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In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

Jan. 14, 2019 1:08 AM EST

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. The unlikely role reversal reflects the two sides' conflicting priorities....

Palestinians mourn woman killed by Israeli fire at protest

Jan. 12, 2019 5:29 PM EST

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

Jan. 12, 2019 1:42 PM EST

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...

Gaza officials say woman killed by Israeli fire at protest

Jan. 11, 2019 12:30 PM EST

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...

Palestinian Authority cuts off Hamas lawmakers' salaries

Jan. 9, 2019 8:18 AM EST

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...

Egypt to keep Gaza crossing closed after Hamas takeover

Jan. 7, 2019 12:07 PM EST

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...

Israeli military strikes Gaza after overnight rocket fire

Jan. 7, 2019 12:51 AM EST

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...

Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

Jan. 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST

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...

Masked gunmen raid Palestinian TV studios in Gaza

Jan. 4, 2019 9:00 AM EST

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,...

New Palestinian political body aims to rival Abbas, Hamas

Jan. 3, 2019 11:32 AM EST

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...