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Hamas asks Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions

Agence France Presse RAFAH, Palestinian: Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday to respond to the disbanding of its shadow government in the Gaza Strip by ending his sanctions on the impoverished enclave. Following Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks with Abbas’s Western-backed Fatah faction, Islamist Hamas said Sunday it would dissolve …

GAZA SITUATION REPORT 206 17 September 2017

 HIGHLIGHTS 21 August – 04 September 2017 | issue 206 The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres, visited the Gaza Strip on 30 August, joined by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, and UNRWA Commissioner-General Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl. At UNRWA Beit Lahiya …

Hamas ready for talks with Fatah to dissolve Gaza government & hold elections – statement

Published time: 17 Sep, 2017 02:51Edited time: 17 Sep, 2017 05:05 — Palestinian group Hamas, which is governing the Gaza Strip, has announced that it’s ready to engage in talks with President Mahmoud Abbas’ administration to dissolve its administrative committee and hold a general election as part of a reconciliation …

Energy crisis takes its toll on Palestinian farmers in Gaza

Some 38 per cent of planted crops at risk of total loss The severity of electricity outages in the Gaza Strip continued in August, ranging from 18 to 20 hours a day. This had a detrimental impact on the availability of essential services and undermined Gaza’s already fragile economy. The …

PA worries Egyptian aid to Hamas prolongs Palestinian division

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egypt has taken several steps to improve economic conditions for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On Aug. 11, an agreement was reached to establish a free-trade zone on the Gazan-Egyptian border during a visit by a Hamas delegation to Cairo. On June 21, Egyptian industrial diesel was brought to Gaza to operate …

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 15 – 28 August 2017

Biweekly highlights On 19 August, Israeli forces shot and injured a 17-year-old Palestinian boy after a stabbing attempt at Za’tara Checkpoint (Nablus); he died of his wounds an hour later en route to the hospital and his body is still being withheld by the Israeli authorities. No Israeli injuries were reported. …

UAE, Egypt approve more aid for Gaza, Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hamas and Egypt are moving forward quickly on projects to aid the Gaza Strip. A delegation from the National Islamic Committee for Social Solidarity, along with officials from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, will work with experts from both countries to oversee funding. A solidarity …

Palestinian pilgrim abducted in Egypt’s Rafah

A Palestinian family has informed the Egyptian authorities of the kidnapping of their son after he crossed the Rafah border crossing yesterday, Quds Press reported. Abdel-Qader Qeshta, 41, was crossing the Egyptian border from the besieged Gaza Strip seeking to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. Qeshta’s brother, Khaled, told the …

UN allocates $2.5 million to tackle Gaza energy crisis

The UN has allocated $2.5 million from a pooled humanitarian fund to cover urgent needs for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. “The serious decline in living conditions in Gaza continues,” said Robert Piper, UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian Territory. The distributions from the Humanitarian …

Gaza children visit Jerualem for first time

Occupied Occupied Jerusalem: It was a journey of just 50 miles, but for the nearly 100 children who visited Occupied Jerusalem on Sunday, it seemed like they had traveled to a distant world. For the vast majority, it was their first trip outside of Gaza, the Israeli-blockaded enclave they call …