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Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

When will Gaza gas field start operating?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah told the local Donia al-Watan website March 7 that the consensus government is discussing with developing companies the extraction of natural gas off the coast of the Gaza Strip. However, the prospects for this remain hindered by security and political obstacles. On Feb. …

Will Abbas stop paying Gaza employees’ salaries?

Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents who are on the Palestinian Authority payroll have been terribly worried this past week. That is because it was disclosed that the PA may well cut hundreds, even thousands, of names from the payroll in the very near future. The term “employed by the Authority in …

In Palestine, no job means no health insurance

GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according …

Israel closes Jerusalem-area Palestinian boys school for ‘incitement’

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday closed a Palestinian elementary school for boys in the town of Sur Bahir in the central occupied West Bank Jerusalem district over alleged “incitement”. Head of the school Luay Jamal Bkirat told Ma’an that Israeli intelligence officials summoned him and the school’s financial …

PA asks Attorney General to shut down 13 local radio, TV stations

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Officials of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Ministry of Information sent an official request to the office of the attorney general on Monday asking to shut down 13 local radio and TV stations who are allegedly operating without a license.The ministry’s director general in the northern occupied West Bank, Majid …

PA, UN appeal for $547 million to address humanitarian needs in Palestine during 2017

 Palestinian Authority and United Nations officials presenting the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017 in Bethlehem. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Social Development. BETHLEHEM, December 19, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations (UN) Monday appealed for $547 million in funds in 2017 to meet humanitarian …

Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

  (Kur village-Tulkarem- photo credit: Mahmoud Dar Awwad, 2 May 2014- Tejwal Safar to Kur). RAMALLAH, West Bank — The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260-1516), while others were built by the Ottomans …

Statistics Bureau: About half the population are children

RAMALLAH, November 20, 2016 (WAFA) – The estimated number of children less than 18 years old mid 2016 is about 2,207,535 children in Palestine, representing about 45.8% of the population, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said on Sunday. It said among those children there are 1,127,283 males and …

Dozens protest in Ramallah, urge PA to fight medical negligence

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians protested on Saturday in the center of Ramallah city in the central occupied West Bank, urging the Palestinian Authority (PA) to exert serious efforts to fight medical negligence, which protesters claimed have recently seen an increase in Palestinian hospitals. The rally was organized at …