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Committee investigating anti-PA protests to submit results in coming days

(File) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A committee formed to probe “events between protesters and Palestinian security forces” last week — when Palestinian police beat protesters and smashed journalists’ equipment — is to submit the results of the investigation by Wednesday, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said. The director of …

Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

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 …

Will Abbas stop paying Gaza employees’ salaries?

Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents who are on the Palestinian Authority payroll have been terribly worried this past week. That is because it was disclosed that the PA may well cut hundreds, even thousands, of names from the payroll in the very near future. The term “employed by the Authority in …

ICHR releases a fact finding report on the Nablus events of August 2016

Ramallah – On 7 March 2017, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) released a fact finding report on the events, which took place in the city of Nablus in August 2016. The report addresses the killing of five Palestinian citizens, including military personnel and civilians, in three separate, but …

PA to hold local elections in West Bank only, after Hamas refuses to participate in Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to hold local elections in the occupied West Bank on May 13 as scheduled, while excluding Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from taking part. During the PA’s weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Bethlehem, it was decided that elections …

In Palestine, no job means no health insurance

GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according …

Hamdallah says government may be forced to conduct elections in West Bank alone

RAMALLAH, February 26, 2017 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Sunday that in case Hamas rejects to allow the government to hold the municipal elections on time, the government will decide to hold the elections in the West Bank alone and will postpone the elections in the Gaza …

UN Special Coordinator congratulates Hamdallah on launching NPA

PNN/ Ramallah/ United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Wednesday congratulated the Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah, his government, civil society and the business community for finalising an ambitious policy agenda for Palestine that articulates a strong, clear vision for the Palestinian people. “The United Nations …