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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 …

Why Is Jordan refusing entry to Gaza Palestinians?

Vehicles drive toward the Allenby Bridge Crossing, West Bank, July 9, 2009. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad) Sharif Muhaisen is worried about losing his job. Muhaisen works for Sanad, a construction industries company in Ramallah owned by the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF). Muhaisen is responsible for importing cement from Jordan. “We import about 500,000 tons of cement …