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Egypt to open Rafah crossing for stranded Palestinians

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Thursday for the return of stranded Palestinian citizens wishing to return to the besieged enclave, said the Embassy of Palestine in Cairo. Jamal Al-Shobaki, Ambassador of the State of Palestine …

Japan comes to the rescue of Gaza’s hospitals

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Aug. 3, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awad authorized the installation of solar panels in public hospitals in the Gaza Strip, financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Awad, Takeshi Okubo, the Japanese representative to Palestine, and JICA officials met in Ramallah to discuss the deal. The solar panels are …

UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza

11 August 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave’s power supply. “At the height of summer, with soaring temperatures, electricity provision has not risen above six hours per …

Gaza civil society organizations aim to empower women

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The ongoing Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip enters its 11th year with Palestinians suffering the ensuing crises that have affected all aspects of life in the enclave. Because women are a vulnerable group in society, a pressing need has emerged to support Gazan …

Israel imposes ‘laptop ban’ on Palestinians leaving Gaza Strip

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has reportedly imposed a new wave of restrictions on Palestinians traveling in and out of the besieged Gaza Strip, where residents have suffered under countless bans and restrictions for over a decade, owing to Israel’s land, air, and sea blockade on Gaza.Israeli news website Ynet reported that the …

Israel to speed up underground Gaza wall construction: Cmdr.

An Israeli military commander says the regime will speed up building a huge wall around the blockaded Gaza Strip in a bid to prevent what it claims to be tunneling into the occupied territories. “In the coming months, we are going to accelerate the construction of the barrier,” Major General …

Israel to allow Palestinian Jerusalemites to enter Gaza in effort to ‘encourage investment’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities announced on Monday that they would begin allowing certain Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem to visit the besieged Gaza Strip.A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, said in a statement on Monday that as …

Hamas to dissolve administrative committee if PA halts all punitive measures in Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — In an attempt to achieve national reconciliation between feuding Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, and alleviate a dire humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement announced on Thursday its readiness to do away with its administrative committee in Gaza, should the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) …

Gaza set to become scene of Egypt-Qatar tug of war

RAMALLAH, West Bank — It appears the long-besieged Gaza Strip might finally benefit as alliances continue to shift in the Middle East. Gaza, ruled by Hamas, is actually being wooed by both sides in the Qatar crisis. Hamas concluded a set of meetings earlier this month with dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan and the Egypt-backed United Arab Emirates (UAE). Those …