UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

 The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year`s war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Gaza says readying sea port for international travel

A ministerial committee in Hamas-controlled and Israeli-blockaded Gaza announced plans on Sunday to ready the enclave's sole seaport to allow Palestinians to travel abroad.

Hamas calls on Hezbollah to unite fight against Israel

A letter purported to be from Mohammed Deif, the leader of Hamas`s armed wing, on Thursday appealed to the Lebanese Hezbollah group to unite with Hamas in battling Israel.

Gaza bomb hits car of Hamas security official: Ministry

 Unidentified assailants blew up the car of a Hamas security official in Gaza during the night, the interior ministry said today in a sign of increasing instability in the Palestinian territory.

Radical Islamists try to storm French centre in Gaza

Some 200 radical Islamists tried to storm the French cultural centre in Gaza City on Monday, shouting slogans threatening the lives of staff over Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

War crimes court opens probe into Palestinian territories

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court launched a preliminary probe that could clear the way for a full-scale investigation into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories plunging the court into the most politically charged conflict it has ever tackled.

Turkish PM says Israeli "provocations" radicalising Muslim world

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalisation in the Muslim world.

Turkish PM compares Netanyahu with `Paris terrorists`

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had committed crimes against humanity comparable to those behind the Paris attacks that left 17 dead.

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian dead

A Palestinian youth was shot dead and another wounded Wednesday night by Israeli soldiers at an Army roadblock to the south the West Bank city of Bethlehem, said paramedics.

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.

Hamas condemns alleged shooting of Gazan by Egyptians

Militant group Hamas on Saturday condemned the fatal shooting by Egyptian border guards of what they said was a Palestinian minor on the Gaza border on Friday.

Egypt border guards shoot dead Gazan: Medics

 Egyptian soldiers firing from across the border shot dead a Palestinian man in the Gaza frontier town of Rafah on Friday, medics said, although the motive was not immediately known.

Eight Palestinian ministers to head to Gaza on Monday

Eight Palestinian unity government ministers are to travel to Gaza from its West Bank base on Monday for only the second time since its formation in June, a minister said.

Anti-Arab group poses legal, political dilemma for Israel

A far-right Israeli group that agitates against Arabs in the name of religion and national security is forcing the Jewish state into a legal and political balancing act as it tries to contain sectarian violence.

Israeli girl seriously wounded in West Bank firebomb attack

An Israeli man and his 11-year-old daughter were wounded today when assailants threw a firebomb at their vehicle in the northern West Bank, the army said.

IS, Ebola, regional conflicts posed challenges for UN in 2014

Terror wrought by the feared Islamic State, Ebola crisis, Syrian civil war, Gaza war and unrest in Ukraine posed significant challenges for the United Nations in 2014, a year that ended with a message of harmony from India as the world body adopted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea to commemorate an international Yoga day annually.

Israel strikes Gaza, killing militant after soldier shot

Israel launched an air strike in southern Gaza on Wednesday and killed a Hamas militant after a sniper attack on a patrol seriously wounded a soldier, the army and medics said.

Gaza ripe for new explosion, analysts warn

Barely four months after a bloody conflict battered Gaza, experts warn that a new war could be in the offing if reconstruction is not accelerated and Palestinian divisions remain.

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 to reopen Rafah crossing for two days

Egypt will reopen the blocked Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip Sunday and Monday in both directions, official news agency MENA reported Saturday.