Gaza

Artist Works to Preserve Christian Heritage in Hamas-Run Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Dec 11 – Only about 1,200 Christians remain in Gaza — only a tiny fraction of the population in a territory run by Hamas Islamists — but artist Naser Jeldha is doing what he can to preserve its Christian heritage through art. In his studio in the heart of old Gaza,

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The Cave People of Palestine

Many Palestinians are forced to live underground By Maher Abukhater On a remote, barren hill overlooking Jordan Valley in the south of Palestine, Fadel Hamamdeh had set up a home in a cave. Hamamdeh, his wife and five children had been living in the cave since the Israeli military authorities told them that their two-room metal

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Gaza Risks Becoming Easy Launchpad for Daesh – Qatari Minister

By Tom Finn and William Maclean DOHA, Nov 27 – Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy “launching pad” for Daesh recruiters, Qatar’s foreign minister says. The small gas-rich Gulf state is a major backer of Hamas, the armed movement which has maintained its control

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Gaza Doctors Face Challenge After Birth of Conjoined Twins

GAZA, Nov 23 – Palestinian surgeons in the Gaza Strip were discussing medical options on Wednesday after the unexpected birth of conjoined twins – baby girls who share one heart and one body. “We thought they were twins and we would have no problem, but we discovered that it is a Siamese baby,” said Hanan

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Hamas Clamps Down on Gaza’s “Insecure” Israeli SIM Cards

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Nov 17  – Hamas-run authorities in Gaza are trying to stop the sale and distribution of pre-paid SIM cards from Israeli cellular providers, arguing the cards pose economic and security risks and allow users to access “immoral” content. Officials from the Palestinian telecommunications and interior ministries, which are overseen by Hamas,

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Israeli Aircraft Attack Hamas in Gaza after Rocket Hits Israeli Town

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Oct 5  – Israeli aircraft attacked Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, wounding at least one person, witnesses said, after a rocket fired from the enclave hit an Israeli border town. Israeli police said there were no casualties in the rocket strike on Sderot, but Israel has a

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Gaza Fishermen Feel Caught by Israel’s Tight Security Net

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Sept 27 – When Palestinian fisherman Abu Mohammed came under pressure to become an informer for Israeli intelligence, the 45-year-old father of five took a radical decision – he quit fishing and became a builder. Working off the coast of Gaza, where Israel imposes restrictions preventing fishing boats going out more

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Gaza’s Water Supply is Running Out

The water supply in Gaza is running out. In 2012, the U.N. warned that the water supply in Gaza “may become unusable by 2016,” and the damages caused would be “irreversible by 2020.” More by Sami Abu Salem: http://newsweekme.com/thirsty-gaza/ Social Streams

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Gaza’s Zoo: No Way Out

UPDATE: After Newsweek Middle East broke the news on the world’s worst zoo in Khan Younis, south of Gaza earlier this year, animal rights’ groups and activists were quick to take action. And while some called for closing down the place, there were others who launched an initiative to evacuate the starving animals to safety. Read

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