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Hamas confirms indirect talks with Israel over Gaza

Gaza, Feb 16 (IANS) Hamas and Israel held indirect discussions, faciliated by Egypt, to further implement the November ceasefire that ended their clash in Gaza, a Hamas official said Saturday, reported Xinhua.

Hamas leader makes historic visit to Gaza

Gaza, Dec 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Khaled Meshaal, political leader of Hamas, has reached the Gaza Strip, setting foot on Palestinian soil for the first time in 37 years.

Hamas urged to abide by ceasefire

Gaza, Nov 26 (IANS) UN's special envoy to the Middle East has urged Hamas to abide by the Egyptian−brokered ceasefire with Israel for the interest of people in the Gaza Strip, Xinhua reported.

Arafat's remains to be exhumed Tuesday

Gaza, Nov 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed probe into his death, the Palestinian authorities said.

Israeli air strikes wreck Palestine stadium

Gaza, Nov 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Israeli air strikes left the Palestine stadium in the Gaza Strip in ruins as a bombing campaign on the enclave entered its sixth day Monday.

Fresh Israeli air strikes push Gaza toll to 91

Gaza, Nov 19 (IANS) Newly launched Israeli air strikes killed three more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Monday, taking the toll to 91 on the sixth day of the ongoing conflict, Xinhua reported.

Nine members of family killed in Israeli airstrike: Medic

Gaza, Nov 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least nine members of a family were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza Sunday, a Palestinian medic told RIA Novosti.

Russia to help exhume Arafat's remains

Gaza, Nov 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian experts will be part of an international group tasked with exhuming the body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, alleged to have been poisoned by polonium, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday.

Crocodile caught in Gaza sewer

Gaza, Nov 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Gaza Strip police have caught a two-meter crocodile, who roamed the pipes of a sewer network for about two years, keeping residents in terror.

Israeli army, Gaza militants trade fire as fragile calm collapses

Gaza, Oct 29 (IANS) A non-written deal brokered by Egypt between the Israeli army and the Gaza Strip Hamas-led militants collapsed Monday, after the Gaza militants fired barrages of rockets on Israel in response to Israeli incursions and airstrikes on the coastal enclave, reported Xinhua.

Qatar's Emir lays cornerstone of Gaza housing project

Gaza, Oct 23 (IANS) Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, laid the cornerstone of a housing complex bearing his name in the Gaza Strip shortly after he arrived in the Palestinian enclave Tuesday, reported Xinhua.

Qatari Emir concludes Gaza visit, calls for Palestinian unity

Gaza, Oct 23 (IANS) Qatar's Emir, Shaikh Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani concluded Tuesday an official seven-hour long visit to the Gaza Strip, ruled by Islamic Hamas movement, the first of its kind by a head of state since 2007.

Israeli navy takes over Gaza-bound ship

Gaza, Oct 20 (IANS) The Israeli navy took over a Gaza-bound ship carrying international pro-Palestinian activists Saturday, reported Xinhua citing Israel Radio.

Palestinians condemn Israel's interception of Gaza-bound Finnish boat

Gaza, Oct 20 (IANS) A number of Palestinian officials and activists Saturday condemned Israel's interception of a Gaza-bound Finnish boat and called for an urgent international intervention to end the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip which had lasted for more than five years.

Hamas to appoint Abu Marzouk as chief?

Gaza, Oct 24 (IANS) Hamas is considering appointing Moussa Abu Marzouk, currently deputy head of the Hamas politburo, to replace Khaled Mashaal as the movement's chief, party sources said Wednesday.

Hamas PM reshuffles cabinet

Gaza, Spe 2 (IANS) Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh Sunday reshuffled his cabinet, replacing seven ministers.

Hamas calls on Palestinians to abduct Israelis

Gaza, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A senior Hamas official has called on Palestinian militants to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to exchange them for Palestinians captured by Israel.

Palestinian reconciliation unlikely in 2012: Hamas official

Gaza, March 31 (IANS) A Hamas official Saturday ruled out the possibility that the Palestinian reconciliation will take place this year, blaming mainly Israel and the US for blocking it.

Hamas says political motives behind Gaza's mounting energy crisis

Gaza, March 20 (IANS) Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, said on Tuesday that there are political motives behind the energy shortage that has been troubling the impoverished coastal enclave for four months.

Israeli jets raid Gaza

Gaza, Feb 12 (IANS) Israeli fighter jets Saturday night raided four targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least two people, medics and witnesses said.

Israel should meet its obligations to revive peace: Abbas

Gaza, Dec 31 (IANS) Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that Israel should meet its obligations in order to restart the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Bethlehem receives 1.5 mn tourists in 2011

Bethlehem, Dec 25 (IANS) Bethlehem, the city where Jesus was born, has received around 1.5 million tourists so far this year, officials said.

Palestinian rivals prepare for Cairo summit

Gaza, Nov 13 (IANS) Palestinian rivals are making intensive contacts to prepare for a meeting between their leaders, initially scheduled to take place in Egypt's Cairo later this month, Palestinian sources said Sunday.

Five Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike

Gaza, Oct 29 (IANS) Five Palestinian militants were killed Saturday when an Israeli war jet struck a military training site of the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement's armed wing al-Quds Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The militant group vowed heavy revenge.


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