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Palestinians rally as global opposition to Israeli annexation grows

Jerusalem - Thousands of Palestinians protested Wednesday in Gaza against Israel's West Bank annexation plans, as premier Benjamin Netanyahu held off an announcement on the controversial project and international opposition stiffened.

Israel's annexation plans 'illegal': UN rights chief

Geneva - Israel's aim to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is clearly "illegal", the UN's human rights chief said on Monday, warning that the consequences could be "disastrous".

Palestinian leaders struggle to mobilise street against annexation

Ramallah - With loudspeakers mounted, Palestinian flags unfurled and civil servants allowed off work, everything appeared set for a large protest in Ramallah against Israel's annexation plans in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli settlers back annexation, oppose Palestinian state

Palestinian - The 450,000 Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank are a diverse group, ranging from ultra-Orthodox to secular moderates, who hold varying views on Israel's impending decision on annexation.

Hamas says West Bank annexation would be 'declaration of war'

Gaza - Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank would be a "declaration of war", Gaza rulers Hamas said Thursday, as a UN envoy warned the move could fuel extremism.

Palestinians unveil Jordan Valley fund as annexation looms

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority has announced a multi-million-dollar fund to support residents of the Jordan Valley, just days before Israel intends to start annexing the strategic swathe of the occupied West Bank.

Annexing West Bank threatens Jordan-Israel treaty: analysts

Apo - Israeli plans to annex swathes of the West Bank would violate its peace treaty with Jordan, heaping pressure on Amman to review its ties with the Jewish state, analysts say.

Israel warned at UN against annexation but US gives green light

New York - The United Nations and European and Arab powers on Wednesday warned Israel that its plans to annex Palestinian land would deal a major blow to peace but the United States offered its green light.

UN, Arab League urge Israel to abandon annexation plans

New York - The United Nations and the Arab League joined in calling Wednesday for Israel to abandon its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Israel's Netanyahu struggles to sell annexation plans

Jerusalem - Only a week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to kick-start annexation plans in the occupied West Bank, Israel's premier is facing challenges at home and abroad.

UN chief calls on Israel to abandon West Bank annexation plans

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Israel to drop plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it would be a "most serious violation of international law," in a report made public Tuesday.

Gaza baby dies after Palestinians cut ties with Israel

Jerusalem - Baby Omar Yaghi was eight months old when he died, unable to travel from Gaza to Israel for life-saving heart surgery after Palestinian officials cut coordination.

Palestinian security shred files in fear of Israeli incursion

Ramallah - Palestinian security services have been destroying secret files, fearing Israeli raids on their offices as the Jewish state weighs annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, sources in such organs say.

Palestinians stranded by coronavirus seek way home

Jerusalem - Thousands of Palestinians stranded around the world by the coronavirus are still seeking a way home, months after countries closed their borders and grounded flights in the face of the pandemic.

German FM voices 'serious concerns' over Israeli annexation plan

Jerusalem - Germany and its European partners have "serious concerns" over Israel's plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Jerusalem Wednesday.

German FM in Israel to voice EU 'concern' over annexation plan

Jerusalem - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to Jerusalem on Wednesday where he was set to voice European "concern" over Israel's controversial annexation plans in the occupied West Bank.

Second Etihad plane from UAE lands in Israel

Jerusalem - UAE carrier Etihad Airways sent its second flight to Israel in less than a month Tuesday, carrying medical aid to help the Palestinians tackle the coronavirus pandemic, witnesses and officials said.

Palestinian PM submits 'counter-proposal' to Trump plan

Ramallah - Palestinians have sent the diplomatic Quartet a response to the US Mideast plan which sees parts of the West Bank being annexed by Israel, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said Tuesday.

German FM to visit Israel as West Bank annexation looms

Jerusalem - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will travel to Jerusalem on Wednesday, with Israel intent on toning down Europe's reaction to its annexation plans in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli settlers fear 'nightmare' of being isolated by annexation

As the Israeli government mulls annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, some settlers fear being forgotten and more isolated than ever, engulfed by a new Palestinian state.

Palestinian family mourns autistic son killed by Israel police

Jerusalem - Iyad Hallak, a 32-year-old Palestinian man with autism, passed Israeli police every day to reach his special needs school in Jerusalem's Old City.

West Bank poverty may double over pandemic as annexation looms

Ramallah - Poverty in the occupied West Bank may double as Palestinians are hit by the coronavirus, the World Bank warned Monday, just weeks before Israel aims to kick-start plans to annex parts of the territory.

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reopens after two months amid tensions

Jerusalem - Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, reopened Sunday after a more than two-month-long coronavirus lockdown, but tensions marred the event which came hours after a deadly police shooting.

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after two months

Jerusalem - Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound -- the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia -- reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

Jerusalem - Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians.

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen Sunday

Jerusalem - Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre will reopen Sunday after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian authorities in the holy city said.

Iran's Khamenei: fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader said it was an "Islamic duty" to fight for the "liberation of Palestine" in a landmark speech Friday amid rising tensions with regional arch-enemy Israel.

Iran's Khamenei: fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader said it was an "Islamic duty" to fight for the "liberation of Palestine" in a landmark speech Friday amid rising tensions with regional arch-enemy Israel.

Israel must 'abandon threats of annexation': UN envoy

New York - The UN's special Mideast envoy called Wednesday on Israel to drop plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, joining a growing international chorus of opposition.

Palestinian head warns of total break in case of Israel annexation

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that Israeli annexations in the occupied West Bank would spell the end of all security coordination, as international opposition to the plans grows.
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