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Hamas rebuffs leader's call for worldwide attacks on Jews

Jul. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The militant Hamas group is distancing itself from a leader who called for the slaughter of Jews worldwide. In a statement Monday, the Islamic movement said recent remarks by Fathi Hammad, a member of its politburo, "don't represent the movement's official positions." Hamas,...

Egyptian mediators arrive in Gaza to call for calm

Jul. 12, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian meditators arrived in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Friday after fears of renewed tension along the enclave's border with Israel a day after the Israeli military shot and killed a Hamas militant. The Egyptian delegation, comprised of senior officials of the...

Hamas says Israeli troops kill militant in Gaza

Jul. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian militant in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday in what the military later described as a mistake. It was the first fatality along the volatile border since an informal cease-fire was reached in May and raised the risk of...

Gaza's traditional crafts industries rapidly disappearing

Jul. 10, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Gazans think of better economic times, images of clay pottery, colorful glassware, bamboo furniture and ancient frame looms weaving bright rugs and mats all come to mind. For decades, these traditional crafts defined the economy of the coastal Palestinian enclave,...

Israel shoots down drone, discovers tunnel from Gaza

Jul. 8, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military on Monday shot down a drone that crossed into its territory from the Gaza Strip and discovered an attack tunnel running under the Gaza perimeter fence. The military said it recovered the downed drone and took it in for examination. Gaza's militant Hamas rulers have...

Syria says Israeli airstrike kills 4 civilians, wounds 21

Jul. 1, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria early Monday, with a missile near Damascus killing four civilians and wounding 21, Syrian state media reported. Israeli warplanes fired missiles from Lebanese airspace targeting military positions in the central province...

Palestinians protest on Gaza-Israel fence after truce

Jun. 28, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians protested along the volatile Gaza-Israel frontier on Friday, hours after Israel and the territory's Hamas rulers confirmed an agreement to honor a past cease-fire. The unofficial truce, mediated by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations, emphasizes calm...

Palestinians protest Trump's Mideast peace conference

Jun. 25, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians burned effigies of President Trump and marched a donkey pasted over with images of Gulf royals in the West Bank on Tuesday, as the U.S. prepares to open its conference in Bahrain, which focuses on the economic portion of the White House's long-awaited plan for...

Israel restricts power to Gaza after balloons spark fires

Jun. 25, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has cut off fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of incendiary balloons, resulting in new power cuts in the impoverished territory. COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Tuesday it would halt fuel supplies...

Correction: Mideast-US Peace Plan story

Jun. 25, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story June 23 about the new U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Mideast expert Aaron David Miller as saying on Twitter that "The Palestinians' economic problem isn't a lack of money; it's a lack of liberty." Miller was quoting an article...