$50,000 payments help grieving Gaza families end blood feuds

Friday, 20 October 2017

As the rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas move to reconcile, families of loved ones killed in Gaza’s civil war a decade ago are also learning to get along. With the backing of an exiled former Palestinian security chief, grieving families are agreeing to drop their 10-year-old blood feuds in exchange for $50,000 payments. The idea is to help Gaza move beyond one of its darkest chapters - the weeklong round of internecine fighting that ended with Hamas’ takeover of the ...

Hamas says unity deal at risk if Abbas does not end sanctions

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hamas warned on Tuesday that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s delay in easing sanctions on Gaza was putting at risk a landmark unity deal signed last week.“The continuation of the punitive measures against our people in Gaza a month after the dissolution of the administrative council spoils the general atmosphere for reconciliation,” a party spokesman said in a statement to Hamas media.Islamist group Hamas last month agreed to dissolve its administrative council, seen as a ...

Gaza Instagram stars want world to get the picture

Monday, 16 October 2017

They may not be able to leave Gaza without Israeli or Egyptian permission, but their photos can.The two women are among a small number of Instagram stars in the blockaded Palestinian enclave, showing followers a different side of their homeland from what much of the world may be used to hearing or seeing.“I see Instagram as a window,” says Kholoud Nassar, 26, wearing a pink hijab and fiddling with a toy car that features in many of her pictures.Fatma Mosabah, 21, agrees, saying that ...

US to follow up on Gaza situation following Hamas, Fatah reconciliation

Friday, 13 October 2017

The US Department of State said it will closely follow up on the humanitarian situation in Gaza after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday. A US Department of State spokesperson welcomed the Palestinian authority’s efforts to assume administrative responsibilities in Gaza and said the deal is an important step that will help deliver humanitarian aid to residents in Gaza. According to the deal brokered by Egypt, Hamas and Fatah will complete ...

Abbas to visit Gaza within a month for Palestinian unity bid

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will visit Gaza for the first time in a decade within a month, a top official in his Fatah party said on Thursday, after reconciliation talks with rivals Hamas. Abbas “will be in Gaza within less than a month,” Zakaria al-Agha, a senior Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip, told AFP after a breakthrough in talks between the two sides in Cairo. Abbas has not visited the enclave since his forces were pushed out in 2007 by Islamists Hamas, who have ...

How Palestinian unity efforts can catch Iran off-guard

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

After years of schism, the Palestinian groups, Fatah and Hamas decided to end the bloody split. Rami Hamdallah, the Palestinian Prime Minister warmly shook hands with Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Gaza Strip.Conflicts between known Palestinian groups is one of the main reasons to not achieve peace for the long bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It is public knowledge that the Iranian regime is fomenting these conflicts by consistently drive a wedge between various Palestinian groups. Adding ...

Hamid Bahrami

Israel strikes Hamas post after Gaza rocket fire

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Israeli military said on Sunday it destroyed an outpost belonging to the Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Gaza militants fired a rocket toward Israel. The rocket set off air raid sirens in southern Israel but fell short, landing inside Palestinian territory, the Israeli military said in a statement. “In response, an (Israeli) tank targeted and destroyed a Hamas outpost in the southern Gaza Strip,” it said. Officials in Gaza said no ...

Hamas arrests suspected militant leader in Gaza

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Hamas police detained a suspected militant leader in Gaza on Saturday, a security source said, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of ISIS group ideology. “This morning, security forces arrested Nour Issa, 27, who is a leader of the deviant thought movement and is from Bureij Camp in central Gaza, along with others,” the source said, using a phrase Hamas officials routinely use to refer to militants, including ISIS. The internal security service confirmed on its ...

After years of deprivation, Gaza opens its doors again

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Finally, Gaza’s leadership opens its doors with arms wide open to the Palestinian Authority to end their dispute, release its detainees, and to hand over the keys to the local administration.This is an important political and humanitarian deal and the credit for it goes to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government, the first to succeed in a decade.If the agreement takes full course, and if Ramallah and Gaza’s leaders cooperate, one of the worst humanitarian disasters ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Palestinian rivals declare three stages to end decade-long split

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Palestinian Authority Spokesperson Yousef al-Mahmoud has said that the agreement to end division between rivals Hamas and Fatah will be accomplished in three stages; the formation of committees to begin work on solving the problems of the crossings, electricity, water and other issues. "We are determined to resolve all outstanding issues to achieve reconciliation," he added. He said that the government held a "quick discussion to resolve electricity, water and reconstruction ...

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