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Palestinian court delays ruling on whether to hold local polls

A Palestinian court today delayed a ruling on whether to hold municipal elections, making it unlikely the first vote since 2006 to include both Fatah and Hamas will be held on time.

Decision on Palestinian elections September 21: Minister

The top Palestinian court is to decide on September 21 on the fate of keenly anticipated local elections after the latest attempt to hold polls was suspended, a minister has said.

Palestinians arrest 100 Hamas members in West Bank: Security

Palestinian forces have arrested around 100 Hamas members in the West Bank, a security official said on Friday, raising tension between the Islamist movement and its Ramallah-based rivals.

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

Hamas-Fatah face-off leaves hard road ahead for Palestinians

In recent weeks, a flurry of envoys has beaten a path to Gaza`s door: representatives from Qatar, Turkey, the United Nations, the European Union and former US president Jimmy Carter have all visited or tried to visit.

Palestinian reconciliation hits rock bottom

A year after rival Palestinian nationalist movements Hamas and Fatah agreed to end their bitter divisions, the unity deal they signed appears to be on the brink of collapse.

Palestinian ministers end Gaza visit over employee row

 Ministers and officials of the West Bank-based Palestinian consensus government on Monday ended a visit to Gaza a day after arriving for talks on salaries of thousands of public employees.

Palestinian PM pleads unity in war-battered Gaza

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah urged rival factions to set aside their differences, even as protesters gave him a cool reception in war-battered Gaza on Wednesday.

Hamas MPs meet, slam Abbas in sign of Palestinian rifts

Hamas MPs in Gaza held an exclusive meeting on Wednesday apparently defying the Palestinian Authority and criticised president Mahmud Abbas, in a further sign of a failing unity pact.

Palestinian war of words mars Arafat anniversary

 Palestinians commemorated 10 years since the mysterious death of their iconic leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday but a war of words between rival factions Fatah and Hamas marred the anniversary.

Palestinian PM cancels Gaza visit after bombings

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has cancelled a visit to Gaza planned for Saturday after a wave of bombings hit Fatah property in the territory, government spokesman Ihab Bseiso told AFP.

Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry

Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a USD 2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip.

Hamas, Fatah agree on return of unity government in Gaza

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah said they reached an agreement on Thursday for the return of their unity government in Gaza ahead of crucial negotiations with Israel next month.

Hamas, Fatah make `breakthrough` in unity talks

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have made a "breakthrough" in talks in Cairo aimed at reviving their unity government, negotiators from both sides said on Thursday.

Hamas, Fatah begin talks in Cairo to resolve disputes

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and president Mahmud Abbas`s Fatah began talks in Cairo on Wednesday aimed at resolving internal disputes and reviving their unity government.

`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.