Palestinian Arena

February 3, 2014

Abbas said that Palestine recognizing the Israeli state was "out of the question". (AFP/File)
06:44 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he proposed to Secretary of State John Kerry a U.S.-led NATO force patrol a future Palestinian state indefinitely.

February 2, 2014

Hamas is still exerting pressure on other Palestinian factions to maintain a ceasefire (Courtesy of Times of Israel)
11:12 GMT

Hamas has allegedly pulled back hundreds of its gunmen from its border with Israel in order to prevent other Palestinian factions from firing homemade rockets at Israeli towns.

February 1, 2014

He said Fatah officials in Gaza had not been receiving regular salaries, and that families of "martyrs" had not received allowances for six years. [ AFP]
11:43 GMT

The leading body of the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip submitted its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas last week, Fatah sources said.

January 31, 2014

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike that injured two Palestinians, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
18:44 GMT

Israeli forces shot and injured ten people on Friday in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Palestinian children inspect the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike that injured two people, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
11:55 GMT

Israeli fighter jets targeted the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Friday morning, Agence France-Presse reported sources on both sides as saying, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave hit

January 29, 2014

Palestinians carry the body of 19-year-old Muhammad Mubarak who was shot dead by Israeli forces on January 29, 2014 during his funeral in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazun. (AFP)
20:06 GMT

Hours after being shot dead by Israeli forces, the body of 19-year-old Muhammad Mubarak was laid to rest by Palestinians in the Al Jalazun refugee camp cemetary.

January 28, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year. (AFP/File)
09:34 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he is ready to meet and talk to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "at any time" to discuss the ongoing Mideast peace process.

January 26, 2014

An historic winter storm struck the Levant in December, leading to major flooding in the Gaza Strip and displacing 40,000 from their homes.
17:53 GMT

Israeli media reported on Sunday that Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon had approved plans to allow construction material into the Gaza Strip in order to help repair buildings destroyed in December's severe winter storm.

January 25, 2014

Egyptian police arrest a Muslim Brotherhood supporter (C-R) following a demonstration in the Nasr City district of Cairo, on January 25, 2014. [AFP]
15:30 GMT

At least seven people were killed in clashes in Egypt on Saturday as police dispersed anti-government protests, Agence France-Presse reported the health ministry as saying.

Egyptian anti-government protesters run for cover from tear gas during clashes with police in the capital Cairo on January 25, 2014 following a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. [AFP]
13:16 GMT

Egyptian police fire tear gas and live rounds in the air to disperse anti-government protesters in the capital Cairo on Saturday, as the country marked the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

Women talk with policemen on January 25, 2014 in front of the Egyptian embassy, where Egypt's cultural attache and three other embassy staff were seized by kidnappers in Tripoli, Libya. [AFP]
13:06 GMT

A day after an Egyptian diplomat was seized at the Egyptian embassy in Libya’s capital Tripoli, four staff were kidnapped, the Libyan government said on Saturday.

A suicide bomber struck Cairo police headquarters on Friday, the first of three bombings in the Egyptian capital that killed five people ahead of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. [AFP]
23:04 GMT

The United States and Saudi Arabia on Friday condemned a wave of bombings that rocked the Egyptian capital Cairo and killed at least six people and wounded several others.

January 20, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama is seemingly not too optimistic about Mideast peace being reached. (AFP)
11:57 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview with New Yorker magazine that he thought that there was a "less than fifty-fifty" chance long-lasting peace will be secured in the Mideast.

January 19, 2014

Mursi's trial based on charges related to the mass jailbreak in 2011 is the only case that has opened thus far. It is due to resume on Jan. 28. [AFP]
18:15 GMT

Ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi and 24 others including liberal activists who opposed his rule were ordered to stand trial for insulting the judiciary on Sunday, Reuters cited legal sources as saying.

A Palestinian boy stands next to a donkey killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on January 19, 2014.  [AFP]
16:31 GMT

The military wing of a Palestinian faction said Sunday that Israeli violations of a ceasefire with Gaza might lead to the ceasefire's end, the same day Israeli airstrikes injured two in the Strip.