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Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Nov. 12, 2019 4:20 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants....

The Latest: Israeli military orders residents stay indoors

Nov. 12, 2019 3:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Israel's military has ordered residents across much of the country to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings for the rest of the day. The instructions issued on Tuesday indicate that the military expects heavy...

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An amateur video taken in the West Bank indicated a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces Monday was shot at close range, apparently while he was unarmed and posed no threat to soldiers. The army said it was investigating. It was the second video to emerge in the past week...

Palestinian shot in back says Israelis abused him for hours

Nov. 11, 2019 10:50 AM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — A young Palestinian man who was shot in the back by Israeli forces in an incident caught on video last year says the footage shows just a small part of what was a horrifying day for him. Speaking to The Associated Press after the video emerged last week, Karam Qawasmi said he was...

Palestinian leader boasts he has 'slapped' US in the face

Nov. 11, 2019 8:50 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says he has "slapped" the U.S. Administration in the face by rejecting President Donald Trump's promised peace plan. In a speech Monday, Mahmoud Abbas derisively referred to the U.S. peace plan, known as the "Deal of the Century," as the "Slap of the...

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord

Nov. 10, 2019 12:14 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king announced Sunday that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark peace deal. King Abdullah II had said last year...

Egypt officials: 2 security forces killed in Sinai blast

Nov. 9, 2019 11:24 AM EST

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials said a roadside bomb has killed two members of the security forces on Saturday in the restive northern Sinai province. The explosion hit their armored vehicle in Rafah, a town on the border with the Gaza Strip. Two other security force members were wounded. The...

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

Nov. 8, 2019 1:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city's volatile eastern half. After several aborted attempts, the French Consulate...

Head of UN agency for Palestinian refugees resigns

Nov. 6, 2019 2:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees resigned on Wednesday following a preliminary internal investigation that raised "management issues," reflecting concerns over allegations of possible sexual misconduct, nepotism and other abuses of authority at the agency. The...

Attacker stabs 8 at popular Jordanian tourist site

Nov. 6, 2019 2:42 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A young man from a Palestinian refugee camp on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan, security officials said. The suspect's family identified him as Mustafa Abu Tuameh. They said the...