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Hamas to release protesters arrested during electricity demos

Hamas has agreed to release those arrested in connection with protests over severe electricity shortages that prompted an outpouring of anger in the Gaza Strip in recent days. The interior ministry in Gaza, run by Islamist movement Hamas, said in a statement on Monday that the decision was made after a …

Abbas comes out of Fatah congress stronger than ever

  RAMALLAH, West Bank — With a standing ovation, Fatah’s seventh congress, which was held Nov. 29, re-elected President Mahmoud Abbas as head of the Fatah movement for another term of five years without conducting a ballot, as the conference had already been purged of most of his opponents. The …

Abbas meets with Fatah delegations from Syria, Lebanon

  RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday met with members of the Fatah movement from Lebanon and Syria during Fatah’s 7th conference in Ramallah.The Syrian delegation informed Abbas of the difficult circumstances faced by Palestinian refugees in Syria, as an estimated 450,000 of the 560,000 registered Palestinian …

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 …

Egyptians, Gazans move to strengthen economic ties

AIN SOKHNA, Egypt — Egypt invited businessmen and economists from the Gaza Strip to attend the second meeting of the Ain Sokhna conference in the Ain Sokhna Red Sea resort on Nov. 7-9 to discuss the Palestinian cause and the blockade imposed by Israel. Palestinian businessmen saw this invitation as a positive sign of …

Fatah reappoints Abbas as party chairman as 7th congress kicks off

  RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Fatah party kicked off its seventh conference on Tuesday by reappointing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of the political faction, as hundreds of members of the movement and other political groups gathered in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.According to official Palestinian Authority …

Fatah congress to usher in new generation of Palestinian leaders

The 1,500-plus delegates of the seventh Fatah congress, the next generation of Palestinian leaders, will be relatively younger (in their 40s and 50s) and more representative of the occupied territories than the current leadership. The congress, to be held Nov. 29 in Ramallah, will agree on a political platform and an action plan for the Palestinian …

Egypt bars 74 Palestinians from traveling at Rafah crossing

GAZA/PNN The Egyptian authorities barred 74 Palestinian citizens from traveling through the Rafah border crossing on the first two days of its opening. However, 1,898 passengers were able to travel through the crossing in both directions last Monday and Tuesday, 14 and 15 November, according the Palestinian border and crossing …

3 injured after armed clashes break out with PA security forces in Balata refugee camp

An aerial view of the Balata refugee camp NABLUS (Ma’an) — Armed clashes broke out early Saturday morning between Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces and residents of the Balata refugee camp, just south of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank. PA security forces had entered the camp “to …