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Students sit at their class on the first day of the new school year at the United-Nation run Elementary School at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Schools run by both Palestinian government and the U.N. Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) have opened almost normally in the Gaza Strip after five months in which no cases of community transmission of the coronavirus had been recorded. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza students back to school with few virus safety measures

Aug. 8, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students in the isolated Gaza Strip returned to schools after five months of closure, despite the ongoing pandemic that has seen school years postponed elsewhere across the globe. The rare scene of normalcy in the Palestinian enclave came as the...

Israel strikes Gaza in response to explosive balloons

Aug. 6, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army said it attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday after Palestinian militants launched explosive balloons from the territory into Israel. In a brief statement, the army said airstrikes struck “infrastrucure used for underground activities” by...

Israel downs rocket launched by Gaza militants

Aug. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night in a rare attack punctuating months of relative calm. Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. The military said the Iron Dome missile defense system...

Israel says it arrested Hamas militant who fled strip by sea

Jul. 30, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security officials on Thursday announced they have caught a Hamas militant who fled the Gaza Strip and swam into Israeli waters, confirming weeks of rumors that a Hamas figure had “defected” to Israel. Israel's Shin Bet security agency said that Izz el-Din Hussein,...

Palestinian veterinarians neuter a dog at a clinic in Gaza City, Monday, July 13, 2020. In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gazans defy taboos to rescue, neuter stray animals

Jul. 25, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. Said el-Er, who founded the territory's only animal rescue organization in 2006, has been trying to change that. He...

Hamas supporters pass a mural against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and U.S. President Donald Trump's mideast initiative, after Friday prayer's protest at the main road of Rafah refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Hezbollah, Hamas blast Israel's annexation plans

Jul. 6, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and the Palestinian Hamas on Monday said Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank is an “aggression against the Palestinian people” and called for unity to confront it. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh sent a letter to...

Israeli military says Gaza militants fire 3 rockets

Jul. 5, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said aircraft struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Sunday following a barrage of rocket fire into southern Israel. No casualties were reported on either side. In a statement, the military said attack helicopters and fighter jets struck “underground...

Hamas supporters paint heir faces while mach with their green and national flags during a protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and  U.S. President Donald Trump's mideast initiative, after Friday prayer at the main road of Khan Younis City, Gaza Strip, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israeli military says 2 Gaza rockets hit southern Israel

Jun. 26, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military said Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel late Friday, shattering months of near-total calm. In response, Israeli aircraft attacked two military facilities for Hamas, the Islamic group ruling Gaza. There were no...

In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 photo. Palestinian nurse checks a cancer patient Jehad al-Qedra, 52, while he received his treatment at a hospital in Khan Younis refugee camp, Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority's decision to cut all ties with Israel was intended to make it pay a price for pressing ahead with plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

PA's bid to halt annexation leaves Gaza patients in limbo

Jun. 23, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Jomaa al-Najjar was desperate to send his 2-month-old daughter Joud out of the Gaza Strip to Israel for urgent medical treatment for epilepsy. But with the Palestinian Authority refusing to relay his request, there was no way to coordinate her transfer. This week, she died in...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, mourners carry the body of Palestinian fisherman Nawaf Al-Attar, 20, who was shot and killed by Israeli troops on the beach near the border with Israel, during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. An Israeli soldier who shot and killed the Palestinian fisherman near the Gaza frontier in 2018 has been given 45 days of community service after an army investigation concluded he fired without authorization, the military said Thursday, June 18, 2020.(AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

Israeli soldier gets community service after killing Gazan

Jun. 18, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman near the Gaza frontier in 2018 has been given 45 days of community service after an army investigation concluded he fired without authorization, the military said Thursday. The military said a group of Palestinians had...