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Why Hamas wants to distance itself from recent rocket launch

On Oct. 17, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an Israeli house in Beersheba, in southern Israel, causing significant damage. Yet, surprisingly, none of the Palestinian factions claimed responsibility for the rocket launch. Despite these factions previously having deemed attacks on southern Israel as justified “national action,” they sought to distance themselves this time, raising questions …

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Mahmoud Abbas may well be shooting himself in the foot, but where is Fatah?

SHARES Share to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppWhatsAppShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to MoreAddthisMore It is no secret that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is experiencing an unprecedented political crisis, in light of the measures that the Trump administration is taking to impose a “peace” deal tailored to the Israeli occupation. …

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Withdrawal from Palestinian reconciliation is not allowed: Sinwar

CAIRO – 17 November 2017: Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya al-Sinwar confirmed on Thursday, concerning the reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, that withdrawal is not allowed. The state of division would damage the Palestinian national project, if persisted, Sinwar said during a meeting arranged by the Palestinian …

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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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Palestinian police chief says Hamas must disarm

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: The head of the Palestinian police said Wednesday that Hamas must disarm to allow a landmark reconciliation deal signed last month with rivals Fatah to succeed. Hazem Atallah’s comments came as cracks began to show in the Palestinian reconciliation deal mediated by Egypt over the issue …

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Palestinian government resumes control of Rafah crossing with Egypt

Ceremony at Rafah crossing to hand over control to the Palestinian government. (WAFA photo) RAFAH, November 1, 2017 (WAFA) – For the first time since July 2007, the Palestinian government resumed control on Wednesday of the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the south of the Gaza Strip marking a new …

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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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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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