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Hamdallah signs off on recommendations made by fact-finding commission

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has committed to implementingrecommendations made in a report released on Monday by a fact-finding commission, which notably called for Palestinian forces to be punished for using unjustified force against a peaceful protest in Ramallah, while also recommending that legal action be taken …

PA seeks to implement new mechanism to manage Arab, international funds

AMMAN (Ma’an) — Palestinian National Economy Minister Abir Odeh addressed the Arab League’s Economic and Social Council on Sunday, urging Arab and international institutions to provide financial support for Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, at a ministerial meeting held in preparation for the upcoming annual Arab League Summit in Amman …

Committee investigating anti-PA protests to submit results in coming days

(File) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A committee formed to probe “events between protesters and Palestinian security forces” last week — when Palestinian police beat protesters and smashed journalists’ equipment — is to submit the results of the investigation by Wednesday, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said. The director of …

Can PA end arms proliferation in West Bank?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian parties are currently discussing the implemention of a draft law on firearms and ammunition licensing fees that the Palestinian Authority Cabinet ratified Dec. 13. A government statement declared that the law aims to “reorganize the weapons dossier, reduce the spread of illegal weapons, work to control illegal weapons and …

6 Palestinians held by PA without charge stage hunger strike amid torture allegations

      Protesters in Ramallah demand release of 6 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held by PA without charge. Sep. 3, 2016 (Photo: Social media) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Nearly a week into the the hunger strike of six Palestinians who have been held in custody by the Palestinian Authority (PA) for …

Palestinian PM vows to resign if PA fails to arrest all West Bank fugitives

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah vowed to resign from office if the Palestinian Authority failed to arrest all wanted men responsible for encouraging “security chaos” in the occupied West Bank. In an interview Saturday evening with Ma’an TV, Hamdallah, who is also the Minister of Interior, said …

Hamas names new intelligence chief, sidesteps agreement with Fatah

Author: Mohammed Othman The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip announced a series of promotions, transfers and new appointments Aug. 4, including a new chief of intelligence and chief of staff. Deputy  Interior Minister Kamel Abu Madi said that all the personnel changes fall within the normal framework of rotating …

Gaza security services assault al-Jazeera journalist

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian journalist working for al-Jazeera has accused Palestinian police in the Gaza Strip of physically assaulting him while covering a Turkish minister’s visit to the coastal enclave on Sunday.Journalist Muhammad Fayyad told the Palestinian Journalists’ Union that when he arrived at the Gazan Ministry of …

Gaza security forces make arrests following political attacks

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Security forces in the Gaza Strip have made several arrests linked to a spate of attacks on Fatah and Hamas officials in the coastal territory, an interior ministry official said Tuesday. Iyad al-Bazi, spokesperson of the ministry, said further announcements would be made following the arrests, …