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FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads a leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  Abbas has issued a decree setting parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. It would be the first vote of its kind since 2006, when the Islamic militant group Hamas won a landslide victory. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Abbas decrees first Palestinian elections in 15 years

Jan. 15, 2021 3:15 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday decreed parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year in what would be the first vote of its kind since 2006, when the Islamic militant group Hamas won a landslide victory. Elections would pose a major risk for Abbas'...

A Palestinian man cuts wood using a chainsaw in a traditional charcoal production site in the town of Jabaliya, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

Jan. 15, 2021 1:10 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction. One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father,...

Gaza's Hamas rulers bar patients from US charity's hospital

Jan. 13, 2021 1:40 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they would bar patients from the Palestinian territory from going to a field hospital opened by a U.S. charity in protest of what they say are insufficient services. The hospital, located on no-man's land along the Israeli border, is meant to...

Palestinian militants watch a rocket fired during a military drill organized by military factions outside Gaza City, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a salvo of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday as part of a self-styled military drill aimed at preparing for a possible war with Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza militants fire rockets out to sea in military drill

Dec. 29, 2020 6:59 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a salvo of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday as part of a self-styled military drill aimed at preparing for a possible war with Israel. The Islamic militant group Hamas has ruled Gaza since seizing power from rival...

Israeli jets strike Gaza after militants fire rockets

Dec. 25, 2020 8:43 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck several sites in the Gaza Strip early Saturday after Palestinian militants fired two rockets toward southern Israel. The airstrike targets included rocket manufacturing facility and training and military posts belonging to Hamas, the militant group...

A female artist volunteer cleans a room of the long-abandoned 200-year-old al-Kamalaia school, in the old quarter of Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Less than 200 of these old houses are still partly or entirely standing, according to officials and they are threatened by neglect, decaying and urban sprawl. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Artists lead efforts to restore, preserve Gaza's old houses

Dec. 25, 2020 1:23 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The grand, 500-year-old brick walls of the al-Kamalaia School slowly emerged from years of accumulated garbage as grassroots preservers began the long process of restoring it to its former glory. Located in the heart of the old quarter of Gaza City, the Mamluk-era building is...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, the U.N. special envoy for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, attends a press conference at the (UNSCO) offices in Gaza City. Mladenov has turned down an offer to lead the U.N. mission in conflict-stricken Libya, according to a U.N. spokesman. Mladenov told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, that he would not take up the position of special envoy for the North African country “for personal and family reasons,” said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

UN: Mladenov turns down offer to lead UN mission in Libya

Dec. 23, 2020 7:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy for the Middle East Peace Process, has turned down an offer to lead the U.N. mission in conflict-stricken Libya, according to a U.N. spokesman. Mladenov told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday that he would not take up the position of...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2020, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, center, attend the arrival of over 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel plans to begin vaccinating millions of its citizens against COVID-19 this month after Netanyahu personally reached out to the head of the Pfizer pharmaceuticals company. The timetable is very different for the Palestinians, who live under Israeli military rule but have no idea when vaccinations will arrive as they largely fend for themselves in the face of an intense worldwide competition for scarce supplies. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File )

Palestinians left waiting as Israel is set to deploy vaccine

Dec. 17, 2020 1:38 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel will begin rolling out a major coronavirus vaccination campaign next week after the prime minister reached out personally to the head of a major drug company. Millions of Palestinians living under Israeli control will have to wait much longer. Worldwide, rich nations are...

Alleged Boogaloo member pleads guilty to terrorism charge

Dec. 17, 2020 12:25 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A North Carolina man and self-described member of an anti-government extremist group who authorities say traveled to Minnesota during protests following the death of George Floyd pleaded guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge. Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, of Hampstead, North Carolina,...

Suhad Saidam, shows stitched images of Santa Claus and Christmas on face masks at her sewing workshop in Gaza City, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. In the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Christmas season is giving a boost to Saidam's business that produces pandemic face masks decorated with holiday symbols. They also have provided a small boost several dozen families in a Palestinian enclave run by the Islamic militant Hamas group. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Christmas opens new market for small Gaza sewing business

Dec. 14, 2020 10:02 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Christmas season is giving a boost to a small women's business that produces pandemic face masks decorated with holiday symbols. The masks, decorated with images of Santa Claus, reindeer and Christmas trees, have found markets as far away as...