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Hamas headed to Egypt for talks prior to Palestinian factions meeting

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for the first in a series of talks this week between Egyptian authorities and Palestinian factions that aims to reinforce a cease-fire with Israel. “Haniyeh’s visit came in response to a special invitation from Cairo, in advance of a broader meeting of Palestinian factions that could begin as early as next …

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Gaza’s bomb squad disposes 1,200 unexploded Israeli ordinances

A total of 1,200 unexploded missiles, as well as tank and artillery shells, fired by Israeli forces during its recent attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip, were destroyed on Saturday, local authorities said, reports Anadolu Agency. Explosive engineering teams continue to dispose of what remained of the 11-day Israeli bombardment in different regions, Muhammad Miqdad, an explosive engineer under Gaza’s …

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Qatar: ‘We spent $1.4bn on rebuilding Gaza Strip’

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Friday denied Israeli claims that his country supported “terrorist” groups in the Gaza Strip, Sama News Agency reported. During a financial conference held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Al-Thani disclosed that Qatar spent $1.4 billion on rebuilding the Gaza Strip since 2012. Al-Thani has rejected frequent Israeli claims that Qatari money goes …

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Israel police detain 2,142 Arab citizens over pro-Palestine stance

Israeli police said yesterday that they had arrested 2,142 Palestinian citizens of Israel filing indictments against 285 of them following protests against Israeli attacks in Jerusalem and the aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip, Anadolu reported. In a statement the police said 614 people were “still behind bars”, while the rest had been released. Illegal weapons were seized during search …

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A new mental health crisis is raging in Gaza

“Have you ever seen a six-month old baby with exaggerated startle response?” One of my colleagues who works on our telephone counselling service was calling me for advice on how to respond to several distraught mothers asking her how to help their babies who had started showing such distressing symptoms of trauma during the recent bombing. Our telephone service was …

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Next Aggression on Gaza, a matter of time?

Eleven days of another asymmetrical Palestine/Israel confrontation. America’s most sophisticated technology left behind a trail of devastation, including the life of more than 60 children, and a generation born under years of Israeli blockade with little hope for a future. In Gaza, mothers perished under rubbles with their children, are called the lucky ones. They don’t live to grieve the …

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Qatar ready to mediate between regional powers, Hamas and the US

Qatar is ready to mediate between regional powers to achieve peace and stability, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lolwah Al-Khater has said. This includes mediation between Hamas and the US. She made her comments in an interview with Russian news agency Sputnik. Al Khater was responding to a question about the possibility of Doha mediating between the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement and …

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Hamas Accepts Russian’s Invite to Moscow

Hamas yesterday accepted Russia’s invitation to visit Moscow to hold discussions with rival Palestinian movement Fatah, spokesman Hazem Qasem said. This comes as Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced its readiness to host a meeting between the Palestinian factions, Russian news agencies reported. In a press conference held on the sidelines of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail …

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