Dozens of Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire, tear gas in Gaza border protests

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA BORDER, May 25 : Dozens of Palestinians demonstrating at the Gaza border were injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas on Friday, as the latest round of protests drew several thousand participants to the frontier. Dubbed the March of Return, the protests were launched on March 30 to demand the right […]

Palestinian President Abbas hospitalised – officials

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, May 20 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalised in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said on Sunday, giving conflicting accounts on the leader’s condition. It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalised in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was hospitalised again briefly […]

Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM, May 16 : Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, with Israel on Wednesday pointing to what it said were Egyptian efforts to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement denied that […]

Israeli military drops warning leaflets into Gaza as border protests build

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Stephen Farrell GAZA BORDER, May 14 : The Israeli military dropped leaflets and fired tear gas into Gaza early on Monday, warning Palestinians to stay away from the border with Israel as protesters gathered for the penultimate day of a six-week demonstration. Protests are expected to escalate on Monday, the 70th […]

Anger as Palestinian Authority cuts Gaza salaries and pays late

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 3 : The Palestinian Authority cut salaries for its staff in Gaza by 20 percent on Thursday and failed to make up for skipping the previous month’s pay, leaving civil servants in the impoverished territory fuming they were pawns in a factional power struggle. Some 38,000 civil servants in the […]