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Assailants open fire at ICRC headquarters in southern West Bank

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Unknown assailants opened fire at the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) headquarters in Hebron City in the southern occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday. The shooting notably damaged the headquarters’ gate and an ICRC vehicle. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Palestinian police had opened an …

UN envoy urges Palestinian unity to resolve electricity crisis in Gaza

19 April 2017 – The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process today called on authorities in Gaza to work together with the international community to resolve a new energy crisis after the area’s only power station shut down, saying the consequences of the crisis “should not be …

EU provides €12 million to support families in need in the West Bank and Gaza

JERUSALEM, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) contributed almost €12 million to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances to 109,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza, an EU press release said on Tuesday. This contribution amounts to €11.75 million and is …

Palestinian teachers seize golden opportunity in Kuwait

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education on March 22 began considering over a thousand applications from Palestinian teachers seeking to work in Kuwait. According to Muhannad Abu Shama, the ministry’s director of staff affairs, 1,173 Palestinians working in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) affiliated areas submitted applications. …

New Hamas charter holds contradictory views on establishment of Palestinian state

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — While a draft version of Hamas’ new charter has raised questions over whether the movement would explicitly accept a Palestinian state along pre-1967 borders, the document will make clear that “our rivalry is with the occupation who occupied our land,” Hamas official Ahmad Yousif told Ma’an …

Israel approves construction of first new settlement in more than 20 years

(CNN)Israel’s Security Cabinet on Thursday unanimously approved the construction of a new settlement in the West Bank, according to a message from the Prime Minister’s office, marking the state’s first new settlement in Palestinian territory in more than 20 years. The new settlement, which will be constructed north of the …

UN commission approves draft resolution on Palestinian women

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women approved a draft resolution on Saturday regarding the status of Palestinian women, including strengthening economic and social policies to enhance the situation of women in the occupied territory, while strongly condemning Israel’s human rights violations in the Palestinian …

Ministry of Education warns UNRWA against making any changes to curriculum

RAMALLAH, March 25, 2017 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Education Saturday sent a stern warning to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) against introducing any changes to the Palestinian school curriculum. UNRWA, which is in charge of Palestinian refugee camps in several host countries in …

UN envoy says Israel did not comply with resolution 2334 on halting settlements

NEW YORK, March 25, 2017 (WAFA) – Instead of halting settlement activities as demanded by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 of December 23, 2016, Israel has actually increased such activities, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council on Friday. Israeli …

Algeria contributes $26.4m to Palestine’s budget

CAIRO, March 23, 2017 (WAFA) – Algeria handed the general secretariat of the Arab League a check for $26.4 million, the first installment from its annual financial contribution toward the Palestinian budget, according to a statement by Algeria’s Arab League representative. It said the money is part of its support …