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UN envoy says Hamas violently suppressed Gaza protests

UN envoy says Hamas violently suppressed Gaza protestsA United Nations envoy condemned Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas on Sunday, accusing the group of violently suppressing peaceful protests. Since Thursday hundreds of Palestinians have taken to the streets in multiple locations throughout the Gaza Strip, protesting the rising cost of living in the Palestinian enclave. “I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days,” UN envoy to Israel and the Palestinian territories Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement.



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Israel Defense Forces confirms rockets fired from Gaza were launched by the Hamas terrorist organization

Israel Defense Forces confirms rockets fired from Gaza were launched by the Hamas terrorist organizationIsraeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon says Israel is ready to protect their people.



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Netanyahu warns Hamas after Gaza unrest

Netanyahu warns Hamas after Gaza unrestPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas Sunday that Israel would not hesitate to launch a “large-scale operation” in Gaza, as daily exchanges with the Palestinian territory threatened a wider escalation. Speaking ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu noted that while “rogue factions” were behind the recent Gaza “provocations”, it “did not exempt Hamas”, the enclave’s Islamist rulers, of responsibility. “I’ve heard people in Gaza saying that since we’re in an election campaign, a large-scale operation is out of the question,” he further said, referring to April 9 Israeli polls.



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Israel hits Hamas sites after balloons with 'explosive device'

Israel hits Hamas sites after balloons with 'explosive device'Israeli aircraft have struck two Hamas observation points in the Gaza Strip, a security source said Sunday, after the army reported balloons carrying an “explosive device” were sent toward Israel. The strikes occurred after a “cluster of balloons carrying an explosive device was launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory,” the Israeli army said in a statement.



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Palestinian Government Resigns as Abbas Seeks to Pressure Hamas

Palestinian Government Resigns as Abbas Seeks to Pressure Hamas(Bloomberg) — The government of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted its resignation on Tuesday, just days after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he wanted to replace it.



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Hamas refuses to let Qatar pay Gaza salaries

Hamas refuses to let Qatar pay Gaza salariesIn November Qatar began a six-month, $ 150 million program to fund the wages and shipments of fuel for power generation in Gaza. The staggered payments, widely seen as a Qatari bid to increase its regional role, need Israel’s permission to get through – an involvement that has riled many among Hamas’ Islamist leadership. Khalil Al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, said on Thursday Israel had broken previous agreements brokered by Qatar and Egypt.



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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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