Gaza`s sole power plant shuts over Palestinian tax dispute

 The Gaza Strip`s sole power plant has halted production, the Hamas-run energy authority said Tuesday, in the latest dispute with the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority over fuel tax.

Gaza car blasts target Hamas, Islamic Jihad armed wings

Five near-simultaneous explosions in Gaza on Sunday targeted members of the armed branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad amid growing tensions between the Palestinian territory`s rulers and extremist opponents.

Israeli air strike hits Gaza Strip after militant rocket launch

Israeli aircraft struck militant targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip early on Thursday after a rocket from the coastal territory landed in southern Israel, the Israeli military said.

Netanyahu visits missing Israeli`s family after aide `threats`

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday visited relatives of a citizen reportedly held captive by Hamas after a top aide apologised for telling them he would suffer if they went public.

New hostage crisis feared as Israel says two held in Gaza

Two Israelis are being held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip after having crossed into the Palestinian territory, Israeli officials said on Thursday, raising fears of another hostage crisis.

Two civilians held in Gaza, one by Hamas, claims Israel
Two civilians held in Gaza, one by Hamas, claims Israel

The Israeli defence ministry said on Thursday that two Israelis, including an Arab, were being held captive in the Gaza Strip, accusing Hamas of holding one of them.

Israel, Palestinians mark one year since Gaza war
Israel, Palestinians mark one year since Gaza war

Israel and Palestinians mark one year since last summer`s devastating war in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, with a ceasefire still largely holding but few of the issues that led to the conflict resolved.

Hamas alleges mass arrests, torture by Palestinian Authority

Hamas alleged Tuesday that more than 200 of its members had been arrested by the Palestinian Authority recently, with most of them tortured, threatening to widen a rift between Palestinian factions.

Hamas says claim it supported Sinai attacks `propaganda`

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Friday dismissed as "propaganda" an Israeli claim that it provided support related to this week`s jihadist attacks against Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.

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.

Israel bars foreign activist flotilla from reaching Gaza
Israel bars foreign activist flotilla from reaching Gaza

 Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the vessel to sail to an Israeli port.

Activists set sail for Gaza aboard `Freedom Flotilla`

Activists set sail Friday for the Gaza Strip in a bid to break Israel`s blockade of the Palestinian territory, a participant said, five years after a similar attempt ended in bloodshed.

UN urges Israel to ease travel for Palestinians

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Wednesday to ease restrictions on travel for Palestinians between the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank for Ramadan prayers.

Israel cancels Jerusalem entry permits for 500 Gazans after rocket
Israel cancels Jerusalem entry permits for 500 Gazans after rocket

 Israel said Wednesday it was revoking permits for 500 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to enter Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers because of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.

Israel hits Gaza after Palestinian rocket attack: Army

 The Israeli air force struck a militant target in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, the military said, hours after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel.

Iran aided global attacks in 2014 despite talks: US

 Iran continued to sponsor global terror attacks in 2014 and supplied arms to the Syrian regime even though it was engaged in talks to rein in its nuclear program, a US report said on Friday.

Hamas, Israel in indirect `exchange of ideas` over truce

 Israel and Hamas have been holding indirect contacts about ideas for cementing a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip, sources in the Islamist movement said Tuesday. 

Israel ministry video lashes out at foreign journalists

 Israel`s foreign ministry has lashed out at foreign journalists` coverage of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, in a video that ridiculed their reporting, particularly during last year`s bloody war.

Israel probe says Gaza war actions `legitimate`, `lawful`
Israel probe says Gaza war actions `legitimate`, `lawful`

Israel did not intentionally target civilians in fighting during the 2014 Gaza war, an inter-ministerial report concluded on Sunday.

Egypt opens Rafah crossing into Gaza in sign of easing tensions

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Gaza`s dominant Islamist Hamas movement.