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US downgrades Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians

Oct. 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday downgraded the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by placing it under the authority of the U.S. Embassy to Israel. The move, which was immediately denounced by the Palestinians and hailed by Israel, is the latest Trump administration...

Egyptian mediators race to restore calm in Gaza

Oct. 17, 2018 12:32 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A high-level Egyptian delegation on Wednesday held urgent talks with Gaza's Hamas rulers, seeking to restore calm after a rocket from the Palestinian area slammed into a home in southern Israel and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes on Hamas targets. The pre-dawn...

Israeli defense minister: Now's the time to strike Hamas

Oct. 16, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says the time has come to deliver a "heavy blow" to Gaza's militant Hamas leaders, after weeks of border violence. Avigdor Lieberman says he'll recommend doing so when Israel's security Cabinet meets the following day. The minister spoke on Tuesday during a visit...

Israeli fire wounds 32 Palestinians in Gaza beach protest

Oct. 15, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says 32 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire during a mass protest along the beach near the Israeli frontier. Protesters threw flaming tires over the fence Monday, while fishing boats hoisted Palestinian flags. Israeli forces responded with tear...

Clashes in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon wound 6

Oct. 15, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say clashes between rival Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon wounded at least six people. The officials say the clashes broke out Monday between members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and Jundallah, which is allied with...

Israeli fire kills 5 Palestinians at Gaza protest

Oct. 12, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire at a protest near the fence dividing the territory and Israel. The ministry said Friday that 50 other protesters were wounded by live bullets. Thousands of Palestinians marched Friday after convening...

Merkel talks with Palestinian leader after Israel visit

Oct. 9, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by telephone days after saying she would push him to return to negotiations with Israel. Neither leader indicated Tuesday that they discussed a renewal of peace talks, but both voiced support for a...

UN official: Qatar to buy fuel for Gaza's only power plant

Oct. 9, 2018 7:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar has agreed to buy fuel to restart the only power plant in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a top United Nations official said Tuesday, triggering accusations by the Palestinian Authority running the rival government in the West Bank that this will perpetuate the militants'...

Israeli fire wounds 11 Palestinians at Gaza protest

Oct. 8, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says 11 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire in a protest along the territory's land and sea boundary with Israel. Monday's beach demonstration was part of a half-year-long protest campaign by Gaza's Hamas rulers. Protesters on fishing boats...

2 Palestinians, including teenager, killed in Gaza protest

Oct. 5, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops killed two Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, at a protest near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry said on Friday. The ministry added that 46 others were wounded by Israeli gunfire. Thousands of Palestinians flocked to the...