Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Israeli army arrests Hamas lawmaker – NGO

Aug 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Muhammed Abu Teir s arrest brings to 13 the number of people from the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council currently jailed by Israel according to the Palestinian rights group Addameer

MOHAMMED ABU TEIR. Palestinian Senior Hamas legislator and east Jerusalem resident Mohammed Abu Teir talks on the phone as he is welcomed by supporters after crossing into the West Bank town of Betunya following his released from Israel's Offer prison and deported to the West Bank, on December 8, 2010. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Ex-Gaza chief Haniya elected leader of Hamas

May 06, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Ismail Haniya a known pragmatist within the Hamas is expected to remain in the Gaza Strip unlike his predecessor

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Hamas to amend controversial charter in bid to ease ties

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:57 PM

The party leadership is to publish a supplementary charter at a conference in Qatar on Monday May 1

SHADOW GOVERNMENT? Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrives for a meeting with Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki at the Carthage presidential palace on the outskirts of Tunis on September 12, 2014. Photo by Salah Habibi/AFP

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Islamist movement Hamas accuses Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of being behind the killing of Mazen Faqha

Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief – officials

Feb 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Yahya Sinwar succeeds Ismail Haniya who is seen by many observers as the most likely successor to Hamas s current exiled leader Khaled Meshaal

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows then Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/ AFP

Israel hits Hamas after 'projectile' fired – army

Feb 06, 2017 - 11:07 PM

Two Hamas posts were targeted by Israeli tank fire a Palestinian security source says while air strikes later hit targets in northern Gaza sending a column of black smoke into the air

AIR STRIKE. Palestinians run for cover as smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Abed/ AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Alluring fake profiles dupe Israeli soldiers

Jan 12, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Hamas militants hack into soldiers smartphones by pretending to be attractive women on Facebook

STANDING GUARD. Israeli soldiers guard a checkpoint blocking access to the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 26, 2016, before reopening the entrance to the Palestinian camp. File photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Israel bekukan izin perjalanan 83 ribu warga Palestina

Jun 09, 2016 - 11:24 PM

Hamas mengatakan ada banyak kejutan untuk Israel selama Ramadan

Dua pria Palestina melakukan penembakan di salah satu pusat perbelanjaan dan wisata di Tel Aviv, Israel pada Rabu, 8 Juni 2016. Pemerintah langsung membekukan izin lintas. EPA/JOHANNA GERON

Niger presidential candidate ill, to be flown to Paris for treatment

Mar 16, 2016 - 9:23 PM

The COPA 2016 spokesman says Amadou will likely be admitted to the American Hospital in the west Paris suburb of Neuilly

HAMA AMADOU. Supporters in a bus carry a campaign poster for presidential candidate Hama Amadou which reads in French 'Vote, we will decide together' in Niamey, Niger February 13, 2016. File Photo by Arne Gillis/EPA

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UN chief 'not optimistic' about Israeli-Palestinian crisis

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:14 AM

Ban tells the Security Council that addressing the situation at the holy sites is key to quelling tensions and that he is very concerned by incitement from both sides

In this file photo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo

'Fiercest clashes' as Syria regime advances with Russian support

Oct 12, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Syrian state television says regime forces captured the village of Kafr Nabuda in Hama province where they are pressing an operation on both sides of the strategic Damascus Aleppo highway

STRIKE. An image grab made from a video made available on the Russian Defence Ministry's official website on October 7, 2015 reportedly shows a Russian warship launching a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea during a strike against Islamic State (ISIS) group's positions in Syria. Russian Defense Ministry/Handout/AFP

Israel demolishes attackers' homes in crackdown

Oct 06, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Israel demolishes the homes of two Palestinians behind attacks and sealed off a room in another the army says

ON PATROL. Israeli border police patrolling in the main street from Shuafat neighborhood, on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, during clashes with Palestinian protesters October 5, 2015. Atef Safadi/EPA

Netanyahu vows 'fight to death' as clashes spread after attacks

Oct 05, 2015 - 5:35 PM

The rioting follows 3 attacks in recent days that have killed 4 Israelis and wounded several others including a two year old child

HIGH SECURITY. An Ultra orthodox Jew passing Israeli Police on patrol in an alley of the old city of Jerusalem, October 4, 2015. Atef Safadi/EPA

Gaza car blasts target Hamas, Islamic Jihad armed wings

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:19 AM

The five near simultaneous blasts come amid growing tensions between the Palestinian territory s rulers and extremist opponents

BURNED. Palestinians gather around a burnt-out car in Gaza City on July 19, 2015, after explosions 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. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Hamas leader in rare talks with Saudi king

Jul 18, 2015 - 10:50 PM

Hamas a rival of the West Bank based Palestinian Authority is engaged in indirect contacts with Israel over a long term truce in exchange for an easing of the Jewish state s blockade of Gaza

HAMAS. Palestinian fighters of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, pose with weapons during a Hamas rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Hamas militant group in Gaza City on, 14 December 2014.  Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian gov't

Jun 17, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Hamas: No one told us anything about any decision to change and no one consulted with us about any change in the unity government Fatah acted on its own in all regards

PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP. A handout photograph supplied by the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) as he leads prayers during meeting of the Central Committee of Fatah in the West Bank town of Ramallah, June 16, 2015. Osama Falah/Handout/EPA

Egypt court confirms Morsi death sentence over jailbreak

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:14 PM

UPDATED Earlier the same court sentences Morsi to life in prison on charges of spying for the Palestinian Hamas movement Lebanon s Shiite Hezbollah and Iran

MORSI. A file photo dated June 2, 2015 shows ousted Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi gesturing from inside a cage in the courtroom where he stood trial in Cairo, Egypt. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Israeli probe defends 'lawful' Gaza war actions

Jun 15, 2015 - 12:08 AM

Nine months after the end of the conflict Israel reveals the findings of the investigation into the conduct of its forces and that of the Hamas militants it was fighting

WAR. A Palestinian walks between destroyed houses in the Al Shejaeiya neighborhood in the East of Gaza City, 10 September 2014. Photo from EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Palestine joins International Criminal Court

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:19 PM

The Palestinians call on Israel to also join the global court which was set up in 2002 to try crimes against humanity war crimes and genocide

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Egypt court declares Palestinian movement Hamas 'terrorist'

Feb 28, 2015 - 9:10 PM

Hamas was founded in 1987 shortly after the start of the first Palestinian intifada or uprising and was inspired by Egypt s Muslim Brotherhood

 Palestinian fighters of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, pose with weapons during a Hamas rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Hamas militant group in Gaza City on, 14 December 2014. Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

US jury orders Palestinians to pay over Jerusalem attacks

Feb 24, 2015 - 8:37 AM

Israel welcomes the decision as a moral victory but the Palestinians accused the lawsuit of being politically motivated and vowed to appeal

AFTERMATH. Picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) shows general view of the cafeteria following an explosion at east Jerusalem's Hebrew University 31 July 2002. Avi Ohayon/Israel Govt Press Office/File/AFP

Protesters try to storm UN compound in Gaza

Jan 28, 2015 - 9:38 PM

A UN statement condemns the assault saying security forces had not provided enough security ahead of the planned protest

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

EU challenges removal of Hamas from terror blacklist

Jan 19, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Hamas which was first blacklisted by the EU in 2001 says the decision to appeal was immoral

Israel mulls war crimes suits against top Palestinians – source

Jan 03, 2015 - 9:44 PM

The Palestinians presents a request to the United Nations on Friday to join the International Criminal Court ICC a move firmly opposed by Israel and the United States

 Palestinian fighters of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, pose with weapons during a Hamas rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Hamas militant group in Gaza City on, 14 December 2014. Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

Hamas chief lauds Turkey as 'source of power' for Muslims

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:13 PM

A democratic stable and developed Turkey is a source of power for all Muslims says Khaled Meshaal in an address to the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP annual congress

File photo of Khaled Meshaal from AFP

EU court strikes Hamas from terror blacklist

Dec 17, 2014 - 5:59 PM

UPDATED The decision to remove Hamas from the terrorism blacklist is based on technical grounds and does not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group

MOURNING. Palestinian Hamas supporters mourn over the body of one of three Hamas senior commanders killed in an Israeli military strike during their funerals at a mosque in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, on August 21, 2014. Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief. AFP/Thomas Coex

Palestinian rams car into Jerusalem crowd, killing baby

Oct 23, 2014 - 7:26 AM

It is the second such deadly incident in 3 months prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately order an increase in police presence across the city

Israeli police examine a car at the scene of what is believed to be an terrorist attack in Jerusalem, Israel, 22 October 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Ban: Leaders on both sides must overcome their differences and dispense with the unilateral initiatives that serve only to fuel mistrust and polarization

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo/File

Gaza donors meet as US pushes peace talks revival

Oct 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and 30 of his counterparts join UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon who is seeking a record 1 6 billion 1 3 billion euros in aid to rebuild Gaza

A Palestinian boy holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in the ruins of a destroyed house during the visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Beit Hanun town in the nortern Gaza Strip on 09 October 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Palestinian unity government holds first Gaza meeting

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:43 PM

The gathering came more than three months after the government was sworn in following a landmark reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah (C) delivers a speech during a tour to some of the areas worst hit by the 50-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in July and August, during a visit to the Gaza Strip, on October 9, 2014. Said Khatib/AFP

Israel PM vows to refute Palestinian 'lies' at UN

Sep 28, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Netanyahu: In my UN General Assembly speech and in all of my meetings I will represent the citizens of Israel and will – on their behalf – refute the slander and lies directed at our country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a special cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office in Israel, 23 September 2014. Gali Tibbon/Pool/EPA

Abbas demands end to Israeli occupation 'now'

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:07 AM

The future proposed by the Israeli government for the Palestinian people is at best isolated ghettos for Palestinians on fragmented lands At worst it will be a most abhorrent form of apartheid

'END OCCUPATION NOW.' A Palestinian family is having dinner in an East Jerusalem restaurant near Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, September 26, 2014 as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in a hard-hitting speech calling for Palestinian statehood and slamming Israel for the recent 50-day war in the Gaza Strip. Photo by Jim Hollander/EPA

Hamas, Fatah agree on return of unity government in Gaza

Sep 25, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk and Fatah s head of delegation Azam al Ahmad confirmed that an agreement had been reached

Gaza truce negotiators set new talks for end of October

Sep 23, 2014 - 10:58 PM

The Palestinian delegation which includes rival factions Hamas and president Mahmud Abbas s Fatah will remain in Cairo this week to discuss resolving their own disputes

Israel troops kill 2 Palestinian suspects in teens murder

Sep 23, 2014 - 2:42 PM

UPDATED Amer Abu Eisha and Marwan Qawasmeh whom Israel had accused of carrying out the kidnapping and murder were killed in exchange of fire in the southern West Bank city of Hebron the army said

PRAYERS FOR THE BOYS. Israelis light candles at the bus stop where the three teenagers were last seen in Gush Etzion, near Hebron, the West Bank, 30 June 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

Gaza mortar fire on Israel for first time since truce – army

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:28 AM

An Israeli army statement said that a mortar round struck the Eshkol region which borders the Gaza Strip

Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Hamas denies running 'shadow government' in Gaza

Sep 13, 2014 - 10:32 AM

There is a national unity government; talk of a parallel government is totally against reality says Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal

TUNISIA, Tunis : Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrive for a meeting with Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki at the Carthage presidential palace on the outskirts of Tunis on September 12, 2014. Salah Habibi/AFP

Israel wary of new Gaza violence if Cairo talks fail

Sep 11, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Deputy foreign minister Tzahi Hanegbi: There are chances that Hamas will restart its routine of violence this is a possibility we can t ignore

Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israeli army launches 5 criminal probes over Gaza war

Sep 11, 2014 - 12:02 AM

The United Nations and international rights groups have condemned Israel for numerous attacks which resulted in heavy civilian casualties

A Palestinian man walks past a destroyed building in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, 14 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Cairo truce talks to resume mid-September: Hamas

Sep 10, 2014 - 11:45 PM

50 days of deadly fighting between Israel and Gaza militants ended on August 26 with an open ended truce agreement

CEASEFIRE. A Palestinian boy smiles standing next to a destroyed house, hours before a 72-hours ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will come to an end, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza, 07 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Abbas says may end unity with Hamas over Gaza governance

Sep 07, 2014 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED The threat draws an angry reaction from Hamas denouncing the president s allegations as baseless and raising fresh questions over the future of a fragile intra Palestinian unity deal

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

After ceasefire, Gazans dream of reopened airport

Sep 04, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Once a symbol of Palestinian hopes for statehood the Yasser Arafat International Airport has become a constant reminder that Gaza is largely cut off from the outside world

IN RUINS. A general view taken on August 18, 2014, shows the destroyed and deserted terminal of the Gaza strips’ former international airport in the southern city of Rafah. Thomas Coex/AFP

If we are concerned with Gaza...

Aug 31, 2014 - 12:32 AM

It would be wise to look beyond the battles contextualize democratic Israel and the fundamentalist Hamas that seems to be heading into the abyss of superstition and fundamentalism

Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:33 AM

The spokesman for Al Quds Brigades delivers a speech praising backers Iran and allies Hezbollah and declaring the militants would redouble efforts to rearm

Aid convoys trundle into Gaza as ceasefire holds

Aug 28, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Millions in and around the war torn enclave enjoyed a welcome day of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel

Two Palestinian boys walk amid the rubble of destroyed homes in Shejaiya on August 27, 2014. Roberto Schmidt/AFP