Palestine

December 11, 2014

A Palestinian youth looks at rubble of houses which were damaged during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas, December 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT

Two passersby were lightly injured late Wednesday after a bomb exploded in front of a charity in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Irish Parliament called for a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT

Ireland’s lower house of Parliament approved a nonbinding resolution calling on the government to formally recognize the state of "Palestine."

Senior Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein was assaulted by Israeli forces during a protest and died shortly after, December 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

UN envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, called on Israel to investigate the death of senior Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein who was killed after a protest in the West Bank Wednesday.

More than 130 countries have now recognized Palestine as a state. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

After the French National Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the government to recognize the State of Palestine, the Senate will vote on Thursday on a similar resolution, submitted by the Greens parliamentary group.

December 10, 2014

Abbas said prior to a meeting with PA leaders that what happened earlier Wednesday is a "crime in all the meaning of the word."  (AFP/File)
19:11 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday evening that all options to respond to the killing of a Palestinian minister are up for debate.

Abu Ein died after Israeli soldiers hit him with the butts of their weapons and their helmets. (AFP/File)
18:17 GMT

Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah are set to observe three days of mourning over the killing of a Palestinian minister by Israeli forces.

The meeting is aimed at coordinating the two country's policies ahead of a UN Security Council vote scheduled two weeks from now on the Palestinian statehood bid. (AFP/File)
16:41 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will head to Rome on Monday for an urgent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Turkish ship Mavi Marmara arrives at Istanbul's Sarayburnu port as people wave Turkish and Palestinian flags. (Photo: AFP)
12:19 GMT

Swedish prosecutors say they don't have jurisdiction in case of Mavi Marmara, Estelle ships, which attempted to break Gaza blockade.

Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein‏ argues with IDF soldiers in Hebron, November 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT

The head of the Palestinian Authority committee against the separation wall and settlements died Wednesday after Israeli soldiers assaulted him in a village near Ramallah, committee sources said.

Palestinian prisoners at the Megiddo Prison. (Photo: AFP)
10:17 GMT

Seventy prisoners held in Israeli jails on Tuesday launched hunger strike action in protest against Israel's policy of solitary confinement, a prisoners' group said.

December 9, 2014

Over 2,160 Palestinians were killed during Israeli attacks in Gaza this year. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

An Amnesty International report accused Israel of committing war crimes during its 51-day attack in the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian protester runs for cover as an Israeli military vehicle sprays a foul-smelling spray known as "skunk" during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. (AFP/File)
09:15 GMT

A mob of Israeli settlers stabbed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy in the Old City of Hebron Monday night, medical sources told Ma'an.

Palestine's status was also upgraded by the UN General Assembly to a non-member observer state in November, 2012. (AFP/File)
06:35 GMT

Palestine secured an observer status at the ICC Monday, allowing President Mahmoud Abbas to potentially sue Israel over war crimes.

December 8, 2014

The Al Aqsa compound has been at the center of clashes in recent weeks following growing violence in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
09:03 GMT

Israeli intelligence officers and settlers in Jerusalem stormed the Al Aqsa compound Monday, according to a mosque official.

Once a bustling fishing hub in the Gulf, the village of Al-Arish lies just off Qatar’s northern coast. It was abandoned in the 1970s as inhabitants packed up in search of more prolific urban areas, leaving crumbling infrastructure you can still check out today.
07:15 GMT

Ghost towns around the Middle East show a history, and present, marked by massive change.