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Palestinian head warns of total break in case of Israel annexation

May 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says the annexation plans show Israel is no longer abiding by peace accords between the two

WARNING. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the Palestinian leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 19, 2020. File photo by Alaa Badarneh/Pool/AFP

Israel soldier killed in West Bank ahead of annexation talks

May 12, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The US-Israel meeting, a day before a new Israeli government is due to be sworn in, will focus partly on President Donald Trump's controversial Middle East peace plan

WEST BANK. Israeli soldiers are pictured in the village of Yabad near the West Bank city of Jenin on May 12, 2020, after the reported death of an Israeli soldier. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Calm returns after 2-day flare-up in and around Gaza

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Israeli military reports no rocket fire from the territory and Agence France-Presse correspondents in Gaza report no Israeli strikes

AFTERMATH. Palestinians salvage belongings from the site of an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

In new pro-Israel shift, U.S. no longer calls settlements illegal

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:24 AM

US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. - An Israeli soldier's body was found with multiple stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack. The incident sparked a manhunt by security forces and risked boosting Israeli-Palestinian tensions weeks ahead of September 17 Israeli polls. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:58 PM

UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov is expected in Cairo for talks on halting the fighting

ESCALATION. Palestinian men watch as smoke billows during an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Residents and activists are dragged out of the homes, many of which are still under construction

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

U.N. probe accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The investigators specify that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli troops killed and injured Palestinians 'who were neither directly participating in hostilities, nor posing an imminent threat'

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib / AFP

Israeli hits dozens of Gaza targets after mortar barrage

May 29, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) The UN Security Council is expected to meet Wednesday, May 30, to discuss the attacks on Israel, following a request by the United States for an urgent meeting

TARGETS. A picture 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

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

Israel hits Hamas base but Gaza protests fade

May 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel

END THE KILLINGS. Palestinians hold posters bearing text in Arabic calling for the end of the killing of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza-Israel border during a demonstration next to the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed /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

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

Netanyahu tells Israeli settlers 'nobody will be uprooted'

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:52 AM

His comments come as Israeli authorities also advances plans for some 1 500 settlement homes in the West Bank including units for the first new official settlement in some 25 years

DISPUTED. A partial view taken on December 18, 2014 shows the east Jerusalem Israeli settlement of Har Homa (upper half) from the West Bank city of Bethlehem (lower half), which was originally built in the 1990s, in the annexed Arab east Jerusalem area of Jabal Abu Ghneim. Thomas Coex/AFP

Crowds gather in Bethlehem ahead of Christmas mass

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:02 PM

There is more optimism this year in Israel and the West Bank after a wave of violence and protests that erupted in October 2015 sharply reduced visits for Christmas

Palestinian security members stand guard as Christian scouts perform at the Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in the city of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on December 24, 2016. Hazem Bader/AFP

Ancient church unearthed on Gaza building site

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Archaeologists are urging officials to suspend construction until relics are protected and preserved

Palestinian archaeologist Hyam al-Betar looks at a foundation stone bearing a Greek Christian symbol excavated during the construction of a commercial building in Gaza City, on April 4, 2016 which is believed to be the site of an ancient church. Archaeologists have called for the preservation of the ancient church unearthed on a Gaza construction site, with different ministries in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave seemingly at loggerheads over its fate. The site is believed to be a church or cathedral dating back to at least the 7th century. The Gaza ministry of antiquities and a number of prominent archaeologists called for all building to be suspended until the relics can be protected and preserved.   / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Top UN official: War-hit Gaza on 'disastrous trajectory'

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A top UN official helping oversee Gaza s reconstruction following its 2014 war with Israel says Israel s blockade and Palestinian divisions are hampering recovery

RUINS. This file photo taken on August 6, 2014 shows destruction in part of Gaza City's al-Tufah neighbourhood as the fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Gaza car blasts target Hamas, Islamic Jihad armed wings

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:19 AM

The five near simultaneous blasts come amid growing tensions between the Palestinian territory s rulers and extremist opponents

BURNED. Palestinians gather around a burnt-out car in Gaza City on July 19, 2015, after explosions destroyed five cars in Gaza belonging to members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, witnesses and a security source said, amid tensions between the Palestinian territory's rulers and Islamist extremists. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Israel, Palestinians mark one year since Gaza war

Jul 08, 2015 - 2:42 PM

It was the third war in Gaza in 6 years and by far the deadliest and most destructive of the 3 leaving families wondering when the suffering will end

STILL IN RUINS. Palestinian boys walk next the destroyed Al Nada towers damaged during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, nearly a year later in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip on, July 3, 2015. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel PM rejects 'dictates' as French FM visits

Jun 22, 2015 - 9:28 AM

Netanyahu hits out at international diplomatic efforts to impose proposals which he says neglected to address vital Israeli security concerns

VISITING JERUSALEM. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) hold a joint press conference at the Israeli Prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 21, 2015. Thomas Coex/Pool/EPA

UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Ban: Leaders on both sides must overcome their differences and dispense with the unilateral initiatives that serve only to fuel mistrust and polarization

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo/File

Gaza donors meet as US pushes peace talks revival

Oct 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and 30 of his counterparts join UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon who is seeking a record 1 6 billion 1 3 billion euros in aid to rebuild Gaza

A Palestinian boy holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in the ruins of a destroyed house during the visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Beit Hanun town in the nortern Gaza Strip on 09 October 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel PM vows to refute Palestinian 'lies' at UN

Sep 28, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Netanyahu: In my UN General Assembly speech and in all of my meetings I will represent the citizens of Israel and will – on their behalf – refute the slander and lies directed at our country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a special cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office in Israel, 23 September 2014. Gali Tibbon/Pool/EPA

Abbas demands end to Israeli occupation 'now'

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:07 AM

The future proposed by the Israeli government for the Palestinian people is at best isolated ghettos for Palestinians on fragmented lands At worst it will be a most abhorrent form of apartheid

'END OCCUPATION NOW.' A Palestinian family is having dinner in an East Jerusalem restaurant near Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, September 26, 2014 as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in a hard-hitting speech calling for Palestinian statehood and slamming Israel for the recent 50-day war in the Gaza Strip. Photo by Jim Hollander/EPA

Israel troops kill 2 Palestinian suspects in teens murder

Sep 23, 2014 - 2:42 PM

UPDATED Amer Abu Eisha and Marwan Qawasmeh whom Israel had accused of carrying out the kidnapping and murder were killed in exchange of fire in the southern West Bank city of Hebron the army said

PRAYERS FOR THE BOYS. Israelis light candles at the bus stop where the three teenagers were last seen in Gush Etzion, near Hebron, the West Bank, 30 June 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

Gaza mortar fire on Israel for first time since truce – army

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:28 AM

An Israeli army statement said that a mortar round struck the Eshkol region which borders the Gaza Strip

Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Hamas denies running 'shadow government' in Gaza

Sep 13, 2014 - 10:32 AM

There is a national unity government; talk of a parallel government is totally against reality says Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal

TUNISIA, Tunis : Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrive for a meeting with Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki at the Carthage presidential palace on the outskirts of Tunis on September 12, 2014. Salah Habibi/AFP

Israel wary of new Gaza violence if Cairo talks fail

Sep 11, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Deputy foreign minister Tzahi Hanegbi: There are chances that Hamas will restart its routine of violence this is a possibility we can t ignore

Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Abbas says may end unity with Hamas over Gaza governance

Sep 07, 2014 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED The threat draws an angry reaction from Hamas denouncing the president s allegations as baseless and raising fresh questions over the future of a fragile intra Palestinian unity deal

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

After ceasefire, Gazans dream of reopened airport

Sep 04, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Once a symbol of Palestinian hopes for statehood the Yasser Arafat International Airport has become a constant reminder that Gaza is largely cut off from the outside world

IN RUINS. A general view taken on August 18, 2014, shows the destroyed and deserted terminal of the Gaza strips’ former international airport in the southern city of Rafah. Thomas Coex/AFP

Pressure mounts for Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

Sep 02, 2014 - 8:08 AM

The United States the United Nations and Egypt all call for an urgent rethink after Sunday s August 31 announcement which angered the Palestinians and alarmed Israeli peace campaigners

A general view of Gevaot settlement in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 01 September 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel to expropriate West Bank land around Bethlehem – army

Aug 31, 2014 - 6:58 PM

UPDATED Israel announces it will expropriate 400 hectares 988 acres of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners

In this file photo, a Palestinian construction worker is at a building site in the Jewish settlement of Ramt Shlomo, near the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, 30 October 2013. EPA/Abir Sultan

Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:33 AM

The spokesman for Al Quds Brigades delivers a speech praising backers Iran and allies Hezbollah and declaring the militants would redouble efforts to rearm

Aid convoys trundle into Gaza as ceasefire holds

Aug 28, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Millions in and around the war torn enclave enjoyed a welcome day of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel

Two Palestinian boys walk amid the rubble of destroyed homes in Shejaiya on August 27, 2014. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Gaza celebrates as long-term truce goes into effect

Aug 27, 2014 - 12:29 AM

UPDATED The Palestinians say it is a permanent truce while a senior Israeli official describes it as unconditional and unlimited in time

OVERJOYED. Palestinians celebrate what they said was a victory by Palestinians in Gaza over Israel following a ceasefire, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 26, 2014. Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel in deadly Gaza air raids, Egypt in new truce plan

Aug 26, 2014 - 8:26 AM

The Jewish state also comes under fire in the north where at least one rocket was fired from Lebanon

ANOTHER HIT. Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes on Gaza City, 25 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Netanyahu: Gaza operation to last as long as it takes

Aug 24, 2014 - 6:32 PM

Netanyahu also adds a veiled warning to neighboring Lebanon and Syria after overnight rocket fire into Israel

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Agence France-Presse

Israel strikes kill 10 in Gaza as Egypt readies talks

Aug 24, 2014 - 12:44 AM

At least 2 103 Palestinians and 68 people on the Israeli side all but 4 of them soldiers have been killed since July 8

DEATH. One of several burnt out cars peppered with shrapnel in front of the house in the southern Israeli agricultural community of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip, 23 August 2014, where a mortar fired by Palestinian militants exploded and killed Daniel Turgeman, a 4-year-old Israeli. Photo by Jim Hollander/EPA

Hamas warns foreign airlines, says Israel truce talks over

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:17 AM

At least 2 049 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side have now been killed since the conflict began on July 8 more than 20 of those Palestinians since fighting resumed late Tuesday

HOSTILITIES RESUME. A plume of fire rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 20 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Gaza ceasefire collapses, truce talks freeze

Aug 20, 2014 - 7:14 AM

UPDATED Tuesday s deaths of the woman and a two year old girl were the first as a result of Israeli air raids in Gaza since August 10

Palestinian flag fly amidst the rubble of the Al Masir family destroyed home in the Al-Masryeen neighborhood east of Beit Hanun town, northern Gaza Strip on, 12 Augast 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel, Palestinians extend Gaza truce by 24 hours

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:49 AM

News of the last minute extension came from Cairo where Egyptian mediators have been pushing both sides to put a decisive end to weeks of bloodshed in Gaza

ALL THAT'S LEFT. Palestinians leave their destroyed neighborhood to take shelter in a United Nations school for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

Fate of Gaza truce in balance as toll tops 2,000

Aug 18, 2014 - 4:16 PM

2ND UPDATE According to a ministry statement a total of 2 016 people were killed and another 10 196 wounded

Civilians flee from Gaza's eastern Shejaiya district on July 20, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Donor conference in Cairo once Gaza truce guaranteed – Norway

Aug 18, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Norway notes that it was the third time in a few years that international donors will have been called on to finance Gaza reconstruction

AMID RUINS. Palestinians sit in a makeshift tent next the rubble of the destroyed Al-Nada towers in Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip, 11 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israelis, Palestinians poised to resume Cairo talks

Aug 16, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Egypt has persuaded both sides to adhere to a new 5 day ceasefire extending a 3 day agreement in order to allow more time to thrash out a longer term truce

Animals caught in crossfire, trapped at Gaza zoo

Aug 16, 2014 - 2:45 PM

The zoo is now far from relaxing with the wire of its enclosures twisted and crushed after the Israeli air strikes and debris and dead animals strewn around

TRAPPED. A lion (R) and lioness look on from inside their cage at the Bisan City tourist village zoo, in Beit Hanun on August 14, 2014. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Gaza truce holding after shaky start

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Egyptian mediators brokered the 5 day extension to an existing truce allowing further negotiations on a long term ceasefire to fighting

NO ROCKETS. An Israeli woman who lives in Kibbutz Nitsanim in the south of Israel, holds a placard she made saying 'No Rockets' as she attends a protest at Rabin Square in in Tel Aviv, Israel, 14 August 2014. Jim Hollander/EPA

New Gaza truce holding after shaky start

Aug 14, 2014 - 7:05 AM

UPDATED The agreement clinched by Egypt ushers in what is potentially the longest period of calm in the five week conflict and will allow more time for talks on the thorniest issues that separate the two sides

READY. Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) at an unspecified location near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, 13 August 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

AP cameraman among 5 killed in Gaza ordnance blast

Aug 13, 2014 - 6:39 PM

UPDATED AP cameraman Simone Camilli is the first foreign journalist to be killed in more than a month of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas militants which began on July 8

GAZA. A picture made available on 13 August 2014 shows a general view of apartment buildings destroyed by Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip, 12 August 2014. Yonhap/EPA

Clock ticks down to end of Gaza truce deadline

Aug 13, 2014 - 10:43 AM

As Gaza s residents ventured out into the quiet to try to piece together their battered lives negotiators hold a second round of indirect talks aimed at finding a durable end to the five week confrontation

LULL HOLDS. Palestinian flag fly amidst the rubble of the Al Masir family destroyed home in the Al-Masryeen neighborhood east of Beit Hanun town, northern Gaza Strip on, 12 Augast 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

All quiet on day two of Gaza truce as Cairo talks continue

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:32 AM

The enclave was quiet following days of Egyptian brokered mediation to stem violence which has killed 1 940 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side since July 8

AND THEN SILENCE. Palestinians sit in a makeshift tent next the rubble of the destroyed Al-Nada towers in Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip, 11 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA