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Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza it says intended for attacks

Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza it says intended for attacksIsrael said Sunday it used a combination of air strikes and other means to destroy a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the country and continuing into Egypt. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel belonged to Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and was intended for attacks as opposed to smuggling. It ran underneath the main goods crossing between Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip — known as Kerem Shalom — as well as gas and fuel pipelines, he said.



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Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel under key Gaza crossing

Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel under key Gaza crossingJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip, though Israel and into Egypt, and that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines.



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Israel retaliates to Gaza rocket attack, no injuries

Israel retaliates to Gaza rocket attack, no injuriesJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military retaliated to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on Friday with strikes on posts used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the territory. The exchange caused no casualties on either side.



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Two Dead In Gaza During Anti-Israel 'Day Of Rage'

Two Dead In Gaza During Anti-Israel 'Day Of Rage'Israeli police took additional precautions Friday in anticipation of heightened protests as “day of rage” demonstrations continued across the Middle East and southeast Asia.



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Israeli Army Strikes Targets In Gaza In Response To Rocket Fire

Israeli Army Strikes Targets In Gaza In Response To Rocket FireIsrael’s army launched strikes on two locations inside the Gaza Strip on Thursday, according to Israeli media reports.



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Hamas due to hand over Gaza in major step toward unity

Hamas due to hand over Gaza in major step toward unityHamas is due to end its decade-long dominance of Gaza by Friday in its biggest step yet towards Palestinian unity, but hopes raised by a reconciliation deal have already given way to doubts. The Palestinian Authority is supposed to take control of the strip by December 1 under a landmark unity deal signed in October, but its power is likely to be limited to civilian affairs for now — and perhaps only partially. Hamas’s armed wing, which includes some 25,000 militants, remains a major force in the Gaza Strip and has no plans to relinquish its weapons despite calls for it to do so.



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Tens of thousands commemorate Arafat in Hamas-run Gaza

Tens of thousands commemorate Arafat in Hamas-run GazaTens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza on Saturday to commemorate the death of veteran leader Yasser Arafat in the first such memorial in the Hamas-run territory since 2007. The anniversary event was billed as a show of national unity after the Islamists of Hamas struck a reconciliation agreement last month with the rival Fatah movement founded and led by Arafat until his death in 2004.



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Netanyahu signals Gaza militant bodies to be bargaining chips

Netanyahu signals Gaza militant bodies to be bargaining chipsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled Monday Israel would use the bodies of Palestinian militants as bargaining chips to retrieve the remains of soldiers believed held by Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Israel blew up a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into its territory last week, leaving at least 12 militants dead. On Sunday, Israel announced they were in possession of the bodies of five of them, members of the Islamic Jihad.



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Hamas hands over Gaza border crossings as part of Palestinian reconciliation deal

Hamas hands over Gaza border crossings as part of Palestinian reconciliation dealHamas began handing over control of Gaza’s borders to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, in the first step of a deal designed to end ten years of divisions between the Palestinians’ main political factions.  The Islamist militant group Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007, when it took control of the coastal enclave and fought bloody street battles against its rivals in Fatah, who control the internationally-recognised Palestinian Authority (PA).  The two sides have been at odds for a decade but last month Egypt helped broker a reconciliation agreement designed to end the schism. Under the terms of the deal, Hamas is meant to hand over control of Gaza’s borders today and to give the PA full civil control of Gaza on December 1.  The announcement of the reconciliation deal has been met with scepticism and several similar agreements have collapsed in the past.   But on Wednesday morning, Hamas began fulfilling its promise to hand over control of Gaza’s borders to the PA – the most tangible sign yet that the deal is working.  Just passed thru what was – until this AM – the Hamas-controlled border crossing at Erez (4/4). Dismantling of facilities underway right now pic.twitter.com/sLqTOiWSIw— Robert Piper (@UN_Piper) November 1, 2017 Mufeed Hasayneh, the PA minister of public works, called the handovers “an important step on the path toward reconciliation and an end to the division that went on for ten years”.  PA staff began taking over the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings from Gaza into Israel on Wednesday morning, while Hamas staff packed up equipment and removed it.   The PA also took over the Rafah crossing from Gaza into Egypt and draped the crossing with a large picture of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the PA.  The Rafah crossing is almost always closed but PA officials said a deal had been reached with Egypt to permanently open it in mid-November. If Rafah is opened permanently, it could potentially ease the humanitarian suffering of Gaza’s two million residents and allow them to travel more freely through Egypt to the outside world.  Banners of #Hamas' greatest opponents, Abbas and Al-Sissi, are being presented at the Rafah border crossing today as the PA takes control pic.twitter.com/qHqV1h3BK7— Gaza Report (@gaza_report) November 1, 2017 Israel has maintained a blockade on Gaza since 2007, arguing that Hamas uses concrete and other building materials to build tunnels and other weapons to attack Israel with. Human rights groups have condemned the blockade as “collective punishment” of civilians in Gaza.  Israel has warned that it will not deal with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist group by Israel, the US, UK and EU. So far the Israeli government has watched warily as the reconciliation agreement unfolds.  Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump’s peace envoy, has said it is “essential” that the PA resume control in Gaza but warned that Hamas must disarm and recognise Israel before it can “play any role in a Palestinian government”. The future of Hamas’ 25,000 heavily-armed fighters in Gaza remains a major potential stumbling block for the reconciliation deal.    The future of Hamas' armed wing is a potential major stumbling block in the reconciliation deal Credit: AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS The PA has insisted on the principle of “one authority, one law and one gun” – meaning that all armed Palestinian groups must submit to the leadership of the PA. But while Hamas has so far said it is prepared to hand civil control of Gaza over to the PA, it has given no indication that it is prepared to disarm its troops or merge them into the PA’s security forces. Meanwhile, PA ministers have begun to take control of ministries in Gaza but so far the PA has not eased up on a squeeze on Gaza's electricity supply.  The electricity reductions have caused widespread misery in Gaza and left many residents with only fours of electricity a day. It has also put a major strain on hospitals and left unpowered sewage treatment plants pumping raw sewage into the Mediterranean.      



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Gaza tunnel into Israel discovered and detonated

Gaza tunnel into Israel discovered and detonatedJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it discovered and detonated a militant tunnel on Monday that was dug from Gaza into Israel, in a rare flare-up along the tense border that has remained largely quiet since a 2014 war with Gaza's Hamas rulers.



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