Latest Gaza Strip News

Hamas rebuffs leader's call for worldwide attacks on Jews

Jul. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The militant Hamas group is distancing itself from a leader who called for the slaughter of Jews worldwide. In a statement Monday, the Islamic movement said recent remarks by Fathi Hammad, a member of its politburo, "don't represent the movement's official positions." Hamas,...

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...

Hamas says Israeli troops kill militant in Gaza

Jul. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian militant in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday in what the military later described as a mistake. It was the first fatality along the volatile border since an informal cease-fire was reached in May and raised the risk of...

Gaza's traditional crafts industries rapidly disappearing

Jul. 10, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Gazans think of better economic times, images of clay pottery, colorful glassware, bamboo furniture and ancient frame looms weaving bright rugs and mats all come to mind. For decades, these traditional crafts defined the economy of the coastal Palestinian enclave,...

Israel shoots down drone, discovers tunnel from Gaza

Jul. 8, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military on Monday shot down a drone that crossed into its territory from the Gaza Strip and discovered an attack tunnel running under the Gaza perimeter fence. The military said it recovered the downed drone and took it in for examination. Gaza's militant Hamas rulers have...

Palestinians protest on Gaza-Israel fence after truce

Jun. 28, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians protested along the volatile Gaza-Israel frontier on Friday, hours after Israel and the territory's Hamas rulers confirmed an agreement to honor a past cease-fire. The unofficial truce, mediated by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations, emphasizes calm...

Israeli PM calls US economic peace plan 'brilliant'

Jun. 27, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the $50 billion U.S. economic investment plan for the Palestinians, which has been castigated by the Palestinian leadership, is "a brilliant idea." Speaking late Thursday at a conference in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said the Trump administration's...

The Latest: Bahrain FM gives interview to Israeli TV channel

Jun. 26, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding a U.S.-hosted conference in Bahrain about Washington's economic plan for the Palestinians (all times local): 9 p.m. Bahrain's foreign minister has given an unprecedented interview to an Israeli television channel, calling for open communication...

US told Palestinian economic plan must have political vision

Jun. 26, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The Trump administration's $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians cannot succeed without addressing the political elements of a Middle East deal, international financial chiefs and global investors said Wednesday in comments that pushed back on the U.S. insistence...

Donors pledge $113 million to help Palestinian refugees

Jun. 25, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said donors pledged $113 million Tuesday to help over 5 million Palestinians this year, calling it an encouraging step but short of alleviating a "precarious" funding situation. Pierre Krahenbuhl said the U.N. Relief and Works...