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Amid Gaza fighting, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...

As rockets rain down, Israel intensifies its strikes in Gaza

Nov. 13, 2019 9:03 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck Islamic Jihad targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Wednesday while the militant group rained scores of rockets into Israel for a second straight day as the heaviest round of fighting in months showed no signs of ending. The death toll rose to 32...

The Latest: Palestinians say new Israeli airstrike kills 5

Nov. 13, 2019 7:13 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the new escalation between Israel and Gaza (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Palestinians say a new Israeli airstrike has killed five people from a single family in central Gaza Strip. Hamas’ al-Aqsa Radio reported early Thursday that the dead include parents and their...

Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region. The death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they...

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An amateur video taken in the West Bank indicated a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces Monday was shot at close range, apparently while he was unarmed and posed no threat to soldiers. The army said it was investigating. It was the second video to emerge in the past week...

Palestinian leader boasts he has 'slapped' US in the face

Nov. 11, 2019 8:50 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says he has "slapped" the U.S. Administration in the face by rejecting President Donald Trump's promised peace plan. In a speech Monday, Mahmoud Abbas derisively referred to the U.S. peace plan, known as the "Deal of the Century," as the "Slap of the...

Egypt's president lavishly praises Trump on social media

Nov. 5, 2019 1:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president lavished praise on President Donald Trump via social media, calling him a "man with unique power to confront crises." Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi's comments were the latest public example of the two leaders' closeness. El-Sissi thanked Trump for his "generous concern" for helping...

Gaza's Hamas says ready for Palestinian elections

Oct. 28, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers say they're ready to hold Palestinian elections — a potentially significant step that could help end a 12-year rift with the rival Palestinian Authority. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh made the announcement Monday after a meeting with the head of the...

Saudi soccer team visits West Bank for 1st time

Oct. 13, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national soccer team has arrived in the West Bank for its first match in the Palestinian territories. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed team representatives on Sunday. He says Tuesday's World Cup qualifier illustrates deep bonds between the two peoples....

Palestinians agree to accept funds transferred by Israel

Oct. 4, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel months after declining them in protest, Palestinian officials said Friday. The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to...