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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....

Gazan's death abroad shines light on middle-class exodus

Sep. 8, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a family of five, a two-story home and a pharmacy, Tamer al-Sultan had a life many in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip would envy, but he still felt trapped. Fed up with the heavy-handed rule of Hamas, al-Sultan braved a treacherous journey in hopes of starting a...

Israeli aircraft strike targets in Gaza after drone attack

Sep. 7, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft hit several military targets for Gaza's Hamas rulers late Saturday after militants used a drone to drop a bomb on the Israeli side of the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence. The Israeli military said the targets included "offensive military equipment and two military...

Palestinians: 2 teens killed by Israeli fire in Gaza protest

Sep. 6, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two Palestinians, ages 17 and 14, were killed by Israeli gunfire Friday during protests along the perimeter fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza health officials said. The teenagers' deaths marked an uptick in violence after months of relatively restrained demonstrations. The...

US sanctions Lebanese bank for helping Iran-backed Hezbollah

Aug. 29, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Thursday targeted a Lebanese bank the Trump administration calls the "bank of choice" of Hezbollah, Iran's proxy in Lebanon, as part of a maximum pressure campaign against Tehran. The U.S., in partnership with Oman, also announced sanctions against four...

Gazans bury policemen killed in rare attacks within strip

Aug. 28, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians took part Wednesday in funerals for three Hamas policemen killed the previous night in two coordinated bombings at checkpoints in Gaza City, which bore the hallmarks of extremists influenced by the Islamic State group. Hamas set up additional...

Israeli PM cuts Gaza fuel transfers amid flurry of threats

Aug. 26, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military on Monday to cut fuel transfers to Gaza in half, in response to rocket attacks from the coastal strip, raising tensions along Israel's southern border in addition to those stemming from a renewed threat from the north amid...