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UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Gaza's ruined homes offer little shelter from storm

Gaza - Living by candlelight with no electricity and reliant on sandbags to stop their ruined homes flooding, Gazans who survived last year's war are now struggling with a brutal winter storm.

Op-Ed: Israel withholds taxes collected for Palestine

Jerusalem - Israel has frozen Palestinian tax funds, withholding transfer of $127 million, in a move that is in retaliation for Palestine's decision to join the International Criminal Court.

Hamas condemns alleged shooting of Gazan by Egyptian guards

Gaza - Militant group Hamas on Saturday condemned the fatal shooting by Egyptian border guards of what they said was a Palestinian minor on the Gaza border.

Palestine applies to join the International Criminal Court

The Hague - The Palestinian Authority on Friday took further steps towards joining the International Criminal Court and has asked the court to investigate crimes Israel has committed on Palestinian territories since June 13, 2014, according to ICC sources.

Palestinians turn to ICC after UN bid fails

Ramallah - President Mahmud Abbas Wednesday signed Wednesday a Palestinian request to join the International Criminal Court, seeking a new avenue for action against Israel after a failed UN resolution to end the occupation.

Palestine resolution fails in UN Security Council

New York - The Palestinian resolution called for peace with Israel within one year and an end to Israeli occupation by 2017. The resolution failed to pass by just one vote.

Hamas refuses to allow Gaza orphans to visit Israel

Sderot - More than three dozen Gaza children orphaned during the recent war with Israel were blocked Sunday from leaving the embattled territory after the Palestinian group Hamas withdrew its approval of the trip.

Eight Palestinian ministers to head to Gaza Monday

Gaza - Eight Palestinian unity government ministers are to travel to Gaza from its West Bank base on Monday for only the second time since its formation in June, a minister said.

Hamas bars Gaza war orphans from Israel trip

Gaza - Hamas on Sunday prevented dozens of children orphaned during its 50-day war with Israel from entering Israeli territory in a pre-arranged trip, organisers and officials said.

Christmas pilgrims gather in Bethlehem after hard year

Bethlehem - Millions of Christians around the world began Christmas celebrations Wednesday, with worshippers in the Middle East marking the occasion after a violence-plagued year that brought suffering to many.

Israel strikes Gaza, killing militant after soldier shot

Gaza - Israel launched an air strike in southern Gaza on Wednesday and killed a Hamas militant after a sniper attack on a patrol seriously wounded a soldier, the army and medics said.

After the war, a bittersweet Christmas in Gaza

Gaza - A garland in hand, 11-year-old Sara decorates the family Christmas tree with her parents. But this year, the young Gazan will be spending the rest of the holiday alone.

Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for first time since truce

Gaza - Israeli aircraft hit Gaza on Saturday for the first time since an August truce ended a 50-day war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said.

Palestinians to seek UN resolution Wednesday on occupation

Ramallah - The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said.

Palestinians mourn official as Israel disperses protests

Ramallah - Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday mourned a senior official who died in a confrontation with Israeli troops, while the army sent reinforcements and dispersed protesters in the West Bank.

Palestinian official dies in confrontation with Israeli troops

Palestinian - A senior Palestinian official died Wednesday after he was struck by Israeli forces during a protest march in the West Bank, prompting international calls for an investigation.

Israeli army shoots Italian activist, Palestinian, with live ammo

Nablus - Israeli troops firing live ammunition shot an Italian solidarity activist and a Palestinian teenager during a mostly peaceful protest in the illegally-occupied West Bank in Palestine on Friday.

West Bank home torched in suspected settler attack

Ramallah - Suspected Jewish extremists firebombed a house in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, its mayor told AFP, pointing the finger of blame at local settlers.

U.S., EU officials criticize Israel for Palestine home demolitions

Jerusalem - Israel will continue its illegal policy of collectively punishing the families of Palestinian terrorists by demolishing their homes, despite protests by top American and European officials.
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