Egyptian blockade

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After rescue, Gaza’s only grand piano makes public debut

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The only grand piano in the Gaza Strip is debuting to the public for the first time in over a decade after its restoration. Japanese and local artists played the piano and sang to a rapt audience Sunday at a theater nestled in the Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s building. The … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After rescue, Gaza’s only grand piano makes public debut

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Palestinians: 14 injured in calmer Gaza border protest

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Health officials say Israeli army fire has wounded 14 Palestinians in one of the calmer weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence. Most of the few thousand Palestinian protesters kept a safe distance from the fence Friday, without burning tires or attempting to infiltrate the frontier. But some hurled rocks … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Palestinians: 14 injured in calmer Gaza border protest

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Hamas gets funds from Qatar to pay civil servants’ salaries

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  — Gaza’s Hamas rulers say they have received $15 million from Qatar to help pay the salaries of civil servants. Employees reporting to the Islamic militant group lined up outside local banks Friday to receive 60 percent of their long-overdue salaries. A Qatari envoy brought in the money through Israel Thursday. … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Hamas gets funds from Qatar to pay civil servants’ salaries

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Teenager among 3 Palestinians killed in Gaza protest

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s Health Ministry says Israeli forces have shot dead three Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, as thousands of people protested along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel. The ministry said the boy was struck in the chest, a 24-year-old man was shot in the back and another man, … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Teenager among 3 Palestinians killed in Gaza protest

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Hamas says indirect cease-fire talks with Israel halted

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip— Gaza’s Hamas rulers say their indirect cease-fire talks with Israel have halted. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri on Sunday blamed the impasse on the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, which has voiced its strong opposition to the talks. Abu Zuhri said that in response, his Islamic militant group is escalating its protests … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Hamas says indirect cease-fire talks with Israel halted

JERUSALEM | Tense calm, cease-fire follows another Hamas-Israel flare-up

JERUSALEM — Gaza’s militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire Friday that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides. Israel’s military said that no rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel overnight and it conducted no airstrikes … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Tense calm, cease-fire follows another Hamas-Israel flare-up

CAIRO | Egypt foreign minister meets Jordan, PA officials in Cairo

CAIRO (AP) — Foreign ministers and chiefs of intelligence from Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are meeting in Cairo to discuss the latest violent escalations between Israelis and Palestinians. Thursday’s meeting comes after a cease-fire between the Palestinians and Israelis was reached a day earlier to end the largest flare-up of violence between the … Continue reading CAIRO | Egypt foreign minister meets Jordan, PA officials in Cairo