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Palestinian children play on a cart outside their house in a slum on the outskirts of Khan Younis Refugee Camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Monday, June 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

World Bank: Palestinian economy could shrink by 11%

Jun. 1, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian economy could shrink by as much as 11% in the coming year as the coronavirus pandemic inflicts yet another blow to the Palestinian Authority's already shaky finances, the World Bank said Monday. The economic deterioration comes as tensions with Israel soar ahead of Israel's...

Israeli army says it killed suspected Palestinian attacker

May. 29, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to run over them with his vehicle on Friday. No Israelis were wounded in the attack, which took place north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Tensions have soared in recent weeks as Israel has vowed to...

Palestinian Hamas police stand guard at the entrance of a mosque as worshipers attend the last Friday noon Prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, Friday, May. 22, 2020. After nearly two months of closure due to the coronavirus, Gaza's Hamas rulers decided to partially reopen mosques for the Friday noon prayer.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Friday prayers resume in Gaza despite new virus fears

May. 22, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers allowed mosques to reopen for Friday prayers for the first time since March, despite a recent spike in new coronavirus cases within quarantine facilities in the isolated territory. Worshippers were given hand sanitizer as they entered mosques. They...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads a leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP)

Abbas says PA to no longer abide by accords with Israel, US

May. 20, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian Authority will no longer be committed to any signed agreements with Israel or the United States, following Israel's pledge to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank. It was not immediately clear how the announcement,...

UN envoy tells Israel to abandon West Bank annexation plans

May. 20, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATION (AP) — The top United Nations envoy in the Middle East told Israel on Wednesday it should abandon its plans to annex parts of the West Bank, warning that going ahead would violate international law and deal “a devastating blow” to the two-state solution. Nikolay Mladenov also...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, a Palestinian woman holds a portrait of a relative being held in an Israeli jail as they demonstrate for prisoner release, in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Gaza City. Palestinian officials said Friday, May 8, 2020 that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the Palestinian Authority from providing stipends to them.(AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa, File)

Palestinians say Israel targeting prisoners' bank accounts

May. 8, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials said Friday that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the Palestinian Authority from providing stipends to them. Israel has long objected to the Palestinian...

FILE - In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, Israeli soldiers take position as Palestinian demonstrators gather during a protest against expansion of Israeli settlements, in the West Bank village of Beita near Nablus. Now that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured a new term in office, there’s little to prevent him from annexing large parts of the West Bank as early as this summer. Netanyahu has broad support in the new parliament and a friendly ally in the White House for his long-promised goal. Annexation, the likely death blow to faded Palestinian hopes for independence, will be high on the agenda of U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s blitz visit to Jerusalem next week. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Set for new term, Netanyahu eyes risky West Bank annexation

May. 7, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured a new term in office, there seems to be little to prevent him from annexing large parts of the occupied West Bank as early as this summer. Netanyahu has a friendly ally in the White House and support in Israel's new parliament...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, file photo, a newly built mansion for the Palestinian Authority stands behind a gate and seal on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Amnesty International on Thursday, May 7, 2020, censured Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for detaining critics and opponents for expressing their views. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Amnesty slams Palestinians' freedom of expression arrests

May. 7, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday censured Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for detaining critics and opponents for expressing their views. The London-based human rights group said five people were arrested in March and April, including a peace...