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Gaza officials: 20 Palestinians wounded at Israeli border

Jun. 22, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says 20 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire along the border fence. A few thousand Palestinians attended Friday's rally near the border with a few dozen venturing toward the fence. Some launched flaming kites at Israel. The devices have...

Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Jun. 21, 2018 7:39 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Blockaded Gaza — a likely focal point of any future U.S.-endorsed...

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

Jun. 20, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said. The Palestinian fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in response to...

Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

Jun. 20, 2018 2:24 AM EDT

KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel (AP) — After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves. The crude devices launched by Palestinians inside the...

White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

Jun. 19, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a swing through the Middle East on Tuesday, meeting with Jordan's king as part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Kushner and White House envoy Jason...

UN chief warns Gaza violence is close 'to the brink of war'

Jun. 18, 2018 7:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the escalation of violence in Gaza is "a warning to all how close to the brink of war the situation is," and he is urging Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers to recommit to the cease-fire that ended their 2014 war. The U.N. chief said in a report to...

Abbas aide slams reported US plans to raise funds for Gaza

Jun. 18, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian official has condemned reported U.S. plans to secure Gulf funding for major economic projects in blockaded, impoverished Gaza. Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, alleged Monday that such efforts aim to further separate the Gaza and the...

Palestinian dies after being wounded near Gaza-Israel border

Jun. 18, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man died in unclear circumstances near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, hours after Israel and Hamas traded salvos over Palestinian incendiary kites. The Israeli military said in a statement that five Palestinian militants were wounded while attempting "to sabotage a...

Israel strikes launchers of burning kites from Gaza Strip

Jun. 17, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it carried out four airstrikes targeting Palestinians launching burning kites and balloons into southern Israel. No one was injured in the strikes, but it marked an escalation in Israel's response to a phenomenon that has wreaked havoc on fields and...

Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

Jun. 15, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several thousand Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel, joining hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world Friday in marking the holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday is...