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Palestinian killed as Israeli soldiers fire on ‘suspect’ vehicle

Israeli forces opened fire on a “suspect” vehicle in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, killing one Palestinian and wounding another, Israel’s army and the Palestinian health ministry said. An army statement said a vehicle approached Israeli soldiers in a suspicious manner near the Jewish settlement of Halamish and the …

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PA Foreign Ministry condemns ‘extrajudicial killing’ of Palestinian

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Following the deadly shooting of a Palestinian and the injury of his sister on Tuesday, The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned Israeli forces for what they called an “extrajudicial execution” and demanded an immediate investigation into the shooting.  Israeli forces opened fire on two Palestinian siblings while they were driving …

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US project aims to improve water access for Palestinian farmers

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The US Consulate in Jerusalem launched a $10 million project on Oct. 15 to support the water sector in the West Bank governorate of Jericho. In attendance during the announcement of the launch was Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The project will expand the …

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Palestinian-Israeli meeting discusses important issues

  RAMALLAH, October 30, 2017 (WAFA) – A Palestinian-Israeli meeting discussed on Tuesday a number of important issues, foremost of which is the settlement campaign, lifting of the siege off the Gaza Strip and financial issues related to the financial entitlements of the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting, which was …

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Palestinian presidency rejects Haaretz report

The Palestinian presidency has refuted a report quoting Israeli politicians as saying that Mahmoud Abbas told them he would not appoint Hamas figures to his cabinet if they did not publicly recognise Israel. Abbas’ alleged comments were made in a meeting with 12 ex-Israeli members of parliament who visited him on Sunday in …

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Will Gaza, West Bank merge security forces?

Although the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement — signed Oct. 12 in Egypt — has rekindled hope, doubts remain as to whether the outstanding issues, such as the problems linked to the security services, can be overcome. There are Palestinian fears that failing to reach solutions to these issues will halt reconciliation. Palestinian President …

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Palestine takes its first step as Interpol member state

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Oct. 12, at a meeting in Ramallah of the committee formed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to follow up on his country’s accession to Interpol, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah decided to establish the Interpol National Central Bureau for Palestine. This comes after Interpol approved the membership of the Palestinian territories at …

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Hamas says unity deal still on track despite ‘assassination attempt’

The head of Hamas security forces left hospital on Saturday after being wounded in a car bomb explosion in the Gaza Strip, and vowed that an agreement to end the decade-long rift with rivals Fatah would remain on track. Tawfiq Abu Naim was moderately injured in an explosion on Friday which was …

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Gaza banks face uncertain future as reconciliation deal progresses

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Despite the efforts by Fatah and Hamas to seal the Palestinian reconciliation deal and the concessions offered by Hamas, some issues that went undiscussed during the Egyptian-sponsored rounds of dialogue in Cairo remain outstanding. After the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, two banks were established to jump-start the economy in …

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Palestinian reconciliation takes its toll on new PA budget

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is expected to take its toll on the Palestinian Authority‘s (PA) general budget for 2018, which the government will begin drafting by the end of October, a Palestinian official told Al-Monitor. “Reconciliation — if successful — will make the next budget the largest in the history of the …

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