Latest Palestinian territories News

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

Dec. 10, 2018 2:28 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years. City officials...

Israeli officials: 7 wounded in shooting near settlement

Dec. 9, 2018 3:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials say seven people have been wounded, one critically, in a shooting by a suspected Palestinian assailant outside a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. The Magen David Adom rescue service said the Israelis were standing at a bus stop at the entrance to Ofra, a settlement in...

In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs

Dec. 9, 2018 3:35 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel's long-running blockade of Gaza began in March. And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part...

Israeli military probes shooting of Palestinian in the back

Dec. 9, 2018 1:30 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it has opened an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back. The security-camera video, obtained from a local restaurant in the town of Tulkarem,...

For Palestinian children in Gaza, an education in conflict

Dec. 9, 2018 6:10 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Mazen al-Dalo took two of his young sons to see the Palestinian protests against Israel's decade-old blockade of Gaza, he knew it could be dangerous. Rock-throwing demonstrators were being shot by Israeli soldiers, and armored Israeli jeeps were firing endless volleys of...

Tunisian protesters criticize Israel, support Palestinians

Dec. 8, 2018 2:28 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators have staged a protest in Tunisia's capital against Israel and its policies toward the Palestinians. The protest on Saturday was held outside the Tourism Ministry. The country's named tourism minister is Jewish, which is unusual in this majority...

Health officials: Israeli fire wounds 33 Gaza protesters

Dec. 7, 2018 11:31 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Health officials say Israeli army gunfire has wounded 33 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Friday despite wintry weather, throwing rocks with slingshots at Israeli troops deployed behind the fence. The soldiers...

US fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

Dec. 6, 2018 7:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. Before the vote on the resolution, the 193-member world body...

Palestinian court extends detention of Palestinian-American

Dec. 6, 2018 4:17 PM EST

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian court on Thursday extended the detention of a hunger-striking Palestinian-American activist who claims she was tortured in captivity. Suha Jbara, 31, a U.S. citizen born in Panama, shuffled into the Jericho courtroom with her head down, appearing ashen and weak. Her...

Int'l court prosecutor reports progress in Palestinian probe

Dec. 5, 2018 2:12 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors intend to complete "as early as possible" a long-running preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes in the Palestinian territories, according to a report issued Wednesday. The annual report by ICC prosecutors on progress in...