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Australian probe ‘finds no evidence’ of misconduct by World Vision in Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Australian government probe has found no evidence that taxpayer money was misused by NGO World Vision in the Gaza Strip, despite ongoing allegations by the Israeli government that millions of dollars were diverted from the organization to the Hamas movement, the de facto ruling party of …

Lawyer denies claims against Gazan TIKA employee

Lawyer Haleed Zeberqa denied late Tuesday “all the accusations” by Israel against the Gazan representative of a Turkish aid agency arrested last month for alleged links to Hamas. Muhammad Murtaja was arrested at the Erez checkpoint between Gaza and Israel while traveling to Turkey to receive professional training from his …

UNRWA halts program in Tulkarem-area refugee camp, popular committee says

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has halted an “emergency program” in Nur Shams refugee camp in northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem, according the head of the popular committee for services in the camp. Taha Irani told Ma’an Friday that …

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. …

محادثات فلسطينيّة مع شركة “شلّ” لتطوير حقل غزّة للغاز الطبيعيّ

رام الله، الضفّة الغربيّة – كشف رئيس الوزراء الفلسطيني رامي الحمد الله في لقاء صحفي مع موقع دنيا الوطن المحلي في 7 آذار/مارس، أن حكومة التوافق تجري مفاوضات مع الشركات المطورة لاستخراج الغاز الطبيعي من سواحل غزة (شركة شل)، والتي لا تزال عالقة لدواعٍ أمنية وسياسية لم يذكرها، وهو ما …

President Abbas briefs King Abdullah of Jordan on his conversation with Trump

RAMALLAH, March 11, 2017 (WAFA) –  President Mahmoud Abbas briefed King Abdullah of Jordan on Saturday about his conversation the night before with US President Donald Trump, particularly the part about the two-state solution and Trump’s commitment to an authentic peace process. The two leaders, in their second telephone conversation …

Can a harbour for Gaza prevent a war?

ISRAEL’S border with the Gaza Strip is tense at the best of times. But tempers are especially frayed after weeks punctuated by sporadic exchanges of fire. Israeli security chiefs are wondering how they can avert another conflict in an area that has seen, on average, a big one every two …

Palestine’s representative to the US hopes Abbas-Trump talk start of constructive engagement

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2017 (WAFA) – Chief Representative of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United States, Maen Rashid Areikat, welcomed on Saturday the telephone conversation that took place between President Mahmoud Abbas and his US counterpart Donald Trump expressing hope it will lead to …

Germany supports Palestinian local government with $20 million

RAMALLAH, March 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Germany and the Palestinian Authority signed on Monday an 18 million euro (app. $20 million) agreement in support of projects to develop municipalities and improve services, according to a statement by the German Representative Office in Ramallah. Minister of Local Government Hussein Araj and …

Fatah to US congress: moving embassy to Jerusalem will disrupt entire region

The US embassy in Tel Aviv BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah spokesperson Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad warned that relocating the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would “explode the situation” in the entire Middle East and North Africa region, in response to a US congressional delegation that reportedly arrived to …