Latest Gaza Strip News

New Israeli military chief pledges to lead 'innovative' army

Jan. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi's inauguration comes shortly after the military's announcement that it has successfully...

Palestinians, Israeli police scuffle at Jerusalem holy site

Jan. 14, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Scuffles broke out at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday after guards at the mosque refused to allow an Israeli policeman to enter for a routine security check because he was wearing a Jewish skullcap known as a kippah, a Palestinian official said. Firas Dibs, a...

Roadside bomb hits police convoy in Egypt's Sinai, kills 1

Jan. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EST

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb has hit a police convoy in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing a conscript and seriously wounding four others. The officials said the attack Monday took place in the town of Rafah on the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip. They...

The Latest: Scuffles break out at tense Jerusalem holy site

Jan. 14, 2019 7:11 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 2 p.m. Palestinian officials say scuffles have broken out at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City after guards at the mosque refused to allow an Israeli policeman to enter for a routine security check because he was...

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

Jan. 14, 2019 1:08 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants. The unlikely role reversal reflects the two sides' conflicting priorities....

Palestinians mourn woman killed by Israeli fire at protest

Jan. 12, 2019 5:29 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians gathered Saturday for the funeral of a woman killed by Israeli forces during a protest near the perimeter fence, this year's first fatality from the weekly mass demonstrations, and Israeli aircraft struck two Hamas targets in response to rocket fire....

Israel tried to wiretap Hamas in botched mission, group says

Jan. 12, 2019 1:42 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's ruling Hamas said Saturday that Israeli undercover forces had attempted to install equipment to monitor the Islamic militant group's landline communications network during a botched mission in November. The findings of a lengthy investigation were announced by the Hamas...

Gaza officials say woman killed by Israeli fire at protest

Jan. 11, 2019 12:30 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman during mass protests on the Gaza frontier Friday, according to Palestinian medics, and the Israeli military said aircraft struck two Hamas posts in response to the violent demonstrations. The violence at the protests, in which more than...

Storm kills Syrian girl in Lebanon, causes widespread damage

Jan. 9, 2019 10:43 AM EST

DAHR EL-BAYDAR, Lebanon (AP) — A storm packing snow and rain that has battered Lebanon for five days left an 8-year-old Syrian girl dead, flooded neighborhoods and paralyzed major mountain roads. Residents in some Beirut neighborhoods awoke Wednesday to find their cars immersed in water as rivers...

Palestinian Authority cuts off Hamas lawmakers' salaries

Jan. 9, 2019 8:18 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has cut off the salaries of Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank, the latest in a series of recent measures that have escalated tensions between the rival factions. President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the 132-member assembly last month. Deputy Parliament...