Latest Gaza Strip News

For Gaza grooms, crippling debt overshadows marital bliss

May. 23, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two years ago, Gaza resident Saleh Abu Serdanah took out a small loan in order to get married and start a family. These days, the 31-year-old construction worker is on the run, hiding from police in a tiny rental apartment and unable to repay the money he borrowed. Abu Serdanah...

Key US official on Mideast peace addresses Security Council

May. 22, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace warned Wednesday that "nothing can be meaningfully fixed" until Gaza's Hamas rulers and Palestinian Islamic Jihad renounce their vows to destroy Israel and stop carrying out violent acts. In a wide-ranging...

Israel expands Gaza fishing zone, implementing cease-fire

May. 21, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it is expanding the permitted fishing zone off Gaza's coast, the latest sign that a cease-fire deal with Palestinian militants is moving forward. COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Tuesday that it had expanded the fishing zone to...

Amid Iran tensions, a look at Mideast's powers and proxies

May. 20, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

As long-simmering tensions heat up between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, a look at the various countries or players involved, and what could happen: UNITED STATES The U.S. has tens of thousands of troops scattered across military bases in the Middle East. It recently sent the USS Abraham Lincoln...

Palestinians say US conference doomed without political plan

May. 20, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister said Monday that any American peace plan that ignores the Palestinian people's aspirations for an independent state is doomed to fail. Mohammad Shtayyeh's comments immediately cast a cloud over the American-led Mideast peace conference expected to take place...

US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan

May. 19, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday. The...

Israel claims its troops didn't kill paraplegic Palestinian

May. 17, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Friday closed a criminal investigation into the death of a paraplegic Palestinian man shot while demonstrating along Gaza's border with Israel in 2017, saying the probe found "no evidence" that its soldiers fired the fatal bullet. The army described the protest in which...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

May. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not...

Palestinians mark anniversary of mass displacement

May. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel's creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Thousands of people streamed to the Gaza-Israel frontier as the militant Hamas group, which...

Gaza singers protest Israel hosting Eurovision

May. 14, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian singers are protesting Israel's hosting of the Eurovision song contest by performing on the rubble of a building destroyed in recent fighting in the Gaza Strip. Several dozen people attended the concert Tuesday alongside the ruins of the multistory al-Qamar building...