Hamas official calls to abduct Israelis, swap for Palestinians

A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip called on Thursday for the abduction of Israelis, who would be swapped for Palestinians held by the Jewish state.

Israel arrests 29 Hamas activists in West Bank

Israeli security forces arrested 29 Hamas activists overnight during a major sweep in the northern West Bank, the army said today.

Hamas arrests Salafi sheikh in Gaza over IS ties

Gaza's Hamas-run security services have arrested a radical Salafist sheikh, accusing him of membership in the Islamic State (IS) group, a security source said on Monday.

Israel to detain female Palestinian lawmaker for 6 months

The Israeli military has placed a female Palestinian legislator under detention for six months without trial, a lawyer for the lawmaker said on Monday.

Hamas holds Gaza march for besieged Yarmuk refugees

Hundreds rallied Saturday in the Gaza Strip in support of thousands of fellow Palestinians trapped in Syria`s Yarmuk camp, which has been largely overrun by jihadist fighters.

Americans seek `war crimes` charges against Hamas leaders

Twenty-six Americans filed a complaint on Tuesday to the US Attorney General requesting the justice ministry prosecute Hamas leaders for "war crimes," the Israeli legal group representing them said.

Israel jails Gaza Hamas fighter for 15 years

An Israeli court on Tuesday jailed for 15-and-a-half years a Palestinian caught fighting in Gaza during last summer`s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

Israel allows 1,000 tonnes of cement for Gaza reconstruction

Israeli authorities allowed 1,000 tonnes of cement paid for by Qatar to enter the devastated Gaza Strip on Thursday, officials said, in the first serious step towards rebuilding the territory.

Gazan gets 15 years` hard labour for `spying` for Israel

A court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has handed a Palestinian convicted of "spying" for Israel 15 years` hard labour, a judicial source said on Monday.

Hamas Twitter campaign backfires with torrent of abuse

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched a campaign on Twitter on Friday aimed at improving its image, but was immediately hit by a barrage of sarcastic and mocking messages.

Israel resumes imports of Gaza fruit and veg, easing embargo

Israel imported its first fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip in almost eight years on Thursday, in a partial easing of an economic blockade maintained since the Islamist group Hamas seized control of the Palestinian territory.

Israeli women protest for peace ahead of election

Thousands of Israeli women, including Jews and Arabs, gathered outside Parliament in Jerusalem on Wednesday urging a peace agreement with the Palestinians, two weeks ahead of a snap General Election.

Israel says doubling water supplies to Gaza

Israel is to double the amount of water it channels annually to Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life

An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state.

Egypt court declares Hamas `terrorist` group

An Egyptian court on Saturday declared Hamas a "terrorist" organisation, a judicial source said, weeks after the Palestinian Islamist movement`s armed wing was given the same designation.

Egyptian court lists Hamas as terrorist organisation

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.

Egyptian court declares Hamas as terrorist group

An Egyptian court on Saturday listed Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, a month after the group's armed wing was proscribed declaring it a terror outfit.

CIA tried to contact Hamas despite ban, spy cables reveal

Despite a US government ban on contact with the Hamas, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tried to gain access to the Palestinian Islamist movement through back channels, spy cables accessed by the Al-Jazeera news channel and shared with British daily The Guardian reveal.

Israel arrests Hamas members for allegedly planning attacks

Israel`s security agency announced Monday that it apprehended 11 Hamas operatives in the West Bank city of Hebron in January, who allegedly planned to carry out attacks against Israelis.

Tony Blair warns of `further catastrophe` in Gaza

Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair on Sunday warned during a visit to the Gaza Strip of "another eruption" in the Palestinian enclave devastated from last summer`s conflict with Israel.