`Likely stray` rocket from Gaza wounds Egyptian soldier: officials

A rocket probably fired from the Gaza Strip hit Egypt`s Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian enclave on Saturday, wounding a soldier, a security official said.

Thousands march in pro-Palestinian protests in Chile

About 5,000 demonstrators against Israel`s military strikes in Gaza held a protest Saturday in the Chilean capital, home to a sizeable Palestinian community.

French police and pro-Palestinian protesters clash

Police have clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban in Paris on marching to protest the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

UN chief Ban urges Israel to spare civilians in Gaza

United Nations, Jul 18 (AFP) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Israel to "do far more" to spare Palestinian civilians after it launched a ground offensive in Gaza.

Hamas, Israel to announce Gaza ceasefire?

Palestinian militant group Hamas is due to announce a ceasefire with Israel, the BBC reported on Friday.

Israel rejects new Palestinian govt as `terrorists in suits`

Describing the newly sworn-in Palestinian unity government as "terrorists in suits", Israel on Monday said time has come to go on the offensive rather than act defensively and to do what is good for the country.

Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government Monday, taking a major step toward ending a crippling territorial and political split with the rival Hamas militant group but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel.

Palestinian unity government to be formed on Monday

The formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by rival factions Hamas and Fatah will be announced on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, adding that Israel already warned him it would shun the new alliance.

Gaza`s Hamas government says ready to step aside

Gaza`s Hamas government says it has concluded its last meeting and is "ready to hand over full responsibility" to a Palestinian unity government.

Fatah, Hamas choose PM of Palestine unity government

Officials from the Islamic Hamas movement and the Fatah Party have tapped the premier of the Palestinian National Authority, Rami Hamdallah, for the role of prime minister in the Palestinian unity government, an official said Thursday.

Progress in Palestinian reconciliation soon: Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that the next few days will witness concrete steps for implementing a recent reconciliation deal between the Fatah party and the Hamas movement.

Israel flays US on `weak` reaction to Fatah, Hamas unity deal

Israel has criticised America`s "weak" reaction to the unity deal reached between rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas and demanded a clearer and more resolute response, a media report here said.

Palestinian Authority official says Hamas accepted two-state solution

The "historic" reconciliation deal inked by rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah includes working towards a two-state solution that recognises Israel`s existence, a senior official said today.

Fatah endorses refusal to recognise Israel as Jewish state

The Revolutionary Council of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has unanimously endorsed his rejection of demands to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, officials at the meeting said.

Fatah says Hamas arrested Gaza members

Hamas police in the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip have rounded up dozens of members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas`s secular Fatah movement, Fatah said on Saturday.

Hamas reaches out to rival Fatah with goodwill gestures

Hamas said on Monday that it is taking steps and gestures towards its Fatah rival, which is led by President Mahmoud Abbas, to pave the way for unity, Xinhua reported.

Hamas says Fatah members can return to Gaza

Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya reached out to West Bank rivals Fatah on Monday, saying its members would be allowed back into Gaza, in efforts to promote Palestinian reconciliation.

Fatah, Hamas trade blames over delay in reconcilia

Egypt has been sponsoring the dialogue between the two since Hamas had violently seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Israel punishes Palestinian for uprising call

Marwan Barghouti is seen by many Palestinians as a possible future leader and was a driving force in the uprising they launched in 2000.

Hamas, Fatah agree no Gaza demos over UN bid

Hamas , which ousted Fatah forces from Gaza after clashes in 2007, has criticised the decision to apply for full UN membership.