The New Palestinian Unity Deal May Not Change Much

The unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah under which they will set up a joint administration that will, among other things, control Gaza is going to be regarded with scepticism in the region. The accord signed in the main intelligence headquarters in Cairo has come about because both the Palestinian sides are weak and have …

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Israel Seals off West Bank and Gaza as Sukkot Begins

Eleven-day border closure hits some four million Palestinians as week-long Jewish holiday commences. Israeli authorities have sealed off the occupied West Bank and the already besieged Gaza Strip for 11 days, as Jewish celebrations for the Sukkot holiday commence. At midnight on Tuesday, all crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip were closed off …

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Mustafa Elayan, 17, was shot in his leg by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank [Jaclynn Ashly/Al Jazeera]

How Israel is Disabling Palestinian Teenagers

Survivors of Israeli live fire speak about Israel's 'kneecapping' practice of shooting youth in their lower limbs. In the Dheisheh refugee camp, it is common to see Palestinian teenagers with deep scars dotting the length of their legs, while posters and murals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces adorn the concrete walls - testaments to …

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‘Dramatic Humanitarian Crisis’: UN Chief Visits Gaza, Urges Israel to End Decade-Long Blockade

The UN Secretary-General has called on Israel to end its 10-year blockade of Gaza, calling it one of the worst humanitarian crises he’d ever seen. Speaking from Gaza Wednesday, Antonio Guterres says he hasn’t seen a humanitarian crisis like the one in Gaza for years. “Yesterday I was in Ramallah. Today I am in Gaza, …

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Israel’s Designs on Gaza May Indicate Plans to Invade Egypt

Israel's short term crimes against Gaza are a likely prelude to wider regional plans for war. Reports from the religion indicate that Israel is hastening building works on an underground wall which aims to cut of Gaza’s last lifeline with the outside world. The crude tunnels, most of them dug by hand which transverse the …

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How Long Can Gaza Survive with No Water?

The water crisis caused by ongoing power outages of more than 20 hours a day has pushed Gaza Strip residents to dig unlicensed wells, disregarding the ensuing serious threats to the already scarce aquifer water stock. At the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel reduced its power supply to Gaza on June 19 from …

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Israel to Starve Palestinians with Underground Wall Between Gaza and Sinai

Israel has declared plans to build an underground wall separating the Palestinian territory of Gaza from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, an area of Egyptian territory which was previously illegally occupied by Israel between 1967 and 1982. Israel’s current relationship with Sinai has become increasingly worrying due to the presence of ISIS renegade fighters in Sinai whom …

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Israel Airstrikes Pound Gaza Amid Ongoing Jerusalem Tensions

Five Israeli airstrikes hit a Hamas position in southern Gaza on Monday, a security source said, amid tensions in Jerusalem over Israel's actions at Al-Aqsa mosque. Separate strikes hit farming land in central Gaza, hours after a missile was fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave, with no injuries reported in either incident, the …

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