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Intel: How cooperation at Gaza-Egypt border fell victim to Palestinian infighting

The Palestinian government withdrew its civil servants manning the border between Gaza and Egypt on Sunday, only to see them quickly replaced by staff loyal to the Islamist Hamas movement. The moves come as Palestinian infighting intensives in Gaza, with Hamas and Fatah escalating their war of words while arresting …

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Human rights group urges permanent UN presence in Gaza

An international human rights group late Saturday called on the UN to have a “permanent” presence in the “Great March of Return” protests along the Gaza-Israel borders, which this year have seen at least 39 Palestinians martyred by Israeli forces. According to a statement, the Swiss-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory …

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UN warns of conflict in Gaza if talks fail

United Nations: Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday. Addressing the Security Council on the eve of talks in Cairo between Palestinian factions, …

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Will end of land-for-pay program kill Palestinian reconciliation?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Nov. 7, Minister of Local Governance Hussein al-Araj announced that all government land allocated after Oct. 2, 2017, in the Gaza Strip was done illegally. New allocations of land are postponed until further notice. The land allocation issue evolved from Hamas not being able …

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Israel to lift tight controls over Gaza reconstruction materials

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel has agreed to suspend on Jan. 1 the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), a deal Palestinian contractors say has put many of them out of business and cost the Contractors Union millions of dollars a month, according to a representative of the new consensus government. …

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Weeks after deadly tunnel attack, Israel and Islamic Jihad exchange threats

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Nearly two weeks after the Israeli army blew up a tunnel that ran between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel, killing 12 Palestinian fighters from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas movements, Israel has continued to exchange threats with the groups, saying that it will “respond with force” to any retaliation from …

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Gaza traders, consumers welcome end of double taxation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced Nov. 1 that it had officially taken over crossings into and out of Gaza within the framework of implementing the reconciliation agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas on Oct. 12 in Cairo. On the same day, Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said in a press statement, “The …

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PA forces 18,000 military staff to retire

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is to force up to 18,000 Palestinian military staff into retirement by the end of this year, a Fatah official revealed on Sunday. The official, who spoke to Al-Resalah newspaper on the condition of anonymity, said that after finishing with military employees the PA will turn its attention …

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Gazan women to join PA army

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh announced Oct. 17 on a talk show on the official Palestine TV channel that President Mahmoud Abbas approved women enlisting in the Palestinian Authority (PA) security services in the Gaza Strip, with the aim to restructure these services. This step, the …

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