Latest Palestinian territories News

Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost

Jan. 23, 2019 2:48 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A decade after discovering natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast, Israel is starting to feel the geopolitical boost. Its newfound riches have fostered economic bonds with its neighbors, tightening relations with Arab allies, and built new bridges in a historically hostile region...

UN envoy: No access for UN peacekeepers to Lebanon tunnels

Jan. 22, 2019 6:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' envoy to the Mideast said Tuesday that peacekeepers in Lebanon have not been given access to tunnels stretching into Israel, which U.N. officials say violate a case-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006. Nikolay Mladenov...

Israeli shelling kills Gaza militant after officer wounded

Jan. 22, 2019 6:24 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday killed a Palestinian militant and wounded four others shortly after an Israeli soldier was shot on the border of the coastal enclave, authorities said. Following the incident, Israel said it would halt a key transfer of Qatari funds to the Gaza...

US: Upcoming Mideast conference not aimed at demonizing Iran

Jan. 22, 2019 3:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Tuesday an international conference next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran, which has denounced the gathering as America's anti-Iran "circus." U.S. deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council...

US aid cuts hit Palestinians, further dimming hope for peace

Jan. 22, 2019 2:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from America, U.S.-funded infrastructure projects have been halted, and an innovative peace-building program in Jerusalem is scaling back its activities. The Trump administration's decision last year...

Thousands of Palestinians protest at Gaza border

Jan. 18, 2019 11:25 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians have gathered for a weekly protest along the fence between Gaza and Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry says that Israeli gunfire wounded 14 Palestinians and that three medics suffered from a barrage of tear gas that targeted their ambulance. The...

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters. Soldiers fanned out, searching nearby shops for security cameras after a pair of...

Gaza zoo owner blames winter storm for lion cub deaths

Jan. 17, 2019 1:35 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The owner of a dilapidated Gaza zoo is blaming stormy weather for the death of four lion cubs. Fathi Jumaa said Thursday that he covered the cage of the day-old lions with blankets ahead of Wednesday's winter storm, but found them dead the next morning at the small zoo in the...

Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing

Jan. 17, 2019 8:24 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the stormy Mediterranean Sea but that one is still believed to be missing. The Hamas media office says the rough sea washed the wreckage of their boat ashore on the Nusseirat beach in central Gaza Strip...

Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

Jan. 16, 2019 2:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts. The winter's first snow fell on the Syrian...