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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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Pregnant mother and baby killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

Pregnant mother and baby killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian mother and daughter in Gaza on Sunday and police said a Palestinian detonated an explosive in her car on a road to Jerusalem as unrest spun further towards a full-scale uprising. Palestinians disputed the police account, saying an electrical fire in the vehicle was mistaken for a bomb blast.

Four Israelis and 23 Palestinians have died in 12 days of bloodshed fuelled in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Violence, including a series of stabbings, has spread from the holy city and the Israeli-occupied West Bank to Israel's interior and Hamas-ruled Gaza.

With Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, cautioning Israelis there would be no "quick fix", there was scant sign of any significant moves to turn away from conflict that has raised fears of a third Palestinian uprising.

Palestinian medical officials said 37 Palestinian protesters were wounded by gunfire from Israeli troops during clashes on Sunday in the West Bank.

 Responding to cross-border rocket attacks, Israel said its aircraft targeted a Hamas facility in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian medical officials said a pregnant woman and her three-year-old daughter living nearby were killed.

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Israel Launches Airstrikes on Four Gaza Areas

Israel Launches Airstrikes on Four Gaza Areas

Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip last night, in yet another act of aggression against the besieged coastal territory, media sources reported. The aerial assaults, which were launched in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reportedly hit four areas in and outside Gaza city, resulting in partial damage. There were no reports of casualties.

The attacks came hours after Israeli media sources said a projectile allegedly fired from the center of Gaza was intercepted by the so-called Iron Dome missile system over the city of Ashdod on the Mediterranean shore.

The Israeli military blamed the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas for the rocket attack, but according to Israeli daily Haaretz, a Salafist-affiliated group, called the Omar Hadid Brigade, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Last year, Israel launched a relentless war on Gaza which claimed the lives of about 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and left more than 10,000 injured. Hundreds of thousands others are currently displaced and live in makeshift caravans or in UNRWA-run schools.

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