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Hamas say Egypt to fully reopen Gaza border despite PA pullout

Hamas say Egypt to fully reopen Gaza border despite PA pulloutGaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas said Thursday that Egypt plans to fully reopen its border crossing with the enclave, days after partially closing it amid infighting between Palestinian factions. Forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas withdrew on Sunday from the Rafah border crossing, accusing rivals Hamas of interference.



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Hamas staff reclaim Egypt-Gaza border as PA withdraws

Hamas staff reclaim Egypt-Gaza border as PA withdrawsHamas employees retook control of the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on Monday after the Palestinian Authority withdrew its own staff, an AFP journalist and Hamas officials said. The PA’s civil affairs authority had on Sunday accused Hamas of “summoning, arresting and abusing our employees”, leading it to conclude that their presence was futile, according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA.



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Israel says strikes two Hamas posts after arson balloons

Israel says strikes two Hamas posts after arson balloonsIsrael’s army said it struck two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after balloons carried an explosive device over the border fence, but no injuries were reported. The Gaza border has been relatively calm in recent weeks after a deal in which Israel allowed Qatar to provide millions of dollars in aid for fuel and salaries in the blockaded enclave. “Earlier today, an explosive device attached to multiple balloons was launched on a model airplane from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” an Israeli army statement said.



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Hamas arrests Gaza men suspected of attacking Abbas's TV station

Hamas arrests Gaza men suspected of attacking Abbas's TV stationGaza authorities arrested five Palestinians on Saturday on suspicion of ransacking the offices of President Mahmoud Abbas’s official Palestine Television station, Hamas’s interior ministry said. On Friday, assailants destroyed cameras, editing and broadcasting equipment in the Gaza office of the station, part of the Palestinian Broadcast Corporation (PBC), which broadcasts material supportive of Abbas. Station officials immediately blamed Hamas for the attack.



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Hamas arrests 5 over Palestinian government media raid

Hamas arrests 5 over Palestinian government media raidHamas authorities in the Gaza Strip arrested five men Saturday over a raid at the Palestinian Authority’s media headquarters, in which valuable equipment was destroyed. Five armed men attacked the offices of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation in Gaza City on Friday, trashing equipment worth thousands of dollars. The media centre is funded by the West Bank-based Palestinian government and houses Palestine TV and the Voice of Palestine radio station.



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Fatah says Hamas arrests members in Gaza ahead of rally

Fatah says Hamas arrests members in Gaza ahead of rallyPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party said Monday that its rival Hamas had carried out widespread arrests of its members in the Gaza Strip ahead of a rally marking the anniversary of the movement’s founding. Hamas denied the accusation, with a spokesman for the enclave’s interior ministry saying 38 people had been held for questioning over concerns that opposing Fatah factions in Gaza would clash at the rally set for later in the day.



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Hamas denies Mubarak claim it sent militants to Egypt in 2011

Hamas denies Mubarak claim it sent militants to Egypt in 2011Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas on Saturday denied an allegation by Egypt’s deposed president Hosni Mubarak that it infiltrated hundreds of men across the border during the 2011 uprising. Mubarak took to the witness stand in a Cairo court Wednesday to testify about jailbreaks allegedly orchestrated by his successor Mohamed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.



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Hamas rejects Abbas plan to dissolve Palestinian parliament

Hamas rejects Abbas plan to dissolve Palestinian parliamentHamas on Sunday denounced Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s plan to dissolve the largely defunct Palestinian parliament that it controls, calling it a move to “serve his partisan interests”. Abbas said Saturday he intended to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council after a court decision that ordered the move and elections to be held within six months. The ruling was made by the Palestinian Constitutional Court in Ramallah, and Hamas said in a statement it rejected the decision by a court created by Abbas “to legitimise his arbitrary decisions”.



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The Latest: Hamas says dissolving parliament invites chaos

The Latest: Hamas says dissolving parliament invites chaosGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):



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Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacks

Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacksIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he had issued a warning to Hamas after recent deadly attacks in the occupied West Bank, including two shootings claimed by the Islamist movement. Netanyahu referred to a controversial Gaza ceasefire in November that ended the worst escalation between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war. “I conveyed a clear message to Hamas — we won’t accept a situation of a truce in Gaza and terror in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting, using the biblical name for the West Bank, as is Israel’s official policy.



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