Palestine

August 18, 2014

Palestinians walk in the rubble of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
07:13 GMT

Qatar announced on Saturday that it has decided to donate $1,000 to each Palestinian family whose house was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge.

Palestinians observe the damage of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
05:23 GMT

A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of "stalling" in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that "the ball is in the Israeli occupation's court."

August 17, 2014

Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni Islamic group founded during the First Intifada (1987) as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood came on scene in Egypt in 1928, headed by Hasan al-Bana, to establish an Islamic state with the Quran and the Sunna serving as the basis for all aspects of life.
14:24 GMT

Whether you think Hamas are terrorists or just another resistance group fighting for freedom, how did they get to where they are now?

Both Hamas and Israel said fighting would continue if no permanent ceasefire was reached (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT

Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.

Gaza's sole power plant was bombed by Israeli forces on July 29, causing widespread electricity shortages (File/AFP)
10:05 GMT

Only six hours of electricity per day remained in most of Gaza as shortages continued following Israeli shelling of the Strip's sole power plant two weeks ago.

Thousands of people stand and protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, August 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT

The UK government faces a potential lawsuit over its continued arms sales to Israel as speculation continues that British-made weapons may have been used to commit war crimes in Gaza.

Chief Palestinian negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmad said he was "optimistic" about reaching a long-term peace agreement with Israel (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.

Palestinian patients in the hospital after the building was shelled by the IDF. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Dozens of families who fled their homes during the Israeli offensive on Gaza took refuge in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and informal tent communities have sprung up amid houses now reduced to rubble.

Djémila is a UNESCO world heritage site and plays hosts to an annual music festival. (Image courtesy of UNESCO website)
05:00 GMT

"Artists have always represented (...) a vibrant conscience and the best expression of the people's emotions, their pains and hopes," Algerian president Abdelaziz Boutefika read on Thursday evening at the opening of a festival.

August 16, 2014

Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
17:50 GMT

Sources in the Islamic Jihad and Hamas indicated that the Egyptian proposal does not meet the current demands of the Palestinian people and that therefore it is highly unlikely they will accept it.

August 15, 2014

Gaza death toll hit 1,980 Friday as serious injuries become fatal. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

The death toll in Gaza reached 1,980 Friday, which officials attribute to a lack of medical supplies and facilities for the critically wounded.

The Kerem Shalom crossing is set to open Friday to allow humanitarian aid through. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT

With peace treaties being discussed, Israeli authorities have announced plans to open the Karem Shalom crossing to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

Islamic Jihad has reported a reached peace agreement with Israel. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT

The Islamic Jihad has announced a planned truce agreement with Israel at the end of the five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt. Agreement will include the end of Israeli offensive and the expansion of fishing zone and imports in Gaza.

Gaza-native and Arab Idol superstar Mohammad Assaf has cancelled his Abu Dhabi concert, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, in solidarity with Gaza. (Image: AFP)
06:00 GMT

Unfortunately, thousands of Mohammad Assaf's fans won't get to see him perform in Abu Dhabi tomorrow after canceling his concert over the Gaza conflict.

August 14, 2014

Feras Abu Inil, 13, walks past an apartment block in the northern Gaza strip that was all but destroyed in four weeks of clashes between Israel and Hamas, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP)
18:57 GMT

Deputy secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziad al-Nakhaala said on Thursday that a long-term ceasefire that would include the lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon.