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Clashes at protest to support Palestinian hunger strikers

Palestinian - Several dozen Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces Thursday outside a prison where detainees are on a hunger strike, while a group of Israeli hardliners nearby taunted prisoners by barbecuing.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launch hunger strike

Ramallah - Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike Monday following a call from leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, a movement that could mark a serious challenge to Israeli authorities if sustained.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launch mass hunger strike

Ramallah - Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on Monday following a call from leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ancient sacred art resurrected in city of Jesus' birth

Bethlehem - Down a Bethlehem alleyway, sunlight illuminates a golden icon of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, signalling the revival of an ancient art being practised in the workshop inside.

Hamas hangs three Gaza 'collaborators' with Israel

Gaza - Gaza's Hamas rulers on Thursday hanged three men they convicted of collaborating with Israel, fulfilling vows of revenge for the mysterious killing of one of their commanders last month.

Hamas hangs three Gaza 'collaborators' with Israel

Gaza - Gaza's Hamas rulers hanged three men they accused of collaborating with Israel on Thursday following calls for revenge for the killing of one of their commanders last month.

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Gaza - Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave.

Gunmen kill Hamas official in Gaza

Gaza - Gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.

In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes

Gaza - More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020.

Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests

Bethlehem - Secretive British street artist Banksy's hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall was due to welcome its first customers Monday, two weeks after its surprise launch.

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict

Ramallah - US President Donald Trump's administration waded into the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday as one of his top advisers held his first meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Parade sees tributes to Israeli soldier convicted of killing

Hebron - Israeli settlers celebrating a Jewish holiday in the occupied West Bank Sunday paid tribute to a soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, with some even dressing up as him.

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House 'soon'

Ramallah - Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to visit the White House sometime soon, both sides said after the first phone call between the pair since the US president took office in January.

Britain's Johnson backs two-state solution on Mideast trip

Ramallah - British foreign minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday his government remained committed to a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as he visited for talks with leaders from both sides.

Street artist Banksy opens Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Bethlehem - Secretive British street artist Banksy opened a hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall in Bethlehem on Friday, his latest artwork in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian municipal elections in West Bank only: government

Ramallah - Palestinian local elections scheduled for May will take place in the West Bank only and not in Gaza, the government announced Tuesday, scuppering hopes of the first vote in both territories in a decade.

Israeli police begin demolishing 9 West Bank settler homes

Ofra - Israeli police began Tuesday demolishing nine West Bank settler homes declared illegal by the Supreme Court, despite hundreds of protesters barricading themselves in them.

In besieged Gaza, first English library to open window to world

Gaza - Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief

Gaza - Hamas elected in secret a hardline member of the Palestinian Islamist movement's armed wing as its new Gaza leader on Monday, indicating a tougher stand against longtime adversary Israel.

West Bank hardliners evicted from settlement outpost

Silwad - Israeli police forced hardline Jewish settlers from the barricaded synagogue of a wildcat outpost in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, completing an emotive battle to evict residents.
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