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Israel Reduces Power Supply to Gaza, as Abbas Pressures Hamas

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM, June 12 – Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian Authority limited how much it pays for power to the enclave run by Hamas, Israeli officials said on Monday. The decision by Israel’s security cabinet is expected to shorten by 45 minutes the

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Hamas Sentences Three Palestinians to Death Over Commander’s Killing

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 21 – Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement delivered death sentences on Sunday to three Palestinians it ruled had taken part in what it said was an Israeli-directed assassination of one of the Islamist group’s senior commanders. A Hamas security court said the three men had confessed to the killing of Mazen

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Hamas to soften stance on Israel

DOHA, May 1 – The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will remove a call for Israel’s destruction and drop its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said. Hamas’s move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood

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Hamas Blames Israel for Killing of Drone Expert in Tunisia

GAZA, Dec 17  – The Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza blamed Israel on Saturday for the killing in Tunisia this week of a Tunisian national it described as one of its drone experts, and threatened retaliation. Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said Mohammed Zawari, who was gunned down near the city of Sfax on

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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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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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EU Court Moves to Keep Hamas, Tamil Tigers off Terrorism List

LUXEMBOURG, Sept 22 – The European Union’s top court took a step on Thursday towards confirming the removal of Hamas and the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government. An advocate general at the European Court of Justice, whose advice is usually followed by judges, recommended

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