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Gaza to see forced military retirement in June

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to enact in June a controversial law that will force about half of Gaza’s security personnel to retire, while leaving the West Bank’s force intact. Officials in the security services have started contacting staff members to inform them of …

West Bank arms itself in run-up to succession war for post-Abbas era

A Palestinian demonstrator holds a poster of Mahmoud Abbas during a rally in support of the president in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 4 October (Reuters) NABLUS, West Bank –  On a recent Friday, dozens of security men dressed in green-olive uniforms were deployed along the main street near …

What’s behind Hamas’ lastest Cabinet reshuffle in Gaza?

    Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (C) shakes hands with a man as he arrives to lead Eid al-Adha prayer in Khan Yunis, Gaza, Sept. 24, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) The Government Media Office in the Gaza Strip announced Oct. 17 that the Supreme Administrative Committee, which is in …

Why did Hamas ‘reshuffle’ so many security bosses?

Members of the Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas march during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Jan. 10, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) The Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza announced in late September what it called an administrative reshuffle in its security institutions, a move that …

Hamas chief says to step down next year

Khaled Meshaal, 60, was elected the head of Hamas’ political bureau in 1996   Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal said he will not run for re-election as the head of the Palestinian group next year. “Khaled Meshaal will be the former head of Hamas’ political bureau next year,” he said …

Hamdallah, Nablus governor hold security meeting over deadly events in Nablus

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Governor of Nablus Akram Rujoub met on Saturday with security services commanders in Nablus to discuss possible means to “achieve stability” in the northern occupied West Bank district, in the aftermath of deadly clashes between residents and policemen. A series of …

Keeping ISIS Out of Palestine

PALESTINE LEADER MAHMOUD ABBAS INSISTS THE AUTHORITY HE HEADS WILL SURVIVE TO SEE THE RISE OF A SOVEREIGN STATE ALONGSIDE ISRAEL … RAMALLAH, The West Bank — Other than unswerving loyalty to Mahmoud Abbas and a shared commitment to nonviolent resistance of the Israeli occupation, the top two advisers and potential …

Hamas names new intelligence chief, sidesteps agreement with Fatah

Author: Mohammed Othman The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip announced a series of promotions, transfers and new appointments Aug. 4, including a new chief of intelligence and chief of staff. Deputy  Interior Minister Kamel Abu Madi said that all the personnel changes fall within the normal framework of rotating …

Detainee dead after Hebron detention center catches fire

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A military intelligence detention center belonging to Palestinian security forces in Hebron caught fire on Wednesday, killing one person in detention at the facility. Palestinian firefighters and civil defense rushed to the scene and managed to extinguish the fire but were unable to do so in time …

Palestinians expand security control in West Bank: police

(Reuters) – Palestinian police said on Wednesday they had extended their security control in parts of the occupied West Bank following a deal with Israel, launching armed patrols for the first time in towns near Jerusalem. Louy Izriqat, spokesman for Palestinian police, said 90 officers had deployed in Abu Dis, …