26 days as part of measures taken by the army after an attacker shot at an Israeli car on a nearby road on July 1, causing a crash that killed the driver. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire – army

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The army says the 'projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory and was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system'

DEBRIS. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on December 26, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel strikes kill 1 in Gaza after first rockets in weeks

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Gaza Islamist rulers, Hamas, says the 'Zionist enemy bears full responsibility' of the pre-dawn air raids

AIRSTRIKE. Palestinian men walk behind a greenhouse damaged by an Israeli airstrike launched in response to rocket fire, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 2, 2019. AFP photo

More than 400,000 displaced in northwest Syria in 3 months – U.N.

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The region under attack is home to some 3 million people, nearly half of them already displaced from other parts of the country

DISPLACED. Residents flee with their belongings during reported shelling by government and allied forces, in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on May 3,2019. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Hamas official condemned after calling on Palestinians to kill Jews

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) In video from a speech to participants of weekly protests on Friday, July 12, Fathi Hamad, a member of the movement's top political body, can be seen calling on Palestinians across the globe to carry out attacks

Israel unblocks Gaza fuel, expands fishing – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

A source at the United Nations, which along with Egypt mediates between Israel and Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas, says Israel had agreed to ease these restrictions in exchange for calm

FUEL IN GAZA. A tanker delivers fuel at the Gaza power plant in Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip on October 9, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

May 23, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The United Nations has warned that an all-out offensive on the Idlib region would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe for its nearly 3 million residents

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on May 23, 2019, shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

Israel reopens Gaza crossings as calm restored

May 12, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Both the Erez crossing for people and Kerem Shalom crossing for goods are open again, says an Israeli defense ministry unit official

CLOSURE. Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Trump says U.S. backs Israel '100%' over Gaza escalation

May 06, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Gaza Strip's health ministry says among those killed by Israel's retaliatory airstrikes were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby

VICTIMS. An injured Palestinian baby cries at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza strip on May 5, 2019.  Photo by Anas Baba/AFP

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border – officials

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

There is no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement

IN GAZA. A man stares at building that collapsed from reported Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Israel in dozens of strikes on Gaza after rockets target Tel Aviv

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The escalation follows weeks of growing tension and comes at an especially sensitive time ahead of Israel's April 9 elections

BOMBINGS. The sky above buildings on the Gaza Strip glows orange during an Israeli air strike in Gaza city late on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel hits Hamas sites after balloons with 'explosive device'

Mar 03, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Israeli aircraft targeted several militant sites in Gaza after an 'explosive balloon' launched from the Palestinian enclave damaged a house in Israel

TARGETS. This file photo taken from Gaza City on May 29, 2018, shows a smoke billowing in the background following an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

U.S. fails in U.N. bid to condemn Palestinian Hamas movement

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The proposed measure wins 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. Fifty-eight countries oppose the measure and 32 abstain.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. In this file photo, the UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its session on September 12, 2017. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

U.N. calls on Israel, Hamas to prevent further deaths

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:14 PM

At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 30, the majority during Israel-Gaza border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper

BORDER PROTEST. In this file photo, smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Gaza truce largely holds after Israeli strikes over soldier death

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) There are no reports of injuries in that strike and there is no major Israeli bombing campaign overnight or mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Deadly Israeli strikes pound Gaza after soldier killed

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:47 AM

A ceasefire agreement has been reached early Saturday, July 21

BOMBING. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows explosions from Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israeli planes hit 25 targets in response to Gaza rocket fire – army

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The fresh hostilities come with tensions high in Gaza after mass protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30. At least 132 Palestinians have been killed. There have been no Israeli fatalities.

AIRSTRIKE.An explosion is seen at Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip after an airstrike by Israeli forces on June 20, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

U.S. vetoes UN resolution on protecting Palestinians

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The two failed votes at the Security Council come a few hours after a young Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence

THE ISRAEL-GAZA CONFLICT. Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour speaks to members of the UN security council during an emergency session on Israel-Gaza Conflict at the United Nations headquarters on May 30, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Israel hits more Hamas sites, denies ceasefire claims

May 30, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Israel's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz denies talk of a deal

CEASEFIRE? Israeli soldiers walk near an Israeli army tank patrolling along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 29, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas leaves hospital

May 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Abbas walk without assistance and gives a short statement before leaving the hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank

OUT OF HOSPITAL. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gives a short statement before leaving a hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 28, 2018 following 8 days of treatment for pneumonia.Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Malaysia convicts first person under fake news law

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, a Danish man of Yemeni descent, admitted making and posting on YouTube a video accusing emergency services of responding slowly after a Palestinian Hamas member was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur

Family accuses Israel's Mossad of killing Palestinian in Malaysia

Apr 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

'We accuse the Mossad of being behind the assassination,' Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh's family says in a statement

Israeli jets target Gaza position after 'infiltration attempt'

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) The Israeli strike comes a day after suspects crossed the northern Gaza border fence, leaving 'explosive devices' that were found by the army

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

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Jan 22, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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PNP arrests Hamas-linked Iraqi bomb maker in Pampanga

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Iraqi citizen Taha Mohamed Al-Jabouri is arrested for overstaying in the Philippines

PRESENTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa shows Taha Mohamed Al-Jabouri in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions

DOME OF THE ROCK. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Sporadic clashes break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as Israel deploys hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout

ANGER IN GAZA. Palestinian protestors burn the Israeli flag and a poster of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Palestinian factions start reconciliation talks in Cairo

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The United Nations has said the reconciliation bid 'must not be allowed to fail' or another round of conflict with Israel could break out

CELEBRATION. In this file photo, Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Hamas hands over Egypt border crossing to Palestinian Authority

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Hamas hands over control of the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt to the Palestinian Authority, in a first key test of a Palestinian reconciliation accord agreed last month

CHECKPOINT. Portraits of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas hang at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on November 1, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

US says Palestinian unity govt must recognize Israel, disarm Hamas

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:45 PM

A Hamas official immediately rejects the comments as 'blatant interference' in Palestinian affairs, but did not say directly whether the group planned to comply with any of the demands

JASON GREENBLATT. US special envoy Jason Greenblatt attends the launch of a project to improve access to wastewater treatment and water for Palestinian farmers, on October 15, 2017, in the city of Jericho, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photo by Jafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Hamas says deal reached in Palestinian reconciliation

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference is being planned for Thursday at 1000 GMT (6:00 pm, Philippine time) in the Egyptian capital, where talks have been taking place since Tuesday

Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:55 PM

ISIS is no longer present anywhere in the Hama province of Syria for the first time in 3 years

Palestinian government meets in Gaza for first time since 2014

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah renews his pledge to end a decade-long split between the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza and his West Bank-based government

IN GAZA. Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah (C) makes a statement after his arrival at Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on October 2, 2017. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinian PM in Gaza on first visit since 2015

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The event is meant to be the first significant step in a transfer of powers from Islamist movement Hamas to the Palestinian Authority

WELCOMING HAMDALLAH. A car decorated with pictures Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah drives the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip as Palestinians gather to welcome his arrival on October 2, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Israeli army arrests Hamas lawmaker – NGO

Aug 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Muhammed Abu Teir s arrest brings to 13 the number of people from the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council currently jailed by Israel according to the Palestinian rights group Addameer

MOHAMMED ABU TEIR. Palestinian Senior Hamas legislator and east Jerusalem resident Mohammed Abu Teir talks on the phone as he is welcomed by supporters after crossing into the West Bank town of Betunya following his released from Israel's Offer prison and deported to the West Bank, on December 8, 2010. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Ex-Gaza chief Haniya elected leader of Hamas

May 06, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Ismail Haniya a known pragmatist within the Hamas is expected to remain in the Gaza Strip unlike his predecessor

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Hamas to amend controversial charter in bid to ease ties

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:57 PM

The party leadership is to publish a supplementary charter at a conference in Qatar on Monday May 1

SHADOW GOVERNMENT? Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrives for a meeting with Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki at the Carthage presidential palace on the outskirts of Tunis on September 12, 2014. Photo by Salah Habibi/AFP

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Islamist movement Hamas accuses Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of being behind the killing of Mazen Faqha

Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief – officials

Feb 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Yahya Sinwar succeeds Ismail Haniya who is seen by many observers as the most likely successor to Hamas s current exiled leader Khaled Meshaal

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows then Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/ AFP

Israel hits Hamas after 'projectile' fired – army

Feb 06, 2017 - 11:07 PM

Two Hamas posts were targeted by Israeli tank fire a Palestinian security source says while air strikes later hit targets in northern Gaza sending a column of black smoke into the air

AIR STRIKE. Palestinians run for cover as smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Abed/ AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Alluring fake profiles dupe Israeli soldiers

Jan 12, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Hamas militants hack into soldiers smartphones by pretending to be attractive women on Facebook

STANDING GUARD. Israeli soldiers guard a checkpoint blocking access to the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 26, 2016, before reopening the entrance to the Palestinian camp. File photo by Hazem Bader/AFP