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Israel expands Gaza fishing zone, implementing cease-fire

May. 21, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it is expanding the permitted fishing zone off Gaza's coast, the latest sign that a cease-fire deal with Palestinian militants is moving forward. COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Tuesday that it had expanded the fishing zone to...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

May. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not...

Palestinians mark anniversary of mass displacement

May. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel's creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Thousands of people streamed to the Gaza-Israel frontier as the militant Hamas group, which...

UN envoy to Mideast warns of war between Israel, Hamas

May. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. envoy to the Mideast said Monday that the recent ceasefire between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel was the "last chance" to prevent an all-out conflict. A Qatari envoy arrived the same day in the Palestinian enclave with cash to help cement the truce, which halted the...

Politics takes center stage as Israel hosts Eurovision

May. 12, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As host of this year's Eurovision, Israel has tried to use the hugely popular song contest to present itself as a tolerant and cosmopolitan country that is winning increased acceptance on the world stage. But despite Israel's best branding efforts, the kitschy festival is clouded in...

Palestinian killed at Israel-Gaza border protest after truce

May. 10, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli gunfire killed one Palestinian at a weekly demonstration along the Gaza-Israel border fence, Gaza officials said Friday, in the first escalation after a cease-fire deal ended a bloody bout of fighting and saw Israel reopening the fishing zone off the Gaza coast. Last...

Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

May. 7, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war. Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support...

Israel's Gaza blockade under scrutiny after latest violence

May. 6, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For 12 years, Israel has maintained a blockade over the Gaza Strip, seeking to weaken the territory's militant Hamas rulers. And for 12 years, Hamas has remained firmly in power, developing a thriving homegrown weapons industry along the way. This weekend's violence, the worst in a string...

Gaza quiet after Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire

May. 6, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in the south on Monday, while Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group reported a cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war. The escalation had killed 25 on the Gaza side,...

Israel steps up strikes as Gaza rocket attacks intensify

May. 5, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants fired hundreds of rockets into southern Israel on Sunday, killing at least four Israelis and bringing life to a standstill across the region in the bloodiest fighting since a 2014 war. As Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes, the Palestinian death toll rose to 23, including...