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Hamas guard killed in rare suicide attack in Gaza Strip

Agence France Presse GAZA CITY, Palestine: A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza on Thursday, officials said, in what was seen as a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group that has run the impoverished enclave for a decade. The incident occurred at around 1:00 am near …

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for stranded Palestinians

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Thursday for the return of stranded Palestinian citizens wishing to return to the besieged enclave, said the Embassy of Palestine in Cairo. Jamal Al-Shobaki, Ambassador of the State of Palestine …

MADA: 228 violations of media freedoms in the first half of 2017

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” announced in a press conference the semi-annual report on violations against media freedoms in Palestine, in its office in Ramallah today. Mousa Rimawi, General Director of MADA Center said “The first half of 2017 witnessed an increase in the …

UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza

11 August 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave’s power supply. “At the height of summer, with soaring temperatures, electricity provision has not risen above six hours per …

Israel to speed up underground Gaza wall construction: Cmdr.

An Israeli military commander says the regime will speed up building a huge wall around the blockaded Gaza Strip in a bid to prevent what it claims to be tunneling into the occupied territories. “In the coming months, we are going to accelerate the construction of the barrier,” Major General …

Hamas to dissolve administrative committee if PA halts all punitive measures in Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — In an attempt to achieve national reconciliation between feuding Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, and alleviate a dire humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement announced on Thursday its readiness to do away with its administrative committee in Gaza, should the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) …

Will Palestine’s New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

In a state of secrecy and lack of transparency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cybercrime law that further tightens the noose on Palestinians’ freedom of expression and privacy online. Palestinian media and civil society organizations have slammed the new law and called for its immediate freeze until it is publicly debated …

Gaza set to become scene of Egypt-Qatar tug of war

RAMALLAH, West Bank — It appears the long-besieged Gaza Strip might finally benefit as alliances continue to shift in the Middle East. Gaza, ruled by Hamas, is actually being wooed by both sides in the Qatar crisis. Hamas concluded a set of meetings earlier this month with dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan and the Egypt-backed United Arab Emirates (UAE). Those …

Hamas kept on EU terrorism blacklist in court ruling

European Court of Justice says lower court’s 2014 challenge to designation did not consider all ‘facts and arguments’ The European Union’s top court kept Palestinian movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday, rejecting an earlier lower court’s challenge to the designation. Judges at the European Court of Justice …

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 …