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Qatari envoy abused, thrown out of hospital in Gaza

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Qatari ambassador in Palestine was kicked out from a hospital by the staff and public images and video shared on Monday revealed. The video showed angry staff at the Shifa hospital in Gaza showing Qatari envoy, Mohammed al-Emadi, being forced out, throwing shoes at him and tearing up the flag of Qatar while chanting slogans against Qatar. Ambassador Al-Emadi planned to hold a press conference at the hospital before being attacked and thrown out by staff. The assailants justified their act ...

Israeli jets strike Gaza after border blast wounds four soldiers

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave. The explosion which left two of the soldiers severely injured was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014. In response Israel's army said "fighter jets targeted 6 military targets in Gaza belonging to Hamas, including: a terror ...

Palestinian suffering reminds us of Nazi excesses

Friday, 9 February 2018

It has been more than 50 years since the unlawful Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These are Palestinian lands the Israelis control through repression, institutionalized discrimination, murder and systematic abuse of the Palestinian population’s rights. Human rights organizations have periodically highlighted major violations of international human rights laws and humanitarian laws that illustrate the occupation: unlawful killings; forced displacement; abusive detention; ...

Tariq A. Al-Maeena

Israeli planes hit Hamas compound in Gaza ‘after rocket fire’

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, after Palestinians there fired a rocket into Israel, the Israeli army said."In response to the projectile fired at southern Israel...fighter jets struck a Hamas compound composed of two military structures," the army statement said.There were no reports of casualties on either side.It was the second exchange in 24 hours, after the air force hit a Hamas position in Gaza early Friday in response to a rocket ...

Turkey criticizes US terror designation for Hamas chief

Friday, 2 February 2018

Turkey on Friday denounced the US decision to put the head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on its terror blacklist, saying it hoped the move would not have a negative impact on Ankara’s humanitarian aid to Gaza. The US State Department on Wednesday also slapped sanctions on Ismail Haniya, who was named head of Hamas in May 2017. Hamas has been on the US terror blacklist since 1997 but Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party has friendly ties with the ...

Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza after rocket fired

Friday, 2 February 2018

Israeli forces struck a Hamas position in Gaza early Friday after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave.“An aircraft targeted a Hamas observation post in the Gaza Strip,” an army statement said. The raid hit near Beit Hanoun in the north of the territory. There were no reports of any casualties, although a few nearby homes were damaged.Local resident Mohamed Abu Jarad said he and his family had been forced to flee their home after two missiles hit.The strike came hours ...

Israel sends Palestinian girl from West Bank to Gaza

Thursday, 1 February 2018

A Palestinian teenager from the West Bank arrested by Israel was sent to the Gaza Strip despite never having been there in her life, an NGO said Wednesday.Israeli rights group HaMoked said the 14-year-old girl, named only as Ghada, was arrested in Jerusalem on January 13 without a permit while visiting the Israeli-controlled city.While she is from a-Ram a few kilometres (miles) north of Jerusalem, her father is originally from Gaza, the Palestinian territory about 80 kilometres (some 50 miles) ...

Hamas: Top official in Gaza dies after mysterious shooting

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Hamas says one of its senior officials has died, three weeks after accidentally shooting himself while cleaning his weapon in Gaza.Spokesman Hazem Qassem said on Tuesday that Imad al-Alami had been unconscious since the Jan. 9 shooting.Hamas initially hastily announced al-Alami died naturally but later said he shot himself while checking his weapon at his Gaza City home and was in critical condition.The 62-year-old al-Alami held several key posts as a member of Hamas’ policy-making body ...

Gazan unearths Roman-era graves in vegetable patch

Saturday, 27 January 2018

When Abdul Karim al-Kafarnah went to check the rainwater gushing down a hole in his garden he was in for quite a shock -- hidden steps led him down to an ancient grave complex. The 24-year-old lives in the Beit Hanoun district of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli border which suffered intensive bombardment during the 2014 conflict between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants. The family home was destroyed and the surrounding plots heavily churned up, leaving extensive craters in the ground. ...

Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza it says intended for attacks

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Israel said Sunday it used a combination of air strikes and other means to destroy a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the country and continuing into Egypt. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel belonged to Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and was intended for attacks as opposed to smuggling. Such tunnels have been used to carry out attacks in the past. He said he was not aware of any casualties from the destruction of the tunnel, which was still being built. ...

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