Palestinian political stalemate is stalling Gaza rebuilding: UN Envoy

The inability of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to cooperate in the Gaza Strip has hit vital post-war rebuilding and international donors are wary of sending more funds, a senior United Nations envoy said on Thursday.

IS threat to Japanese hostages `despicable:` Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas described as "despicable" Tuesday a threat by the Islamic State group to kill two Japanese hostages and pledged his full support to visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Gaza bank hit by explosion

An explosion hit a Palestinian bank in the Gaza Strip, destroying an ATM, witnesses said, but there were no reports of injuries.

For Palestinians, Asian Cup more than a game
For Palestinians, Asian Cup more than a game

From the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, Palestinians are pinning both sporting and political aspirations on their national football team as it prepares for its Asian Cup debut in Australia.

FIFA visit Gaza to help rebuild football stadiums
FIFA visit Gaza to help rebuild football stadiums

 A FIFA delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday to help with a rebuilding project for football stadiums damaged during last year`s Israeli bombardment.

Palestinians to submit resolution for UN statehood bid

Palestinians plan to submit a final draft of a statehood resolution to the United Nations on Monday calling for a peace deal with Israel within a year and an end to occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017, officials said.

'UNSC to vote on Palestinian statehood bid by Monday'

The UN Security Council will vote on a draft resolution calling for the recognition of the Palestinian state by Monday, says Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

630 Gazans enter Egypt as Rafah reopens for two days

Around 630 Palestinians left Gaza and entered the Egyptian Sinai through the Rafah crossing on Sunday after Cairo authorised a temporary reopening of the border, a Palestinian official said.

Egypt allows in travellers from Gaza for first time since October

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months, Palestinian and Egyptian officials said.

Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing Sunday

Egypt is to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Sunday for the second time in two months to allow those stranded in Egypt to enter the Palestinian territory, officials said.

Israel aircraft hit Gaza for first time since August truce

 Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for the first time since an August truce ended 50 days of war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said early Saturday.

Israeli jets target Hamas post in Gaza

 Israeli war jets struck a Hamas military post Saturday in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, security officials said.

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early today in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel: Police

A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli police said, adding that it fell on open ground without causing casualties or damage.

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group`s deputy leader said on Wednesday.

Israel PM rejects withdrawal talk ahead of Kerry meet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected talk of Israel withdrawing from Jerusalem and the West Bank within two years, on the eve of a meeting with the top US diplomat.

Abbas backs Egypt crackdown on Gaza tunnels

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said he supported Egypt's crackdown on tunnels linking the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula and any other action the country took to protect itself from militants, according to a media report.

Egypt court sentences seven jihadists to death in Sinai case

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death seven men, including prominent Islamist militant Adel Habara, over the killing of 25 policemen last year in an attack near the border with Israel, judicial sources said on Saturday.

Israel lifts blockade, allows 480 trucks into Gaza Strip

 The Israeli military Wednesday decided to allow 480 trucks into the Gaza Strip via the Karm Abu Salem crossing.

Gaza gets second postwar delivery of building materials

Twenty-eight trucks of cement entered the battered Gaza Strip Tuesday in only the second delivery of building materials for the private sector since a 50-day summer war, officials said.