Latest Gaza Strip News

Gazans call on Saudi Arabia to free imprisoned relatives

Oct. 16, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several families of Palestinians detainees imprisoned by Saudi Arabia held a rare protest in Gaza Wednesday, calling on the kingdom to free them. The families gathered outside the International Committee of the Red Cross office in Gaza City, holding banners against the...

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...

10 Things to Know for Today

Oct. 1, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CIRCLE WIDENS IN IMPEACHMENT PROBE Democrats subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer who was at the heart of Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden's...

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...

Electoral gains revive old dilemma for Israeli Arabs

Sep. 29, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

NAZARETH, Israel (AP) — When election results confirmed that an Arab alliance had emerged as the third largest bloc in Israel's parliament, its leader Ayman Odeh reached for the Old Testament, tweeting in Hebrew from Psalm 118 that the stone which was rejected had become the cornerstone. His message: The...

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...

As attack drones multiply, Israeli firms develop defenses

Sep. 26, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — Israel, one of the pioneers of drone warfare, is now on the front lines of an arms race to protect against attacks by the unmanned aircraft. A host of Israeli companies have developed defense systems they say can detect or destroy incoming drones. But obstacles remain, particularly...

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...

Rockets fired from Gaza fall short, wound 7 Palestinians

Sep. 18, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Seven Palestinians have been wounded after a rocket barrage from the Gaza Strip exploded near a house inside the coastal enclave. Palestinian eyewitnesses said Wednesday that two of the three rockets struck outside a home in the southern city of Rafah, and a third fell near the fence...