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Abbas tightens grip on Palestinian governmental bodies

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has tightened his grip on the PLO after he officially approved the distribution of tasks and departments among the Executive Committee’s members on Aug. 1. Under the new distribution, Abbas, who heads the PLO’s Executive Committee, assumed the position of chairman and head of the National Fund, which …

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Palestinian police patrol Hebron in rare sight for locals

Palestinians in the old town of Hebron were recently surprised to see armed and uniformed officers of the Palestinian security forces patrolling the town for the first time since 1997. The city in the southern West Bank is divided into two parts under the Hebron Protocol signed in 1997 between Israel and the PLO. …

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Three killed in Israeli strike on Gaza, including pregnant woman and her baby

Three Palestinians, a pregnant woman and her baby, and a man, were killed in Israeli warplane airstrikes on Gaza on Wednesday night. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that three Palestinians were killed, and six others were wounded in Israeli attacks on the strip, as Israel targeted what it called …

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‘Hamas delegation has returned to Egypt with all the answers’

Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh said that the movement’s delegation, which arrived in Gaza last week, returned to Cairo with full information about all  the issues surrounding the Palestinian issue, the Safa news agency reported yesterday.

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Humanitarian Coordinator urges Israel to allow emergency fuel into Gaza

The Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick, called upon the Israeli authorities on Wednesday to immediately allow the entry of UN-purchased emergency fuel into the besieged Gaza Strip. McGoldrick said, in a press statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory, “restricting the …

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Germany contributes over €8 million to UNRWA’s food program

The government of Germany announced, on Wednesday, a contribution of an additional support of €8.4 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) food program in the besieged Gaza Strip. The German representative Office in Ramallah said in a statement that the €8.4 million contribution …

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