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Australian probe ‘finds no evidence’ of misconduct by World Vision in Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Australian government probe has found no evidence that taxpayer money was misused by NGO World Vision in the Gaza Strip, despite ongoing allegations by the Israeli government that millions of dollars were diverted from the organization to the Hamas movement, the de facto ruling party of …

Failed Plan to Reconstruct Gaza Fuels Water, Sanitation Crisis

The Oxfam report, titled “Treading Water” and released on World Water Day, analyzed the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism or GRM, which was designed to help with urgent reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2014 war by allowing the entry of building materials into the strip. Under the GRM, almost 3,000 items needed …

Lawyer denies claims against Gazan TIKA employee

Lawyer Haleed Zeberqa denied late Tuesday “all the accusations” by Israel against the Gazan representative of a Turkish aid agency arrested last month for alleged links to Hamas. Muhammad Murtaja was arrested at the Erez checkpoint between Gaza and Israel while traveling to Turkey to receive professional training from his …

Gaza receives first batch of construction trucks in 10 years

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the context of the recent openness policy that Egypt has come to adopt toward the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian authorities allowed the entry of dozens of trucks loaded with construction materials and food through the Rafah crossing on March 9. For the first time since …

Gaza court sentences 2 Palestinians to death for drug dealing

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A military court in Gaza City sentenced two men to death on Sunday after they were found guilty of alleged drug dealing. It reportedly marked the first time that the death penalty was used in Gaza for a drug-related offense, though a number of Palestinians have …

At sit-in, Gaza widows demand unpaid benefits

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Families of Palestinians killed in Israel’s 2014 war against the Gaza Strip held a sit-in March 7 outside the offices of a PLO-run foundation, the Families of Martyrs and Wounded Support Foundation, in Gaza City. The organizers of the sit-in — the Popular Front for the Liberation …

When will Gaza gas field start operating?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah told the local Donia al-Watan website March 7 that the consensus government is discussing with developing companies the extraction of natural gas off the coast of the Gaza Strip. However, the prospects for this remain hindered by security and political obstacles. On Feb. …

محادثات فلسطينيّة مع شركة “شلّ” لتطوير حقل غزّة للغاز الطبيعيّ

رام الله، الضفّة الغربيّة – كشف رئيس الوزراء الفلسطيني رامي الحمد الله في لقاء صحفي مع موقع دنيا الوطن المحلي في 7 آذار/مارس، أن حكومة التوافق تجري مفاوضات مع الشركات المطورة لاستخراج الغاز الطبيعي من سواحل غزة (شركة شل)، والتي لا تزال عالقة لدواعٍ أمنية وسياسية لم يذكرها، وهو ما …

Can a harbour for Gaza prevent a war?

ISRAEL’S border with the Gaza Strip is tense at the best of times. But tempers are especially frayed after weeks punctuated by sporadic exchanges of fire. Israeli security chiefs are wondering how they can avert another conflict in an area that has seen, on average, a big one every two …

Will Abbas stop paying Gaza employees’ salaries?

Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents who are on the Palestinian Authority payroll have been terribly worried this past week. That is because it was disclosed that the PA may well cut hundreds, even thousands, of names from the payroll in the very near future. The term “employed by the Authority in …