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Hamas rejects Abbas plan to dissolve Palestinian parliament

GAZA CITY: Hamas on Sunday denounced Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's plan to dissolve the largely defunct Palestinian parliament that it controls, calling it a move to "serve his partisan interests". Abbas said Saturday he intended to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council after a court decision that ordered the move and elections to be held within six months. The ruling was made by the Palestinian Constitutional Court in Ramallah, and Hamas said in a statement it rejected the decision by a court created by…

Egypt finalising details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: source

CAIRO: Egypt is finalising details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live. Cairo has brokered an interim truce that has allowed commercial goods into Gaza ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast which starts next week. “We are putting the final touches to the terms of the truce that will be signed by all sides, and we expect to announce the terms next week…

Israel places new limitations on cargo crossing into Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a ceasefire ending 24 hours of intense fighting. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until Sunday but will allow food and essential medication to cross. Commercial cargo was suspended last week. Lieberman also said Israel was tightening its naval blockade to limit Palestinians…

Saudis host Kushner, Trump envoy after Israel-Gaza flare-up

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday hosted US President Donald Trump's special envoy Jason Greenblatt and adviser Jared Kushner to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, following a new flare-up of hostilities. The meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Salman came as Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a barrage of rockets and mortar shells fired from the Palestinian enclave. "Building on previous conversations, they discussed... the need to bring humanitarian relief…

Israel kills over 55 Palestinians in Gaza as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Israeli troops killed over 55 Palestinians taking part in mass protests on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday. The U.S. move fulfilled a pledge by President Donald Trump, who has recognized the holy city as the Israeli capital, but it has fired Palestinian anger and drawn criticism from many foreign governments as a set back to peace efforts. At the embassy inauguration ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for “having the…

Israel’s Mossad accused of killing Palestinian Professor in Malaysia

GAZA CITY: The family of a Palestinian professor and Hamas member accused Israel's Mossad spy agency on Saturday of killing him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police said Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a drive-by motorcycle shooting as he headed on foot to take part in dawn Muslim prayers on Saturday. In a statement from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, his family said: "We accuse the Mossad of being behind the assassination." The Islamist Palestinian movement said Batsh, a research scientist…

Israeli troops kill seven Palestinians on day of heightened Gaza border protests

GAZA BORDER: Israeli troops shot dead seven Palestinian protesters and wounded at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border on Friday, Gaza medical officials said, raising the death toll to 27 in the week-long disturbances. They said the demonstrators, including two teenage boys aged 16 and 17, were killed at protest sites along the frontier during a round of daily demonstrations that has been dubbed “The Great March of Return”. The day saw bigger Palestinian crowds than in recent days but not as large as when the…