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 ...

Israel accuses Turkey of aiding Hamas

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Israel on Monday accused Turkey of helping the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas to gain in military strength, following its arrest and deportation of a Turkish citizen. The Shin Bet intelligence agency said the movement's "economic and military activity in Turkey takes place unhindered as Turkish officials turn a blind eye and -- on occasion -- encourage it". "This activity relies on -- inter alia -- business platforms that serve Hamas in laundering funds that are transferred ...

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 ...

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 ...

Alienation drives young Palestinians beyond politics

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Confrontations between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have taken on a life of their own since Palestinian leaders called for protests against Donald Trump’s decision to treat Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.While Hamas, Fatah and other groups call for a weekly show of strength on Fridays, dozens of stone-throwers turn out along the border between Gaza and Israel every day, even when, as last Friday, a protest is called off due to bad weather.Some wear the colors of the various ...

Philippines to deport Hamas ‘rocket scientist’

Monday, 22 January 2018

The Philippines said Monday it would deport an elderly Iraqi man described as a scientist for Hamas and accused of helping the Palestinian militant group lob missiles at Israel.Iraq tipped off the Philippines about the presence of Taja Mohammad Al Jabori, who was arrested on Sunday, national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa told reporters.However, the arrest was due to visa problems rather than any evidence of militant activity, the police chief emphasized.“He's an illegal alien, his visa is ...

Hamas member injured in blast that targeted his car in southern Lebanon

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A car explosion rocked the Lebanese southern city of Sidon on Sunday and injured its owner who was identified as Mohammed Hamdan, the Lebanese army said in a statement. According to the Lebanese National News Agency, Hamdan, aka Abu Hamza, is a Palestinian national and a member of Hamas. He was about to get into the car when it exploded and caught fire. Hamdan was transferred to hospital, while security forces cordoned the area and firefighters rushed to the scene. An investigation is underway ...

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Islamist movement Hamas said on Saturday it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions. “We have taken the decision not to participate in the meeting of the (Palestinian) Central Council in Ramallah,” Hamas said in a ...

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