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Prominent Palestinian family says son arrested in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a prominent Palestinian politician says Egyptian security forces arrested their son last month. The family of Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, says in a statement Wednesday their son, Rami Shaath, a dual Palestinian-Egyptian national, was arrested...

US scraps West Bank conference over Palestinian protests

Aug. 19, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday was forced to postpone a conference it organized in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian officials and factions called for a boycott and threatened to organize protests. The Palestinians cut all ties with the U.S. after it...

Palestinian leader fires advisers, wants bonuses returned

Aug. 19, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday laid off all of his advisers and ordered a former prime minister and other ex-Cabinet ministers to return tens of thousands of dollars from a pay raise he had secretly approved. Palestinian officials said the decisions, announced in...

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians near Gaza fence

Aug. 18, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops killed three Palestinians and severely wounded a fourth near Gaza Strip's heavily guarded perimeter fence, the Gaza Health Ministry said Sunday. The Israeli military said a helicopter and a tank fired at armed suspects near the fence overnight. After weeks of...

Israel arrests Palestinians suspected in Jerusalem bomb plot

Aug. 6, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has arrested three Palestinians suspected of involvement in a Hamas plot to carry out a bombing in Jerusalem. The arrests came after Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, announced Tuesday it had busted a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning the...

Clashes in Palestinian camp in Lebanon after man shot dead

Aug. 2, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run news agency says gunmen have exchanged fire in the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp, located near the southern port city of Sidon. The National News Agency said Friday's clashes broke out in Ein el-Hilweh after the son of a former official with Palestinian...

Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank

Jul. 31, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government advanced the proposal late on Tuesday, according to an Israeli...

Palestinian leader calls for end to agreements with Israel

Jul. 25, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is calling Israel's demolition of several dozen Palestinian homes on the outskirts of east Jerusalem "ethnic cleansing" and says he will take steps to terminate all agreements with Israel. Abbas issued a statement following a meeting of PLO...

Jordan king backs Palestinian state ahead of Kushner visit

Jul. 24, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king is standing by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ahead of a meeting in Amman with White House's Mideast adviser Jared Kushner. King Abdullah II met on Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and restated his position that the creation of...

Egyptian mediators arrive in Gaza to call for calm

Jul. 12, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian meditators arrived in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Friday after fears of renewed tension along the enclave's border with Israel a day after the Israeli military shot and killed a Hamas militant. The Egyptian delegation, comprised of senior officials of the...