Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, officials said. It was the highest-level meeting between Abbas and an Israeli minister to be made public since Israel’s new government was formed in June. Gantz, who heads a centrist party, told Abbas that Israel… Read More Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz

Palestinian guerrilla faction founder Ahmed Jibril dies at 83

Ahmed Jibril, whose Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command was one of the main guerrilla groups fighting against Israel in the 1970s and 1980s and more recently backed Syria’s government in civil war, died in Damascus on Wednesday. He was 83. “He has dedicated his life to serving Palestine and the… Read More Palestinian guerrilla faction founder Ahmed Jibril dies at 83

Israel launches airstrikes on Hamas sites over fire ballons

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza on Wednesday after incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave in the first such attacks since a fragile ceasefire ended 11 days of deadly fighting last month. The violence poses an early test for the government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, whose patchwork coalition came to… Read More Israel launches airstrikes on Hamas sites over fire ballons

Israeli police briefly detain prominent Palestinian activist twins from East Jerusalem

Israeli police detained two prominent Palestinian activists on Sunday who have become the faces of a campaign to halt Palestinian evictions from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Footage on social media on Sunday showed Muna El-Kurd, 23, whose family faces eviction from their home in Sheikh Jarrah after Jewish settlers won an Israeli… Read More Israeli police briefly detain prominent Palestinian activist twins from East Jerusalem

Egypt sends engineers, building equipment to begin reconstruction of Gaza following recent conflict

Egypt has sent a convoy of engineers and building equipment to Gaza to begin reconstruction in the Palestinian enclave after the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egyptian state television reported on Friday. Dozens of bulldozers, cranes and trucks flying Egyptian flags lined up along the border to begin crossing into the Gaza Strip, television pictures showed. Palestinians… Read More Egypt sends engineers, building equipment to begin reconstruction of Gaza following recent conflict

Egypt’s intelligence chief meets with Hamas leaders for Gaza truce talks

Egypt’s intelligence chief met Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday in an effort to bolster a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel and to discuss reconstruction plans following the recent hostilities, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The visit was the first by an Egyptian intelligence chief to the enclave since the early 2000s.… Read More Egypt’s intelligence chief meets with Hamas leaders for Gaza truce talks

Israeli, Egyptian officials meet to build up on Gaza truce

Egypt’s foreign minister stressed during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart on Sunday the need to build on a truce between Israel and Hamas by stopping all practices that lead to escalation, the Foreign Ministry said. Egypt helped broker the May 21 truce to halt the worst fighting in years between Israel and Hamas, the… Read More Israeli, Egyptian officials meet to build up on Gaza truce

UN launches investigation into crimes committed during Israel, Hamas conflict

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to launch an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the 11-day conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. The independent investigation will have a broad mandate to look into all alleged violations, not just in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, but… Read More UN launches investigation into crimes committed during Israel, Hamas conflict