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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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Jewish businessmen involved in Orthodox Church property sales

Two Jewish businessmen – one American, the other British – are alleged to be involved in the sale of property belonging to the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Hebrew-language newspaper Maarivrevealed on Friday. According to Arabs48.com, the Israeli newspaper named the American as Michael Steinhardt and British businessman David Sofer. Both, it is …

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Israel uses fighters trapped in Gaza tunnel as “bargaining chips”

The military wing of Islamic Jihad announced on Friday that the bodies of five of its fighters were recovered from a tunnel along the Gaza-Israel boundary that had been detonated by Israel on Monday. The men were identified as Badr Kamal Musbih, Hasan al-Sabakhi, Shadi Sami al-Hamri, Muhammad Khayr al-Din al-Buheisi and Alaa …

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Gaza vows to respond to Israeli air strikes

Palestinian armed groups have vowed to respond to Israel’s attack on a tunnel in a southern town of the Gaza Strip late on Monday that left at least seven people dead and nine others wounded. “We will exercise our right to respond – this is our duty,” Daoud Shehab, a leader in the Islamic …

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7 Palestinians killed, 12 wounded in Israeli bombing of Gaza tunnel

GAZA (Ma’an) — At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources. The Palestinian Ministry of Health officially declared the death of seven Palestinians, all fighters in …

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Showdown looms between Hamas and Gaza Salafis

Hamza Abu Eltarabesh The Electronic Intifada 13 October 2017   The posters outside the home of Nidal al-Jaafari in Rafah, southern Gaza, tell their own story. Most bear messages of congratulations for the 29-year-old’s nuptials. But they are now a little faded. The marriage was nearly a year ago. Instead a fresh one, …

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Hamas’ weapons risk could kill Palestinian reconciliation

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah took the first step toward assuming control of Gaza’s administration when he and all the ministers of the national consensus government arrived there from Ramallah on Oct. 2. The success of the government’s visit to the Gaza Strip “will pave the way for other …

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Palestinians decry church patriarch’s role in land deal

Greek Orthodox Church plunged into renewed crisis as its leaders are accused of selling off land to Jewish settlers. Occupied East Jerusalem – The Greek Orthodox Church has been plunged into a renewed crisis in the Holy Land as its leaders are accused of selling off land to extremist Jewish settlers …

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Foreign ministry slams Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Golden Gate

RAMALLAH, September 10, 2017 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs condemned on Sunday the decision of the Israeli public prosecutor to shut down the Golden Gate, one of the gates of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. The ministry said Israeli authorities are gradually altering the historical status quo …

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Palestinian pilgrim abducted in Egypt’s Rafah

A Palestinian family has informed the Egyptian authorities of the kidnapping of their son after he crossed the Rafah border crossing yesterday, Quds Press reported. Abdel-Qader Qeshta, 41, was crossing the Egyptian border from the besieged Gaza Strip seeking to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. Qeshta’s brother, Khaled, told the …

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