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Israel turns blind eye to ‘plundering’ of Palestinian historical sites

Ramallah: Antiques looters and smugglers are being given free rein in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank to continue plundering Palestinian history and heritage, it is claimed. Despite successes by the Palestinian Antiques and Ruins Police in cracking down on unlawful excavations from archeological sites in West Bank cities, they …

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 …

Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

Gaza’s red poison

Fatima’s marriage started to fall apart in its early days. Her husband began selling her jewelry, claiming that he was raising funds to set up a small shop. It soon transpired that he needed the money to buy a drug called Tramadol. “I didn’t know at first that my husband …

PA bans Palestinian lawmaker from leaving West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) was denied entry into Jordan from the occupied West Bank via the Allenby Bridge by Palestinian Authority (PA) checkpoint authorities on Wednesday. Najat Abu Bakr told Ma’an that the PA crossings authority in Jericho had informed her that she …

Israeli forces detain employee of Turkish aid agency at Gaza border crossing

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained an employee of a Turkish development agency at a border crossing between the besieged Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Murtaja, a coordinator for the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and added that the …

PA police detain 22 Palestinians at Allenby crossing, Israel turns away 33

JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority (PA) police arrested 22 Palestinians over the past week while attempting to travel to Jordan from the occupied West Bank via the Allenby Bridge, according to a statement released Saturday by the Palestinian police. The detainees, according to the statement, were either “wanted” by the …

Egyptians, Gazans move to strengthen economic ties

AIN SOKHNA, Egypt — Egypt invited businessmen and economists from the Gaza Strip to attend the second meeting of the Ain Sokhna conference in the Ain Sokhna Red Sea resort on Nov. 7-9 to discuss the Palestinian cause and the blockade imposed by Israel. Palestinian businessmen saw this invitation as a positive sign of …

Israeli troops detain PA customs agents for 3 hours in Hebron area

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli troops Monday evening detained Palestinian Authority (PA) customs officers for three hours after stopping their vehicle near Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank. Palestinian officials told Ma’an that the customs agents were traveling back to their main office in Hebron after they had seized a …