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Senior Hamas figure critical after shooting accident

Gaza City: A senior figure in Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was hospitalised in critical condition Tuesday after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in what officials said was an accident. Imad al-Alami, a founding member of Hamas and former member of its highest political body, was wounded while “inspecting his personal weapon in his…

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Palestinian president to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence later this month following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday, as protests gripped the Palestinian territories for a third straight day. Retaliatory Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed two Hamas militants before dawn,…

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Israeli air strike wounds 14 in Gaza: Palestinians

GAZA CITY: Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday night in response to rocket attacks, the Israeli army said. It was the second night of rocket fire since US President Donald Trump’s statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. His declaration sent shock waves through the region, and…

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Palestinians observing ‘Day of Rage’ on Trump’s Jerusalem move

GAZA CITY: The Palestinians are observing “Day of Rage” on Friday in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Rallies and protests are expected near Israeli-controlled checkpoints in the West Bank and along the border with Gaza on Friday (December 8). Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem…

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Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising in response to Trump’s Jerusalem plan

JERUSALEM/GAZA: The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. The Israeli military said it was reinforcing troops in the occupied West Bank, deploying several new army battalions and putting other forces…

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Trump delays Jerusalem verdict as pressure mounts

WASHINGTON: Facing dark warnings of a historic misstep and widespread unrest, US President Donald Trump on Monday delayed a decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy there. The White House said Trump would miss a deadline to decide on shifting the embassy from Tel Aviv, after a…

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Hamas due to hand over Gaza to Palestinian Authority

Gaza City: Hamas is due to end its decade-long dominance of Gaza by Friday in its biggest step yet towards Palestinian unity, but hopes raised by a reconciliation deal have already given way to doubts. The Palestinian Authority is supposed to take control of the strip by December 1 under a landmark unity deal signed…

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Egypt opens Gaza border for first time since unity deal

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories: Egypt opened its largely sealed border with Gaza on Saturday after a reconciliation agreement with Hamas gave the Palestinian Authority control over the crossing for the first time since 2007. A Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing said it had opened at 0700 GMT and was expected to stay open for…

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Hamas, Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement Thursday on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Abbas calling it a “final” accord. Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip by December 1, according to a…

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Palestine’s Hamas ready for talks with Fatah, elections: statement

CAIRO: Palestine’s Hamas group has agreed to talks with rival Fatah movement, to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections as a way to implement a deal to end their long-running feud, the group said in a statement on Sunday, reported Reuters. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Western-backed Palestine Authority, controlled by Fatah, fought…

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Ex-Gaza chief Haniya elected leader of Hamas

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas elected ex-Gaza Strip chief Ismail Haniya as its new leader on Saturday, days after revising its founding charter to ease its stance on Israel. Haniya, seen as a pragmatist within the movement, is expected to remain in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave run by Hamas since 2007. His predecessor Khaled…

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Hamas accepts Palestinian state with 1967 borders, eases stance on Israel

Doha, Qatar: Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, unveiled a new policy document Monday, easing its stance on Israel. The move comes ahead of a first face-to-face meeting on Wednesday between US President Donald Trump and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, whose Fatah party remains deeply divided from Hamas. The document was unveiled in the Qatari capital Doha…

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Hamas boosts Gaza border force to ease rift with Egypt

GAZA CITY: As peace offerings go, prefabricated metal huts on a sand dune may seem unimpressive, but they are what the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, has chosen. Hamas has set up dozens of new border posts and military checkpoints along the enclave’s border with Egypt in an attempt to improve…

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Israel air strike hits Gaza after rocket fire

JERUSALEM: An Israeli air strike hit a Hamas facility in Gaza overnight after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel, the army said in a statement early Thursday.

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Blasts hit cars for Hamas, Islamic Jihad members in Gaza

GAZA CITY: Explosions on Sunday destroyed five cars in Gaza belonging to members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, witnesses and a security source said, amid tensions between the Palestinian territory's rulers and Islamist extremists. Police for Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, have not yet commented on the explosions in different areas of Gaza City….

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Hamas leader in rare talks with Saudi king

JEDDAH: The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, met Saudi King Salman during a pilgrimage to Mecca, in a rare encounter since a two-year rift, state news agency SPA reported Saturday. It said Meshaal headed a delegation of Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, on a two-day visit for the mini-pilgrimage to the…

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Hamas chief, Saudi king hold rare meeting

DUBAI: Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and other top officials from the Palestinian militant group met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and senior Saudi leaders on Friday, a Hamas source said, in the first meeting between the two sides for years. The meeting brought together top members of Hamas political wing with the Saudi king, crown…

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Gazans resort to makeshift homes year after war

GAZA CITY: Fouad Abu Asser and his family have returned to their neighbourhood amid the rubble of the Gaza Strip — but something resembling a shed is what they now call home. “We hear talk and more talk, but we still haven't seen anything,” the 54-year-old father said, referring to the slow pace of rebuilding…

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Israeli tanks strike Gaza after rocket fired

GAZA: Israeli tanks hit a position of the Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip after a rocket was launched on southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave, Israel's army said Friday. A military statement said its overnight strike had targeted “terrorist infrastructure” in the north of the Strip. A spokesman for Gaza's emergency services said…

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Egyptian court lists Hamas as terrorist organisation

CAIRO: An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial and security sources said on Saturday, one month after a judge listed the group's armed wing as a terrorist group. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically…

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Hamas says EU appeal to keep it on terror list 'immoral'

GAZA CITY: Palestinian movement Hamas slammed as “immoral” Monday an EU appeal to keep it on the bloc's terror blacklist, a month after a European court ordered its removal. “The European Union's insistence on keeping Hamas on the list of terrorist organisations is an immoral step, and reflects the EU's total bias in favour of…

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