GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is facing the biggest demonstrations yet against its 12-year rule of the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of Palestinians taking to the streets in recent days to...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. Mideast envoy has condemned Gaza's Hamas rulers for violently cracking down on popular protests over the past few days.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian rights groups say Hamas briefly detained four of their researchers as it dispersed protests in Gaza against recent tax hikes.
Gazans protest Hamas tax hikes for a second day
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza for a second day to protest against tax hikes by Hamas authorities that have made life even harder in the blockaded...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group appeared to be winding down Friday, amid reports of an Egyptian-brokered truce and Israeli media saying a...
The Latest: Israel says Gaza rockets fired by mistake
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel-Gaza (all times local):
Israeli defense officials said after a preliminary investigation that the Gaza rockets that hit the Tel Aviv...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel-Gaza (all times local):
The Israeli military has concluded that the militant Hamas group of Gaza fired two rockets toward the Israeli...
Hamas cracks down on Gaza protests over cost of living
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip on Thursday forcibly dispersed hundreds of Palestinians protesting dire living conditions in the blockaded territory.
Abbas picks ally as new Palestinian premier
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president on Sunday chose a longtime adviser, Mohammed Ishtayeh as his new prime minister, a step that deepens the rift with the Gaza Strip's ruling...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops on Friday shot dead a Palestinian at the weekly protest along the fence bordering the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, and Palestinians and the Israeli military...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip resumed a minor pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, known as the "umrah," on Sunday after nearly five years of an Egyptian...
Egypt releases Hamas members from detention
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas militant group says that Egypt has released eight Palestinians, including four of its members, from detention after years of denying knowledge of their...
The Latest: Israel denounces UN human rights report
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. investigation into Israel's crackdown on Gaza demonstrations (all times local):
Gaza reporter appeals Hamas prison sentence and fine
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza journalist appealed a six-month prison term and fine Tuesday over her reporting on alleged corruption within the Hamas-run Health Ministry in a case that has...
Amnesty calls on Hamas to cancel reporter’s trial
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A leading rights group is calling on Gaza's Hamas rulers to cancel the trial of a Palestinian journalist who exposed government corruption.
Palestinians protest in Gaza and Jerusalem, 1 killed
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli gunfire killed a Palestinian teenager at a protest along Gaza-Israel border fence, Gaza officials said Friday, as thousands in contested Jerusalem descended on a section...
US charity opens cancer ward for children in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.S. charity on Tuesday inaugurated the first children's cancer department in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, bringing a much-needed service to the blockaded territory...
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Gaza officials: Israeli fire kills 2 Palestinian teens
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers on Friday as thousands held demonstrations along the perimeter fence separating Gaza and Israel.
Hassan Shalabi, 14, was shot in the chest at one protest site in southern Gaza Strip and Hamza Ishtiwi, 18, was killed at a protest in east Gaza City, the Health Ministry said. He was hit with a bullet in the neck.
The ministry added that 17 other protesters were wounded.
Israel releases report on links between BDS and militants
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government released a report Sunday claiming to reveal close links between the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel and militant groups.
Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry, which leads the country's efforts against the boycott movement, said it uncovered extensive connections between pro-boycott groups and activists affiliated with Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Israel starts building massive fence on Gaza border
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has started reinforcing its border fence with the Gaza Strip, erecting a galvanized steel barrier six meters (20 feet) high that will run the length of territory.
Israel's Defense Ministry issued a statement Sunday saying it had commenced construction of an above-ground barrier that complements a subterranean wall aimed at thwarting Hamas attack tunnels beneath the border.
Palestinians, Israeli troops clash in West Bank, Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops skirmished Friday as hundreds demonstrated against violence by Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and thousands more against a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
US law leaves Israeli-Palestinian security ties up in air
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday signaled that security coordination between them will continue, despite a looming midnight deadline that will cut off all U.S. assistance to the Palestinians.
Security cooperation in the West Bank is one of the few remaining areas of contact between Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority after years of otherwise rocky ties, with both sides joined in a common struggle against the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory. But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances depicted in the film.
Palestinian president accepts Cabinet’s resignation
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister and Cabinet, taking a new step toward ending a failed attempt at reconciling with the rival Hamas movement.
Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah had offered his government's resignation to Abbas.
Hamas says Egypt will reopen Gaza crossing for 3 days
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas says Egypt will briefly open its border with Gaza in both directions for first time in three weeks.
The Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza says the Rafah crossing will operate for three days starting Tuesday.
Egypt has kept the crossing shut for outbound Palestinians since the Palestinian Authority withdrew its forces earlier this month in a dispute with Hamas.
Palestinian president decides to change his government
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to shake up his government.
The move is the latest sign of failure in more than a decade of attempts to reconcile with the rival Hamas movement.
The officials say Abbas appointed a four-member committee from his Fatah movement on Sunday to consult with political factions about forming a new government.
The three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal deliberations.
Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a small studio packed with sculptures made of scrap metal, Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid has found a new medium in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.
It's an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the outside world since Israel and Egypt imposed a crippling blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory more than a decade ago.
Gaza man dies at rally; Palestinian teen killed in West Bank
GAZA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man in Gaza as thousands took part Friday in a protest along the border, fueled in part by Hamas' rejection of Qatari cash aid after what the militant group says were Israeli delays in transferring the funds.
In the West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teen and wounded another as a group of young men hurled stones at the troops.
Official: Israel to allow Qatari payment to Hamas
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday agreed to allow the transfer of $15 million in Qatari aid to the Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip, an official said. But Hamas said it was rejecting the much-needed cash to protest Israeli delays on the delivery.
Israeli shelling kills Gaza militant after officer wounded
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday killed a Palestinian militant and wounded four others shortly after an Israeli soldier was shot on the border of the coastal enclave, authorities said. Following the incident, Israel said it would halt a key transfer of Qatari funds to the Gaza Strip.
Thousands of Palestinians protest at Gaza border
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians have gathered for a weekly protest along the fence between Gaza and Israel.
The Palestinian Health Ministry says that Israeli gunfire wounded 14 Palestinians and that three medics suffered from a barrage of tear gas that targeted their ambulance.
Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the stormy Mediterranean Sea but that one is still believed to be missing.
The Hamas media office says the rough sea washed the wreckage of their boat ashore on the Nusseirat beach in central Gaza Strip
The fishermen were taken to a Gaza hospital. Local media reports say a 48-year-old Egyptian was missing at sea.
In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants.
Palestinians mourn woman killed by Israeli fire at protest
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians gathered Saturday for the funeral of a woman killed by Israeli forces during a protest near the perimeter fence, this year's first fatality from the weekly mass demonstrations, and Israeli aircraft struck two Hamas targets in response to rocket fire.
Israel tried to wiretap Hamas in botched mission, group says
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's ruling Hamas said Saturday that Israeli undercover forces had attempted to install equipment to monitor the Islamic militant group's landline communications network during a botched mission in November.
The findings of a lengthy investigation were announced by the Hamas military wing, known as the Qassam Brigades, in a pre-recorded TV statement.
Gaza officials say woman killed by Israeli fire at protest
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman during mass protests on the Gaza frontier Friday, according to Palestinian medics, and the Israeli military said aircraft struck two Hamas posts in response to the violent demonstrations.
The violence at the protests, in which more than two dozen Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were wounded, threatened to complicate efforts by Egyptian mediators, who are trying to shore up a two-month-old cease-fire.
Palestinian Authority cuts off Hamas lawmakers’ salaries
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has cut off the salaries of Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank, the latest in a series of recent measures that have escalated tensions between the rival factions.
President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the 132-member assembly last month. Deputy Parliament Speaker Hassan Khreisheh said Wednesday that all but 48 lawmakers — mostly Hamas members — received their salaries this week.
Egypt to keep Gaza crossing closed after Hamas takeover
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt will keep its crossing with the Gaza Strip closed to departures from the Palestinian enclave after the Palestinian Authority withdrew its officials amid disagreements with Hamas.
The Gaza's Interior Ministry, controlled by the militant group Hamas, said Monday that Egyptian officials notified them that the crossing would only be open to those entering the Gaza Strip.
Israeli military strikes Gaza after overnight rocket fire
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military has struck Hamas sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire toward Israel.
The military says it targeted a militant camp in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday. It followed an overnight rocket attack toward the city of Ashkelon. The rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system. There were no reported injuries on either side.
Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt.
The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.
Masked gunmen raid Palestinian TV studios in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian broadcasting corporation says masked gunmen have raided its studios in the Gaza Strip.
Images circulating in the incident's aftermath Friday showed the TV station's Gaza headquarters strewn with shattered glass and destroyed equipment.
The Interior Ministry, controlled by Gaza's Hamas rulers, said it is investigating the raid on the Palestinian Authority-run corporation.
New Palestinian political body aims to rival Abbas, Hamas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Five Palestinian factions are forming a new political body in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the political duopoly of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and the Islamic movement Hamas.
The factions announced the formation of "The Democratic Caucus" at a news conference on Thursday, with the stated aim of challenging the two main Palestinian political parties.
Fatah accuses Hamas rivals of detaining 500 members in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party says the rival Hamas movement has detained hundreds of its members in Gaza.
The arrests on Monday came as Fatah prepared to mark the 54th anniversary of its founding.
The movement says that Gaza's Hamas rulers have banned pro-Abbas loyalists from organizing events to mark the occasion and rounded up 500 activists.
Hamas officials: Palestinian speaker barred from Ramallah
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have barred the Hamas-affiliated speaker of the Palestinian parliament from entering the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Speaker Aziz Dweik had been set to hold a press conference in Ramallah to criticize President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to dissolve the Palestinian legislature, which is controlled by the rival Hamas movement.
Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant group.
Abbas' announcement is the latest in a series of bitter splits and rivalries between his Fatah party and Hamas, which began in 2007 when Hamas routed his forces and took over Gaza, keeping his rule limited to parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Palestinians bury 4 killed in Gaza protests
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians have attended the burials of four people killed by Israeli fire during protests along the Gaza-Israel frontier.
Funerals were held across the Gaza Strip on Saturday, a day after the four were shot, including 16-year-old Mohammed Jahjouh.
Friday's protests were the deadliest in a month and a half of relatively restrained protests that saw one fatality.
Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A public opinion poll shows that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would lose to the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas if elections were held today.
The poll conducted by prominent pollster Khalil Shikaki and released Tuesday shows that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would win with 49 percent to Abbas' 42 percent.
Israeli military partially destroys home of alleged militant
SHUWEIKA, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli military on Monday partially demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis in an attack two months ago.
The house itself, located in a West Bank village, was left intact while a part of its interior was destroyed.
Palestinian protesters arrived to watch the military demolition on Monday, and afterward clashed with Israeli forces.
The military said it was carrying out "operational activity."
Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment.
Hamas fighters in military fatigues paraded with rockets and heavy machineguns during Sunday's rally. The Islamist group said the large turnout reflects widespread support despite domestic and external challenges.
Gaza has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007.