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Hamas asks Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions

Agence France Presse RAFAH, Palestinian: Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday to respond to the disbanding of its shadow government in the Gaza Strip by ending his sanctions on the impoverished enclave. Following Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks with Abbas’s Western-backed Fatah faction, Islamist Hamas said Sunday it would dissolve …

Hamas ready for talks with Fatah to dissolve Gaza government & hold elections – statement

Published time: 17 Sep, 2017 02:51Edited time: 17 Sep, 2017 05:05 — Palestinian group Hamas, which is governing the Gaza Strip, has announced that it’s ready to engage in talks with President Mahmoud Abbas’ administration to dissolve its administrative committee and hold a general election as part of a reconciliation …

Abbas in meeting with a Hamas delegation to discuss unity

Ramallah/ PNN/ President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday evening met with a Hamas delegation  in the presidency headquarter in Ramallah to discuss unity. The purpose of the meeting was to bring the to parts closer together and to find an ending to the long internal Palestinian division that’s been dividing the West …

New batch of PA employees in Gaza forced to retire

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government decided July 4 to refer 6,145 civil employees in the Gaza Strip to early retirement. In an official statement, the government described this move as a temporary measure that may be lifted when Hamas waives its control of the Gaza Strip and accepts the …

Sole Gaza power station turned off due to fuel crisis

The Gaza Strip’s only operating power plant was turned off late on Wednesday due to a severe shortage of fuel, leaving the coastal enclave in a complete blackout, local officials said. Officials at the Hamas-run power corporation said they had turned off the last operating turbine at the plant in …

Minimizing Medical Referrals Abroad Jeopardizes Patients’ Lives

Ref: 53/2017 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with concern the latest updates of the External Medical Treatment Department in the Gaza Strip manifested in Ramallah’s Ministry of Health minimizing medical referrals abroad, without explaining reasons, for patients suffering from serious health problems that cannot be treated …

More than 72,000 Palestinian students begin final high school exams

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Some 72,015 Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip started final high school exams on Saturday, known in Arabic as the “Tawjihi.” The Tawjihi certificate is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue higher …

Hamas holds meeting with political factions in Gaza to discuss burgeoning political crisis

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several Palestinian political parties held a meeting in the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in the coastal enclave and to prepare for the upcoming arrival of a delegation from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ruling Fatah party to Gaza, as tensions between …

Agreement averts financial crisis at Gaza’s Al-Aqsa University

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After months of deliberations between Gaza- and Ramallah-run education ministries, an agreement was reached March 29 ending the crisis at Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip — the largest public university in the Palestinian territories. The crisis lasted for a year and a half and threatened the future of …

Are Palestinians ready for Trump?

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas head movements that face leadership transitions amid a dearth of ideas. (Mohammed al-HamusAPA images) Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the British government’s promise of support for a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. And …