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Skies Calm over Gaza as Truce Takes Hold

The skies over the Gaza Strip were calm Wednesday as a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired […]

Senior Hamas Official: Israel Agreed to Open Gaza Crossings

Israel has agreed to open Gaza crossings to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and construction material, senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said Tuesday. Speaking to Ma’an, Abu Marzouq added that three more Gaza crossings will be operated in addition the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings, which are already operating. Asked about the fishing […]

Abbas Set to Announce Ceasefire

President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday will declare a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, Ma’an has learned. Sources told Ma’an that Abbas would declare a long-term ceasefire agreement at 7:00 p.m. The head of the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo, Azzam al-Ahmad, has contacted officials in countries all over […]

12 Palestinians Killed as Israel Continues Gaza Assault

Twelve Palestinians were killed on Monday as Israel launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, medics said. Ahmad al-Dali and brothers Bassem and Ahmad Hijazi were killed when an airstrike targeted their car in Gaza City, medics said. Seven others were critically wounded in the strike. Earlier, a woman and a child were killed after Israel […]

Hamas Signs Palestinian Application for ICC Membership

Hamas has signed a proposal for the Palestinians to apply to join the International Criminal Court at which legal action could be taken against Israel, a senior official of the movement said Saturday. “Hamas signed the document which (Palestinian) president (Mahmoud Abbas) put forth as a condition that all factions approve, before he goes to […]

Israel Strikes Kill 10 in Gaza

Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday with scores of airstrikes, killing 10 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and bringing down a 12-story apartment building as Egypt called for new truce talks. Since a previous round of frantic Egyptian diplomacy collapsed last Tuesday, shattering nine days of calm, 86 Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy have been […]

Israeli Airstrikes kill 5 Palestinians in Gaza

Airstrikes killed five Palestinians in Gaza early Friday as Israel’s military assault on the besieged enclave continued. Yassin Hamed Abu Hamda and Mahmoud Qashlan were killed by strikes in al-Nuseirat refugee camp while Mahmoud Talaat Shreiteh, 14, and Bashir Ahmad Shreiteh, 35, were killed in central Gaza. Moussa Ahmad al-Abadla, 23, was killed and two […]

European Push for New UN Resolution on Gaza

Britain, France and Germany have launched a fresh bid at the UN to end six weeks of violence in Gaza, after Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement’s armed wing. The European initiative on Thursday came as fighting flared on the ground and an Egyptian-led effort to broker […]

4 Killed by Airstrikes while Burying Relatives in Gaza Cemetery

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in Gaza City on Thursday after targeting a cemetery in the Sheikh al-Radwan district, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Qidra said. The bodies of Muhammad Talal Abu Nahl, Rami Abu Nahl, Haitham Tafesh and Abed Talal Shuweikh were taken to al-Shifa medicial center. The victims were burying relatives who had been […]

Israel Kills 3 Senior Hamas Commanders in Gaza

Israel killed three of Hamas’ most prominent military commanders early Thursday in airstrikes targeting a building in Rafah. The al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were killed in the al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah. Abu Shammala was the general commander of the al-Qassam Brigades in the southern […]

US Accuses Israel of Targeting Abu Khdeir Family

The United States on Wednesday claimed Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenage son was kidnapped and killed in July. Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in annexed East Jerusalem plunged to a new low on July 2 when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was snatched from an East Jerusalem street and later found […]

Gaza Running on 6 hours of Electricity per Day

Most of Gaza is currently operating on six hours of electricity per day, the Strip’s power authority said in a statement Saturday. The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority will be able to continue supplying Gaza with that amount of power each day for another two months, “unless the company is targeted by Israeli attacks […]

Palestinian, Israeli Delegations Return to Cairo for Talks

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are preparing to return to Cairo late Saturday to continue indirect talks to reach a long-term ceasefire agreement before the current temporary truce expires. The head of the Palestinian Fatah movement’s delegation, Azzam al-Ahmad, told Ma’an that the new negotiations session would begin on Sunday. Sources close to the delegation told […]

Gaza Death Toll Hits 1,980 as Dozens Succumb to War Wounds

A Ministry of Health official warned Friday that the death toll in Gaza was expected to continue to rise as dozens succumbed to wounds sustained during the offensive and more bodies were recovered under the rubble of homes. Healthy ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that the death toll had hit 1,980 on Friday with at […]

Islamic Jihad Leader: Long-Term Truce to be Announced Soon

Deputy secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziad al-Nakhaala said on Thursday that a long-term ceasefire that would include the lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon, stressing that “great progress” had been made in negotiations. The announcement, which comes on the first day of a five-day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian […]

344 Children Born in UNRWA Shelters during Israeli Assault

UNRWA vehicles generally tend to carry aid or supplies, but this time the car belonging to the UN’s Palestine refugee agency was crowded with women and new-born babies. The women and their children were being taken to attend a ceremony where they would be given a hygiene kit of milk and diapers to take care […]

3 Elderly Palestinians Succumb to Wounds from Israeli Assault in Gaza

Three Palestinians died on Thursday evening as a result of injuries they sustained earlier during the Israeli assault, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra named two of the dead as Jihad Ali Abu Zeid, 61, and Mahdheyah al-Mebayyed, 91, both of whom died as a result of injuries sustained during […]

Clock Ticks Down to Gaza Truce Deadline

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will enter a final day of ceasefire talks in Cairo on Wednesday, as the clock ticks towards a 12 a.m. deadline ending a 72-hour truce. By that time, the negotiators must have either agreed on a permanent truce, accepted an extension or risk a resumption of more than a month of […]

Israeli Forces Arrest 57 Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces launched widespread arrest raids across East Jerusalem overnight, detaining 57 Palestinians, locals and a police spokesman said Wednesday. Residents told Ma’an that Israeli police stormed the Silwan, al-Isawiya, at-Tur, Suwwana, and Shufat neighborhoods of Jerusalem, in addition to the Old City, and arrested dozens of young Palestinian men and teenagers. Police officers broke […]

Israeli Warships Open Fire at Fishermen near Rafah

Israeli warships on Tuesday opened fire at fishermen off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, in an apparent violation of an agreed-upon three-day ceasefire, a union official said. Nizar Ayyash, spokesman for Gaza’s fishermen union, told Ma’an that a number of Palestinian fishermen were near the shore when Israeli forces shot at […]

Israeli Delegation Open to Easing Gaza Blockade

A nine-hour session of indirect negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo on Monday ended with a partial draft agreement on easing the blockade on Gaza, sources close to the talks told Ma’an. Negotiations for a lasting end to hostilities in the Gaza Strip are to resume at noon on Tuesday, the sources […]

Israeli Forces Kill Fatah Activist in Nablus Raid

Israeli forces killed a 24-year-old Palestinian man in Nablus overnight Sunday during a raid in the village of Qabalan, local officials and witnesses said. Qabalan mayor Hisham al-Azaar told Ma’an that Israeli forces killed Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra, 24, after laying siege to a building in the village. Al-Aqra’s brother is reported to live in […]

PCHR Condemns Killing of Gaza Human Rights Worker

A rights group Monday condemned an Israeli drone attack on Gaza that killed a Palestinian worker for a human rights organization the day before, a statement said. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that an Israeli drone attack killed 43-year-old Anwar al-Zaanin, a staff member of al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, at 1:20 p.m. […]

Ynet: Israel Defense Minister Says Hamas has Soldier’s Body

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Sunday that the body of missing soldier Oron Shaul is “obviously” in the hands of Hamas, Israeli media reported. “It’s obvious to us that Oron’s body is in the hands of Hamas, and we’re making every effort to retrieve it,” Yaalon said, according to the Israeli news site Ynet. […]

Baby Dies from Wounds Sustained in Gaza Shelling

A baby girl died on Monday from injuries sustained several days ago in Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip, medics said. Maydaa Muhammad Aslan, who was six-weeks-old, died of her injuries, medical sources said. A ceasefire went into effect at midnight Sunday, as over four weeks of bloody fighting have killed more than 1,917 Palestinians […]

Airstrikes on Gaza Kill 4 as Israel Refuses to Negotiate

Israel continued its bombardment of the Gaza Strip early Sunday, killing three Palestinians across the besieged coastal enclave as Cairo ceasefire negotiations stalled amid the Israeli withdrawal of its delegation. Overnight airstrikes primarily targeted the southern cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, killing three — including a thirteen-year old girl and a fourteen-year old boy […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill 12-year-old Palestinian Boy near Hebron

A 12-year old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while playing in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron in the southern West Bank early Sunday, medics told Ma’an. Palestinian medical sources at Hebron’s al-Ahli Hospital told Ma’an that Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati arrived at the hospital after being […]

Child Pulled from Gaza Rubble as Cairo Negotiations Continue

Medics recovered the body of a Palestinian child in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza on Saturday, a health official said. The body brought the death toll of the Israel’s 33-day offensive on the Strip to 1,904, with 9,837 injured, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement. Israeli warplanes continued targeting various sites across […]

3 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza

Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinians in the Gaza Strip late Saturday, a health ministry spokesman said. Ashraf al-Qidra said warplanes targeted a group of people in Deir al-Balah, killing 37-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad al-Jourani. Earlier, an airstrike hit a civilian car in the al-Barazil neighborhood in eastern Rafah, killing Said Atif Tamraz, 26, and Muhammad Adil […]

Child Killed as Israel Resumes Airstrikes across Gaza

Israeli warplanes struck multiple targets across the Gaza Strip on Friday after a 72-hour ceasefire agreement ended at 8 a.m, killing a child and injuring 11 Palestinians. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said Ibrahim Zuheir al-Dawawseh, 10, was killed and five others injured in an Israeli strike on a mosque in the Sheikh al-Radwan […]

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