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Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

A Palestinian teen has been killed and two other men wounded by Israeli fire in southern Gaza, according to health officials. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said 18-year-old Yousef Abu Athira was killed before dawn on Wednesday by Israeli artillery fire east of Rafah. He said two others sustained[…]

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Israeli airstrikes targets Rafah area

Israeli forces launched several airstrikes in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, hours after Palestinian and Israeli shelling across the border of the besieged enclave. Witnesses told Ma’an that at least five airstrikes targeted an open area near the long-closed Rafah airport, causing material damage. No casualties were initially[…]

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Egypt opens border crossing with Gaza for four days

Egyptian authorities have opened the Rafah crossing with the besieged Gaza Strip, allowing Palestinians to travel in both directions for the first time in two months. The border crossing, Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world with no Israeli control, opened on Monday for four days. Palestinian border official Khaled[…]

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‘Strong evidence’ of Israeli war crimes in Gaza

The Israeli army indiscriminately and deliberately targeted civilians during a brutal 2014 assault known as “Black Friday”, according to a new report on last summer’s Gaza war. The joint study by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture, released on Wednesday, cites “strong evidence” of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity[…]

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Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 3 days

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for three days next week, a Palestinian Authority official said Wednesday. Nathmi Muhanna, general director of border crossings, told Ma’an that Egypt notified his department that the terminal will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in both directions. Priority will be[…]

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Rafah crossing resealed after three days

The Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing Thursday evening after it was open for three days to enable those stuck in Egypt and other countries to return to the Gaza Strip. Director of the Gaza border and crossings Maher Abu Sabha said that a total of 1,629 Palestinians were able[…]

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Egypt to open Rafah crossing into Gaza for 2 days

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah border crossing for two days on Tuesday and Wednesday allowing passengers to travel from Egypt into Gaza, although not the other way around, Egyptian security sources told Ma’an. Palestinian officials have reportedly been notified so as to make the necessary arrangements. Rafah crossing has been[…]

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Rafah crossing opening closer: sources

Palestinian factions are getting closer to reopening the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian territories, following an agreement last Thursday between rivals Hamas and Fatah to hand over control of the Gaza Strip to a Palestinian unity government. Informed Palestinian sources told media that pportunities for reaching an[…]

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GOTG gets green light for Gaza

Humanitarian relief agency Gift of the Givers (GOTG) has been given the green light to enter Gaza through the Rafah border. After more than a month long negotiation with authorities, GOTG founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said they finally received word from South African Department of International Relations on Thursday morning.[…]

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