Latest Hamas News

With little to show, Gazans question mass border protests

Oct. 11, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ahmed Abu Artima was one of the founders of the "Great March of Return," the weekly protests along Gaza's frontier with Israel meant to draw attention to the plight of the territory's 2 million people. But these days, he mostly avoids the demonstrations. He is among a growing...

Gaza officials say Palestinian killed by Israeli gunfire

Oct. 4, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's health authorities say a Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli gunfire during the weekly protest along the Gaza-Israel frontier. Alaa Hamdan, 28, died of his wounds Friday at a hospital, the Gaza health ministry said. Local media reports say he was hit in the chest...

Israel quietly lets in Gaza workers in bid to ease tensions

Oct. 1, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the ruling Hamas militant group aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory. Israel effectively...

Palestinian man killed during Gaza-Israel border protest

Sep. 27, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's health ministry says a Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli gunfire during protests along the Gaza-Israel frontier. The ministry said in a statement that Saher Othman, 20, was hit in the chest Friday and died at a hospital. It added that 32 demonstrators were...

Case stalled months after an aborted deportation to Israel

Sep. 25, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — The ankle bracelet is again around the leg of Abdelhaleem Ashqar, just as it was nearly 15 years ago when he ran for the presidency of the Palestinian territories from his northern Virginia home. Now, the bracelet monitors his whereabouts as he waits to be deported, a deportation...

Israel bans entry for most players on Gaza soccer team

Sep. 23, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has denied travel permits to most players on a Gazan soccer team which had hoped to cross through Israel and into the West Bank to play a local championship final against a rival Palestinian club. Khadamat Rafah is set to play Balata FC in the West Bank on Wednesday. But...

Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel's elections

Sep. 13, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

MAS'HA, West Bank (AP) — Barhoum Saleh's town is surrounded by Jewish settlements, the sign above his roadside mechanic shop is in Hebrew, most of his customers are Israeli and he needs an Israeli permit to visit the beach a half hour's drive away. But unlike his Jewish neighbors, he can't vote in next...

Israeli PM: Rocket attacks make new war in Gaza inevitable

Sep. 12, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that continued rocket fire from Gaza is making another war against Palestinian militants in the coastal strip inevitable, his latest headline-grabbing announcement just days before he seeks re-election. Netanyahu said advanced plans...

Egypt sentences 11 Islamist leaders to life for spying

Sep. 11, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to life in prison on espionage charges for allegedly passing state secrets to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Among those sentenced in Cairo criminal court was the outlawed Brotherhood's chief, Mohammed Badie. It was the...

Trump issues new, revised order to counter terrorism

Sep. 10, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day before the anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an executive order to expand the administration's ability to go after suspected terrorists and their financiers and supporters. "Today's executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to U.S....