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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 …

ICRC president meets with Hamas chief during visit to Gaza Strip

Hamas chief Yahiya Sinwar and ICRC President Peter Maurer meet in Gaza (Source: Hamas Twitter) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and met with Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar, as part of …

Hamas guard killed in rare suicide attack in Gaza Strip

Agence France Presse GAZA CITY, Palestine: A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza on Thursday, officials said, in what was seen as a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group that has run the impoverished enclave for a decade. The incident occurred at around 1:00 am near …

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 …

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 …

Hamas kept on EU terrorism blacklist in court ruling

European Court of Justice says lower court’s 2014 challenge to designation did not consider all ‘facts and arguments’ The European Union’s top court kept Palestinian movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday, rejecting an earlier lower court’s challenge to the designation. Judges at the European Court of Justice …

US calls on UN to blacklist Hamas and punish its backers

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley exonerated Israel of any responsibility for Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, calling for a Security Council resolution to blacklist Hamas and punish its backers. “The Security Council must unite to say that enough is enough,” she said on Tuesday. “We need to pressure Hamas to …

In eye of regional storm, Hamas pushed closer to Tehran

It seems that the internal elections held by Hamas in May are no longer an exclusively Palestinian affair. Many regional leaders congratulated the Hamas leadership after Ismail Haniyeh was elected as head of Hamas’ political bureau at home and abroad and when Yahya Sinwar was elected head of Hamas’ political bureau in …

Gaza citizens remain biggest losers of decadelong political dispute

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In a new move to clamp down on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree April 20 exempting Gaza citizens from the fees of services rendered by the ministries, institutions and bodies affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The decision includes …

Gaza security forces reveal details of investigation into Mazen Fuqahaa’s killing

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Days after it was announced that the suspected killer of Hamas leader Mazen Fuqahaa had been arrested, the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip has released the details of the case. Fuqahaa’s assassination in front of his home in Gaza City in March sparked …