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Rights group urges Jordan to ease transit for Palestinians from Gaza

Rights group urges Jordan to ease transit for Palestinians from Gaza

Human Rights Watch urged Jordan on Monday to lift recent “restrictions” on transit through its territory of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, but the authorities in Amman denied any policy change. In a letter to Jordanian authorities, HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson said that since August 2015, Palestinians from Gaza have found it “increasingly difficult to get permission …

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Palestinians protest Israel blockade in Gaza

Palestinians protest Israel blockade in Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians have staged a demonstration in the Gaza Strip against the near decade-long Israeli blockade of the enclave. People took to the streets on Sunday to express their opposition to the nine-year-long siege of Gaza that has crippled its infrastructure. The protesters were carrying photos of three children who died after their home in the al-Shati refugee camp …

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Israeli forces detain 2 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

Israeli forces detain 2 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

Israeli naval forces on Thursday detained two Palestinian fishermen off the Gazan coast for allegedly heading beyond the designated nine-nautical-mile fishing zone. Amjad al-Sharafi, an official with the fishermen’s union, told Ma’an that Israeli boats detained the fishermen, identified as Iyad Allun and Raed Abu Odeh, off the coast of Khan Younis and left their boat drifting at sea before …

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Israel blocks entry of cement into Gaza

Israel blocks entry of cement into Gaza

Israel on Sunday limited cement deliveries to the occupied Gaza Strip without providing reasoning on the move, Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said. Fattouh, head of the Palestinian commission to coordinate the entry of necessities and goods into the Gaza Strip, said Israeli authorities had “officially and completely” halted cement consignments to Gaza. “The Israeli authorities informed us of their …

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Israel bars Gaza athletes from taking part in West Bank marathon

Israel bars Gaza athletes from taking part in West Bank marathon

Israeli has barred over 100 Palestinian athletes from the besieged Gaza Strip to participate in the fourth annual Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, by refusing to issue them permits to exit the Palestinian enclave. The Israeli measure was harshly slammed on Friday by the marathon’s organizer, I’tidal Abdul-Ghani, as “a blatant violation of all international laws and …

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Number of Child Workers Doubles in Gaza After Five Years of Blockade

Number of Child Workers Doubles in Gaza After Five Years of Blockade

The situation for children in one of the world’s most repressive places has worsened following Israel’s economic blockade starting in 2007 and further deteriorating after Egypt took measures against Palestinians. On Wednesday, the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics released a startling new report finding that the number of working children (ages 10-17) has increased to 9,700 in the Gaza strip over …

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Isaeli minister says Egypt flooded Gaza tunnels at Tel Aviv’s behest

Isaeli minister says Egypt flooded Gaza tunnels at Tel Aviv’s behest

An Israel minister said Egypt flooded tunnels on its border with the besieged Gaza Strip at the Jewish state’s request, before a spokeswoman on Sunday said the remarks were misinterpreted. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, a member of the ruling Likud party, said on Saturday that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “did flood a large part of the tunnels between Gaza …

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With Turkey-Israel Reconciliation Looming, Egypt Fears Turkish Influence In Gaza Strip

With Turkey-Israel Reconciliation Looming, Egypt Fears Turkish Influence In Gaza Strip

Following years of tense relations, Israel and Turkey are inching toward an apparent agreement that could result in normalized relations. The primary stumbling block to reuniting the important Middle Eastern economic powers, however, has revolved around the Gaza Strip, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would like to see opened to the world — or at least to Turkish aid …

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ICC prosecutor must rethink Gaza flotilla probe: Judges

ICC prosecutor must rethink Gaza flotilla probe: Judges

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) say the court’s prosecutor must reconsider an earlier decision not to open a probe into an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla back in 2010. Following a few months of deliberations, judges at the appeals chamber ruled on Friday that prosecutor Fatou Bensouda must rethink her decision against the Gaza flotilla probe.

Judges at The Hague-based court had initially asked Bensouda to reconsider her decision in July, saying she made “material errors in her determination of the gravity” of the case.

The latest decision could force Bensouda to open a full investigation into the case.

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