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Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections

Dec. 18, 2018 11:05 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A public opinion poll shows that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would lose to the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas if elections were held today. The poll conducted by prominent pollster Khalil Shikaki and released Tuesday shows that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh...

Israeli military partially destroys home of alleged militant

Dec. 17, 2018 10:48 AM EST

SHUWEIKA, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli military on Monday partially demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis in an attack two months ago. The house itself, located in a West Bank village, was left intact while a part of its interior was destroyed. Palestinian protesters arrived...

Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

Dec. 16, 2018 11:28 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment. Hamas fighters in military fatigues paraded with rockets and heavy machineguns during Sunday's rally. The Islamist group said the...

Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashes

Dec. 14, 2018 11:51 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank, and a Palestinian was killed in clashes with troops, as the Israeli military pressed ahead on Friday with a crackdown following a pair of deadly shootings blamed on Hamas militants. The Palestinian Health Ministry said...

The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest

Dec. 14, 2018 10:15 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Latest on the violence in the West Bank (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Palestinian police have cracked down on a Hamas protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, beating demonstrators with batons and throwing stun grenades. Some 50 Hamas activists confronted Palestinian...

Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

Dec. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel's military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away. The shooting added to a deadly week that claimed seven lives,...

The Latest: Israeli PM vows to 'settle the score' of attacks

Dec. 13, 2018 12:05 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Israel's prime minister has ordered a number of security measures in the West Bank in response to a Palestinian shooting attack that killed two Israeli soldiers. Benjamin Netanyahu's office says he has ordered the...

Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid

Dec. 12, 2018 8:38 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those...

Gaza officials: 4-year-old boy dies from Israeli fire

Dec. 11, 2018 4:24 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a 4-year-old Palestinian boy has died days after he was injured by Israeli gunfire during a border protest. Ahmed Abu Abed becomes the youngest of some 175 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the demonstrations since March. The Hamas-led protests...

Qatari envoy says Israel rejected air link with Gaza

Dec. 10, 2018 11:47 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Qatari envoy is being quoted as saying that Israel has rejected a proposal to open an air link between the blockaded Gaza Strip and Doha. Mohammed al-Emadi, who coordinates Qatari humanitarian projects in the Hamas-controlled territory, told the Palestinian news agency SAWA...