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Israeli Warships Open Fire at Gaza Fishermen off Coast of Rafah

Israeli forces opened fire at fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, in apparent violation of the ceasefire agreement reached with Palestinian factions a week ago, fishermen said. Palestinian fishermen told Ma’an that Israeli warships used machine guns to fire at their boats while they were sailing within the agreed-upon six-nautical-mile […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Critically Injure Jerusalem Teen

A Palestinian teenager was critically wounded late Sunday after an Israeli soldier shot him in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet, relatives said. Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, from Wadi al-Joz suffered a fractured skull after being shot, his father said. The teenager was speaking on his mobile phone while walking to a nearby […]

9-year-old Child Dies from Wounds Sustained in Gaza War

A nine-year-old boy died in Gaza on Monday from wounds sustained during Israel’s recent offensive on the besieged enclave, medics said. Ziad al-Rifi was injured on Aug. 21 in an Israeli airstrike near his family home in Gaza City which killed Tariq al-Rifi, 35, his sons Omar and Muhammad, and seven-year-old Abdullah Tariq al-Rifi. The […]

Protests in Hebron as Israeli checkpoint Closure Enters 9th Day

Dozens of Palestinians protested on Hebron’s Shuhada Street Sunday morning after Israeli forces maintained a closure of a city center checkpoint for the ninth day, disrupting life and commerce in the southern West Bank city. Residents say that because of the closure, they have been forced to take a 3-4 kilometer route around the entire […]

Netanyahu: Israel Agreed Gaza Truce to Focus on IS, al-Qaeda

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel agreed to a permanent truce in its 50-day Gaza war with Hamas in order to keep focused on the threat from regional militants, after Palestinians claimed the war had been a major defeat for Israel. “We fought for 50 days and we could have fought for 500 […]

Fatah: Gaza Reconstruction will Come through National Unity

The central committee of the Fatah party on Friday stressed the need to maintain and strengthen Palestinian national reconciliation in order to address the challenges of rebuilding Gaza after more than 50 days of Israeli assault. The committee also recommended in the meeting in Ramallah — which was presided over by president Mahmoud Abbas — […]

50 Days of War in Gaza Likely to Cost Israel Dearly

Israel may be painting a victorious picture of the war in Gaza, but 50 days of fighting looks set to cost it dearly on the political, economic and diplomatic fronts. Under attack by hawks in his cabinet for accepting a ceasefire which ended the violence on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has seen his […]

Palestinians Slowly Return to Familiar Routines in Gaza

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are slowly returning to their normal routines as residents mark the first Friday without fighting for 51 days. The familiar rituals of waking up early to go shopping, preparing for Friday prayers or heading to lunch with relatives all changed during Israel’s military offensive, with public spaces, shopping centers, and […]

Gaza Fishermen Reap Rewards as Restrictions Eased

Palestinian fishermen in Gaza say they are already seeing the benefits of an extended fishing zone, with thousands of kilograms of fresh produce caught only days after Tuesday’s ceasefire agreement. Fishermen say they have brought home a varied catch of sardines, squid, shrimps, crabs and lax to Gaza’s markets since Tuesday, with some varieties of […]

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 […]

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