Latest Gaza Strip News

UN calls for funding to fuel essential facilities in Gaza

Aug. 20, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. is making an urgent appeal for funds to provide emergency fuel for essential services in the Gaza Strip. The appeal Monday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs called for donors to provide at least $4.5 million in order to keep about 250 hospitals, water...

Israel closing Gaza crossing after violence along frontier

Aug. 19, 2018 3:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says he's closing the country's main personnel crossing with Gaza in response to recent violence along the frontier. Avigdor Lieberman says Sunday that he's shutting down the Erez border crossing. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 were...

UN chief: 1 option to protect Palestinians is a new force

Aug. 17, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new report that options to protect Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers or beefing up the U.N. presence on the ground. The U.N. chief...

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

Aug. 17, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday. The protesters threw rocks and firebombs from behind clouds of black smoke of burning...

Israel eases Gaza restrictions amid cease-fire efforts

Aug. 15, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday opened its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip weeks after closing it amid a surge in violence with the Islamic militant group Hamas. The reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing came as Egypt was stepping up efforts to broker a lasting cease-fire. It was not clear if...

Israel: No criminal action in deadly Gaza 2014 war incident

Aug. 15, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said on Wednesday its investigation into one of the bloodiest incidents of the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip found no criminal wrongdoing by Israeli forces and there were no grounds to prosecute any troops. The announcement drew condemnations from Palestinians and human...

Palestinian president lashes out at US over Gaza situation

Aug. 15, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has lashed out at the United States over its proposals to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. Abbas in a speech on Wednesday said of U.S. officials: "I swear to God, they are liars." Abbas added that he believes the U.S. is...

Israel to ease some Gaza restrictions amid lull in violence

Aug. 14, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it plans to ease some restrictions on the Gaza Strip as Egypt attempts to broker an end to months of violence between Israel and Hamas. A statement from Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's office Tuesday says that if a current lull in violence continues, Israel will...

UK Labour leader under fire over Palestinian wreath-laying

Aug. 13, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is facing allegations of enabling anti-Semitism, acknowledged Monday that he was present at a wreath-laying to Palestinians allegedly linked to the murder of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics. But the Labour Party leader said "I don't think I...

Violence erupts amid Gaza cease-fire, 2 Palestinians killed

Aug. 10, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Violence erupted at the Gaza border Friday after the territory's militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of intense violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides. Israel's military said no rockets...