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Israel’s DM threatens Gaza: ‘We’re preparing something’

Israel’s Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has renewed his threats of a large-scale offensive against the Gaza Strip, speaking to Channel 12 News yesterday evening, reported Arutz Sheva. “I do not want short rounds [of fighting],” said Bennett. “Now we have eliminated terrorists in both Gaza and Damascus and made a …

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Report: Israel carried out 760 violations against Palestinian journalists in 2019

Israeli occupation forces committed 760 violations and crimes against Palestinian journalists in 2019, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) has said. In a report issued by the Freedoms Committee, the PJS recorded 12 critical injuries with live ammunition, 62 injuries with rubber-coated steel bullets and 58 injuries in which tear-gas canisters …

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Qatar’s continued assistance to Gaza Strip in question

Despite press reports to the contrary, Qatar has not informed Hamas that Doha might not renew humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip beginning in January, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told Al-Monitor. The Qatari assistance was part of truce agreements mediated by Egypt between Hamas and Israel. In October 2018, Qatar agreed to provide $150 million in emergency humanitarian aid to …

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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian woman at checkpoint this morning

Israeli security personnel shot a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli police said, and Palestinian officials said she died of her injury, reports Reuters. The West Bank, among territories where Palestinians seek statehood, has seen simmering street violence since US-sponsored peace talks with Israel broke …

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Palestinians demand legal protection after ‘honour’ killing of Israa Gharib

“No to violence against women!” Palestinian women and men of all ages shouted, marching from Bethlehem’s manger square down to Beit Sahour. “From Beit Sahour to the government leaders, we need laws to protect women!” Saturday afternoon, August 31, a group of almost 100 people gathered in the middle of …

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Abbas starts austerity measures by sacking his advisers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided to fire all his advisers Aug. 19, regardless of their title or ranking. He also canceled all “the decisions and contracts related to them,” and suspended the rights and privileges they received in their advisory capacity. Abbas’ decision, published by the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, made no mention of …

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