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New batch of PA employees in Gaza forced to retire

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government decided July 4 to refer 6,145 civil employees in the Gaza Strip to early retirement. In an official statement, the government described this move as a temporary measure that may be lifted when Hamas waives its control of the Gaza Strip and accepts the …

Al-Aqsa officials reject new Israeli security measures as compound reopens

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) —  As Israeli officials moved to “gradually reopen” the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem for afternoon prayers Sunday after three days of closure, officials from the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) that runs the holy site refused to pass through new metal detectors that were installed at the compound’s entrances …

Sole Gaza power station turned off due to fuel crisis

The Gaza Strip’s only operating power plant was turned off late on Wednesday due to a severe shortage of fuel, leaving the coastal enclave in a complete blackout, local officials said. Officials at the Hamas-run power corporation said they had turned off the last operating turbine at the plant in …

Minimizing Medical Referrals Abroad Jeopardizes Patients’ Lives

Ref: 53/2017 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with concern the latest updates of the External Medical Treatment Department in the Gaza Strip manifested in Ramallah’s Ministry of Health minimizing medical referrals abroad, without explaining reasons, for patients suffering from serious health problems that cannot be treated …

Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

More than 72,000 Palestinian students begin final high school exams

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Some 72,015 Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip started final high school exams on Saturday, known in Arabic as the “Tawjihi.” The Tawjihi certificate is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue higher …

Hunger strike ends, prisoners declare victory

After 40 days without food, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails. The end of the strike came after 20 hours of intense negotiations between the strike’s leaders, including imprisoned Fatah figure Marwan Barghouti, and the Israel Prison Service, according to a statement issued Saturday …

Video: First International Conference on Climate Change launched in Ramallah

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestine Engineers Association on Monday, 8 May 2017, launched the First International Conference on Climate Change in Palestine; an event which gathered hundreds of researchers, engineers scientists, decision-makers, governmental agencies and social movements from 12 different countries. All participants came in hopes to come up with strategies, policies and actions …

Palestinians flock to first Palestinian bank in Jerusalem

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The National Bank (TNB) announced April 17 the inauguration of the Dahiat al-Barid branch in al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, in a first for banks in Palestine since 1967 after the annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian customers residing in Jerusalem have been flocking …

Trump, Abbas vow to prove skeptics wrong on reaching peace deal

WASHINGTON — Defying expectations when Donald Trump came into office that his administration would tilt heavily to the Israeli side, Trump hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an upbeat visit at the White House on May 3 and declared that he did not think it would be too hard to get …