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PNA pressing for full Gaza rule, Hamdallah says

Published: 18:53 October 3, 2017 Bloomberg Gaza City: The Palestinian National Authority cabinet met in the Gaza Strip for the first time in three years as its members began to take charge of ministries from Hamas, and said they would start talks next week on the contentious issue of security …

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Is Hamas, Fatah rapprochement a win-win deal?

The rival Palestinian factions are set to meet in Gaza after a decade of bitter feuding. Hamas’s offer to submit to a long-delayed reconciliation process with its Fatah rivals signals that the balance of regional forces may be tipping in its favour and against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, analysts say. Officials from the …

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Abbas opposed to ‘Hezbollah model’ in Gaza

His conditions are aimed at disarming Hamas — but also keeping Dahlan and Qatar out of the equation Published: 15:11 October 1, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor   GAZA — Occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah arrives in Gaza today on his first visit to territory …

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Sinwar: ‘we will not back down from reconciliation’

Head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said yesterday that achieving reconciliation is a strategic decision that the movement will not back down from, noting that the movement is united in this decision. During a meeting organised by the Hamas Youth Department in Gaza, Sinwar said that Hamas …

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Hamas ready for talks with Fatah to dissolve Gaza government & hold elections – statement

Published time: 17 Sep, 2017 02:51Edited time: 17 Sep, 2017 05:05 — Palestinian group Hamas, which is governing the Gaza Strip, has announced that it’s ready to engage in talks with President Mahmoud Abbas’ administration to dissolve its administrative committee and hold a general election as part of a reconciliation …

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ICRC president meets with Hamas chief during visit to Gaza Strip

Hamas chief Yahiya Sinwar and ICRC President Peter Maurer meet in Gaza (Source: Hamas Twitter) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and met with Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar, as part of …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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