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Unidentified assailants attacked the car of a Fatah official in Gaza overnight Tuesday, locals said.
Witnesses told solaa that masked men entered the garage of Fatah leader Khaled Musa and damaged his car. Hamas police said they have opened an investigation into the incident, the third of its kind since April.
On Monday, assailants planted a 500-gram explosive device targeting the car of Fat
Israeli forces have banned lawyers from visiting a man suspected of fatally stabbing a settler in Nablus, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Wednesday.
Salam al-Zaghal, from Tulkarem, on Tuesday fatally stabbed a settler while he waited at a hitch-hiking spot in the occupied West Bank.
Al-Zaghal was subsequently shot by Israeli border guards and transferred to hospital.
Settlers started over 50 fires across the West Bank on Tuesday following the fatal stabbing of a settler in Nablus, official news agency Wafa reported.
A report by the civil defense said firefighters had to deal with 57 fires caused by settlers. Hundreds of olive and almond trees were damaged and large areas of cultivated crops were destroyed, the report said.
Settlers attacked Palestinians and th
The British minister for the Middle East expressed concern Wednesday about recent violence in the West Bank and Gaza, a statement from his office said.
"I am very concerned about recent developments in both the West Bank and Gaza. At this critical time for the two state solution, we need dialogue, not violence," Alistair Burt said.
The British minister condemned recent rocket fire and an
Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, locals said.
Witnesses told solaa that seven Israeli military vehicles entered 200 meters into a border area near Khan Younis and destroyed agricultural land, including trees.
Border incursions are frequently reported by local residents.
Tensions are high in the Gaza Strip following an Isra
Truck drivers went on strike at the border between the West Bank and Jordan on Monday in protest over new Israeli restrictions.
The drivers stopped work between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Allenby Bridge crossing because Israeli authorities have reduced the number of trucks allowed to cross into Jordan, from 120 to 45 each day, the head of the drivers' union told solaa.
Sultan Hadad said the res
Israel razed four apartments on Monday in the al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, in spite of several attempts to revoke the demolition order, owners said.
Israeli authorities evicted 24 Gaith family members -- including five children and an elderly woman -- from the apartments ahead of the demolition, Rushi Ghaith, one of the owners, told solaa.
The apartments were scheduled for demolition in
Israeli settlers on Monday planted trees on private Palestinian land in Nablus in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Settlers plowed land belonging to Palestinian farmers in Azmut, east of Nablus, and planted young olive, vine and prunus trees, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank.
He said the settlers used bulldozers to dig d
Militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday sent a mortar shell crashing into an open area in southern Israel, a day after a rare retaliatory air strike by Israeli forces, the army said.
"A mortar shell struck an uninhabited area in the Eshkol region near the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip," an army spokeswoman said on Monday.
The incident came 24 hours after Israeli warplane
Israel has granted hundreds of Orthodox Christians in the Gaza Strip permission to celebrate Easter in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Monday.
Palestinian liaison officials told solaa that they had received around 500 permits for Christians in Gaza, valid from April 30 to May 12.
Guy Inbar, a spokesman for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, told solaa t
A group of settlers raided a Nablus village on Monday and attacked local residents, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told solaa that three religious settlers from Itamar raided Beit Furik and attacked residents with "sharp tools," causing head injuries to two residents.
Fawzi Nasasra, 60, and Abdul Rahman
Undercover Israeli forces abducted a café owner in a village in the northern West Bank on Sunday night, the local mayor said Monday.
Three armed men in plainclothes stopped in a car outside an internet café in Jaba, south of Jenin, and ordered coffees from the owner, 30-year-old Mahmud Alawneh.
As Alawneh walked back to the café, the men pointed guns at his head and forced him
Israeli forces arrested two workers from Beit Ummar in Jerusalem on Sunday, a local committee said.
Committee spokesman Muhammad Ayad Awad told solaa that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Alkam, 22, and Muhammad Abdulrahman, 26, after raiding a Jerusalem construction site.
Neither men had work permits, Awad said.
Abdulrahman fell from a building during the chase and was late
by Charlotte Alfred
After a seven-year legal battle, a group of Palestinian landowners and Catholic nuns this week lost an appeal against Israel building its separation barrier on their land.
The ruling by an Israeli appeals committee places the lush Cremisan Valley, in a northern corner of Bethlehem, behind the Israeli wall.
Running straight through
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has no plans to shut down its Gaza office, spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said Sunday.
In early April, UNRWA closed its Gaza office after an escalation in protests against the reduction in financial assistance to vulnerable refugees.
Speaking to solaa via telephone, Abu Hasna said that only UNRWA's general commissioner could make a decision about closing UNRWA
Relatives of Salafists arrested by Hamas protested in Gaza City on Sunday to demand their release.
Families carried banners and shouted slogans to demand the release of their relatives, who they say have started hunger strike action to protest their detention without charge.
"My son has been held by internal security since the beginning of this month. Until this moment, we were not allowed to
Israeli warplanes bombed two sites early Sunday in the south of the Gaza Strip belonging to the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
No injuries were reported, but a training site was damaged, a statement from the National Resistance Brigades said. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at the site, the groups said.
Israeli aircraft also bombed a site belonging to Is
The Israeli army prepared to conduct military exercises in the northern Jordan Valley on Sunday, preventing school children from attending classes, residents said.
Soldiers prevented students from going to their schools, and demanded that other Palestinians evacuate their houses.
Local residents quoted soldiers as saying the maneuvers will take place until Tuesday in the northern Jordan Valley, ad
GENEVA (AFP) --
The number of Syrians who have fled their conflict-ravaged homeland has surpassed 1.4 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, warning that it was no longer able to meet their medical needs.
As of Thursday, the total number of Syrians registered as refugees was 1,401,435, the UNHCR said.
"This corresponds to 30 per
WASHINGTON (AFP) --
US President Barack Obama on Friday will host Jordan's King Abdullah II for White House talks that are sure to focus on Syria, after Washington said Damascus had likely used chemical weapons.
Just over a month after the king welcomed Obama to Amman, the US president wants to discuss "Jordan's political and economic reforms, the crisis