Ahead of normalization with Israel, Turkey’s Erdogan meets Hamas leader

Ahead of normalization with Israel, Turkey’s Erdogan meets Hamas leader

by WorldTribune Staff, June 26, 2016 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Hamas leader Khaled Masha’al on June 24 reportedly to ease tensions amid Turkey’s announcement that it will normalize ties with Israel. Erdogan met with Masha’al in Istanbul to discuss “ways to resolve the disagreements among Palestinians as well as Turkish humanitarian assistance,” […]

Hamas imposes punishing new taxes in Gaza as foreign funding dries up

Hamas imposes punishing new taxes in Gaza as foreign funding dries up

by WorldTribune Staff, June 20, 2016 Hamas is hitting residents of the Gaza Strip with higher taxes as funding from allies such as Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood has plummeted and Egypt has cut the smuggling trade from tunnels. Businessman Hamam al-Yazjji said he is struggling to keep his import business alive as both consumers […]

Israel builds the wall — underground — to block tunnels

Israel builds the wall — underground — to block tunnels

by WorldTribune Staff, June 16, 2016 Israel is constructing a wall that will cover 60 miles of land around its border with the Gaza Strip in an effort to thwart Hamas terror tunnels. The concrete structure, at a cost of $570 million, will be built tens of meters above and below ground and will be […]

Egypt, in goodwill test for Hamas, reopens border crossing at Rafah

Egypt, in goodwill test for Hamas, reopens border crossing at Rafah

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 In a good faith gesture ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Egypt on June 1 temporarily reopened the Rafah border crossing at Gaza. The crossing has been all but sealed off since a terrorist attack in the Sinai Peninsula in October 2014 in which Egypt said Hamas […]

UN calls on Hamas to stop planned public executions

UN calls on Hamas to stop planned public executions

by WorldTribune Staff, May 26, 2016 The UN’s Middle East envoy has publicly urged Hamas to halt the public executions of 13 men, most convicted of murder connected to robberies. UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that public executions are prohibited under international human rights law. “I urge Hamas not to carry out […]

Hamas: Fatah terror cell planned to assassinate Egypt’s Sisi

Hamas: Fatah terror cell planned to assassinate Egypt’s Sisi

By World Tribune Staff on May 17, 2016 A Fatah terror cell plotted to kill Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi and then frame Hamas for the assassination, a senior Hamas official claimed. In a statement on May 16, Hamas representative Salah al-Bardawil said a Gazan terror cell formed by Tawfiq Tirawi, a senior Fatah official […]

Israel seizes 4 tons of rocket chemicals in shipment of salt bound for Gaza

Israel seizes 4 tons of rocket chemicals in shipment of salt bound for Gaza

Special to WorldTribune.com Four tons of a chemical used in the manufacture of long-range rockets was seized by Israeli authorities in a shipment of salt that was bound for the Gaza Strip. Customs and Shin Bet officials at the Nitzana Border Crossing used by Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority seized the four tons of […]

Poll reveals young Palestinians overwhelmingly reject ISIL, don’t trust any leader

Poll reveals young Palestinians overwhelmingly reject ISIL, don’t trust any leader

Special to WorldTribune.com Palestinian youth overwhelmingly oppose Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and don’t trust any of the Palestinian leadership factions, according to a new poll. Most young Palestinians say they are socially conservative and believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved through negotiations, the poll published on April 25 by the Jerusalem […]

Perks of martyrdom called irresistible for ax-wielding Palestinian bachelor

Perks of martyrdom called irresistible for ax-wielding Palestinian bachelor

Special to WorldTribune.com A Palestinian man recently shot and killed by Israeli security forces after attempting a stabbing attack had chosen a life of bachelorhood  for solid theological reasons, according to a news report. He wanted to hold out for the 72 virgins promised to terrorist “martyrs” but that was not the only factor. “Martyrs” […]

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