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Palestinian pilgrim abducted in Egypt’s Rafah

A Palestinian family has informed the Egyptian authorities of the kidnapping of their son after he crossed the Rafah border crossing yesterday, Quds Press reported. Abdel-Qader Qeshta, 41, was crossing the Egyptian border from the besieged Gaza Strip seeking to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. Qeshta’s brother, Khaled, told the …

Report: Israel to build wall around settlement, separating it from refugee camp

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported on Thursday that Israeli authorities have allocated 5.5 million shekels (more than $1.5 million) to the construction of a wall around Israel’s illegal settlement of Beit El, in order to separate it from the neighboring al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank …

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 …

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for stranded Palestinians

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Thursday for the return of stranded Palestinian citizens wishing to return to the besieged enclave, said the Embassy of Palestine in Cairo. Jamal Al-Shobaki, Ambassador of the State of Palestine …

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 …

Two million Palestinians denied travel and movement due to closure of Gaza border crossing

Gaza/ PCHR/ The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) on Tuesday expressed concerns regarding the deterioration of humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip due to the ongoing Israeli closure imposed on the movement of persons from and to the Gaza Strip, in addition to the additional restrictions imposed at Beit …

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 …

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 …

In rare move, Hamas closes Erez crossing over investigation into assassination

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run Ministry of Interior in Gaza closed the Palestinian side of the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday morning, denying residents of the besieged coastal enclave passage in both directions. Spokesperson for the ministry Iyad al-Buzm said in a …