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Gaza citizens remain biggest losers of decadelong political dispute

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In a new move to clamp down on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree April 20 exempting Gaza citizens from the fees of services rendered by the ministries, institutions and bodies affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The decision includes …

Gaza security forces reveal details of investigation into Mazen Fuqahaa’s killing

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Days after it was announced that the suspected killer of Hamas leader Mazen Fuqahaa had been arrested, the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip has released the details of the case. Fuqahaa’s assassination in front of his home in Gaza City in March sparked …

Hamas cracks down on Gaza journalists

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On April 26, the Ministry of Interior in Gaza launched a crackdown against what it described as “propagandists.” During this unprecedented move, 17 Palestinian journalists and activists were arrested for several hours before being released after pledging not to publish news about internal Palestinian affairs …

Hamas leader issues direct plea to Trump to seize ‘historic opportunity’

Doha, Qatar (CNN)The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has told CNN that US President Donald Trump has an “historic opportunity” to find an “equitable solution” for the Palestinian people. In an interview in Doha, Khaled Meshaal told CNN’s Nic Robertson the Trump administration has a “greater threshold for …

Hamas accepts Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Hamas has presented a new political document that accepts the formation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, without recognising the statehood of Israel, and says that the conflict in Palestine is not a religious one. The positions were made official on Monday in Qatar’s capital, Doha, by Khaled …

PA faces backlash after slashing Gaza salaries

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets recently to decry a Palestinian Authority (PA) decision to slash its employees’ salaries in the Gaza Strip by 30-50%. The move is prompting a meeting that could change the relationship between PA rival political parties Hamas and Fatah — for better or …

VIDEO: Palestinian political rivalries play out in West Bank camp

Ongoing political violence continues to tear Balata refugee camp apart, amid increased tensions between supporters of Palestinian politicians Mohammed Dahlan and Mahmoud Abbas. The camp, which is located in Nablus City, is the largest in the West Bank and home to over 30,000 inhabitants. Balata was established in 1950 by …

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 …

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 …

What it’s like to use Facebook from inside a Gaza prison

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A number of Palestinian inmates at Gaza Central Prison in western Gaza City were allowed to connect March 21, via Facebook video calls, with family members residing outside the Gaza Strip and with whom they had not been in touch for years. In cooperation with the Gaza …