U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 18 : The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of U.N.-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up U.N. civilian presence or expanded U.N. assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday. The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution […]

Israel finds no cause for criminal charges in deadly Gaza war raid

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Aug 15 : Israel will not conduct a criminal investigation into a deadly raid in Rafah during the 2014 Gaza war, the military’s judicial arm said on Wednesday after a “comprehensive examination” of events, prompting condemnation from the Palestinian group Hamas. Israel launched its raid after Hamas militants, emerging from a […]

Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 9 : Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress towards a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that […]

Israel says Gaza truce talks focus on easing closure in return for calm

By Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA, Aug 5 : Israel set out limited goals for Gaza truce talks on Sunday, saying the focus was on a proposal to ease its closure on the Islamist Hamas-controlled territory in return for the Palestinians calming their side of the frontier. The Israeli statement came hours before Prime […]

Israeli forces raid al-Aqsa mosque after clashes

By Sinan Abu Maizar and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA, July 27 : Israeli troopers entered Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, the third-holiest shrine in Islam, and carried out arrests on Friday in what police described as a pursuit of youths who had lobbed rocks and fireworks during clashes with its forces outside. The rare raid, on a site […]

U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees to reduce jobs after U.S. cuts

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, July 25 : The United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees said on Wednesday it would reduce jobs in Gaza and the West Bank at the end of this month following U.S. budget cuts. The job losses, which trade unionists say will eventually affect 1,000 people, have been prompting protests in […]