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Egypt to host donor conference for war-hit Gaza

THE LEVANT – Envoys from dozens of countries will gather Sunday for a conference that aims to raise billions of dollars to rebuild conflict-battered Gaza, despite fears of renewed violence and “donor fatigue”. The United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency has described the financial needs as “unprecedented” ahead of the Cairo …

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Hamas poised to develop weapons of resistance: Haniyeh

THE LEVANT – A senior Hamas leader says the Palestinian resistance movement is set to continue building and developing the weapons of “resistance” until the liberation of Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands. In a Saturday sermon on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh said Hamas “would continue to …

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After the Gaza slaughter

THE LEVANT – By Shahar Benhorin, Socialist Struggle Movement – In a period of 50 days, the nearly two million residents of the devastated Gaza Strip were bombarded day and night from the air, sea and land, by an estimated 20,000 tons of explosives – the equivalent of the atomic bomb dropped …

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Gazans dig wells to cope with water shortage

THE LEVANT – After two weeks with no water following Israel’s 50-day offensive, Abu Osama took matters into his own hands, and like hundreds of others, sank a well beside his Gaza home. After nearly two months of Israeli bombardment, power cuts and water shortages, he seized upon the ceasefire …

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Hamas rises in popularity in Gaza

THE LEVANT – The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and headed by …

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Mass grave in Israel – Truth Out!

THE LEVANT – It has been revealed that the remains of dozens of Palestinians killed during the Israeli-Arab in 1948 were found in six mass graves in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv on Wednesday. The graves were found when ground subsided as builders carried out renovation work in the area, …

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Rebuilding Gaza

THE LEVANT – An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip’s battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel. Most of the new building would be to make up for the …

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Gaza War in numbers

THE LEVANT – A seven-week war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire. Here is a look at the results of the war, the terms of the cease-fire and unresolved issues that are to be tackled in a future round of indirect negotiations …

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Abbas slams Hamas over Gaza war

THE LEVANT – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll. Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday that “it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed).” …

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More than 100 Palestinians held at Cairo airport

THE LEVANT – More than 100 Palestinians from Gaza have been stuck at Cairo International Airport for more than three weeks after being prevented by Egyptian authorities from traveling to their final destinations. The stranded passengers told Ma’an that most of the group had escaped from Gaza during a five-day …

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Ceasefire reached in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Palestinian and Israeli authorities have reportedly reached an agreement on a permanent ceasefire for the besieged Gaza Strip after more than a month of Israeli terror campaign on the coastal territory. According to Palestinian sources, the Palestinians and the Israelis agreed to a permanent ceasefire on Tuesday. “The …

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Again and again Israel strikes Gaza

THE LEVANT – A new round of Israeli airstrikes and tank fire pounded Gaza on Monday as officials in the coastal strip said two more Palestinian civilians died from the violence. There has so far been no end in sight for the war, which has already killed more than 2,100 Palestinians …

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Gaza sky-scraper bites the dust

THE LEVANT – Two multi-storey buildings in Gaza have been completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes in less than 24 hours, possibly signalling a new tactic in Israel’s military campaign. A 12-storey apartment building in Gaza City was brought down on Saturday evening and a seven-floor office building in Rafah …

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Hamas is not backing down

THE LEVANT – Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that the Palestinians would not accept anything less than an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza, as Israeli forces continued to attack the besieged enclave. Haniyeh accused Israel of using negotiations as a cover for their crimes and said it …

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Abbas pushes for truce in Gaza in Egypt

THE LEVANT – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Islamic Jihad leaders including deputy secretary general Ziyad al-Nakhala and Khalid al-Batsh in Cairo on Friday evening, after arriving from Qatar earlier in the afternoon.The Islamic Jihad media office said the meeting aimed to discuss ceasefire initiatives that adhere to Palestinian demands. Abbas …

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Hamas compares Israel with ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Izzat Al-Risheq, member of the Hamas political bureau, issued the following statement: The attempt by Netanyahu and his spokesman Ofir Gendelman to link Hamas and compare us with other groups is a deception and disinformation campaign that will not fool anyone. We strongly condemn and reject how Netanyahu, Gendelman …

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Hamas crackdowns on Israeli informants

THE LEVANT – A Gaza security official says Hamas has killed 11 suspected informers for Israel. Friday’s killings came a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip. Hamas has vowed revenge for the targeting of its leaders. The security …

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Qatar’s role in Gaza’s peace talks failure

THE LEVANT  – The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends …

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3 Senior Hamas leaders are killed by Israel

THE LEVANT – An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization’s morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel’s intelligence services. The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in a densely populated neighborhood of the southern town …

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Hamas targets Israel’s gas interests

THE LEVANT – Palestinian resistance group Hamas said it fired two rockets at an Israeli gas installation about 30 km (19 miles) off the coast of Gaza on Wednesday in the first apparent attack of its kind. The Israeli military said no missiles had struck any gas platforms at sea. The …

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Gaza in mourning

THE LEVANT –  Several thousand mourners on Wednesday joined the funeral procession for the wife and baby son of Hamas’s military commander Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel. Firing Kalashnikovs into the air, they carried the bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali, who were among at …

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