Latest Gaza Strip News

Gaza officials: 20 Palestinians wounded at Israeli border

Jun. 22, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says 20 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire along the border fence. A few thousand Palestinians attended Friday's rally near the border with a few dozen venturing toward the fence. Some launched flaming kites at Israel. The devices have...

Jerusalem backlash casts shadow over Eurovision contest

Jun. 22, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israelis hoped other countries would follow suit. Instead, the move has created a backlash. The latest setback threatens the contested city's hopes of hosting the 2019 Eurovision song contest — an affair that has...

Trump's Mideast team arrives in Egypt

Jun. 21, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump's Mideast team arrived in Egypt on Thursday as part of its regional tour to discuss a blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt met with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the...

Israel strikes Gaza sites in response to airborne fire bombs

Jun. 21, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says it has struck Gaza after Palestinians tried to launch flaming kites into its territory. It said aircraft targeted "infrastructure" there Thursday, without elaborating. It said the strike came after Palestinians attempted to launch "arson kites" into Israel. Israel...

Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Jun. 21, 2018 7:39 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Blockaded Gaza — a likely focal point of any future U.S.-endorsed...

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

Jun. 20, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said. The Palestinian fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in response to...

Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

Jun. 20, 2018 2:24 AM EDT

KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel (AP) — After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves. The crude devices launched by Palestinians inside the...

UN envoy: Palestinian refugees 'weeks away' from major cuts

Jun. 19, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is "weeks away from painful cuts" to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than $250 million, the U.N. Mideast envoy said Tuesday. Nikolay Mladenov told the Security...

White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

Jun. 19, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a swing through the Middle East on Tuesday, meeting with Jordan's king as part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Kushner and White House envoy Jason...

UN chief warns Gaza violence is close 'to the brink of war'

Jun. 18, 2018 7:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the escalation of violence in Gaza is "a warning to all how close to the brink of war the situation is," and he is urging Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers to recommit to the cease-fire that ended their 2014 war. The U.N. chief said in a report to...