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Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

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 …

Israeli forces detain 36 Palestinians during raids in West Bank, Israel

(File) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 36 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and Israel during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources. Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including …

Greater Israeli violations against Palestinians in 2017

Israel has demolished 270 Palestinian homes and structures in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem since the start of the year, the Palestinian Authority’s Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee has revealed. A total of 121 demolitions took place in the city of Jerusalem alone, while the number of demolition notices …

Palestinian security forces to vote early in local elections

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Voting in upcoming municipal elections will be held two days early for members of the Palestinian security forces, according to official Palestinian news agency Wafa. Citing a statement from the Central Elections Commission (CEC), Wafa reported that the elections, which are scheduled to be held in the …

Clashes break out all over West Bank following prisoner solidarity protests

PNN/ Bethlehem/ A number of Palestinians were injured by live ammunition, rubber bullets and teargas grenades as clashes broke out in different areas of the West Bank between youths and IOF, following protests in solidarity with 1,500 hunger striking prisoners. Two Palestinians were injured in clashes that broke out in …

Report: 400 Palestinians detained in under a year for social media activity

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, according to report by Israeli daily Haaretz citing sources from the Israeli army and Israel’s internal security service the Shin Bet, with only “some” of the detainees having faced trial. …

EU provides €12 million to support families in need in the West Bank and Gaza

JERUSALEM, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) contributed almost €12 million to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances to 109,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza, an EU press release said on Tuesday. This contribution amounts to €11.75 million and is …

Drug cultivation, trafficking on the rise in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian police said that it seized different types of drugs worth 60 million Israeli shekels ($16.5 million) in the various provinces between the beginning of January and mid-March. Speaking to Al-Monitor, Palestinian police spokesman Lt. Col. Luay Irzikat said that drug cultivation and trafficking has increased in the …

PA closes voter registration for West Bank municipal elections

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced on Wednesday that the voter registration process for local elections was now complete after registration centers had been open for five days. The CEC said physical and online registration both closed at 3 p.m., after 40,000 new voters registered …