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Mohammed Dahlan moves against Abbas, threatens Fatah in Gaza

Mohammed Dahlan, left, and Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo in 2007.

Special to GAZA CITY — Former Palestinian Authority security chief Mohammed Dahlan was said to have been threatening the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip. A senior Fatah official said Dahlan, expelled from Fatah in 2010, was behind a […]

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UN ready to rebuild Gaza, but $5.4 billion in pledges failed to materialize

Palestinians at Friday prayers east of Gaza City, on Jan. 23. / Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Special to GAZA CITY — The United Nations reports that virtually none of the $5.4 billion pledged for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip has come through. The UN Refugee and Works Agency reported the halt in the international […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’


Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Hamas plans to open passenger port to ‘link Gaza with the outside world’

Artist's concept of an expanded port.

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has disclosed plans to expand its sea port for passenger travel. A Hamas ministerial committee said the Gaza City port would be prepared to accept passenger vessels. The panel said the port would […]

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Hamas backs away from confrontation with ISIL, Al Qaida

Hamas rally in Rafah last November. / Reuters

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas, facing a disgruntled rank-and-file, has eased restrictions on supporters of Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Palestinian sources said Hamas, which unofficially continues to control the Gaza Strip, has reduced […]

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Hamas threatens Palestinian Authority with Gaza takeover

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has warned that it could end reconciliation with the rival Fatah movement and formally regain the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian Authority. The Islamic movement has raised the prospect that Hamas would again […]

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Despite crackdown, Hamas continues smuggling through new, longer Sinai tunnels

Egyptian troops watch destruction of tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip near the town of Rafah. / AP

Special to CAIRO — Hamas has overseen a significant expansion of weapons smuggling tunnels in Egypt. Security sources said Hamas and its Palestinian militia allies have sought to smuggle weapons and fighters through enhanced tunnels from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. […]

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Hamas ‘message to world’: Pay $5.4 billion or Gaza becomes ‘terror base’

Khalil Al Haya delivered a warning to the world.

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas warned that the Gaza Strip could turn into a base for what was termed terrorism. A senior official said Hamas would be unable to stop the transformation of the Gaza Strip into a […]

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As Egypt seals border, Hamas diverts scarce resources to arms production

Palestinian security officer patrols border between Egypt and Gaza, in Rafah. / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

Special to LONDON — Hamas, under siege by Egypt and Israel, has intensified weapons development and production. Palestinian sources said the Hamas military in the Gaza Strip has diverted resources into arms development and production. They said the decision […]

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Israel closes Hamas-aligned NGOs said to pay for harassment on Temple Mount

Israeli security forces on the Temple Mount. /  Lior Mizrahi

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has closed three Islamic charities accused of fomenting unrest on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The Israel Security Agency has closed Islamic non-governmental organizations on charges of funding thugs around a holy site in Jerusalem. ISA […]

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