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.

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.