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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 …

Hamas cracks down on Gaza journalists

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On April 26, the Ministry of Interior in Gaza launched a crackdown against what it described as “propagandists.” During this unprecedented move, 17 Palestinian journalists and activists were arrested for several hours before being released after pledging not to publish news about internal Palestinian affairs …

Hamas leader issues direct plea to Trump to seize ‘historic opportunity’

Doha, Qatar (CNN)The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has told CNN that US President Donald Trump has an “historic opportunity” to find an “equitable solution” for the Palestinian people. In an interview in Doha, Khaled Meshaal told CNN’s Nic Robertson the Trump administration has a “greater threshold for …

Hamas accepts Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Hamas has presented a new political document that accepts the formation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, without recognising the statehood of Israel, and says that the conflict in Palestine is not a religious one. The positions were made official on Monday in Qatar’s capital, Doha, by Khaled …

PA faces backlash after slashing Gaza salaries

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets recently to decry a Palestinian Authority (PA) decision to slash its employees’ salaries in the Gaza Strip by 30-50%. The move is prompting a meeting that could change the relationship between PA rival political parties Hamas and Fatah — for better or …

Will Hamas respond to leader’s assassination?

Ever since unknown gunmen assassinated Hamas military leader Mazen Faqha on March 24, the movement has been threatening to retaliate against Israel, which it accused of being behind the assassination. Threats came from inside and outside of the Palestinian territories, from both political and military leaderships. The Palestinians have been …

Hamas to allow UN, Red Cross workers to leave Gaza

Hamas said on Saturday it would allow foreign UN and Red Cross workers to leave Gaza after previously closing the only foot crossing with Israel. Hamas shut the Erez crossing on March 26 after it blamed Israel for the assassination two days earlier of one of its military officials. “In …