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Gaza officials: 4-year-old boy dies from Israeli fire

Dec. 11, 2018 4:24 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a 4-year-old Palestinian boy has died days after he was injured by Israeli gunfire during a border protest. Ahmed Abu Abed becomes the youngest of some 175 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the demonstrations since March. The Hamas-led protests...

In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs

Dec. 9, 2018 3:35 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel's long-running blockade of Gaza began in March. And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part...

Israeli troops kill Palestinian man in West Bank clash

Dec. 4, 2018 10:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian officials say Israeli troops have killed a Palestinian man during a military operation in the West Bank city of Tulkarem. Tulkarem governor Isam Abu Baker said Tuesday that 22-year-old Mohammed Habali was shot in the head "without posing any threat to the soldiers." Hundreds...

Vatican renews call for 2-state solution to Mideast conflict

Dec. 3, 2018 9:32 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. says it is preparing to present its long-awaited peace plan. Abbas met for 20 minutes Monday with Pope Francis...

Hamas leader says he has been invited to Moscow

Nov. 28, 2018 9:24 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The top leader of the Hamas militant group says he has received an invitation to make an official visit to Moscow. The office of Ismail Haniyeh said the invitation was delivered Wednesday by a visiting Russian diplomat. Its statement did not elaborate on the purpose of the...

Smoke rises, sirens wail at Gaza's deadly recurring protests

Nov. 20, 2018 1:00 PM EST

MALAKA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Atalla Fayoumi hobbles on crutches across the sunbaked plain near Israel's perimeter fence in the Gaza Strip, gazing toward plumes of smoke that have begun rising from a clutch of burning tires in the distance. The 18-year-old Palestinian's right leg was amputated after Israeli...

Netanyahu keeps coalition intact, but Hamas emerges stronger

Nov. 19, 2018 2:25 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday survived a political showdown that had threatened to bring down his coalition and trigger early elections. Netanyahu managed to persuade Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the ultranationalist Jewish Home Party, to drop a...

The Latest: Hamas abides by cease-fire, restrains protests

Nov. 16, 2018 12:53 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Gaza's Hamas rulers are sticking to cease-fire with Israel by keeping border protests widely restrained. Thousands of Palestinians participated Friday in a Hamas-organized rally along the perimeter fence...

Netanyahu's main coalition partner pushes for early election

Nov. 16, 2018 11:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel moved closer to early elections Friday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner, the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, said it wants a vote "as soon as possible," and will press for consultations on a date on Sunday. The call for early elections came after...

Defense chief's resignation pushes Israel toward election

Nov. 14, 2018 3:11 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister on Wednesday abruptly resigned to protest a new cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza, throwing the government into turmoil and pushing the country toward an early election. Avigdor Lieberman's decision was ostensibly a show of anger over Tuesday's informal...