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  • Capital: Jerusalem, Ramallah
  • Major Languages: Arabic, English, Hebrew
  • Currency: Jordanian Dinar, Egyptian Pound
  • Timezone: GMT +2:00

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The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) is a non-sovereign entity comprising the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The OPT is governed by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA); however, since a conflict between the two rival political parties - Hamas and Fatah - in 2007 the governance of the OPT has been divided. The West Bank and East Jerusalem are controlled by Fatah, while Gaza is governed by Hamas. Palestine's political leaders have sought international recognition for the State of Palestine since the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) declared independence in 1988. More than 130 UN member states have formally recognised the OPT's claims of sovereignty, and in 2012 the UN General Assembly upgraded Palestine to "non-Member Observer State Status". Full member status remains unlikely until a final peace settlement is reached between the OPT and Israel.

In May 2021 violence escalated between Palestinians and Israelis following a series of police raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Thousands of Palestinians had gathered at the site, which is the third holiest in Islam, to protest against plans to evict dozens of families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood to give their homes to Jewish settlers. Following days of clashes in Jerusalem, Hamas issued an ultimatum to the Israeli security forces to withdraw from Al-Aqsa; when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected the demands, Hamas began firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, targeting areas including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the southern city of Ashkelon. The IDF responded by conducting airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. During the 11-day conflict, at least 242 people were killed in Gaza and 13 died in Israel. Hamas and the Israeli government claimed victory after a ceasefire was agreed upon, and both sides have threatened to respond to any further aggression.

Prior to the recent violence, tensions were already high in the region following the policies implemented by US President Donald Trump. The US moved the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and helped to broker normalisation deals between Israel and several Arab countries, which the Palestinian government said was a betrayal. The last major peace talks between Israel and the PA broke down in 2014, shortly before the Israel-Gaza conflict. In July 2014 Israel carried out a series of airstrikes across Gaza in response to Hamas militants firing hundreds of rockets into southern Israel. This was followed by a ground invasion by the IDF – Operation Protective Edge – during which more than 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 45 Israelis were killed. It was the first large-scale military offensive in Gaza since “Operation Cast Lead” in 2008 and has reinforced the historical and ongoing tension between Israel and the civilian population in the OPT.  The likelihood of peace has also been undermined by the ongoing forced evictions of Palestinians and increasing Israeli settlements in the West Bank, along with attacks on and by Israeli settlers.

Since 2015 there has been a spike in attacks on Israelis by Palestinians across Israel and the West Bank. The violence was preceded by a series of clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem between Israeli police and Palestinian youths. Many of the incidents have involved individuals or small groups who have attempted to stab Israelis, often members of the security forces, who have replied with deadly force. The IDF has been accused by rights group of carrying out extrajudicial killings in several of the incidents involving alleged Palestinian attackers. There have also been hundreds of demonstrations across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, many of which have involved the use of Molotov cocktails, rocks and other missiles. The IDF often use deadly force to quash protests, including the use of live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets.  A number of journalists and rights workers have been killed and wounded by the IDF during protests.

Gaza has been subject to a land, air and sea blockade since 2007, while frequent closures of the Rafah crossing by Egypt have also left the territory isolated. Israel controls the movement of goods and people into Gaza, resulting in widespread shortages of essential food and building supplies needed for the post-2014 reconstruction. In 2010 Israeli troops raided six vessels from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, killing nine activists and sparking international condemnation. Palestinian fishermen have also been shot and killed near the coastal exclusion zone. On the Gaza-Israel land border, a military buffer zone is in force and IDF troops fire live rounds at any individuals who approach it. The Erez border crossing is also subject to closures by the IDF.  

A number of high-profile kidnappings have taken place in Gaza in the past. In February 2015 three men were kidnapped and interrogated by a group who identified themselves as Islamic State (IS) militants. The victims, including a correspondent for the Middle East Eye, were tortured and interrogated before they were released. In 2007 the BBC journalist Alan Johnston was kidnapped by the Palestinian Army of Islam in Gaza City and held for almost four months before Hamas negotiated his release. In 2011 Italian reporter and activist Vittorio Arrigoni was kidnapped by the previously unknown Brigade of the Gallant Companion of the Prophet Mohammed bin Muslima. Arrigoni was later murdered by the group in northern Gaza, sparking widespread condemnation across the OPT.

The OPT is among a number of countries and territories worldwide that have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

By Ma'an News Agency

Journalist dies of injuries from Gaza strike

Journalist Abdullah Murtaja succumbed Monday to wounds he sustained in an airstrike in the al-Shujaiyya neighborhood in Gaza City two weeks earlier.

By New York Times

AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator assisting him were killed in an ordnance explosion Wednesday while working on an assignment about the aftermath about the recent war in the Gaza Strip.

By Guardian

Palestinian cameraman killed in Gaza

A Palestinian news cameraman, Khaled Hamad, was killed early today in Gaza, reportedly during Israeli artillery shelling of the city's Shujaya (aka Shuja'iyya) residential district.

By INSI

Travel advisory Gaza

Since 7 July hundreds of rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza. Israel responded with a barrage of missiles that claimed more than 200 Palestinian lives, and on 17 July launched a ground invasion.

By Al Jazeera

Palestinian journalist killed in Israeli air strike

Gaza City -With tearful eyes, the Al-Aqsa TV anchorman announced the death of Palestinian journalist Hamed Shehab on Wednesday evening, hit by an Israeli air strike while driving home on Omar al-Mukhtar street.

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Alerts for Palestinian Territories

Palestinian man killed in clashes with Israeli forces

One Palestinian man has been killed and 30 injured in clashes between protestors and Israeli forces. Troops fired stun grenades and steel-coated bullets at protestors, injuring 12, with a further 18 protestors suffering the effects of tear gas inhalation. The protests were held against the building of Israeli settlements in the towns of Beita and Beit Dajan in the areas around Nablus.

Polls show majority want Mahmoud Abbas to resign

New polls carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research show that 80 percent of Palestinians want the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and that 45 percent of citizens would prefer to be led by Hamas. Widespread resentment for the leadership stems from the death of activist Nizar Banat and the 11-day war in Gaza. Despite local dissatisfaction, Abbas is still regarded as the leader of Palestine by the international community and is seen as a key figure in the peace process with Israel.

Dozens arrested by Israeli forces since prison escape

Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces since six high-profile prisoners escaped from prison earlier this month. Palestinian officials said more than 100 people have been detained in raids following the escape from Gilboa prison on 6 September. All six men who dug a tunnel from their cell have since been recaptured after the final two surrendered to troops in Jenin on Saturday. Many of those arrested were family members of the six escaped prisoners.

Israel threatens mass operation on Jenin

Israel’s Chief of General Staff, Aviv Kochavi, has said that “plans are ready” to launch a large scale operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, the home of the six Palestinian’s who escaped from Gilboa Prison. Kochavi said the attack would target “terrorist cells in these areas,” and, “if the situation escalates, we will launch an operation whenever we need to.”

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas positions in Gaza

Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. It is the third consecutive night of fighting between the two sides, even as Israel’s foreign minister sought to diffuse tension. The Israeli military reported three separate rocket launches late Sunday and early Monday, saying at least two of them were intercepted by its rocket defences. In response, airstrikes were carried out against a number of Hamas targets. There were no reports of casualties on either side.

Dozens injured in clashes with IDF

Following protests by hundreds of Palestinians at the junctions of Beita and Huwwara towns, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) used force to disperse crowds, resulting in the injury of dozens of people. Ahmad Jibril, head of the Nablus Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said soldiers used tear gas and rubber bullets against the crowd. A young man was also shot with live fire in the leg and was rushed to a hospital in Nablus. Clashes in the area have been common place since May following an increased IDF presence in the area.

Israeli forces detain relatives of escaped prisoners

Israeli forces detained close relatives of the six prisoners who escaped from Gilboa prison on Monday (6 September). Yacoub Infaat, the father of one of the escapees, was arrested at his house in Ya’bad town, west of Jenin, while four relatives of the Ardah family, another escaped prisoner, were arrested in Arraba town, southwest of Jenin. Health Minister Mai Alkaila has criticised the detentions and intimidation of the families by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces launch airstrikes on Gaza

On Tuesday Israeli forces launched airstrikes targeting what it said was a Hamas military site located in the Gaza Strip. Explosives struck a Hamas rocket manufacturing site and a training camp in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, however, no casualties have been reported. This attack was in retaliation to incendiary balloons which were sent into Israel from Gaza following the escape of five Palestinian prisoners from an Israeli prison.

Palestinian officers charged over death of activist

Fourteen Palestinian security officers have been charged over the death in custody of a prominent activist. Nizar Banat died shortly after was detained during a raid in Hebron in June. Members of the Preventive Security Service were accused of beating Banat with metal bars before he was taken into custody. The 14 officers are "accused of taking part in the beating that caused the death of Banat", as well as "abuse of power and violating military instructions", said Palestinian security forces spokesman Gen Talal Dweikat.

Border clashes result in death and multiple injuries

One man was killed and 15 others were wounded as hundreds of Palestinians protested along the border between Gaza and Israel, setting fire to tyres and throwing stones. Israeli forces were deployed, using live fire and tear gas to disperse the crowds, injuring five with live rounds and 10 through the effects of tear gas, and killing one 26-year-old man. These clashes come amid increased tension between Gaza and Israel that has seen multiple deaths despite Israel recently announcing the lifting of certain sanctions on the Gaza Strip.

Child injured in hit and run

A Palestinian child was injured on Wednesday after being struck by a car in the West Bank city of Hebron. The victim, an eight-year-old boy, suffered moderate injuries across his body and was subsequently taken to hospital while the attacker fled the scene. Local sources report that the driver of the car was an Israeli man and have designated the attack a hate crime, however, the attacker has not been apprehended.

Two injured by gunfire in separate incidents

Two Palestinian men have been injured by gunfire from Israeli forces in different incidents in the Gaza Strip. The Head of the Palestinian Fisherman’s Syndicate reported the injury of one fisherman after an Israeli Navy vessel opened fire on his fishing boat. In another incident, a young man was injured near a security fence in Gaza. There has been no comment from the Israeli army.

Israel set to ease some restrictions on Gaza

Israel announced on Wednesday that some restrictions on the Gaza Strip would be lifted, including expanding Gaza’s fishing zone, increasing its water supply, and increasing the number of Palestinians with Israeli working permits from 2,000 to 7,000. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement: “It has been decided to expand the fishing zone in the Gaza Strip to 15 nautical miles, as well as to completely open the Kerem Shalom Crossing, for the passage of equipment and goods.” These new measures come into effect from Wednesday amid tension at the border created by increased protests.

Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces

A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Beit Ur Al-Tahta, west of Ramallah, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Village residents reported there was no fighting around the time of the shooting, and that the man was returning from work in Israel. The deceased was identified as a 39-year-old man from the village who also holds a Jerusalem identification card, allowing him to cross between Israel and the West Bank.

Palestinian president holds talks with Israeli defence minister

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has held talks with Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz in the occupied West Bank. The talks in Ramallah represent the first high-level meeting between the two sides in a decade. “Defence Minister Benny Gantz met with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas [Sunday] evening to discuss security policy, civilian and economic issues,” Israel’s defence ministry said in a statement. The meeting took place hours after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett returned from Washington DC where he held talks with US President Joe Biden at the White House.

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas sites in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have targeted Hamas sites in Gaza in response to incendiary balloons launched towards southern Israel. On Sunday hundreds of Palestinians gathered at the Israel-Gaza border to join protests after Palestinian groups called for unrest to pressure Israel to ease restrictions on the enclave. Further protests are planned throughout the week.

Boy shot by Israeli troops dies of injuries

A 12-year-old boy shot by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) last week has died of his injuries. Hassan Abu al-Neil was shot on 21 August during a protest to mark the 52nd anniversary of the burning of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. At least 41 Palestinians were wounded during the unrest; a member of Hamas died on Wednesday, while an Israeli soldier remains in a critical condition after he was shot. Protests could erupt following al-Neil's funeral on Sunday.

Soldiers fire at car resulting in crash

Israeli soldiers have fired live rounds at a car driven by a young Palestinian man. The car, carrying three men, was chased into Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, where it crashed, flipping over, injuring the driver and two other passengers. The incident occurred on Route 60, which connects Hebron and Bethlehem to Jerusalem. The injured were subsequently arrested. 

Israeli forces attack protestors along security wall

Palestinians were injured as the Israeli army fired on protestors near the security fence in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday 25 August. Paramedics transported demonstrators who were injured by live bullets and suffocated by tear gas during a protest march called by the National and Islamic forces. The Ministry of Health in Gaza, however, did not release an official report on the number of injured protestors.

PA police attack journalists

Palestinian Authority (PA) police assaulted two journalists from the Washington Post who were covering protests in Ramallah. The journalists were covering a protest over the death of Nizar Banat, a critic of the PA who died in police custody in June. A report from the Foreign Press Association said, “As police broke up the gathering, a Palestinian policeman grabbed the reporter and seized the camera whilst holding their neck.” The journalists were threatened with violence should any pictures of Palestinian police be used in reports.

Israeli soldiers injure Palestinian after attack

A Palestinian man sustained injuries late Tuesday (24 August) after being shot by Israeli forces, who claimed he threw explosive Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles in the southern occupied West Bank. A report said that the man had been sent to a hospital in Jerusalem for treatment, without giving any further details.

Multiple Palestinians detained across West Bank

Israeli forces overnight (Wednesday 25 August) detained nine Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to security sources. Two former prisoners were detained from Bethlehem, as well as two from Husan town, west of the city. More were detained from Hebron, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and the al-Arroub Refugee Camp, where a young man was arrested in connection with attacks on Israeli forces.

Israeli protestors block cargo transfers to Gaza Strip

Activists from Im Tirtzu, together with residents of the area, blocked the Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza on Wednesday (25 August) morning, calling on the government to enact harsher measures to combat terrorism stemming from the Gaza Strip. The activists blocked dozens of trucks bringing supplies to Gaza and chanted slogans including, “If there’s terrorism, there are no supplies.” The protest was sparked by the murder of a border policeman as hundreds of Gazans rioted at the border.

Palestinian teenager shot dead by IDF

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank. Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash, 15, was shot when troops raided the Balata refugee camp near Nablus. “During the mission, live ammunition was fired at troops from rooftops. The troops responded with fire towards the sources of the shooting,” said the IDF in a statement.

Egypt closes Rafah border crossing

Egypt has closed the Rafah border crossing in response to increased tension between Israel and Hamas. Officials said on Monday that the border will remain closed until further notice. Dozens of Palestinians have been wounded during protests at the Israel-Gaza border in recent days, while an Israeli border guard was shot and seriously wounded.

Dozens wounded in Israeli raids in Gaza

Dozens of people have been wounded in Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip. In a statement, the Israeli military said it targeted four weapons depots used by Hamas. The airstrikes came after Israeli troops fired at a crowd of protesters at the fence separating Israel and Gaza; hundreds of people had gathered to commemorate the burning of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque 52 years ago. The Israeli border police said a 21-year-old sniper was shot and critically wounded in the incident.

Israeli soldiers detain multiple Palestinians across West Bank

Israeli soldiers detained at least nine Palestinians during overnight raids in several parts of the West Bank. Palestinians were taken from their homes in Jenin, Tulkarem, Hebron, and Bethlehem, and their surrounding areas after Israeli forces targeted them inside their homes. Israeli forces said those detained were wanted on various charges.

Israeli soldiers raid Palestinian printing firm

Over 60 Israeli soldiers raided a Palestinian printing and advertising company in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Wednesday (18 August). Soldiers seized the 19 machines in the building and shut down the business for six months. It was claimed that the company was dealing with ‘hostile parties’. This is the 11th Palestinian bookstore or printing press destroyed by Israeli forces since 2011 according to the Palestinian Ministry of Information.

Palestinian arrested after attacking checkpoint guards

A 15-year-old Palestinian was arrested near Jalama Checkpoint, close to Jenin, after he threw a knife towards the Checkpoint Authority security officers, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry. The suspect started running towards the checkpoint before throwing a knife, which did not hit anyone. The teen was then arrested and will be investigated by IDF security sources.

Three injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers

Three Palestinian youths were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley. Two were lightly injured from live bullets while the third was hit by a rubber bullet. The soldiers also fired teargas at people in the village causing cases of suffocation. Soldiers raided the village of Tayaseer where they obstructed the arrival of students and teachers to the school.

Multiple Palestinians detained across West Bank

Israeli military forces have detained at least 15 Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank. Eleven of them are from Qalqilya; the Israeli troops ransacked several houses during the raids. Soldiers also raided properties in Ramallah, Nablus, and Qusra.

Soldiers arrest two Palestinians

Israel soldiers arrested two Palestinians, including a cancer patient, in Jericho city, north-eastern West Bank. The head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded Aqabat Jabr refugee camp before storming the home of a university student and abducting him. Another Palestinian was detained whilst heading to a military base to obtain medical treatment near Jerusalem.

Palestinian students clash with Israeli forces

Clashes erupted between Palestinian students and Israeli forces on Tuesday in the central West Bank. The violence emerged after students from Birzeit University near Ramallah staged a march protesting the killing of four Palestinians by Israeli forces on Monday (16 August). Israeli forces used live bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse the students, who responded by hurling stones at Israeli forces and setting tires on fire. There were no reports of injuries.

Four Palestinians shot dead in Jenin raids

Four Palestinians have been shot dead during an Israeli army raid in Jenin. Clashes erupted when troops raided a refugee camp early on Monday morning. Saleh Mohammed Ammar, 19, and Raed Ziad Abu Seif, 21, were shot and later died from their injuries at Jenin city hospital. Local sources said the bodies of two other men were taken by Israeli forces. Members of the Musta’ribeen police unit also took part in the operation, according to reports. Officers also fired tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians.

Palestinians injured by Israeli forces

At least six Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire today during clashes with the Israeli army in Nablus province, north of the occupied West Bank. In the village of Beita, and in the neighbouring Beit Dajan, soldiers used tear gas and rubber-coated bullets against Palestinians.

Soldiers attack hundreds of Muslim worshipers

Israeli occupation forces today attacked hundreds of Palestinian Muslim worshipers who gathered at the Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi (Ibrahimi Mosque) in protest of Israeli threats to take over the holy site. Soldiers fired teargas canisters and stun grenades at the worshipers to disperse them, causing many cases of suffocation from gas inhalation. Israeli settlers propose a new entrance to the site which will only serve Israeli visitors. The site is one of the most holy sites in Islam, but is also claimed as a holy site by Jews.

Highest Covid-19 infection rate since May

Three people have died in the Gaza Strip and 486 tested positive over the last 24 hours (before 13 August), the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced. The occupied Palestinian Territories have reported the highest Covid-19 infection rates since May.

Israeli forces detain five Palestinians

Israeli forces detained five Palestinians from West Bank districts of Nablus and Bethlehem, according to security sources. The sources said that Israeli troops rounded up four Palestinians from Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya, south of Nablus city, after stopping them at the village entrance. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old was detained after Israeli forces broke into and ransacked his family home. Israeli forces often raid Palestinian homes on the pretext of searching for wanted Palestinians.

IDF shoots down Hamas drone

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claim to have shot down a Hamas drone on the Gaza Strip border. An IDF spokesperson said they will “continue to work toward preventing any unsettling of the Israeli sovereignty.”

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home

Israeli forces have demolished a Palestinian home in the Silwan province of Jerusalem. The demolition is a political order aimed at forcing people out of Silwan. The demolition comes amid a spate of other demolitions targeting Palestinian property, and a shocking move by the Israeli government approving 1,000 new houses in ‘Area C’ of West Bank. 

Israel approves new residential construction in West Bank

Israel’s new government is set to grant its first major approval of West Bank settlement construction, but will also include a rare authorisation of construction for Palestinian areas. The announcement is set to formally authorise the construction of some 1000 homes for Palestinians. The bulk of the Palestinian homes will be near Jenin, northern West Bank, in Area C with another 2000 new Israeli settlement homes in the West Bank set to be approved next week.

Palestinians detained in Nablus

Israeli soldiers have reportedly detained three Palestinians from their homes in Nablus, northern West Bank. Sources said several military vehicles raided Beita town, south of Nablus, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, abducting two people on Thursday morning. The soldiers also invaded Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp, abducting another man.

Recently released Palestinian re-arrested

Israeli authorities re-arrested a Palestinian man 24 hours after his release from prison after serving a 16-year sentence. Israeli forces raided his house, searching it with police dogs, and then took him to prison. Israeli forces have been accused of deliberately re-arresting Palestinians after their release from prison, especially in Jerusalem, in an apparent bid to disrupt Palestinian settlements.

Palestinian gunmen in shootout with Israeli forces

Palestinian gunmen reportedly engaged Israeli security with gunfire in Nablus after a local bureau de change was raided. Israeli forces launched a raid in the city of Nablus in the West Bank, sparking clashes. Local sources say dozens of Palestinians were injured after Israeli security deployed tear gas; however, there are no confirmed casualties.

Israeli soldiers shoot and detain woman

Israeli forces have shot and detained a Palestinian woman near Huwara town, south of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank. Local security sources say that soldiers opened fire on the woman injuring her in the leg, during what the army claimed was an attempted stabbing. The army detained the woman and took her to an unknown location. The shooting occurred near the Israeli Yitzhar settlement.

Palestinians detained during West Bank protests

Israeli forces attacked Palestinians who were protesting Israeli construction near the Ibrahimi mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli forces also detained three people. Reports say that the Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and used stun grenades at the protestors before making the arrests. The protests arose because construction started to facilitate the arrival of more Jews at the site which is revered by Muslims as one of the holiest sites in Palestine; however, it is also referred to by Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and is a place of importance in Judaism.

Israeli troops shoot Palestinian in West Bank clash

Israeli troops have allegedly shot and killed a Palestinian and injured others during clashes at a protest against Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli government said that 700 Palestinians had gathered in the area, south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, burning tyres and throwing rocks and petrol bombs towards troops and border police. Israeli forces say they “responded with riot dispersal means” adding “we are aware of reports that a Palestinian was killed and a number of Palestinians were injured.” The man who died was a 38-year-old man who died in hospital. The Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said that 21 other Palestinians had reportedly also been shot by Israeli troops, most of them with rubber-tipped bullets, while others were treated for tear gas inhalation.

Structures demolished and equipment seized to halt Palestinian construction

Israeli military forces demolished structures and seized construction materials and equipment to halt Palestinian construction in the occupied West Bank. The construction was taking place in the al-Marj community, east of Ramallah, by the Kaabneh clan when Israeli forces demolished two tents, two animal bands and seized tools and materials used on the structures. The military also issued an order to stop construction in Jett village near Qalqilya. Local sources said the resident was ordered to stop working on a 120-square-meter house under the pretext he didn’t have a valid construction permit.

Israeli forces detain and injure Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians and injured two others across the occupied West Bank overnight on Thursday. Troops raided Wadi al-Far’a village, south-west of Tubas city, where they arrested a father and his two sons. The soldiers also forced their way into al-Far’a refugee camp, triggering violent confrontations with local teens who protested the raid, two of whom were subsequently injured by live ammunition fire. Reports of similar raids were also reported in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Jenin districts. A 16 and 17-year-old were also arrested in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron city.

Dozens of Israelis storm complex in Jerusalem

The Islamic Endowment Department in Jerusalem said in a statement that 106 settlers guarded by police broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem. The site is the third holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two ancient Jewish temples.

Palestinians wounded in Israeli raids, West Bank

Israeli forces shot six Palestinians in Jenin, and assaulted four in Beita, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. In Jenin, soldiers and undercover agents invaded the industrial zone of the city, firing live rounds at the Palestinians who resisted the incursion. The army shot and injured six Palestinians, one of whom was seriously injured after being shot in the abdomen. On Sbeih Mountain, south of Nablus, the army assaulted several Palestinians, injuring four. The director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PCCS) emergency centre stated that they treated four Palestinians for physical assault, two of whom were briefly detained by the army, the other two were transferred to hospital for treatment.

Palestinians wounded in IDF raids near Nablus

At least 10 Palestinians were wounded during raids by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Tuesday morning. Troops stormed an industrial area near Nablus, resulting in six injuries. Four others were wounded in a separate raid at Mount Sabih in Beita. Several of the wounded were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Scores of Palestinians wounded by Israeli forces in West Bank

At least 270 Palestinian protesters have been wounded in clashes with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) near Nablus. Hundreds of people had gathered in the village of Beita to protest the wildcat settlement of Evyatar, located nearby. The Palestinian Red Crescent said most of the injuries were caused by tear gas inhalation, while 50 people were hit by rubber bullets and seven by live rounds. The protesters threw rocks and burning tyres at soldiers, according to the Israeli army. Clashes were also reported in Beit Ummar, where local residents were mourning the death of Shawkat Khalid Awad, who was shot dead at the funeral of a 12-year-old boy.

Israeli forces open fire on protestors

Israeli forces have allegedly shot at, beaten, and suffocated Palestinian protestors at a rally against the construction of a settlement on the Sbeih Mountain in southern Nablus. Eight protestors have reportedly been hit by rubber bullets and dozens more have affected by tear gas. Another protester was also injured after being beaten by the soldiers. Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency and Ambulance Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said Israeli forces opened fire in the direction of protestors in Beita.

Palestinians and Israelis clash at funeral

Clashes have broken out between Palestinians and Israelis at the funeral of a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting by the Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The procession carried the boy’s body through the streets of Beit Ummar where he was buried. Later, hundreds of Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers who responded by firing tear gas.

Israeli Navy detains fishermen

Israeli Navy personnel detained two Palestinian fisherman off the As-Sudaniya area, northwest of Gaza city, and seized their boat. A source said the fishermen were sailing within three nautical miles when Israeli naval boats opened water hoses toward them before proceeding to detain them and confiscate their boat.

Israeli soldiers invade child’s rights headquarters

Israeli soldiers have invaded the headquarters of “Defense For Children International” (DCI-Palestine), as well as Bisan Centre for Research and Development in Sateh Marhaba neighbourhood in the al-Biereh city near Ramallah. DCI issued a statement revealing that the soldiers violently searched its offices and confiscated computers after breaking into its headquarters. DCI-Palestine strongly denounced the Israeli invasion and serious violations targeting all local and international human rights organisations and institutions. DCI-Palestine has been subject to ongoing defamation and incitement campaigns by various pro-Israel organisations.

Israeli soldiers injure several Palestinians

Israeli soldiers have reportedly injured several Palestinians during protests on Wednesday evening in Beit Ummar town, north of the West Bank city Hebron. Media sources said several military vehicles invaded the town and attacked Palestinian protestors with gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets. The source added that several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises.

Child killed by Israeli soldier

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy has passed away in hospital from serious injuries after being struck in the chest by a bullet. The bullet was fired, by an Israeli soldier, at the boy’s father’s car because the car was reportedly involved in suspicious activity and did not stop for a check. The boy was killed in the town of Beit Omar, northwest of Hebron.

Hundreds injured in protests near Nablus

At least 100 Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces quelled protests denouncing the killing of a municipal employee in Beita town, south of Nablus, according to medical sources. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that Israeli forces opened fire towards the villagers who protested the killing of a Palestinian man, hitting one with a live round, 19 others with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing 72 others to suffocate from tear gas. Fourteen others sustained injuries after they fell while fleeing the area.

Israeli army shoot Palestinian child

A 10-year-old Palestinian child was shot by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday 27 July, according to local residents. The child suffered head injuries when Israeli forces opened fire on a vehicle at the entrance of the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. The child was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Palestinian President fires senior aide over criticism

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has fired a senior aide over his criticism of the PA’s murder of a Palestinian West Bank activist. In a letter received by the press, the aide noted how Abbas didn’t give a reason for his dismissal; however, it came three days after he denounced the murder of the activist on his Facebook page. Since the murder, the PA has been violently cracking down on Palestinians protesting the murder in the occupied West Bank resulting in the arrests of over 80 Palestinians.

Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces detained at least 11 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank after breaking into houses of some of those detained. Two brothers were detained in Bethlehem, a father and son were taken from a refugee camp, and two brothers were arrested after military vehicles and personnel raided the city of Hebron. In the northern West Bank, Israeli troops entered Jenin refugee camp, where they detained three others, a former prisoner in addition to his father and son. Israeli soldiers also opened fire on local youngsters; however, no injuries were reported. These raids took place in areas under full control of the Palestinian Authority where Israeli military law says Israel has full executive, legislative and judicial authority.

Palestinian killed in the West Bank

Palestinian health officials said a man was shot and killed on Tuesday by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said the man approached troops wielding an iron bar. They said the man continued “advancing rapidly” despite warning shots and was then fatally wounded. The deceased, a 41-year-old, was shot near the town of Beita where Palestinians have been protesting against Israeli settlement camps for months.

Protestors injured as Israelis storm monument

Several Palestinian protestors were injured by Israeli military gunfire as Jewish settlers stormed Joseph's Tomb in Nablus City. Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of Jewish settlers into the site, sparking protests from Palestinian residents. Soldiers opened fire on Palestinian residents injuring five with rubber bullets and tear gas. The site is heavily contested with both sides claiming it is a monument to different religious figures from Islam or Judaism.

Palestinian detained by Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, at dawn, a young man from his home in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Local sources say military vehicles arrived in the town before troops began searching homes and detained a man who is the father of another man imprisoned in Israel.

Four Palestinians injured by IDF near Nablus

Israeli soldiers attacked a nonviolent procession in Sbeih Mountain, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, wounding four Palestinians. Soldiers fired live rounds causing severe injuries to one of the victims. During the ongoing protests, soldiers have killed five Palestinians and injured hundreds, including many who suffered serious wounds.

Legal advisor fatally shot in his home

Major-General Talal Dwaikat, spokesman for the Palestinian security forces, said the legal advisor to the military treasury, Ikrima Muhanna, was gunned down in his house by unidentified gunmen. The attackers shot Muhanna while he was inside his home in Deir al-Ghusun town in Tulkarem, killing him instantly, before fleeing the scene.

Israeli forces arrest multiple Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli occupation forces detained eight Palestinians, including four prisoners recently freed from Israeli jails, during raids in several West Bank districts. Forces detained four Palestinians in Tubas city and the town Tammun, south of Tubas, as well as a man in Qabatiya, south of Jenin, after raiding his family home. Temporary checkpoints were also set up by Israeli forces in Jenin. Forces also stormed the town of Beita, south of Nablus, during pre-dawn hours, leading to clashes. Israelis fired tear gas and stun grenades towards residents, shooting and injuring a youth in the process. Three people were reportedly detained during the clashes.

Explosion kills one and injures 10 others in Gaza

A Palestinian was killed and 10 others were wounded in an explosion inside a house in Gaza City. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said in a statement that the explosion occurred inside a multi-floor house in the al-Zawiya marketplace, causing the building to collapse. Damage was reported to nearby houses and shops; however, the cause of the explosion is not yet clear and local authorities have launched an investigation into its circumstances.

Soldiers raid al-Khader

Israeli soldiers raided the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening. Several army jeeps arrived at the Bakoush area near Jerusalem-Hebron Road. Palestinians protested the incursion, throwing stones; however, they were met with gas bombs, rubber-coated bullets and concussion grenades. The Israeli soldiers also closed several roads before stopping and searching cars interrogating Palestinians while inspecting ID cards.

Israeli forces and settlers move on Al-Aqsa mosque

The Islamic Endowment Department in Jerusalem has said that 1,371 settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on Sunday through the Israeli-controlled Al-Mughrabi Gate, backed by Israeli police. According to witnesses cited by WAFA news agency, acts of brutality were committed against Muslim worshippers. The move reportedly comes to mark a religious date known as "the destruction of the temple." The EU has expressed concern for what it has labelled as "acts of incitement", and Jordan has denounced it as a "violation of the historical and legal status quo" of the site. 

Palestinians injured in clashes near Qalqilya

Israeli soldiers, on Friday 16 July, injured many Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya. Moard Eshteiwi, the media spokesperson of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Qalqilia, said dozens of soldiers invaded the village, while the locals were holding Friday noon prayers. Many Palestinians threw rocks at invading vehicles before Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs and arrested a young man.

Dozens of civilians injured as IDF fire tear gas and live rounds

Israeli soldiers injured at least seven Palestinians with live fire, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. The attacks happened during weekly non-violent protests in the towns of Beita and Beit Dajan, east of the West Bank city of Nablus. The protests were against Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said one Palestinian man was shot by live Israeli army fire, and two others with rubber coated steel bullets in addition to the many others injured by tear gas in Sbeih Mountain in Beita. The PCRS also reported that four Palestinians were shot with rubber bullets and more with tear gas in Beit Dajan.

Sit-in protest takes place demanding the release of woman's body

Palestinians held a sit-protest today (16 July) in the town of Abu Dis to the south-east of occupied Jerusalem, demanding the release of the body of a Palestinian woman. The woman was killed by Israeli military gunmen at the entrance to Himza town, north-east of Jerusalem on 16 June. Israeli forces are withholding the body causing protests demanding that her body be returned and buried respectfully. The woman was named 29-year-old Man Afaneh, the mother of an eight-year-old girl from Abu Dis town.

Protest over the construction of a military road

Palestinian residents of the town of Hizma, north-east of occupied Jerusalem, participated in a march condemning the opening of a road that will be used by the military in the area. Israeli occupation forces built the road to the west of Hizma in the al-Thaghara area, sparking protests for the third Friday in a row. Protestors performed Friday prayers on the land surrounding the road before marching carrying the Palestinian flag, chanting slogans, and carrying banners condemning Israel's settlement activities.

Israeli soldiers abduct Palestinians from their homes

Israeli soldiers invaded, at dawn on Friday 16 July, Anin Village and Ya'bad town, west of the West Bank city of Jenin, abducting seven Palestinians. Media sources say those abducted included a father and his two sons from Anin Village and a former political prisoner in Ya'bad along with his brother and another resident. In a related incident, Israeli soldiers also invaded Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and abducted a Palestinian man from his home. Damage was also reported to the homes of the abductees as well as other houses in the areas.

Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian students over terrorism allegations

Israeli soldiers arrested dozens of Palestinian students from West Bank's Birzeit University, saying that they were "terror operatives" for Hamas, an Islamist group. An Israeli army statement said: "Some of the apprehended terror operatives were directly involved in terror activities, including money transfers, incitement and the organisation of Hamas activities in Judea and Samaria." Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and fought an 11-day conflict with Israel in May 2021.

Palestinian farmer shot by Israeli gunman

An Israeli settler shot and injured a Palestinian farmer while he grazed his herd on Wednesday. The attack occurred south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, according to a local official. The injured man was identified as Mamoun Nassar, a 40-year-old shepherd.

Israeli soldiers injure Palestinian protesters near Nablus

On 8 July, Israeli soldiers injured 56 Palestinians during protests in Qursa and Beita, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers shot 18 Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and 33 people suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to causing cuts and bruises to three, and two who fell whilst being chased. Local sources say the Palestinians were holding a non-violent procession demanding the army transfer the dead body of Mohammad Farid Hasan, 21, back to his family after he was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.

Israel demolishes tent dwellings in West Bank

Israel demolished the tent dwellings of 63 Bedouin in a village in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said, in an area designated by the Israeli military as a firing zone. Palestinians and rights groups accuse Israel of trying to forcibly disperse the Bedouin with the goal of making room for Jewish settlement expansion. Muataz Bsharat, a Palestinian Authority official, said it was the seventh time Israeli authorities had destroyed tent dwellings as well as animal shelters, latrines, solar panels and water containers in the village of Khirbet Humsah.

Israeli airstrikes target sites in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have targeted several Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip overnight. A weapons manufacturing site and training facilities were hit during the raids, which were launched in response to further incendiary balloons being fired into southern Israel. No injuries were reported by either side.

Israel reaches compromise with settlers on Eviatar outpost

Israeli officials have reached a compromise with Jewish settlers who established an unauthorized outpost near Nablus in the occupied West Bank last month. The settlers are to leave the Eviatar outpost by the end of the week. The area will become a closed military zone, but the houses and roads will remain in place. Palestinians in nearby villages say the outpost was built on their land and fear it will grow and merge with larger settlements nearby. There have been multiple protests against the outpost in which demonstrators threw stones at Israeli troops, who fired tear gas and live rounds in response.

Silwan residents face displacement

The homes of thirteen Palestinian families in the al-Bustan neighbourhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem face demolition by Israeli authorities. This follows the passing of a Sunday deadline set by Israeli municipality renewal of house demolition notices which ordered the self-demolition of the houses on threat of a fine. At present, Israeli courts have issued demolition orders against 86 Palestinian homes. The Jerusalem Municipality has already officially changed al-Bustan’s name to Gan Hamelekh (The King’s Garden), claiming that it was a garden for Israelite kings thousands of years ago.

PA critic dies during arrest

A vocal critic of the Palestinian Authority (PA) has died during his arrest on Thursday. Nizar Banat, 44, had accused the PA of human rights violations and called on international donors to cut off aid to it. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to officials, while his family claim he was beaten when two dozen PA officers raided his home in Hebron.

IDF clash with Palestinian protesters in Sheikh Jarrah

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have clashed with Palestinian protesters in the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem. At least 20 people were wounded during the unrest on Monday night; the majority of the injuries were caused by pepper spray and rubber bullets. The Palestine Red Crescent also said ambulances were attacked by Jewish settlers, while another group forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in East Jerusalem. There have been several clashes in Sheikh Jarrah over the forced expulsion of dozens of Palestinian families from their homes in favour of hardline Israeli settler groups.

Palestinian Authority cancels Israeli vaccine swap deal

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has cancelled a deal in which they would receive one million coronavirus vaccines from Israel, claiming the Pfizer doses in question were too close to expiry. The deal involved the exchange of surplus Israeli vaccines close to expiry in exchange for a similar quantity of Palestinian vaccines expected from the Pfizer organisation later in the year. Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai Alkaila said they had been told the vaccines would expire in July or August, but, upon arrival, the marked date was June. Israel has not commented on the alleged date.

IDF clash with Al-Aqsa protesters

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have clashed with protesters at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. At least nine Palestinians were wounded after troops stormed the compound on Friday. Worshippers gathered after Friday prayers in defence of the Prophet Muhammad in response to insults during an Israeli nationalist march earlier this week.

Israeli airstrikes continue in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have hit targets in Gaza for a second consecutive night. No casualties have been reported in the operation, which targeted sites north-west of Gaza City and north of Beit Lahia, along with a building east of Jabaliya and a field near Khan Younis. Israeli officials said further incendiary balloons had been fired into southern Israel, while Hamas said in a statement: “The resistance will be on the lookout in defence of our people and our holy sites.”

Palestinian woman shot dead near Hizma

A Palestinian woman has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) near Jerusalem. Mai Afanah, 29, was accused of attempting to carry out a car-ramming attack on troops outside the town of Hizma. A soldier suffered minor injuries in the incident. Palestinian media reported that no ambulance arrived at the scene after Afanah was shot.

Israel launches fresh airstrikes in Gaza

Israel has launched fresh airstrikes in Gaza after incendiary balloons were fired from the territory. Several explosions were reported in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip after balloons sparked 20 fires in southern Israel. Hamas said it was responding to the march by Israeli nationalists in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it was "prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities, in the face of continued terror acts from the Gaza Strip".

Far-right groups march through East Jerusalem

Israeli far-right nationalists have marched through occupied East Jerusalem, sparking protests from Palestinians. At least six Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli security forces, while dozens more were forcibly removed from the Damascus Gate at the entrance to the Old City. The so-called March of the Flags celebrates the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the city’s eastern area. A group of Jewish nationalists were chanting "Death to Arabs" in Hebrew during the march.

Woman shot dead in West Bank

Police say that a private security guard has shot dead a woman with a knife at the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem. Police say that the woman was a 28-year old Palestinian who planned on carrying out a knife attack. Qalandia is the primary crossing point for Palestinian residents in the West Bank entering Israel and is operated by non-IDF private security firms. 

Palestinian teenager shot dead at Beita protest

A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead by the Israeli security forces during a protest in Beita in the occupied West Bank. Mohammed Hamayel, 15, was shot as dozens of people gathered to protest against the expansion of a nearby Jewish settlement south of Nablus. The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, said the troops fired live rounds, tear gas and rubber bullets, while the Ministry of Health of Palestine said six others had been wounded by gunfire.

Israeli forces fire tear gas during Nablus raids

The Israeli security forces fired tear gas during raids in the West Bank city of Nablus. Troops were trying to force entry to Joseph's Tomb to make way for Jewish settlers. The incident sparked protests from local residents, prompting the Israeli forces to fire more tear gas and rubber bullets. Several Palestinians were reportedly wounded in the incident.

IDF kill three Palestinians in Jenin raids

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed three Palestinians during a pre-dawn raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. Two of the victims were Palestinian Authority (PA) military intelligence officers, Adham Yasser Alawi and Tayseer Issa. Another PA officer, Muhammad al-Bazour, was critically wounded during the operation. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called a “dangerous Israeli escalation”.

Palestinian shot during West Bank protest

A Palestinian has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the occupied West Bank. Zakaria Hamayel, 28, was shot in the chest during a protest against Israeli settlements in the village of Beita, near Nablus. The protesters threw rocks at soldiers and burned tyres.

UN suggests Israeli attacks on Gaza constitute as 'war crimes'

The UN's human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, has suggested that Israel's attacks on Gaza may constitute as war crimes. The statement comes as the UN Human Rights Council prepares to meet on Thursday to consider establishing an international investigation into allegations of systematic abuses and human rights violations during the recent flare-up in the Israel-Gaza conflict. 

Irish government recognises Israel's annexation of Palestine

The Irish government has supported a parliamentary motion condemning the "de facto annexation" of Palestinian territory by Israel. The motion, brought forward by opposition party Sinn Fein, will now be voted on in parliament. If it passes, the amendment would require the government to expel to Israeli ambassador to Ireland and impose political, economic and cultural sanctions against Israel. “This is not something that I, or in my view this house, says lightly. We are the first EU state to do so. But it reflects the huge concern we have about the intent of the actions and of course, their impact,” said Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.

US Secretary of State announces plans for Jerusalem consulate

US Secretary of State has announced plans to reopen its consulate general in Jerusalem in an attempt to restore ties with the Palestinians. The consulate previously served as an autonomous office until former US President Donald Trump placed the operations under the authority of the ambassador to Israel when the embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Blinken revealed the plans following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. "As I told the president, I’m here to underscore the commitment of the United States to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people," said Blinken, who travelled to the region following the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Dozens of Jewish settlers, escorted by the Israeli security forces, entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning. The Palestinian news agency WAFA reported Israeli police assaulted Palestinian worshippers during dawn prayers. Fadi Alyan, a guard at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Ali Wazouz, an employee of the Islamic Waqf Council were among six people arrested at the site.

Palestinians wounded in Al-Aqsa clashes

At least 15 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes with Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem. The Palestinian news agency Wafa said a group of people remained at the compound after Friday prayers to celebrate the ceasefire in Gaza before police raided the site and fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas. Israeli police said riots broke out and police were targeted with rocks and Molotov cocktails. Several clashes were reported in towns across the West Bank on Friday, including in Hebron, Nablus and Bethlehem.

Gaza crossing reopened for humanitarian aid

The Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza has reopened to allow humanitarian access to reach those affected by the 11-day conflict. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had been able to transport medical supplies and equipment into Gaza.

Ceasefire agreed between Israel and Hamas

A unilateral ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Hamas. The  Israeli cabinet has confirmed that a truce proposed by Egypt has been accepted, although the start time has not yet been confirmed. Earlier an official from Hamas said the "mutual and simultaneous" truce would begin at 02:00 local time on Friday. At least 232 people have been killed in Gaza and 12 in Israel during the 11-day conflict.

US President calls for 'path to ceasefire' in Israel-Gaza conflict

US President Joe Biden has told Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he expects a "significant de-escalation" in the conflict in Gaza to allow a "path to ceasefire". In a statement, the White House said Biden called Netanyahu on Wednesday to push for a peaceful resolution after 10 days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket fire. The Israeli PM said he was "determined to carry on" until "calm and security are restored to Israeli citizens", according to Israeli media. The death toll has increased to 227 in Gaza and 12 in Israel.

Residential tower evacuated as airstrikes continue in Gaza

The Al-Andalus residential tower was evacuated earlier today following warnings that it would be targeted in Israeli airstrikes. At least four Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed during strikes on Wednesday morning, while Hamas continues to fire rockets into southern Israel. International efforts to broker a ceasefire are ongoing; however, the US has again blocked the UN Security Council from issuing a joint statement and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to rule out a further escalation.

Protester shot dead during Ramallah clashes

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during protests in Ramallah. The Palestinian Health Ministry said 70 people were wounded, including 26 who were shot with live ammunition. The IDF said troops opened fire in self-defence after they were shot at "during a violent riot", adding that two soldiers were wounded.

Police fire tear gas at West Bank protesters

Israeli police have fired tear gas at protesters in several locations across the occupied West Bank. At least seven Palestinians were wounded in Bethlehem, while protesters have also been reported in Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron. The demonstrations are taking place amid a general strike in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

General strike underway across Gaza and West Bank

A general strike is underway in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. The strike, which is supported by both Hamas and Fatah, is being carried out in response to the ongoing Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Further explosions were reported in the early hours of Tuesday morning, along with fresh Hamas rocket fire into southern Israel. On Monday the US blocked a joint statement by the UN Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Israeli airstrikes continue in Gaza as Netanyahu vows to continue operation

Further Israeli airstrikes have targeted positions across the Gaza Strip on Monday. Hussam Abu Harbeed, a top commander of the Islamic Jihad armed group, was killed in the latest strikes, according to the Israeli army. At least 198 people have now been killed in Gaza over the last week; dozens of people died on Sunday including two doctors. Dr Ayman Abu al-Ouf, head of internal medicine at Al-Shifa hospital, and Dr Mooein Ahmad al-Aloul, a psychiatric neurologist, both died in a missile strike in the al-Wehda district. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operation against Palestinian militants would continue "with full force." Hamas has also continued to fire rockets into Israel, including the cities of Ashkelon and Beersheba.

Two killed after seating collapses at synagogue north of Jerusalem

Two people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a tiered seating structure collapsed at a synagogue north of Jerusalem. The incident happened in the Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev in the occupied West Bank. Police and local officials said the synagogue was under construction and people had been warned that it was not safe to hold events inside the building. "We were called again to another event where there was negligence and a lack of responsibility. There will be arrests," Jerusalem district police chief Doron Turgeman told television reporters.

Six wounded in car-ramming attack, East Jerusalem

Six police officers have been wounded in a car-ramming attack in East Jerusalem. The incident happened in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood on Sunday, and police said the driver was shot dead by officers. There have been several protests in the district in recent weeks against the planned forced eviction of Palestinians from their homes to make way for Israeli settlers.

Latest Israeli airstrikes kill 33 in Gaza

At least 33 people have died in the latest airstrikes carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip. Dozens more were wounded in the strikes and several residential buildings were targeted, including the home of Gaza's Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar. The overall death toll has risen to at least 188, including 55 children, since Israel launched operations in Gaza last Monday.

Eleven Palestinians killed during West Bank protests

At least 11 Palestinians were killed during protests in the occupied West Bank on Friday night. Rallies were held in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus and dozens of other towns. Police fired tear gas and live rounds at the protesters, who burned tyres and threw rocks at the Israeli security forces. Further clashes were reported on Saturday during Nakba Day, which marks the 73rd anniversary of the event when many Palestinians lost their homes in the fighting around Israel's creation. The Palestinian Red Cross said 29 people had been wounded in the latest clashes.

Media office destroyed in Israeli airstrike, Gaza City

A building housing media offices in Gaza City has been destroyed in an Israeli airstrike. The Jala Tower, which was home to Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press, was targeted on Saturday, an hour after staff had been ordered to evacuate. In a statement, the AP said it was “shocked and horrified” by the “incredibly disturbing” attack. An earlier strike targeted the Shati refugee camp killed 10 members of a Palestinian family - two women and eight children. Tamara Alrifai, director of strategic communications and spokeswoman at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said the agency was “extremely shocked and devastated” at the strike on the camp. The death toll in Gaza has risen to 140 since Monday.

Death toll rises in Gaza as Israeli strike continue

At least 119 people have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since Monday. There have been fresh airstrikes and artillery fire into the Gaza Strip overnight, while the deployment of troops and tanks at the border has forced local residents to flee fearing an imminent ground invasion. Hamas militants have also continued to fire rockets into southern Israel, hitting the city of Ashkelon early on Friday morning. The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it would investigate alleged war crimes, even though Israel has refused to cooperate with the court or recognise its jurisdiction.

Troops moved to Gaza border as rocket attacks intensify

Israel has moved troops to the border with Gaza in preparation for "all eventualities and an escalation." The move comes as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and rocket attacks by Palestinian militants have intensified. The death toll in Gaza has risen to 83, including 17 children, while almost 500 people have been wounded. There has also been fresh inter-communal fighting in multiple Israeli towns and cities, and at least 35 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes with the Israeli army across the occupied West Bank.

Death toll rises as Hamas and Israel continue deadly exchanges

At least 65 Palestinians and six Israelis have been now been killed in the deadly exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and the Israel security forces. On Wednesday Israeli airstrikes destroyed a third residential block in the Gaza Strip (Shorouq tower) and killed a senior Hamas commander, Bassem Issa. Several civilians were also killed in the strikes, including a pregnant woman and her child in the Tel al-Hawa district of Gaza City. A six-year-old boy is among the six Israeli victims; he was killed when a rocket hit a residential building in Sderot. An Israeli soldier also died when an anti-tank missile was fired into Israel.

Rating change from Moderate to High

The risk rating for the Palestinian Authority has changed due to the ongoing conflict between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza, which followed the police raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.

Residential tower block destroyed in Israel airstrikes as Hamas rockets target Tel Aviv

Israeli airstrikes have continued throughout the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, while Hamas claims to have fired more than 100 rockets at Tel Aviv. The 13-storey Hanadi residential tower block in Gaza City collapsed in a suspected airstrike; local reports said the building was evacuated before it was hit and no casualties have been reported. Israeli officials said it had suspended flights at Tel Aviv airport due to the rocket fire from Gaza. The Gaza Health Ministry said 28 people have been killed so far, while Israeli officials said three people had been killed in rocket attacks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas have both threatened to increase the scale of the strikes despite international calls for a ceasefire.

IDF launches fresh airstrikes on Gaza; rockets fired into Israel

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out further airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning. Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the strikes were “indiscriminate and irresponsible,” and called on the international community to intervene to stop the violence. Three people died in the overnight raids, taking the total number of people killed in Gaza to 24, with more than 100 wounded. The IDF said more than 200 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel since Monday. One person was wounded when a rocket hit a residential building in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday morning.

Israeli airstrikes kill 20 in Gaza

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded in Israeli airstrikes in northern Gaza. The operations were conducted in response to Hamas rocket fire into Israel earlier on Monday following the expiration of an ultimatum issued by the group. Hamas had threatened to retaliate unless the Israeli security forces withdrew from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Hundreds of people have been wounded in clashes in the city in recent days. The UN Security Council has held a meeting to discuss the crisis.

Dozens wounded as Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of people have been wounded after Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday morning. The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 215 people have been injured, including more than 150 who were hospitalised. Journalists and paramedics were among those affected when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the compound. The latest violence comes ahead of a planned Jewish nationalist rally for the annual Jerusalem Day Flag March, which marks the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967.

Netanyahu rejects pressure against evictions as Jerusalem clashes continue

Israel "firmly rejects" pressure not to build settlements in East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Sunday, following international condemnation of planned evictions of Palestinians. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and EU have all separately issued formal condemnations of Israel's actions. The government's stance comes as clashes continue outside the Old City between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters. A further 90 Palestinians were wounded on Saturday night and further unrest has been reported on Sunday, with police targeting protesters in Sheikh Jarrah.

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli troops

Two Palestinians have been killed and a third critically wounded after the Israeli military repelled an alleged attack on a military base in the West Bank. The three Palestinians approached the Salem military base near the city of Jenin armed with submachine guns when troops opened fire. “Border police and Israeli soldiers responded by firing and neutralising the terrorists,” said Israeli police in a statement.

Female journalist beaten for not wearing headscarf

A female journalist claims that she was beaten by a member of the Hamas-run border patrol in Gaza for not wearing an Islamic headscarf. Rewaa Mershid, a 26-year-old reporter for a local radio station, was filming when the incident happened on 25 April. The Palestinian journalists’ union issued a statement condemning the attack, while Hamas apologised and said it would punish the man responsible.

Palestinian teenager killed in West Bank raid

A Palestinian teenager has been killed during a raid by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank. Said Odeh, 16, was shot twice in the village of Odala and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Rafidia hospital in Nablus. A second Palestinian was shot in the back and treated for his injuries. The IDF said troops opened fire when protesters threw Molotov cocktails at them on Wednesday evening.

Palestinian woman shot by IDF in Bethlehem

A Palestinian woman has been shot and injured by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The woman was shot at a junction near the Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion on Sunday. In a statement, the IDF said the woman had attempted to stab Israeli soldiers when she was shot. She was taken to a hospital in a critical condition.

President Abbas delays parliamentary elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has postponed parliamentary elections that were due to take place next month. Abbas blamed Israel for uncertainty about whether it would permit the vote to take place in Jerusalem along with parts of West Bank and Gaza. “Facing this difficult situation, we decided to postpone the date of holding legislative elections until the participation of Jerusalem and its people is guaranteed,” said the president in a speech. A presidential vote was also scheduled for July and it is not yet clear if that will proceed.

Israel launches strikes on Gaza in response to rocket attack

The Israeli military has launched strikes on Hamas positions in Gaza in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. A small group linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for firing some of the rockets, which the Israeli army said it had intercepted. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it targeted rocket launchers and underground infrastructure during its operations.

Clashes erupt after far-right march in Jerusalem

Clashes erupted in Jerusalem on Thursday night following a far-right march in the city. At least 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli police were wounded in the violence, which erupted outside the entrance to the Old City. Supporters of the far-right Lehava group marched through the streets chanting "death to Arabs" and "death to terrorists". The Palestinian president’s office condemned “the growing incitement by extremist far-right Israeli settler groups.”

Israel carries out further airstrikes in Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli jets carried out fresh airstrikes in Gaza on Saturday in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. In a statement, the Israeli military said it had targeted a “training facility, an anti-aircraft missile launcher post, a concrete production plant & terror tunnel infrastructure.” The strikes follow similar operations on Friday morning.

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas site in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have targeted several Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip. In a statement, the military said jets and helicopters hit a "weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post” during the operation on Friday morning. The strikes were carried out in response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel on Thursday night.

IDF targets Hamas members in West Bank raids

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have arrested 25 Palestinians during raids in the West Bank. Those detained included prominent members of the Hamas movement and former prisoner Mona Qa'dan. Mustafa Shawer, Palestinian Legislative Council member Omar al-Qawasmi, and Anas Rasras were also detained. Troops carried out the raids in Hebron, Bethlehem, Salfit, Jenin, and East Jerusalem.

Israel rejects ICC probe into potential war crimes

Israel's government has announced that it will not cooperate with an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into possible war crimes in the occupied territory. Officials said the ICC is "acting without authority" in carrying out the investigation and "completely rejects" the assertion that it carried out any war crimes. ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said there was a “reasonable basis” to believe crimes were committed by both the Israeli military and armed Palestinian groups. The Palestinian Authority said it will fully cooperate with the probe.

US to restore funding to UNRWA

The US will restore funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Palestine. The Biden administration will provide $150m in humanitarian assistance to the agency, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “UNRWA could not be more pleased that once again we will partner with the United States to provide critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable refugees across the Middle East and fulfil our mandate to educate and provide primary health care to millions of refugees every day,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said in a statement. Former President Trump cut US support for the agency in 2018.

Palestinian driver shot dead at West Bank checkpoint

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot dead a Palestinian driver at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. In a statement the Israeli military said troops opened fire when Osama Mansour tried to ram troops with his car near Bir Nabala on Tuesday. Mansour's wife, who disputed the IDF's account, was also wounded in the incident. “They told us to stop the car and we stopped and turned it off,” said Sumaya Mansour. “Then they looked at us and told us to go, we turned the car on and moved and all of them started shooting at us.”

New Covid-19 restrictions imposed in West Bank

The Palestinian government has imposed new restrictions in the West Bank due to a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections. Travel between cities will be banned except for frontline health care staff during the five-day lockdown. Schools and colleges will also remain closed. On Saturday health officials announced 27 deaths and 1,784 new infections. Although a vaccination programme began at the start of February, only 2,000 of the 5,000 doses pledged by Israel have been received.

IDF filmed detaining Palestinian children

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have been filmed detaining five Palestinian children near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Rights group B'Tselem released the video, which was taken in the southern Hebron Hills and showed soldiers dragging children away. Earlier the children had been confronted by Jewish settlers while they were collecting wild vegetables and plants near the Havat Maon settlement. “This is another example of the absolute disregard on the part of Israeli authorities and forces on the ground to the wellbeing and rights of Palestinians, no matter how young or vulnerable,” B’Tselem spokesman Amit Gilutz said.

Israel starts vaccinating Palestinian workers

Israel has started vaccinating Palestinians working in the country, two months after its immunization programme started. Around 100,000 Palestinians from the West Bank work in Israel and its settlements. The government has administered more than 8.7m doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and more than 40 percent of the population have received two doses of the vaccine.

Three Palestinian fishermen killed in explosion off Gaza coast

Three Palestinian fishermen have been killed in a blast off the coast of Gaza, local media and Nizar Ayyash, the head of Gaza’s fishermen's syndicate, reported. Ayyash told the QNN news website the three men, all members of the same family, died after their boat was hit by a “missile” off Khan Younis. Israel has maintained a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007 but has denied responsibility for the incident. WAFA news agency reported that the Israeli navy had earlier on Sunday opened fire at Palestinian fishermen sailing off Gaza city.

Israeli army disperses protesters in West Bank

The Israeli army has dispersed protesters in the occupied West Bank. Troops fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators in Hebron on Friday. The protest marked the 27th anniversary of the Ibrahim Mosque massacre, which was carried out by Israeli settlers and left 29 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

Health minister calls for lockdown in West Bank

Palestine's health minister has called for a lockdown in the West Bank following a spike in coronavirus cases. Mai al-Kaila suggested Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh bring in new measures after cases increased by around 30 percent and hospital beds are reaching capacity. “This is the third wave of the coronavirus outbreak in Palestine,” al-Kaila told local media on Friday. “And it is the most difficult period we have experienced since the beginning of the pandemic.”

Rights group accuses IDF of extrajudicial killing in West Bank

A London-based rights group has accused the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of carrying out an "extrajudicial execution" in the West Bank last June. Ahmed Erekat was shot at the Container checkpoint in Bethlehem and left to bleed to death for more than an hour. Troops also prevented a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance from providing him with treatment. “Our analysis raises major questions about Ahmed’s killing that raise doubts in the Israeli army’s claims and call for further investigation,” said Forensic Architecture in a statement. Israeli officials said Erekat, who was the nephew of then-Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat, attempted to ram his vehicle into a soldier at the checkpoint.

Israel releases supplies of Covid vaccine to Gaza

The first shipment of 2,000 doses of coronavirus cases have been released by Israel and sent to the Gaza Strip. The Russian Sputnik V vaccine was sent by the Palestinian Authority from the West Bank, but the shipment was held by Israel earlier this week. Right-wing Israel politicians said the transfer should be conditional on the release of two Israeli citizens who were captured by Hamas in 2014 and 2015.

Rafah border crossing opened indefinitely

Egypt has indefinitely opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip. The move comes after Palestine's rival factions, Hamas and Fatah, met in Cairo to discuss upcoming legislative and presidential elections. The border opens after “intensive and bilateral talks between the Palestinian and Egyptian leaderships to facilitate the passage of Palestinians to and from the Gaza Strip,” according to the Palestinian embassy in Cairo.

Palestinian leaders start talks in Cairo

Palestine's rival political factions have started talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, ahead of the upcoming legislative and presidential elections. Fatah and Hamas delegations are meeting for the talks 15 years after the two groups fell out following the 2006 elections. "The two-day dialogue will focus on issues related to the elections, including ways of holding the polls without interference,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told reporters.

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli settlers

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. Khaled Nofal, 34, was killed near the village of Ras Karkar on Friday. The Israeli military described that the incident as a "terrorist attack" and said the victim was shot by a guard, although no weapons were found on Nofal. Palestinian activists have condemned the killing.

Vaccination program underway in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has started distributing the first Covid-19 vaccines in the occupied West Bank. The PA has received 2,000 of the 5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine from Israel. The first batch will be used to inoculate health care workers. “We have given highest priority to health personnel … and those working in intensive care units,” said Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila.

Biden administration set to restore aid to Palestinians

The administration of US President Joe Biden is set to restore aid to the Palestinians. Earlier the acting US envoy to the UN, Richard Mills, told the Security Council that the new administration supported a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. Relations between the Palestinian government and Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, deteriorated over allegations that the Americans were biased towards Israel. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki said: "We look forward to the reversal of the unlawful and hostile measures undertaken by the Trump administration and to working together for peace."

IDF shoot dead Palestinian teenager in West Bank

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank. In a statement, the IDF said 17-year-old Atallah Rayyan tried to stab Israeli soldiers near the Ariel settlement. “One of the soldiers blocked the assailant’s multiple stabbing attacks and the commander of the troops who was at the scene fired towards the assailant and neutralised him,” according to the statement.

Airstrikes target Hamas sites in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. The operations were launched in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. Palestinian sources said the strikes hit the southern city of Rafah, al-Qarara and Khan Younis. No casualties have been reported on either side.

Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli troops in Jerusalem

A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead by the Israeli security forces in Jerusalem. Mahmoud Omar Kameel, 17, reportedly fired shots at a security checkpoint near the Lion's Gate entrance to the Old City before troops returned fire. “The police and border guard fighters working in the Old City chased him on foot, while he was shooting at them,” the Israeli police said in a statement. The gates to the Old City were closed and access to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound restricted following the incident.

Two Palestinians shot and wounded in West Bank

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has shot and wounded two Palestinians in the West Bank. The Wafa news agency said the incident occurred in the Shuwekeh neighbourhood of Tulkarm on Sunday evening. The shooting came a day after Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes in the Sa'ir area of Hebron.

Five Palestinians injured in West Bank clash

Five Palestinians have reportedly been injured following clashes in West Bank. The clashes occurred on Thursday in the Kafr Malik and al-Mughayyir areas. According to reports, Israeli forces were deployed to the areas to disperse anti-settlement protesters - leading to the clashes.

Israeli government releases $1bn of tax funds to Palestinians

The Israeli government has released $1bn of withheld tax funds to the Palestinians. “The #Israeli government transfers all financial dues of the clearance to the account of the #Palestinian Authority, amounting to three billion and 768 million shekels,” said Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh on Wednesday. The Palestinian Authority has been unable to fully page its 130,000 employees due to its budget shortfall. Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh vowed to pay full salaries when it receives the money.

Journalism student alleges torture during Israel detention

A Palestinian journalism student has been released after spending 15 months in an Israeli prison. Mays Abu Ghosh, 22, was arrested in August 2019 and charged with being a member of an outlawed political party. She claimed that she suffered physical and psychological torture at the notorious Maskobiyeh interrogation centre in Jerusalem. “I want to tell everyone what happened with me during the interrogation and torture period,” Abu Ghosh told reporters.

Man shot dead after car-ramming attack

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot dead a Palestinian man following an alleged car-ramming attack in East Jerusalem. The incident happened at the al-Zaeem checkpoint on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Nour Shuqir from the town of Silwan.

Gaza health system close to collapse

Officials in Gaza said the health system is days away from being overwhelmed due to rising cases of coronavirus. Eighty percent of the territory's ventilators are being used and there are shortages of essential medical items. "In 10 days the health system will become unable to absorb such a hike in cases and there might be cases that will not find a place at intensive care units," said Abdelraouf Elmanama from Gaza's pandemic task force. There were 684 new cases and three deaths on Sunday, taking the total to 14,000 cases and 65 deaths.

IDF soldier found dead in West Bank

A missing Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier has been found in the West Bank. The military said the body of Sagi Ben David, who went missing on Tuesday, was found near an army checkpoint close to Jerusalem. The security forces are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, although there are no immediate indications of foul play.

Chief negotiator dies of Covid-19

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, has died after contracting coronavirus (Covid-19). He was being treated at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem after testing positive for the virus at the start of October. On Monday officials at the hospital said his condition had deteriorated and on Tuesday the Fatah party confirmed his death. Erekat was involved in multiple negotiations between Palestinian and Israel officials since the Oslo Accords back in 2013.

IDF razes village in West Bank

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have flattened an entire village in the occupied West Bank. Around 80 houses were destroyed in the village of Khirbet Humsa on Tuesday, leaving dozens of families homeless. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh condemned what he called the IDFs attempt to “displace the citizens of Khirbet Humsa and tens of similar communities from their homes and lands.” A local resident said the Israeli had given people 10 minutes to evacuate before the buildings were demolsihed. An Israeli army spokesman said the structures had been built illegally in a military zone.

Teenager dies of injuries after assault by IDF troops

A Palestinian teenager has died of injuries that he sustained when he was beaten by IDF troops in Ramallah, according to Palestinian officials. Amer Abedalrahim Snobar was assaulted near the town of Turmus-Ayya after rocks were thrown at an IDF vehicle. In a statement, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) accused Israeli troops of “a monstrous act of brutality against a defenceless young man whose only crime was being Palestinian.” The IDF disputed the allegations and claimed that the victim lost consciousness while fleeing and "hit his head."

Israeli jets carry out fresh Gaza airstrikes

The Israeli military has conducted fresh airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after two rockets were fired into southern Israel. One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Drome defence system and the other fell into an open area. “In response to the 2 rockets that were fired from Gaza at Israel earlier tonight, our Air Force just struck Hamas military targets in Gaza,” the Israeli army said on Twitter. The strikes follow similar operations against Hamas targets earlier this week.

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have hit two Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip. Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the strikes were carried out in response to rocket fire from Gaza. Local sources said agricultural areas in Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah were hit by three missiles.

Senior Palestinian official in hospital with Covid-19

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat is in a serious but stable condition at a hospital in Israel. He tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month and has been receiving oxygen at the Hadassah University Hospital. "Mr Erekat is receiving top-notch professional care like all serious corona patients at Hadassah, and the staff will do everything to assist his recovery," said the hospital's director, Prof Zeev Rothstein.

Palestine refuses to chair Arab League in protest over Israel deals

Palestine has refused to chair the Arab League in protest after the UAE and Bahrain agreed to normalise relations with Israel. Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the deals were a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. "Palestine has decided to concede its right to chair the League's council [of foreign ministers] at its current session. There is no honour in seeing Arabs rush towards normalisation during its presidency," Maliki said.

Israel carries out airstrikes in Gaza

Israeli planes have carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. Sites in Beit Lahiya, Deir al-Balah and Khan Younis were targeted, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa. On Wednesday two people were wounded when 15 rockets were fired into southern Israel.

Two wounded by rocket fire in southern Israel

At least two people have been wounded after rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. One rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome system but a second rocket hit the coastal city of Ashdod on Tuesday. The rocket fire comes after rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announced plans to create a unified response to Israel's agreement with Bahrain and the UAE to normalise relations. "Peace, security and stability will not be achieved in the region until the Israeli occupation ends," Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said.

Fatah and Hamas working to restore unity over Israeli deals

Political groups Hamas and Fatah are working with other Palestinian parties to create a "unified field leadership" in response to the UAE and Bahrain normalising relations with Israel. The groups say they will lead a "comprehensive popular resistance" in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. They also called for Tuesday to be a day of "popular rejection" as the UAE and Bahrain foreign ministers will sign a formal agreement with Israel at the White House in Washington DC.

Hamas trade fire with Israeli forces in Gaza flare-up

The Israeli forces have carried out air raids on Gaza city as the three-week long aerial campaign targeting the Gaza Strip continues. On Friday morning, Hamas responded to the latest air raids by launching six rockets at Israel in a retaliatory attack. There have been no reports of casualties on either side. Israel has been bombing Hamas sites almost daily since 06 August in what it claims is a response to airborne incendiary devices and rockets being launched across the border. Hamas stated that the rockets were fired as a "direct response to the escalation by the Israeli occupier".

Gaza lockdown extended

The Covid-19 lockdown in Gaza has been extended following an increase in infections and deaths. Hamas officials confirmed the move on Wednesday, stating that the lockdown measures will now remain in place until Monday 30 August. Gaza was put under lockdown earlier this week after the first locally transmitted case was reported. Yesterday, 26 new cases of infection were diagnosed and two new virus-related deaths were also registered. In the last 24 hours, an additional 622 new cases and 6 new deaths have been confirmed - marking a steep increase on the previous day's figures. Overall, some 20,155 coronavirus cases have been reported in the Palestine, including 175 deaths.

First Covid-19 community transmission sparks lockdown in Gaza

The Gaza Strip has been placed under full lockdown following the first cases of Covid-19 by community transmission. On Monday, health authorities confirmed that four members of the same family had tested positive for the virus in the al-Maghazi refugee camp. Investigations are underway to identify the source of infection. The cases are significant, because until now, all coronavirus cases which had been reported in the territory had been linked to quarantine facilities for residents returning from abroad. The 48-hour lockdown came into effect on Monday night.

Air raids target Hamas in Gaza Strip

Air raids have been carried out by Israeli warplanes in the Gaza Strip, targeting Hamas positions. The latest attacks targeted a Jamas tunnel and some military points east of al-Qarara in the southern city of Khan Younis during the early hours of Monday morning. They are the latest in daily attacks on Gaza since 06 August. The increase in aerial operations comes as part of a blockade, under which the entry of fuel for Gaza's only power plant has been banned - leading to widespread power outages. The Israeli army claims the attacks are in response to the failure of Hamas to stop incendiary balloons being sent across the border. No casualties have been reported so far.

Three Palestinians shot by Israeli soldeirs

Three Palestinians have reportedly been shot at by Israeli soldiers in occupied West Bank. According to reports, the incident occurred late on Wednesday near the Deir Abu Meshall village, close to Ramallah, where the trio were allegedly ambushed near a bypass road. The Israeli army claims the group were in possession of incendiary materials and tyres they supposedly intended to set on fire. A teenager who was among those shot has reportedly died after succumbing to his wounds. Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Damir Matar was detained and taken away by Israeli soldiers following the incident, while the other two youths were taken wounded to hospitals in Ramallah by the Palestinian Red Crescent. The family of the deceased teen were apparently informed of his death by the Israeli army several hours after he was detained. It's understood the Israelis have yet to handover the teenager's body, which is being held at the notorious Abu Kabir Medical Institute in Tel Aviv - known for illegally harvesting the organs of Palestinians.

Protesters rally against Israel-UAE deal

Palestinian protesters have rallied in Gaza against the UAE-Israeli deal. Israeli and American flags were burnt by demonstrators on Wednesday, as a sign of protest against the US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalise ties. Posters of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump were also trampled on by protesters, as they canted "normalisation is betrayal to Jerusalem and Palestine". The protest was organised by a number of groups, including Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. The demonstrations came as Israeli jets carried out bombings there for the eighth consecutive night. Israel has warned Hamas against instigating war by failing to intercept incendiary balloons which are being sent across the border to Israel. The recent bombings reportedly hit facilities used by the armed wing of the Hamas movement, the Qassam Brigades.

Egypt-Gaza crossing re-opens for 72 hours

The border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has been re-opened for 72 hours. The Rafah crossing is the only such crossing point connecting the two countries and has been closed for months. The three-day re-opening of the crossing is the first time it has been open for two-way travel since March, when Covid-19 cases began spiking worldwide, triggering widespread border closures. The crossing was closed by Hamas, the Islamist group controlling the strip, as it sought to guard against the pandemic, but was briefly opened for one-way travel in April to allow Gazans stranded abroad to return home. During the three-day re-opening of the crossing, those holding foreign passports, foreign residency permits, or with emergency medical needs will now be allowed to leave the territory. 

IDF hits Hamas sites in Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has targeted multiple Hamas sites in Gaza. In a statement, the IDF said its fighter jets carried out the strikes on Monday in response to rockets fired at southern Israel on Sunday. "[Our] policies in dealing with the enemy will remain fully consistent with the continuing struggle and resistance of our people," said Hamas in a statement.

MPs across Europe sign letter opposing West Bank annexation

More than 1,000 lawmakers across Europe have signed a letter opposing Israel's plans to annex part of the West Bank. "We are profoundly concerned about the impact of annexation on the lives of Israelis and Palestinians, as well as its destabilizing potential in a region on our continent’s doorstep. These concerns are no less serious at a time when the world is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest collective emergency we have faced for decades," said the MPs in the letter. The plan, which can be put to a vote in Israel from 1 July, would result in around 30 percent of the occupied West Bank being incorporated into Israel. Palestinian officials said they will abolish bilateral agreements with Israel if the Knesset approves the annexation.

Netanyahu condemns killing of autistic Palestinian

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the killing of an autistic Palestinian man by Israeli police as a "tragedy". He said a full investigation will be launched into the incident, during which Iyad Halaq was shot dead near his special needs school in East Jerusalem. "What happened with Iyad Halaq is a tragedy," Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting. "This is a man with limitations - autism - who was under suspicion, we know, wrongly, of being a terrorist in a very sensitive location." The Halaq family's lawyer Jad Qadmani has called on the officers responsible to be brought to justice. Thousands of people have taken part in rallies to protest at Halaq's death, which comes amid similar rallies across the world against police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in the US.

Palestinian teenager shot dead by IDF

A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank. Zaid Fadl Qaisia, 15, was shot during a raid on the al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Four others were shot and wounded during the exchange. IDF troops went to the camp to arrest a 16-year-old who had insulted Israeli soldiers on social media.

Gaza confirms first two cases of coronavirus

Palestinian officials have confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip. Deputy Health Minister Youssef Abulreesh said both patients had returned from Pakistan and had entered Gaza via the border town of Rafah. They have both been placed in quarantine, while health officials have called on citizens to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus. Friday prayers have been suspended and restaurants and cafes closed as a precaution.

Palestinian shot dead by IDF in West Bank

A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank. Troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a protest which was blocking Jewish settlers in Beita. The deceased has been identified as 15-year-old Mohammed Hamayel, who was shot in the face, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. A further 13 people were taken to hospital for treatment.

Nine killed as fire rips through market in Gaza

Nine people have been killed after a fire ripped through a market in Gaza. The blaze started in a bakery which spread to the market in the Nuseirat camp. A further 60 people were wounded in the fire, including 14 children. Firefighters and local residents managed to extinguish the blaze after three hours.

Seven cases of coronavirus confirmed in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority has confirmed seven cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the West Bank. Health Minister Mai al-Kaialah made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday. “They have been placed in quarantine together with the hotel staff and two doctors who came in contact with them,” said Kailah. The PA has closed all mosques and churches in Bethlehem for 14 days and is cancelling all workshops, conferences, social and sports activities.

Netanyahu vows to build new settler houses

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to build 3,500 new settler homes in the E1 region of the West Bank. "I have given instructions to immediately publish for deposit the plan to build 3,500 housing units in E-1," Netanyahu said in a speech. The announcement comes ahead of general elections scheduled to take place next month. Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said prime minister's announcement had "crossed all red lines."

IDF targets Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Syria

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has targeted Islamic Jihad sites in Gaza and Syria. In a statement, the military said it hit several targets in southern Damascus and the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to rocket fire. Syrian officials claimed their air defences destroyed most of the Israeli missiles.

One killed in West Bank clashes

A Palestinian teenager has been killed in clashes with the security forces in the West Bank. Salah Zakareneh, 17, was shot dead during fighting in the Qabatiya area late on Tuesday. Three members of the Palestinian security forces were also wounded in the incident, which erupted as crowds gathered to celebrate the release of a prisoner from an Israeli jail.

Two Palestinians killed in West Bank clashes

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops in separate incidents in the West Bank. A man opened fire on soldiers near the Lion's Gate in the Old City area of Jerusalem. One of the troops suffered minor injuries before his colleagues returned fire and shot dead the assailant. Another man was killed by Israeli fire during overnight clashes in the town of Jenin, which were sparked when troops demolished the house of a Palestinian man. Israeli airstrikes have also been reported in Gaza in response to Palestinian rocket fire.

IDF says mortar shells fired from Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said three mortar shells were fired into southern Israel on Thursday. The Iron Dome defence system intercepted two of the projectiles, while a third landed in the sea. Another projectile was intercepted on Friday, hours after Israel targeted Hamas militants. "Israel's airstrikes early this morning are part of the occupation's ongoing attacks and enmity towards our people in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem," said Hamas spokesman Abdellatif al-Qanoun.

Palestinians rage against Trump's Middle East plan

Palestinian leaders have condemned US President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, which has been dubbed the "Deal of the Century" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Activists have compared to plan to the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which was Great Britain's pledge to create "a national home for the Jewish people" and eventually led to the creation of the state of Israel. Trump announced the deal alongside Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday. The plan would recognise Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank, including settlements considered illegal under international law, and states that Jerusalem would be Israel's undivided capital. "We say a thousand times, no, no, no," said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in response to the proposals. "We rejected this deal from the start and our stance was correct."

Defence minister announces new settlement in Hebron

Israel's defence minister has announced plans for a new settlement in Hebron in the occupied West Bank. The new site will occupy the Shuhada Street in the centre of the Old City, which has been closed by the Israeli army since 1994. Hebron Mayor Taysir Abu Sneineh said that the "dangerous" decision would lead to escalations in the "entire region." Meanwhile, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said Israel had been galvanized by the US announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements illegal. On Saturday a Palestinian protester was shot dead in the IDF near a settlement south-west of Hebron.

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes targeted two Hamas sites in Gaza early on Wednesday morning. A site linked to Islamic Jihad has also been targeted during the raids, which were carried out in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. "If someone in Gaza thinks that he can raise his head after Operation Black Belt, he is sorely mistaken,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shortly before the operation was launched.

Settlements not illegal, claims US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the US has changed its policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Pompeo said the status of the West Bank was for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate, adding that the US is not taking a position on Israel's sovereignty. Israel's Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister, Gilad Erdan, tweeted: "I applaud the courageous decision of the American administration." The rest of the international community still views the settlements to be illegal and a key barrier to a two-state solution.

Police fire tear gas at protesters in Bethlehem

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have fired tear gas at Palestinian journalists who were protesting in Bethlehem after a reporter was wounded on Friday. Freelance photojournalist Muath Amarneh was wounded by Israeli fire while he was reporting on a protest in Surif near Hebron. "Suddenly I felt something hit my eye, I thought it was a rubber bullet or a stone. I put my hand to my eye and found nothing," said Amarneh following the incident. "I couldn't see and my eye was completely gone." Israel's border police said it did not target Amarneh in Friday's protest.

IDF launches fresh airstrikes despite ceasefire

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has launched fresh airstrikes in Gaza despite a ceasefire being agreed a day earlier. "The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) is currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in the Gaza strip," the army said in a statement on Friday. Jets targeted a military compound and a Khan Yunis Brigade command centre during overnight raids in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. At least 34 Palestinians have been killed and dozens of Israelis have been injured since fighting erupted earlier this week.

Ceasefire agreed between Israel and Gaza

Israel and militants in Gaza have agreed to a ceasefire after two days of clashes. At least 32 Palestinians were killed during Israeli airstrikes, while several people were wounded after militants fired hundreds of rockets into southern Israel. The violence was sparked when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) killed an Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza City earlier this week. Egyptian and Palestinian sources said the truce began at 05:30 local time.

IDF launches further airstrikes on Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have carried out further airstrikes in Gaza, killing at least 18 people. The deceased include Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata, who died along with his bodyguard on Tuesday. His killing prompted militants to fire more than 150 into southern Israel, wounding at least one person and forcing residents to seek shelter. The IDF said it has responded by targeted a "terror tunnel," training compounds and weapons factories. "We've proven that we can hit, surgically, wherever the terrorists hide. Whoever harms us, we will harm them," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement.

Islamic Jihad commander killed in Israeli airstrikes

The most senior Islamic Jihad commander has been killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Bahaa Abu al-Atta, 42, died along with his wife following the strike in the Shejaiya district of Gaza city early on Tuesday morning. "Our inevitable retaliation will rock the Zionist entity," said the group, referring to Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorised the strike, claiming that al-Atta was planning "imminent terror attacks." Dozens of rockets were fired into southern Israel in response to the killing, forcing schools and businesses to close. Islamic Jihad also said Israel fired a rocket at another leader - Akram al-Ajouri in Mezzah - in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing his son and granddaughter.

PA shuts down 59 websites

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has blocked access to 59 news websites and social media pages. The move came following a request from the attorney-general after the sites were deemed to be threatening Palestinian "national security." Civil activists have decried the move and claim it is an attempt to stifle dissent and criticism of the PA.

IDF clash with Palestinians in Nablus

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has wounded at least 60 Palestinians following clashes in Nablus. Four people were hit by live ammunition, while the rest suffered from the effects of teargas. The violence erupted when hundreds of Jewish settlers supported by the IDF forced their way into a religious shrine in Nablus early on Thursday morning.

Two injured in Gaza border firing incident

Two people have allegedly been injured following a border firing incident near the Gaza border. According to reports, the incident happened in the border area on Friday, when the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) were attempting to disperse a crowd of demonstrators who had gathered for a rally. It's claimed that the two casualties have been identified as Palestinian nationals. Officials from the IDF have challenged claims that IDF personnel opened fire on protesters, although they did confirm that tear gas was used in an effort to clear the crowd. 

Woman shot dead over alleged stabbing attack

A Palestinian woman has been shot dead following an alleged stabbing attack in the West Bank. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shot the woman dead at her Qalandiya military checkpoint near the city of Ramallah on Wednesday morning. The Palestinian news agency WAFA said the woman was killed even though she "posed no threat," while witnesses said she was left bleeding for a long time before she was taken to hospital in Jerusalem.

Three charged with honour killing in West Bank

Three members of the same family have been arrested over their involvement in the killing of a 21-year-old woman in the West Bank. Attorney General Akram al-Khatib said Israa Ghrayeb was beaten to death by her relatives in August. She died due to injuries caused by torture and abuse said officials. Activists claimed that she was the victim of an honour killing and held protests outside the office of Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh in Ramallah.

Rockets fired at southern Israel from Gaza

Several rockets have been fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. Air raid sirens were activated in Yad Mordechai and Nativ HaAsara on Wednesday afternoon after at least three rockets were fired. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched multiple airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza overnight.

President Netanyahu announces plan to annex Jordan Valley

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex the Jordan Valley if he wins general elections next week. Around 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 illegal Israeli settlers live in the area, which is currently under Israeli military control. "Today, I announce my intention, after the establishment of a new government, to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea," Netanyahu said in a speech. In response, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said "all signed agreements with Israel and the obligations resulting from them would end" if Netanyahu went ahead with the policy. Officials in Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia also strongly criticised the move.

IDF airstrike hits Hamas post in northern Gaza

An airstrike carried out by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has allegedly struck a Hamas post in northern Gaza. According to reports, the aerial strike was conducted on Wednesday after a rocket was apparently fired from a southern border community. It's alleged that the rocker was fired during a children's swimming event, but no casualties were inflicted.

Three police officers killed in suicide bombings

Three Palestinian police officers have allegedly been killed following two suicide bomb attacks in Gaza. According to reports, two suicide bombers thought to be aligned with the Islamic State (IS) targeted two police checkpoints on Tuesday. The first blast killed two police officers and injured a third at a checkpoint near the Dahbouh intersection, while the second explosion occurred less than an hour later, killing another police officer and wounding several others at a separate checkpoint in the western part of Gaza city. A state of emergency has been declared following the attacks. Strengthened security measures have been enforced and hundreds of security personnel have been deployed to the streets of Gaza. The attacks came after a recent operation by Hamas, which controls Gaza, against militants linked to the IS.

IDF kills three Palestinians in Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed three Palestinians and wounded another in the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Adel al-Walaidah, 24, Mohammed Farid Abu Namous, 27, and Mohammed Samir al-Taramsi, 26 were killed by an attack helicopter near the fence that separates Israel from Gaza. The incident came after three rockets were allegedly fired into southern Israel.

Police fire tear gas in East Jerusalem

Israeli police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse worshippers in East Jerusalem. Tensions were high as Palestinian worshippers headed to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for Eid al-Adha and Israelis descended on the site for the Jewish festival of Tisha B'Av. The Red Crescent said 61 Palestinians were wounded in the unrest. "These are organised provocations from the Temple Movement, which is funded by the Israeli government, and whose explicitly stated goal is the destruction of the Al Aqsa mosque and its replacement with the Jewish temple," Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, told Al Jazeera.

Israeli soldier stabbed to death in West Bank attack

An off-duty Israeli soldier has been stabbed to death in the West Bank. The body of Cpl Dvir Sorek, 19, was discovered near the Migdal Oz settlement on Thursday following an apparent kidnapping. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the culprit as a "despicable terrorist." There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, although Hamas said the killing was justified due to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the demolition of Palestinian homes in Wadi Hummus.

Israel approves 6,000 new settler homes

Israel has approved the construction of 6,000 new houses for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank. Officials said they had also issued permits for 700 new Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank, Although settlements are illegal under international law, there are already 600,000 Israelis living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The announcement comes ahead of a visit by US envoy Jared Kushner to discuss his plan for an Israel-Palestine peace deal.

PA President cancels all agreements with Israel

The Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has cancelled all existing agreements with the Israeli government. Abbas said the decision was taken after Israel bulldozed Palestinian buildings in the West Bank. "In light of the insistence of the occupation authority [Israel] to deny all the signed agreements and their obligations, we announce the decision of the leadership to stop working in accordance with the agreements signed with the Israeli side," said Abbas. Israel has yet to comment on the statement.

Saudi delegate forced out of al-Aqsa mosque

A member of an Arab delegation has been driven out of the al-Aqsa mosque compound by angry protesters. Saudi national Mohammed Saud was chased out of the old city by Palestinians, who called him a traitor and a Zionist, on Monday. He was at the site as part of an Israeli-sponsored trip which included visits to the Knesset and the Holocaust Museum.

Protesters wounded in clashes with IDF

At least 80 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday. There have been further protests in Gaza and the West Bank on Monday against US plans for a peace conference in Bahrain. "Down with Bahrain, down with Trump, down with the Manama conference,” chanted crowds in Gaza. Palestinian businesses have vowed to boycott the conference, which is set to be held on 25-26 June.

PA criticised over secret pay rises

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been criticised after the previous cabinet gave themselves 67 percent pay rises. According to leaked documents the cabinet's monthly pay rose from $3,000 to $5,000. UN Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov said such moves "defy logic and anger people," while Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said he would launch an investigation. Earlier this year the PA said was reducing the wages of 40 percent of staff after Israel suspended the payment of $139m.

IDF raids Al-Aqsa mosque

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) raided the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday to allow ultra-nationalist Jews to access the site. The Muslim Waqf group which manages Al-Aqsa said the IDF fired tear gas and arrested seven people. Thousands of Israelis descended on the compound to celebrate the anniversary of their occupation of East Jerusalem at the end of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It was the first time that Jews were permitted access to the site during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Palestinians reject Bahrain peace conference

Palestinian officials have criticised the upcoming US-led talks in Bahrain. "The cabinet wasn't consulted about the reported workshop, neither over the content, nor the outcome nor timing," Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday. "Any solution to the conflict in Palestine must be political ... and based on ending the occupation." The talks are due to be held in Manama on 25-26 June.

Palestinians mark Nakba Day, clashes reported at Gaza-Israeli border

Palestinians are marching across the West Bank and Gaza to mark Nakba Day. The anniversary, which is also known as the "catastrophe", remembers the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were forced to leave their homes during the establishment of Israel in 1948. At least 30 people have been wounded at a rally along the Gaza-Israel border fence, the scene of mass protests during and after the last Nakba commemorations in 2018.

Two wounded in clashes with IDF in Jenin

Two Palestinian men have been wounded in clashes with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the unrest was sparked with IDF troops raided the camp on Monday morning. Local residents also claimed three men were arrested during the operation.

Ceasefire agreed after days of violence

A ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants following days of violence. Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians were killed since Friday, while dozens more were wounded. The unrest started on Friday when Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, prompting the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to carry out retaliatory strikes across Gaza. Senior Hamas commander Hamed al-Khoudary was among those killed in the Israeli operation, while several members of Islamic Jihad were also killed. The ceasefire was brokered by Egypt and was announced by Hamas on Monday.

IDF demolishes home of Palestinian attacker

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed the house of a Palestinian man who allegedly killed two Israelis in an attack last month. Troops demolished the family home of Omar Abu Layla in Al-Zawyeh in the West Bank on Wednesday morning after local residents were evacuated. He stabbed a soldier before shooting another during the attack near Ariel in March.

Palestinian killed by settler in the West Bank

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank. Mohammad Abdul-Fattah was killed near Nablus on Wednesday following an alleged stabbing attack, although witnesses refuted claims made by the Israeli military that he attacked anyone. Another Palestinian was wounded in the incident. The gunman has been identified as Joshua Sherman from the settlement of Elon Moreh.

Thousands gather for funerals of four Palestinians

Thousands of people gathered in the Gaza Strip on Saturday for the funerals of four young Palestinians killed by the Israeli security forces. Tamer Abu el-Khair, 17, was shot in the chest in Khan Younis, while three other teenagers died during a protest which marked the one year anniversary of the Great March of Return. More than 200 others were wounded during the latest unrest, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza. The Israeli security forces said protesters threw explosive devices at troops.

Hamas agrees ceasefire with Israel

Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire with Israel during Egypt-brokered talks. The agreement was reached a day after Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire towards Israel. "Egyptian efforts succeeded with a ceasefire between the occupation and the resistance factions," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said. However, Israeli officials said talks are still ongoing and operations against Hamas targets were still ongoing.

Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza

The Israeli military has carried out airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The operation was launched in retaliation for the rocket attack which wounded seven people near Tel Aviv earlier this morning. "Israel will not tolerate this, I will not tolerate this," said Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference at the White House, where he has been meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Seven wounded in rocket attack, Tel Aviv

Seven people have been wounded in a rocket attack near Tel Aviv. The device, which was fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, hit a residential property in Mihmeret. A spokesman for the Israeli military said Hamas carried out the attack, although there was no claim of responsibility. "No one from the resistance movements, including Hamas, has an interest in firing rockets from the Gaza Strip towards the enemy," a Hamas official told the AFP.

Three Palestinians killed in West Bank raids

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed three Palestinians in raids across the West Bank. The suspect accused of killing two Israelis near the Ariel settlement on Sunday was shot dead in the village of Abwein on Tuesday night. Two other Palestinians were shot dead by the IDF near Nablus. The incident came a day after seven people were arrested in raids across the West Bank.

Hamas security forces clash with protesters in Gaza

The Hamas security forces have clashed with protesters in the Gaza Strip. Hundreds of people have been protesting over recent days over the dire economic conditions in Gaza, which is administered by Hamas. Human rights groups have denounced the heavy-handed response by Hamas, whose forces used batons against the protesters. 

Seven Palestinians arrested in West Bank raids

At least seven Palestinians have been arrested during raids by Israeli forces across the West Bank. The army said the individuals were arrested for "suspected involvement in terrorist activities," adding that they were still hunting for the suspect involved in the killing of two Israelis near the settlement of Ariel on Sunday. The arrests were made in Jenin, al-Khader, Az-Zawiya and Beit Ummar.

Two Israelis killed in West Bank attack

An Israeli soldier and a rabbi have been killed in an attack in the West Bank. The assailant stabbed the soldier near the Ariel settlement before stealing his firearm and shooting dead Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger and wounding another soldier. The attacker fled the scene in a car and a manhunt is underway. The Israeli military identified the attacker as Omar Amin Abu Lila, a 19-year-old resident of the West Bank village of al-Zawiya.

IDF launches airstrikes on Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out airstrikes on positions in the Gaza Strip early on Friday morning. The operation was launched in response to rocket fire from Gaza which was launched at Tel Aviv, the first time the city has been targeted since 2014. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees all denied carrying out the attack. The Israeli army said 100 "Hamas military targets" were hit around the southern town of Khan Younis. 

Palestinian killed in clashes with IDF

A Palestinian man died during clashes between protesters and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank. The unrest was reported in the village of Salfit on Tuesday afternoon. The Palestinian health ministry named the deceased as Mohammed Shaheen, 23, who was reportedly hit in the chest with a bullet. Tensions have been high across the West Bank since the Israeli shut the holy Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Al-Aqsa mosque on lockdown

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound is on lockdown after an incendiary device was thrown at a police position. A fire engine put out the blaze shortly after it started on Tuesday. There were also confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli troops at the site, prompting police to close all entrances to Temple Mount. In response, Hamas issued a statement: "We call on Palestinians from all over - in Jerusalem, the West Bank and within the Green Line - to storm Al-Aqsa mosque, to break the barricade that the Israeli police have hurled upon us, and to never give up on the right to enter the complex freely."

PA appoints new prime minister

The president of Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has appointed his ally Mohammed Shtayyeh as the new prime minister. Shtayyeh, a member of the Fatah party, has been asked to form a new government. Hamas said the appointment reflected "Abbas's unilateralism and monopoly of power," adding that "Hamas stresses that it does not recognise this separatist government because it was formed without national consensus."

IDF kill two Palestnians after car ramming

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed two Palestinians following a car-ramming attack in the West Bank. A third suspect was shot and wounded and an Israeli soldier critically wounded during the incident, which occurred 10km north-west of Ramallah. The attack comes as the US downgraded its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians, merging the office with the Israeli embassy in Jerusalem.

IDF shells Hamas positions in Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shelled Hamas positions in response to rocket fire from Gaza. Alarms were heard in the southern Israeli Eshkol Regional Council on Wednesday before the IDF hit targets in Deir al-Balah. Recently local media have been reporting that Israeli has threatened to launch a major military campaign in Gaza unless rocket fire and violence at the border ends.

IDF shoot dead Palestinian teenager near Jenin

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot dead a Palestinian teenager and wounded another near Jenin in the West Bank. In a statement, the IDF said troops fired on two assailants who had thrown an explosive device at a checkpoint. However, the governor of Jenin, Akram al-Rajoub, said the pair were returning from work and did nothing to provoke the Israeli forces.

Five IDF soldiers charged with beating Palestinian suspects

Five Israeli soldiers have been charged with beating Palestinian suspects. The five soldiers are accused of “striking the Palestinians with slaps, punches and bludgeons while they were handcuffed and blindfolded, causing them serious injuries,” the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement. The incident took place earlier this month.

Palestinian woman shot dead after stabbing attack

A Palestinian woman has been shot dead by Israeli troops after she tried to stab a soldier. The incident occurred at a checkpoint in Ma'ale Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning. "At the security checkpoint at Zaim a female suspect attempted to stab security guards that were on patrol in the area," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli settlers

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The incident occurred near the city of Ramallah on Saturday and followed a confrontation between Palestinians and settlers, which left an Israeli slightly wounded. “This will lead to serious consequences, further tension and the creation of a dangerous and uncontrollable atmosphere.” said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a statement.

Israeli teenager charged with killing of Palestinian woman

An Israeli teenager has been charged with killing a Palestinian woman during an attack in October. The 16-year-old Jewish student is facing manslaughter charges over the death of Aisha Rabi, who was driving through the West Bank when a rock was thrown at her vehicle, smashing through the windshield and hitting her in the head. Four students from the Pri Haaretz seminary were detained in December and released under house arrest. "When they hit our car with stones there were more than four people," Rabi's husband told the AFP news agency. "I want all those who killed my wife to be tried in an international court."

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing attack

A Palestinian man has been shot dead in the West Bank after he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said the incident occurred near the northern city of Nablus on Monday evening. No soldiers were wounded in the incident, while the Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa identified the Palestinian as 36-year-old Mohammad Adawi.

Israel carries out airstrikes on Gaza

Israeli jets carried out overnight strikes against targets in Gaza. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) said it targeted Hamas positions in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. The Palestinian news agency Wafa said two airstrikes hit a site in the northern Beit Lahiya, while another strike was reported in Khan Younis in the south of the strip.

Palestinians arrested in West Bank raids

Fifteen Palestinians have been arrested in counter-terror raids in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said the suspects were detained for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities.” The raids were carried out across the West Bank late on Tuesday.

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli troops at a roadblock in the occupied West Bank. Israel's army spokesperson said troops opened fire when a vehicle tried to break through a military barrier in the Ramallah region on Thursday evening. An investigation into the incident has been opened.

Palestinian stabs soldier near Ramallah

A Palestinian has stabbed a soldier at an army post at the Beit El settlement near Ramallah. The soldier was seriously wounded in the attack and was transported to a hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. The incident comes after two soldiers were killed in a separate attack in the West Bank, which was followed by dozens of IDF raids.

Two soliders killed in West Bank attack

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed near a settlement in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) said the gunman opened fire near the Ofra settlement on Thursday. Two others were wounded in the incident, which came after the IDF killed two Palestinians accused of carrying out another attack on Sunday. The IDF has also arrested more than 40 people during raids across the West Bank.

Man shot dead after car-ramming attack

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) following an attempted car-ramming attack. Omar Hassan Awad, 27, was killed near the city of Hebron on Tuesday morning. "Shots were fired at the suspect vehicle. No injuries to officers," IDF spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement.

UN rejects resolution against Hamas

The UN General Assembly has rejected a US-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas. "Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism," said US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said before the vote. The resolution needed a two-thirds majority to pass but only 87 nations voted for it and 57 voted against, with 33 abstentions.

Palestinian killed by IDF after car attack near Hebron

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) after he tried to drive his car into a group of soldiers near Hebron. The incident occurred near Gush Etzion settlement on Monday and left three Israeli soldiers with light injuries. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) identified the driver as Ramzi Abu Yabis.

Israeli wounded in West Bank stabbing

An Israeli has been wounded in a stabbing in the West Bank. The attacker fled the scene following the incident near Beit Jala on Tuesday, according to police. The 35-year-old victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Defence minister quits over Gaza ceasefire

Israel's defence minister has resigned in protest at the government's decision to agree to a ceasefire with Palestinian militants in Gaza. Avigdor Lieberman said the move was "surrendering to terror" and would harm Israel's long-term security. The Egypt-brokered ceasefire was agreed following two days of rocket fire into southern Israel and more than 160 airstrikes on targets in Gaza. The latest clashes were sparked by an Israeli special operation on Sunday that left seven militants and an Israeli soldier dead.

Militants fire rockets into southern Israel

Palestinian militants have fired more than 100 rockets into southern Israel. Red alert sirens went off in multiple areas on Monday afternoon after Islamic Jihad launched an attack, which the group claim was a “natural response in the name of the Palestinian people” for the killing of Hamas commander Nour Barakeh during an Israeli raid in the Gaza Strip. At least seven people have been wounded in the town of Sderot, while thousands of people in Ashkelon have been sent to bomb shelters. Mortars have also landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev region but no injuries have been reported. Israel has responded by launching airstrikes at targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least two people. Dozens of armoured Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) vehicles are also heading to the Gaza border.

Eight killed in Israeli covert operation, Gaza

Seven Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed during a covert Israeli operation in Gaza. Palestinian officials said the Israeli security forces, who were travelling in a civilian vehicle, opened fire on Nur Barakeh, a Hamas military commander, near Khan Younis. "After [that], the car which carried this special unit or some collaborators, they tried to escape … but they were followed by Hamas and the al-Qassam Brigades and after that Israel tried to cover this car through striking here in Gaza," Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official, told Al Jazeera. Hamas responded by firing rockets into southern Israel, although no injuries were reported.

Three teenage boys killed in airstrikes

Three Palestinian teenage boys have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in southern Gaza. Khaled Bassam Mahmoud Abu Saeed, 14; Abdul Hameed Mohammed Abdul Aziz Abu Zaher, 13; and Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullah al-Sutari, 13, were targeted at the border fence near Khan Younis. The Israeli military claimed the trio were planting explosive devices along the fence when they were targeted. The incident comes a day after Islamic Jihad agreed to a ceasefire with Israeli following Egypt-brokered talks.

Four Palestinians killed at Gaza border

Four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli military fire at the Gaza border. The deaths occurred during the latest mass protest at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, which organisers held under the banner "Gaza will not surrender." Earlier this week Israel launched airstrikes in Gaza in response to rocket fire into southern Israel.

Israel launches fresh airstrikes on Gaza

Israeli jets carried out multiple airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning. Jets targeted a military compound in northern Gaza and a weapons factory in the south, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The strikes were launched in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. No damage was caused but the rocket managed to evade Israel's Iron Dome defence system.

Palestinian man shot dead by IDF in West Bank

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry said Mohammed Bisharat, 21, was killed and three others wounded during the incident in the village of Taamun near Nablus. Witnesses said the IDF used tear gas and live bullets against protesters during raids on Wednesday.

Palestinian killed by IDF after Hebron stabbing

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed a Palestinian man after he attempted to stab a soldier in Hebron. The deceased has been identified as Moammar Arif Refa'ey al-Astrash, 42, from Hebron. "An assailant attempted to stab a soldier adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs, lightly injuring him. The soldier and other forces at the scene responded with live fire," the army said in a statement. 

Bulldozers head to Khan al-Ahmar ahead of demolition

Several bulldozers have arrived in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar ahead of a planned demolition. Earlier this week seven people were wounded in clashes between Israeli troops and protesting villagers. Activists have also condemned the demolition and forced removal of residents, who will be transferred to either a new settlement near Abu Dis or a site near a sewage treatment facility close to the Dead Sea.

Israeli airstrikes wound eight in Gaza

At least eight people have been wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Jets targeted 20 sites around Gaza City early on Wednesday, which the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said were carried out in response to rocket fire into southern Israel. The Gaza Health Ministry said six of the wounded were children on their way to school in Deir al-Balah.

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing attack

A Palestinian has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) after trying to stab a soldier in the West Bank. The IDF said the soldier was unharmed following the attempted attack at Gitai Junction near Ariel. The Palestinian was identified as Elias Salah Yassin, 22, from Biddya.

Two Israelis killed in West Bank attack

A manhunt is underway after two Israelis were killed and a third wounded in an attack in the West Bank on Sunday. Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, and Ziv Hajbi, 35 were shot dead by a Palestinian suspect identified as 23-year-old Ashraf Naalwa at a factory near the Jewish settlement of Ariel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the "despicable murderer" and said the security forces would "bring him to justice."

IDF kill six Palestinians at Gaza border

Six Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the border with Gaza on Friday. The Gaza Health Ministry said 12-year-old Yousef Abu Zarifa and 14-year-old Mohammad Naif Al-Houm were among those killed near the eastern sections of the border fence, while around 300 people were wounded. Thousands of people gathered in the area as part of the Great March of Return protests, which began in March. The IDF said it responded with riot control measures in accordance with the open-fire policy.

Demolition warning issued for Khan al-Ahmar

Israel has warned residents in the village of Khan al-Ahmar that their homes will be demolished within the next eight days. Israel's Supreme Court earlier rejected appeals against the demolition in the West Bank, which is home to around 180 people. "If you refuse, the authorities will enforce demolition orders as per a court decision and the law," said the Israeli defence ministry.

Two Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes

Two Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. The strikes targeted the two men near the border fence between Gaza and Israel. "An [Israeli] aircraft attacked terrorists who approached the fence in the southern Gaza Strip in a suspicious manner and planted a suspicious object along it," the Israeli military said. The Palestinian health ministry said 26 Palestinians were shot and wounded during protests near the fence on Monday.

Israeli settler killed in West Bank stabbing

An Israeli settler has been stabbed to death in an attack in the West Bank. The incident took part near the Gush Etzion, near Bethlehem on Sunday, The victim has been identified as Ari Fuld, an outspoken anti-Palestinian activist, while the assailant has been named as 17-year-old Khalil Yousef Ali Jabarin from the village of Yatta. In a statement, Hamas said the attack was a "natural response to Israeli crimes against Palestinians" in occupied territory.

Israel intercepts Gaza flotilla

At least 49 Palestinians have been wounded after the Israeli navy intercepted a 20-vessel flotilla bound for Gaza. The Palestinian Health Ministry said gunfire and gas bombs targeted the boats on Monday. The vessels were trying to break the decade-long blockade of Gaza.

Israel announces plans to build 1,000 new West Bank houses

Israel has announced plans to build almost 1,400 new houses in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. The decision was made by the Higher Planning Committee for Judea and Samaria on Wednesday. The settlers Yesha Council has criticised the government for not building more houses: “At past committee meetings some 2,000-3,000 housing units were advanced – and this number is small compared to the tens of thousands of housing units authorized throughout the country.” There was also criticism from the left-wing Meretz party, who said the increased development was like "sticking a finger in the eye" of the peace process.

Two killed in Gaza clashes

Two Palestinians have been killed and scores more wounded during the latest violence to erupt in Gaza. A spokesman from the ministry of health said a 26-year-old man was killed in Rafah, shortly after another Palestinian was killed by an IDF sniper. At least 166 Palestinians have been killed since protests erupted at the Gaza border fence as part of the Great March of Return earlier this year.

Israel ends probe into 2014 killings

Israeli officials have ended the military investigation into the killing of 135 Palestinians in Rafah in 2014. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it had found no evidence of criminal misconduct against military commanders involved in the attack, known as "Black Friday". Hamas has condemned the decision in a statement. "This was an attack that the whole world witnessed, and this is an attempt by the Israeli army to escape legal punishment," said spokesman Hazem Qassem.

Gaza cargo crossing reopens

Israel has reopened the Gaza cargo crossing after several days of relative calm along the border. Trucks carrying fuel and goods were allowed to pass through Kerem Shalom on Wednesday for the first time in several weeks. Israel closed the crossing in response to rockets and other incendiary devices being fired into southern Israel by Hamas militants, although human rights groups said the policy was illegal collective punishment.

Israeli airstrikes target Gaza Strip

A series of airstrikes have been carried out on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli forces overnight and have reportedly killed at least three Palestinians. Reports from the BBC indicate a Hamas militant was killed in the northern region of the strip, while a woman and her one-year-old daughter were also killed in the Jafarawi area. The Gaza health ministry has stated that the woman killed was also pregnant at the time. Several other civilians are thought to have been injured in the strike, which came as the UN and Egypt discussed a potential long-term ceasefire in the region.

IDF kill two Hamas militants in Gaza

An Israeli tank has killed two Hamas militants in Gaza in response to an attack on the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The incident occurred near Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza on Tuesday. A statement by the Israeli military said: "A short while ago, terrorists fired shots towards IDF soldiers near the northern Gaza Strip from a Hamas post. In response, an IDF tank targeted the post from which the shots were fired."

IDF arrest 20 in West Bank raid

At least 20 people have been arrested during a raid conducted by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) in the West Bank area. According to reports, the IDF targeted Al-Quds TV - a suspected Hamas-affiliated television station. A range of television broadcasting and recording equipment was allegedly confiscated by the IDF during the raid. At least four Palestinian citizens were among those arrested.

Israeli killed in West Bank stabbing

An Israeli civilian has reportedly been stabbed to death by a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank area. According to reports from the BBC, the 31-year-old victim was attacked in a settlement near Ramallah, where the 17-year-old attacker was allegedly shot and killed by another civilian passing by. Security forces are due to be deployed to the attacker's home village of Kubar. The Palestinian militant Hamas group have heralded the attack as an act of heroism.

IDF airstrikes target Gaza Strip

A series of airstrikes carried out by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) near the Gaza Strip have reportedly killed at least three people. Preliminary reports indicate the fatalities have been identified as Palestinian citizens, while a fourth was also wounded. The airstrikes were allegedly intended to target suspected Hamas positions east of the Gaza Strip after soldiers were fired at in Kissufim.

Israel suspends fuel deliveries to Gaza

Israel has suspended fuel deliveries to the occupied Gaza Strip in response to a series of incendiary attacks. No deliveries will be permitted through the only cargo crossing, Kerem Shalom, until Sunday. The move comes days after Israel launched its largest offensive in Gaza since 2014 and more than 200 rockets and mortars were fired into southern Israel by Hamas militants.

Israel targets Hamas militants in Gaza

Israel has launched its largest operation against Hamas militants in Gaza since 2014, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Airstrikes targeted Gaza City and sites in northern Gaza on Saturday, killing two people and wounding 12 others. The operation was launched after more than 200 rockets were fired at southern Israel. Israeli officials said three civilians were wounded when a rocket hit the southern town of Sderot.

Israel closes Gaza goods crossing

Israel has closed the main goods crossing into the Gaza Strip in response to a series of arson attacks. Only limited humanitarian equipment will be allowed through Kerem Shalom. A spokesman for Hamas said the move was a "crime against humanity." Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said: "In the coming days we will make it more difficult at all the crossings. This cannot go on like this. I have ordered the IDF to take some steps and they shall see that this cannot go on unilaterally."

Palestinian shot dead trying to enter Israel from Gaza

A Palestinian man has been killed and another wounded by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as they tried to cross the border from Gaza. “During the night, an IDF force identified two terrorists who were crawling toward the security fence in an attempt to infiltrate the southern Gaza Strip. The force responded by firing a tank at the terrorists and thwarting the infiltration attempt," said the IDF in a statement. They added that 12 rockets were fired toward Israel from Gaza on Wednesday night.

Israel launches fresh airstrikes on Gaza

Israeli forces have carried out a series of airstrikes on militant positions in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket and mortar fire. The military said 45 projectiles were fired into southern Israel, prompting the air force to target 25 Hamas positions. Two members of Hamas and a civilian suffered light injuries in the strikes, while no casualties have been reported on the Israeli side of the border, although some buildings were damaged.

Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza

Israeli jets have carried out airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The raids were carried out in response to incendiary kites and balloons which have been flown across the Israeli border. No casualties have been caused by the kites, although fires have caused $2.5m worth of damage to farmland, according to the Israeli government.

IDF kill Palestinian protesters at Gaza border

At least three Palestinian protesters have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the border with Gaza. More than 600 people have been wounded, including an AFP photographer, after the IDF fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters, who threw rocks and set fire to tires. An estimated 10,000 Palestinians gathered for the latest Great Return March rally at the border.

IDF shoot dead Palestinian in West Bank

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot dead a Palestinian protester in the West Bank. The incident occurred during a raid on the village of Nabi Saleh as troops went to arrest Ezzadin Tamimi for alleged stone throwing. Local residents fired three bullets at Tamimim, who later died of his injuries. The IDF said one of their troops was hit by a rock during the incident.

Ceasefire agreed following violence

Hamas and Israel have agreed a ceasefire following days of retaliatory strikes.  Militants in Gaza fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel before the Israeli security responded with a series of targeted strikes against Hamas and Islamic Jihad positions. Khalil al-Hayya, Hamas's deputy chief in Gaza, said the group would stick to the deal as long as Israel did the same.

Gaza militants fire mortal shells at southern Israel

Militants in Gaza have fired more than 25 mortar shells at southern Israel, the largest attack since the Israel-Gaza conflict in 2014. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said no injuries were reported and all of the shells were intercepted by Israel's defence systems. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would respond "forcefully" to the attack, which comes just weeks after the IDF shot dead dozens of Palestinians during a protest at the Gaza-Israel border.

Palestinians demand ICC investigation

The Palestinians have called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch a full investigation into alleged human rights abuses carried out by Israel. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki submitted a referral to the ICC during a meeting at The Hague on Tuesday. "The State of Palestine took an important and historic step towards justice for the Palestinian people who continue to suffer from ongoing, widespread and systematic crimes," said Malki. Israel claims the move was a "cynical step without legal validity."

Two more Palestinians killed by IDF in Gaza

At least two Palestinians have been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) near the border between Gaza and Israel. The incident comes a day after more than 60 Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded in one of the deadliest days of violence in the occupied territories in recent years. Thousands of people attended funerals across Gaza on Tuesday, which was also the 70th anniversary of Nakba, or the catastrophe, when the state of Israel was established. Israel's use of deadly force has been widely condemned by the international community, although their longtime ally, the US, defended the IDF's actions.

IDF kills Palestinians during protest against US embassy

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed at least 41 Palestinian protesters at the border with Gaza. Thousands of people have amassed to show their anger at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. A senior US delegation will be attending the opening ceremony with Israeli officials later in the day. Health officials said hundreds of people have been wounded during the unrest on Monday morning, and the casualty figures are expected to increase. Smaller rallies have also been held across the West Bank, with at least nine people wounded in Qalandia after the IDF fired rubber bullets and tear gas.

Three Palestinians killed, scores wounded in Gaza clashes

Three more Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more wounded in the latest clashes between protesters and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The violence occurred during the fifth consecutive Friday of mass protests as part of the Great March of Return movement. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has condemned Israel's use of "excessive force" against Palestinian protesters. "The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators - not once, not twice, but repeatedly," Zeid said.

Two Palestinians killed in latest Gaza clashes

Two more Palestinians have been killed and dozens wounded in renewed clashes with Israeli troops at the border with Gaza. Ahmed Abu Aqil and Ahmed Rashad were taking part in the Great March of Return rallies at the border when troops opened fire. At least 37 people have been killed and around 4,000 others wounded since the rallies began on 30 March.

Army investigates sniper shooting

The Israeli army is investigating a video that appeared to show an Israeli army sniper shooting the body of a Palestinian in Gaza. The army said it has not yet verified the footage and suggested that it might have been filmed before the recent clashes at the Gaza-Israel border. “With regard to the video of the soldiers at the Gaza Strip border - it was probably an event that occurred a number of months ago. The event will be investigated and examined thoroughly," said an army spokesman. At least 30 Gazans have been shot dead by the IDF in recent weeks.

Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border

Violence has erupted along the Gaza-Israel border, where Palestinian protesters have clashed with the Israeli security forces. According to the BBC, at least two protesters have been killed and 150 others have been wounded, with casualty figures likely to rise. The protesters reportedly began burning car tyres and throwing stones, demanding that refugees be allowed to return to their ancestral lands, now located in modern Israel. The altercation comes a week after 16 people were killed in a similar incident. The Israeli officials claim the protests have been staged by the Hamas militant group as a way of attacking the security forces.

Israeli airstrike kills Palestinian at Gaza border

An Israeli airstrike has killed a Palestinian protester at the Gaza-Israel border. The military said it had targeted an “armed terrorist adjacent to the security fence” in northern Gaza early on Thursday morning. At least 21 Palestinians have now been killed since last Friday's Land Day protests, the start of a six-week sit-in organised Palestinian activist groups. Despite receiving criticism for opening fire on protesters the Israeli military said it would continue to use force against people deemed to be a threat.

IDF opens fire on Palestinian protesters

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot dead at least 15 Palestinian protesters at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians gathered at camps in northern Gaza as part of the 'Great March of Return' rally, which commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were forced to flee after the creation of Israel in 1948. "Lethal force should only be used as a last resort with any resulting fatalities properly investigated by the authorities," UN deputy political affairs chief Taye-Brook Zerihoun said. Further rallies are due to be held in Gaza until mid-May.

Two Hamas officials killed in Gaza raid

Two members of the Hamas security forces have been killed during an operation in the Gaza Strip. The pair died when troops carried out a raid on Anas Abu Khousa and Abdul Hadi al-Ashab, who are suspected of carrying out the bomb attack on the Palestinian prime minister. Both suspects sustained critical injuries during the clashes and were later confirmed dead. PM Rami Hamdallah survived the attack in northern Gaza last week, although several guards were wounded.

Attacker killed after Jerusalem knife attack

A man has been killed after carrying out a knife attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. The victim, an Israeli security guard, was seriously wounded.during the incident, which took place near the al-Aqsa compound on Sunday. The incident comes amid a renewed series of incidents and protests in the West Bank.

Two killed in car-ramming attack

Two people have been killed and three others wounded in a car-ramming attack in the occupied West Bank. The incident occurred on Friday near the Jewish settlement of Mevo Dotan. The Israeli security forces have not confirmed the identity of the driver of the vehicle, who was detained after receiving medical treatment at the scene.

PM Hamdallah targeted in Gaza bombing

The convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has been hit by an explosive device in the Gaza Strip. Hamdallah was unharmed in the blast but five others were wounded. The incident occurred as the vehicles passed through the Beit Hanoun checkpoint in southern Israel into northern Gaza. Members of Fatah have accused their rivals Hamas of carrying out the attack. Hussein al-Sheikh, a member of the Fatah Central Committee said: "Hamas bears full responsibility for this criminal act."

Palestinian shot dead by IDF in West Bank

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank. Amir Omar Shahaa, 19, was shot in the chest during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers near Ramallah on Saturday. The IDF said the incident was being investigated.

Three wounded in West Bank clashes

Three Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli settlers in the West Bank on Tuesday. "About 60 settlers attacked a tractor driver who was driving along an agricultural road in the village of Einabus," said local council head Taleb Hamad. He claimed that the assailants came from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar.

One killed in West Bank clash

A Palestinian person has been killed in a clash with Israeli security personnel in West Bank. According to reports, the person was fatally wounded during an altercation with soldiers from the Israel Defence Force (IDF) in the Jericho area. It's claimed the IDF were responding to an attack by the diseased individual; however, very few surrounding the incident have been confirmed.

Sixteen terror suspects detained in West Bank

At least 16 suspected terrorists have been arrested in counter-terror operations in Yatta city of the Hebron Governorate, West Bank. The suspects will face charges of terrorism, including violent terrorist activity targeting civilians and the state security forces. 

Two IDF troops attacked in Jenin

Two soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have been attacked in the West Bank city of Jenin. Palestinians threw rocks and other missiles at their vehicle after they accidentally entered the city on Monday. The pair were rescued by the Palestinian security forces. "Without the interference of Palestinian security, this situation could have ended with a lynching and a serious threat to the safety of the soldiers," an IDF spokesperson said.

Police clash with rioters in Jabaliya

One person has died amidst riots in Jabaliya in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Crowds of protesters had allegedly gathered in the area for a 'day of rage' when they clashed with the security forces. According to reports, one teenager was killed and two others were wounded when the police opened fire on protesters to disperse the crowds.

Palestinian shot dead after Hebron attack

A Palestinian man has been shot and killed following a stabbing attack on an Israeli guard near Hebron. Hamza Zaamara carried out the attack at the entrance to the Karmei Tzur settlement early on Tuesday. The guard was transported to hospital with minor injuries, while the security forces carried out a raid on Zaamara's family home, during which his father Yousef was detained.

Israeli man stabbed to death in West Bank

An Israeli man has been stabbed to death in the West Bank. The incident occurred at a bus stop near the Jewish settlement of Ariel on Monday. Israeli police said the suspect, identified as a Palestinian man, escape the scene and a manhunt is underway.

Israel legalises outpost in response to settler killing

The Israeli government has announced that the outpost of Havat Gilad will be legalised following the killing of an Israeli settler. "Today, the government will provide for the status of Havat Gilad in order to facilitate orderly life there," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. The move comes after 35-year-old Raziel Shevah was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home last month.

Hamas leader added to terror list

A senior political leader of Hamas has been designated as a "global terrorist" by the US State Department. In a statement, the US said Ismail Haniyeh "has close links with Hamas' military wing" and "has been a proponent of armed struggle including against civilians". The classification will also allow the US to freeze his financial assets and place a travel ban on him. Hamas responded by calling the move a "failed attempt to pressure the resistance."

UN employees protest in Gaza

UN employees in Gaza went on strike on Monday in protest at the cuts to US aid. Around 13,000 members of the United Nations’ Relief and Welfare Agency (UNRWA) were protesting at Washington's decision to hold back $65m in aid, more than half of its planned contribution. “We appreciate the fear and concern of employees for their jobs and for possible cuts in services,” said UNRWA spokesman Abu Hasna, adding that the agency had enough money to operate for three months.

Palestinian shot dead by IDF in Jenin

A Palestinian man has been killed in an exchange of fire with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank. Another Palestinian and two IDF troops were wounded in the confrontation, which occurred in Jenin before dawn. The deceased, named as Ahmed Nasser Jarrar, was accused of being involved in the killing of an Israeli settler last week.

Student stabbed at Jenin university

An Israeli Arab student has been stabbed at the Arab American University in the West Bank city of Jenin. The 19-year-old was attacked at her university dormitory on Monday. "She is in very bad condition, the doctors said she has sustained a deep wound in her lung and she's going in to surgery," said Yasser Omar, head of the local council. The victim's father has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Israeli army shoot Palestinian in West Bank clashes

A Palestinian national has allegedly been shot dead by Israeli security personnel in West Bank. Preliminary reports from AFP News Agency suggest the shooting occurred during a spate of clashes in the area; however, no further details have been confirmed.

Egyptian Navy kill Palestinian fisherman off Rafah coast

A 32-year-old Palestinian fisherman has been killed when the Egyptian Navy reportedly opened fire at his boat off the coast of the bordering town of Rafah. The health ministry in Gaza confirmed that Abdullah Zeidan succumbed to his wounds moments after being taken to a local hospital in southern Gaza Strip. It remains unclear if the reported attack came after the vessel entered Egyptian waters. Palestinian fishermen currently have their operations heavily limited to a small fishing territory near the Egyptian border.

Two Palestinian teenagers shot dead by IDF

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot dead two Palestinian teenagers during clashes in the occupied territories. Amir Abu Musaid, 16, was shot dead near the Burij refugee camp on Thursday during a protest against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Another 16-year-old boy was shot dead in the village of Iraq Burin near Nablus after a group of protesters threw stones at troops, although Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Daghlas said the IDF opened fire "without any reason".

IDF hunt for West Bank attacker

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are hunting for a suspected Palestinian gunman who killed an Israeli settler in the West Bank on Tuesday. The IDF set up roadblocks and carried out house-to-house searches following the killing of 35-year-old Raziel Shevah, who was targeted in a drive-by shooting near the Havat Gilad settlement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement vowing Israel's security services "would do everything possible in order to apprehend the despicable murderer."

Trump threatens to end aid to Palestinians

US President Donald Trump has threatened to stop aid payments to Palestinians. On Twitter, Trump said: "We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect." He said the Palestinians were no longer interested in peace following the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The warning comes a day after Trump threatened to withdraw aid to Pakistan.

Israel passes amendment over Jerusalem's future

Israel's parliament has passed an amendment that will make it harder for the country to cede control of Jerusalem to the Palestinians in any future peace deal. The legislation means 80 votes in the 120-seat Knesset will now be required to hand over part of the city to a "foreign party", up from the previous requirement of 61 votes. “The vote clearly shows that the Israeli side has officially declared an end to the so-called political process,” said Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Friday protests held across Jerusalem, Occupied Territories

Palestinians joined protests in Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories against the US following Friday prayers. A Palestinian man was shot and wounded after attempting to stab an Israeli police officer in Ramallah, while people threw rocks at Israeli security forces in Bethlehem. Extra police were also deployed to the Old City in Jerusalem. The latest unrest follows a wave of anger at US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Muslim nations call for recognition of Palestinian capital

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for the worldwide recognition of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital city. All 57 Islamic member states of the OIC collectively condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel, labelling the switch in US policy unlawful. Muslim countries worldwide supported the Palestinian claim to East Jerusalem as occupied territory. According to the BBC, the OIC summit is currently taking place in Istanbul, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was "unacceptable" for the US to continue its role as a mediator in the Middle East peace process, "since it is biased in favour of Israel". 

Troops deployed ahead of further protests

Additional troops have been deployed to Jerusalem in anticipation of further protests against US President Donald Trump. On Thursday more than 50 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) across Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. The unrest was sparked when Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv.

Hamas calls for new intifada over Jerusalem move

Hamas has called for a new 'intifada', or uprising, over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The group's leader, Ismail Haniya, said the decision was a "war declaration against Palestinians," adding "this decision has killed the peace process." Strikes and protests are expected in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday, while the decision has also been widely condemned by world leaders.

Palestinians call for protests against US

Palestinians have called for 'days of rage' against US plans to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Hundreds of people joined anti-US protests in Gaza on Wednesday ahead of a speech by US President Donald Trump, which is expected at 18:00 GMT. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh described Trump's decision as a "flagrant aggression" and said the Arab reaction "will know no limit."

Israeli jets strike Gaza tunnels

At least eight people have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on a tunnel between Gaza and Israel. The Israeli army said it had neutralized "a terror tunnel" between Khan Younis and Kissufim in southern Israel. Palestinian armed groups have vowed to respond to the strikes. "We will exercise our right to respond - this is our duty," Daoud Shehab, a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, told Al Jazeera.

Fatah and Hamas reach agreement in Cairo

The rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas have reached an agreement in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Hamas leader and former prime minister Ismail Haniyeh made the announcement on Thursday, promising further details would be issued at a news conference later today. The meetings in Cairo are centred around implementing the 2011 Cairo Agreement between the two political parties, which aim to end a decade-long rift.

Three Israelis shot dead in West Bank

Three Israelis have been shot dead in an attack at a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. The incident happened at the Har Adar settlement, where a Palestinian man from a neighbouring village opened fire on police and guards. The gunman, who was a labourer with a permit to work in Jewish settlements, was also shot and killed, according to Israeli police.

Hamas agrees to hold first elections since 2006

Hamas has agreed to hold elections in the occupied Gaza Strip for the first time since 2006. Officials from the group have been meeting with rivals from Fatah in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. "This step strengthens the unity of the Palestinian political echelon and ends the abysmal division that resulted in the suffering of our people," said Fatah spokesman Azzam al-Ahmad. The two sides fell out following the last election, with Fatah forced out of Gaza after deadly clashes in 2007.

PA detains human rights activist in Hebron

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has arrested a prominent human rights activist in Hebron in the West Bank. Issa Amro, 35, was detained on Monday after he criticised the arrest of Palestinian journalist Ayman Qawasmeh. Palestinian officials have not commented on the arrest, while Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have both condemned the incident.

Suicide bomb kills Hamas guard in Gaza

A Hamas guard has been killed and several others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Gaza Strip. "A security force stopped two persons who approached the border. One of them blew himself up and was killed. The other was wounded," the Hamas-run Interior Ministry said in a statement. The incident happened at the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday morning.

Missile launched at southern Israel; IAF strikes Gaza targets

A rocket hit near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday night. No injuries or damage was reported from the blast, although warning sirens were issued in the Hof Ashkelon and the villages of Zikim and Carmia. The Israeli Armed Force (IAR) responded by targeting two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.

US Senate committee approve bill to cut aid to Palestine

A US Senate committee has approved the first step to slash annual aid destined to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to cut US aid after a Palestinian man stabbed a US military veteran to death during his visit to Israel. According to Reuters, the killers' family is reportedly receiving a $3,500 monthly compensation after he was shot dead by Israeli police. The bill still has to pass through both houses of Congress before becoming law. While some senators claim that the bill will avoid granting rewards to alleged perpetrators, others claim that cutting aid to Palestine will generate further instability in the West Bank and Gaza.

Further unrest in Jerusalem and West Bank over Al-Aqsa mosque

Dozens of people have been wounded in renewed clashes between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank.  The latest violence spread from the Old City of Jerusalem after Friday prayers when Israeli police reintroduced bans on men over 50 from entering the holy compound which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque.  Clashes were also reported in the West Bank cities of Qalqilya, Nablus, Hebron, Tulkarm, Ramallah and the outskirts of Bethlehem.  A Palestinian was also shot dead after attempting to stab a soldier at the Gush Etzion junction, near Bethlehem.

IDF fires tear gas at Palestinians outside Al-Aqsa

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have fired tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Thousands of people descended on the site after Israel removed the controversial security measures introduced when two police officers were killed. Clashes erupted outside the Bab Hutta gate, which remained closed, leaving more than 40 people wounded.

Israel relents on security measures at Al-Aqsa

Israel has removed all of the increased security measures at the compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Palestinians and the wider Muslim world had condemned the installation of metal detectors at the site, which were introduced following the killing of two Israeli police officers earlier this month. “The police returned the security measures to how they were before the terrorist attack at the Haram al-Sharif before 14 July,” a police spokeswoman, Luba Samri, said in a statement.

Israel removing metal detectors from Al-Aqsa

Israel has started removing controversial metal detectors from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted to remove them following a meeting on Monday. The installation of the detectors sparked days of protests by Palestinians, while anti-Israel rallies were also held in other Muslim cities across the world. Israel is replacing the detectors with additional surveillance cameras.

IDF tanks fire artillery shells at Gaza

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have fired artillery shells at positions in the Gaza Strip.  The strikes were carried out in response to rocket fire which landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area in southern Israel. No casualties have been reported on either side of the border.

Clashes erupt at Jerusalem's Old City

Clashes have erupted in Jerusalem's Old City after the Israelis banned male worshippers over 50 from entering the area for Friday prayers. The ban came after Palestinian leaders called for people to descend on the site, known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. There has been an increased security presence in the area after two police officers were shot dead by the Lions' Gate last Friday.

Palestinian man killed after attempted stabbing

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) after allegedly trying to stab a soldier. Muhammad Hussein Ahmad Tnouh, 26, was killed at a checkpoint in the village of Tuqu, south of Bethlehem, on Thursday. According to Maan news agency, Israeli soldiers "fired four shots towards the Palestinian, while eyewitnesses said that an Israeli military vehicle ran over the man". There were reports of clashes between the IDF and Palestinians following the incident.

Car-ramming attack wounds two soldiers in West Bank

A Palestinian has been shot dead after carrying out a car-ramming attack near Hebron in the West Bank.  Two Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded during the incident, which occurred in Beit Einun on Tuesday afternoon. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that the assailant had died but they have not been formally identified.

Palestinians wounded in Al-Aqsa clashes

At least 50 Palestinians have been wounded and four arrested during renewed clashes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired tear gas and rubber bullets against a group of Palestinians holding a sit-in protest against increased access restrictions to the site. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party has called for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday to protest against the new measures and violent crackdown against protesters.

Two Palestinians killed in West Bank clashes

Two Palestinians have been killed in clashes with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the West Bank.  The IDF said troops came under fire from Palestinian residents at a refugee camp in Jenin early on Wednesday.  Mohammed Salah, 20, died at the scene while three people were seriously wounded and taken to hospital for treatment.  Os Salameh, 16, later succumbed to his injuries.

Soldier wounded in West Bank attack

An Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier has been wounded in a ramming attack in the West Bank. An assailant drove into troops near the village of Teqoa on Monday, moderately wounding one soldier.  The driver of the vehicle was subsequently shot dead at the scene, while the soldier was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

Israel to cut electricity to Gaza Strip

The Israeli national electricity company is due to cut electricity to the Gaza Strip. The electricity supplies to the area are expected to decrease from the current four to six hours provided, to just two to three hours worth of electricity. The reduction has come as part of an Israeli concession to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas - who allegedly told Israel he was cutting payments for electricity to the Gaza Strip. According to reports, President Abbas believes the cut will pressure the Hamas Government to concede; however, non-governmental organisations and the UN have warned of the heightened risk of public unrest and instability.

Protesters clash with Israeli troops in Gaza

At least 18 protesters have been wounded in clashes with the Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza areas. The protesters were supporting ongoing hunger strikes which have recently entered their fifth week.

Hamas executes three 'collaborators'

Hamas has executed three men by hanging and firing squad after they were convicted of involvement in the killing of Mazen Faqha, a senior Hamas military figure.  Part of the execution was streamed live on Facebook via the Gaza Now news outlet.  All three were said to have collaborated with Israel in the killing of Faqha, who was targeted in his apartment building in March.

Palestinians strike in support of hunger strikers

Palestinians launched a general strike in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.  Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shot and wounded at least 11 people during clashes in the West Bank.  The strike was arranged as an act of soldarity for dozens of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, as well as to protest the visit of US President Donald Trump, who was visiting Israel during a tour of the Middle East.

Hamas arrests 45 people accused of spying

Hamas has arrested 45 people accused of spying and involvement in the killing of a group commander in March.  Mazen Faqha, of Hamas's military wing, was shot dead outside his home in Gaza City.  Tawfiq Abu Naim, a Hamas official in Gaza, said three "collaborators" have confessed to the killing and receiving instructions from Israel.  "The assassination was carried out by Israeli intelligence officers who were communicating [with the collaborators] through telephones and communications equipment," said Naim.

Nakba anniversary marked by rallies

Several rallies have been held across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to mark the 69th anniversary of the 'Nakba' or 'day of catastrophe' when the state of Israel was officially formed.  Seven Palestinians were wounded in clashes with the Israeli security forces at the Beit El checkpoint, near Ramallah, on Monday.  Three people were also wounded when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) dispersed crowds in Bethlehem.

Thousands rally for hunger-striking prisoners

Thousands of people gathered in Nelson Mandela Square in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday to show support to hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.  Around 1,500 prisoners launched the strike on 17 April to demand better conditions and an end to solitary confinement.  "This battle (the hunger strike) is part of our battle against the occupation and for independence and dignity," said Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of the strike's leader Marwan Barghouti.

Violence erupts on Day of Rage

Several people have been wounded in clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli security forces in the West Bank.  People took to the streets following Friday prayers after Fatah called for a "day of rage" in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.  The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) used tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds during confrontations across the West Bank, with injuries reported in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, and Beit Omar, near Hebron.

Palestinian shot over stabbing attack

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot a Palestinian accused of trying to stab Israelis near Nablus.  The incident took place near an IDF base close to Huwara Junction in the West Bank on Tuesday.   The Palestinian was taken to a hospital in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva, while no Israeli casualties were reported.

IDF shoot dead Palestinian over car-ramming attack

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shot dead a Palestinian man on Wednesday after a car-ramming attack that wounded an Israeli civilian.  The incident happened near the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem.  The junction was closed for several hours as response services investigated the scene.

Palestinians start mass hunger strike

More than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons went on hunger strike on Monday over poor conditions and Israeli policies of detention without trial.  The prisoners were responding to a call from Marwan Barghouti, a leader of the Fatah movement of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), who was jailed for life for five murders.  "Through our hunger strike, we seek an end to these abuses ... Palestinian prisoners and detainees have suffered from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and medical negligence. Some have been killed while in detention," Barghouti said to the New York Times.

Hamas executes three over Israel links

Hamas has executed three men it accused of collaborating with Israel.  Three Palestinian men were hanged at a police compound in Gaza after being convicted by a Hamas court.  Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other groups have condemned the killing.  “The abhorrent executions by Hamas authorities of three men in Gaza deemed to be collaborators project weakness, not strength,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of HRW's Middle East division.

Israeli killed in West Bank car-ramming

An Israeli has been killed and another wounded in a car ramming attack in the occupied West Bank.  The incident happened near the Ofra Jewish settlement, north of Ramallah, on Thursday.  The alleged attacker has been arrested and taken into custody, according to the Israeli army.

Israel approves new West Bank settlement

Israel has approved the building of a new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.  The security cabinet approved the establishment of a new site at Geulat Zion, close to the city of Nablus, during a meeting on Thursday.  The new settlement is the first to be approved in the West Bank in 20 years and has sparked widespread condemnation from Palestinians, while a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he "took notice with disappointment and alarm."

Palestinian woman shot dead after attempted stabbing

Israeli security forces have shot dead a Palestinian woman who allegedly tried to stab them near the Old City in Jerusalem.  "Police responded to a life-threatening situation and the female terrorist was shot dead at the scene," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.  The Palestinian news agency WAFA said the woman was the mother of Mustafa Nimr, who was shot dead by police in the Shuafa refugee camp last September.

Israel detains al-Aqsa Mosque guards

Israel has arrested seven guards at the al-Aqsa compound in occupied East Jerusalem.  The guards were detained on Monday when the Israeli Antiquities Authority entered the compound and tried to take a stone from the al-Qibli mosque.  "I believe the Israeli police are trying to impose a new reality and are trying to intimidate the al-Aqsa guards and to stop them from carrying out their duty," The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Hussein told Al Jazeera.

Palestinian man killed on Gaza Strip border

An 18-year-old Palestinian man has been killed and two others wounded by Israeli artillery fire near the Gaza Strip border.  "Youssef Abou Azra, 18, was killed and two other Palestinians injured by artillery fire by the occupier (Israel) to the east of Rafah," said Achraf al-Qodra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza.  The IDF confirmed the incident but did not provide further details as to why troops opened fire.

PA police break up protest in Ramallah

Palestinian Authority (PA) police broke up a protest outside a court in Ramallah on Sunday, leaving at least 11 people wounded.  Hundreds of people gathered to demonstrate over a court case against activist Basil al-Araj, who was killed in an Israeli raid last week which locals claim was carried out with the PA's assistance.  On Monday Ramallah chief of police Abd al-Latif al-Qaddumi resigned, although the PA has denied reports that the decision was connected to the police response in Ramallah a day earlier.

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli police

Israel police have shot dead a Palestinian man after he attacked and wounded two border guards in Jerusalem.  The attacker, a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, targeted the border guards with a knife before he was shot.  The incident is the latest in a series of similar attacks since late 2015.

Fighting erupts at Palestinian refugee camp

Fighting has erupted at a refugee camp in southern Lebanon.  According to reports rival Palestinian factions clashed at the Ein el-Hilweh camp near Sidon on Sunday, leaving several people wounded.  Senior Fatah officials claim "external agenda parties" were responsible for the rising tensions in the camp.

IDF soldier wounded in Nablus blast

An Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier has been lightly wounded in an explosion near Nablus.  According to the Israeli army, the troops were on patrol in the Balata refugee camp when an improvised explosive device (IED) was thrown at them on Thursday morning.  The wounded soldier was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

IDF strikes target Hamas in Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have targeted a number of Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.  At least three people were wounded in the strikes on Monday, which came after a rocket was fired into southern Israel.  "In response to the projectile fired towards southern Israeli communities earlier today, the air force targeted three Hamas posts in the northern Gaza Strip," the Israeli military said in a statement.

Israeli police clash with settlers in Amona

Israeli police officers have clashed with protesters during a forced evacuation at an unauthorised settlement in the West Bank.  Hundreds of people gathered in Amona early on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent the police from demolishing the site, which Israel's Supreme Court ruled is built on private Palestinian land.  Around 15 officers were reportedly wounded when the protesters threw stones and other missiles at them, while four people were arrested.  The incident comes as the Israeli government announced plans to build a further 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank.

Israel approves 3,000 new homes in West Bank

Israel has approved an additional 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank.  The announcement comes a week after 2,500 homes were approved, and is the fourth such announcement since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.  "We are in a new period in which life in Judea and Samaria are back on track," said defence minister Avigdor Lieberman.  All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and are considered to be a major obstacle to achieving a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Two wounded by explosive device in Gaza

Two people have been wounded by an unknown explosive device in central Gaza Strip.  Ministry of Health in Gaza spokesman Ashraf Qaddura said the pair were being treated at the Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital.  The device exploded in the al-Nuseirat refugee camp and is suspected of being an ordnance left over from the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

IDF soldier wounded at Jenin refugee camp

An Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier has been lightly wounded during an operation at Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.  The IDF and Israeli police were carrying out arrest warrants at the camp early on Thursday when they were reportedly attacked by residents.  Nine people were detained, including two suspected Hamas members, while the soldier was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Israel announces new West Bank settlement plans

Israel has approved a plan to build 2,500 new settlement houses in the occupied West Bank.  The announcement comes days after the government announced plans to build more than 500 houses in East Jerusalem.  The UN's secretary-general has strongly condemned the proposals.  "In this respect any unilateral decision that can be an obstacle to the two-state goal is of grave concern for the secretary-general," said Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric.  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the move would promote "extremism".

Israel approves new settlements in East Jerusalem

Israeli authorities have approved building permits for 566 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.  The decision comes after pro-Israel US President Donald Trump took office.  "The rules of the game have changed with Donald Trump's arrival as president. We no longer have our hands tied as in the time of Barack Obama," said Jerusalem's Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman.  Trump has also pledged to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that Palestinian leaders say will end any hopes of a two-state solution.

Four Israelis escape lynching in Qusra

Four Israeli nationals have escaped being lynched by villagers of Qusra, West Bank. The four Israelis have been identified as one civilian and three Israeli soldiers who were off-duty at the time. The four apparently entered the village and were immediately mobbed by villagers who intended to carry out lynchings of the four Israelis. Palestinian security forces managed to intervene the lynchings and removed the Israelis from the village. The four have been detained for trespassing on Palestinian territory.

Palestinian fisherman shot by Israeli military, North Gaza

A Palestinian fisherman has been wounded after he was shot by Israel military forces. The incident occurred on Thursday, in waters off the shore of Beit Lahiya in North Gaza. It has not been definitively determined whether the fishermen had strayed into Israeli waters or not.

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank

A Palestinian was shot dead in clashes with the Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Monday.  The victim, identified as 17-year-old Qusai al-Amour, was killed in the village of Tuqu near Bethlehem.  The Israeli military said border police killed the "main instigator" of the clashes, during which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at troops.

Electricity crisis sparks protests in Gaza

Residents in Gaza have been protesting to call for an end to electricity cuts in the territory.  Security forces broke up a demonstration near the Jebaliya refugee camp on Thursday, firing live ammunition into the air and hitting protesters with batons.  Civilians are currently only receiving four-hour power cycles due to a fuel shortage in Gaza, caused by a dispute over fuel duties between Hamas, who control the territory, and the Palestinian Authority.

IDF shoot dead Palestinian attacker in West Bank

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shot dead an alleged Palestinian attacker in the West Bank.  Mohammed al-Salhi, 32, was shot dead outside his house in the Fara Refugee Camp on Tuesday during an arrest raid.  Troops said he charged at them with a knife and ignored warnings to stop; however, according to the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, Salhi was "executed in cold blood" by soldiers in the courtyard of his home.

Israeli soldier convicted for killed Palestinian

An Israeli soldier has been convicted of manslaughter over the death of a Palestinian assailant.  Elor Azaria shot Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in the head as he lay injured on the ground after stabbing another Israeli soldier.  The incident occurred in Hebron in the West Bank last March, while the trial has been ongoing since May.  Clashes were reported outside the courtroom, where supporters of the soldier had gathered to hear the verdict.

Stabbing attack foiled at Qalandiya checkpoint

Israeli troops have shot and wounded a Palestinian woman following an attempted stabbing at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah.  According to security forces, the 35-year-old woman refused calls to stop before she was shot.  She was later transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

US warns Israel over two-state solution

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has criticised Israel's government, claiming that settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were undermining any hope of a two-state solution.  “The status quo is leading toward one state and perpetual occupation,” Mr. Kerry said in a speech.  "The settler agenda is defining the future in Israel. And their stated purpose is clear: They believe in one state: Greater Israel," Kerry added.  In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Kerry's words were a "great disappointment".

Thousands rally in Gaza for Hamas anniversary

Tens of thousands of people have joined a mass rally in Gaza to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Islamic group Hamas.  Khalil al-Hayya, a Hamas official, denounced Israel and called for unity with the rival Fatah party during a speech at the event.  Hundreds of masked militants were on display, while rockets mounted on pick-up trucks were also present.  Hamas was founded as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1987.

Palestinian arrested for attempted attack at checkpoint

A Palestinian woman was arrested by Israeli security forces on Tuesday for an attempted attack near Jerusalem.  According to Israeli police the suspect tried to drive her car into a group of troops at the Qalandia checkpoint to the north of the city.  "The suspect was arrested; there were no initial reports of injury to the Israeli side," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

Palestinian shot dead by troops in West Bank

A Palestinian has been shot dead after attempting to stab Israeli guards in the West Bank.  Police said the deceased, identified by Palestinian media as 19-year-old Muhammad Jihad Hussein Harb, tried to attack border guards at the Tapuah Junction, near the city of Nablus, on Thursday.  No one else was injured in the incident, which is the latest in a series of attacks and deadly shootings in the West Bank.

Two wounded as hardliners clash with security forces, Gaza

Two people have been wounded in clashes between the Islamic hardliner Salafist group and the Hamas security forces in Al-Fukhari, southern Gaza. Hamas security forces had been raiding a house in Al-Fukhari when hardliners threw a grenade at the security forces, prompting a clash. It is believed two Salafist group members have been arrested. The Hamas Islamic rule is widely criticised by more conservative Islamic hardliners such as the Salafist group - who are believed to be Islamic State sympathisers.

Mahmoud Abbas re-elected PA president

The Fatah party has unanimously re-elected Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) for another five-year term.  The announcement came at Fatah's first conference since 2009 following a period of political infighting.  During the congress in Ramallah, Fatah's 21-member central committee and 80-person revolutionary council will also be appointed.  "You today, in these historic times, are living the writing of modern history," Abbas said.

One killed, two wounded in shooting, Balata

One Palestinian has been killed and two others have been wounded in Balata refugee camp. An unknown assailant opened fire on the camp shortly after a fight erupted and a house was set on fire. Investigators are currently examining the two cases for any connection. No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Palestinian shot dead at Qalandia checkpoint

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by an Israeli security guard at the Qalandia checkpoint, north of Jerusalem.  Israeli police said the deceased man charged at the guard with a knife before he was shot.  The incident is the latest in a series of deadly incidents involving alleged attackers in the West Bank, which have left 36 Israelis and 225 Palestinians dead.

Palestinian woman shot dead in Nablus clashes

A Palestinian woman has been killed and three Palestinian Authority (PA) soldiers wounded during clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus.  Nablus Governor Akram Rajoub says “criminals opened fire on positions of the security forces in the kasbah and the governor’s office.”  The deceased woman has been named locally as Hilda Usta, 39. PA security forces spokesman Adnan al-Damiri suggested that the gunmen were working with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), who he claims were conducting raids at the time of the clashes.

Shin Bet arrests nine Palestinians

Israel's Shin Bet security agency have arrested nine Palestinians on suspicion of planning attacks against Israelis.  Eight people were arrested in the West Bank and another person detained in East Jerusalem during raids carried out between August and October.  The security forces also seized 2kgs of explosives which were planned to be used to manufacture pipe bombs.

Palestinian shot after knife attack

A Palestinian has been shot and wounded after stabbing an Israeli soldier in the West Bank.  The incident took place at the entrance to Huwwara, close to the city of Nablus, on Wednesday.  "In response to the immediate threat, soldiers fired towards the assailant who was detained and is being treated at the scene," the Israeli army said.

Three Israeli soldiers shot and wounded near Beit El, in West Bank

On 31 October, three Israeli soldiers were shot and wounded at a checkpoint close to the Beit El settlement in the West Bank. One of the soldiers was moderately wounded and the other two received light wounds. The Palestinian attacker, armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, was shot dead at the scene by Israeli troops. He has been identified by the Israeli Shin Bet intelligence as 25-year-old Mohammad Turkamen, a security guard for a government office. Palestinian intelligence sources stated that they are investigating whether he carried out the attack as revenge for Palestinian security forces searching his house earlier in the day, after suspecting that he was concealing weapons and ammunition that he did not need for his job. 

Eight East Jerusalem residents arrested for rioting and throwing stones

On 31 October, Israeli forces arrested eight East Jerusalem residents in the Silwan and At-Tur districts on suspicion of taking part in riots and for throwing stones and petrol bombs. Three of those arrested are minors. 

Four Palestinians arrested for attending Jewish festival in the West Bank

On 20 October, Palestinian security forces arrested four Palestinians after they attended a Jewish religious festival in the Israeli settlement of Efrat, in the West Bank. It is against Palestinian law to normalise relations with Jewish settlements. Palestinians are reportedly free to talk to Israelis, but it is deemed unacceptable for Palestinians to enter an Israeli settlement. The detainees were still in custody by midday on 21 October. 

Five Palestinians arrested for plotting Yom Kippur attack

On 19 October, Israeli officials stated that five Palestinians, suspected of plotting attacks targeting Israeli personnel over the Yom Kippur holiday, were arrested during a joint operation. Israeli police, security forces and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) carried out the operation, seizing weapons and vehicles. The suspects, ranging in age from 16 to 39, had bought weapons from an arms dealer in the West Bank in preparation for the attacks.

Female attacker killed in West Bank

On 19 October, a Palestinian woman was shot dead as she attempted to attack border police officers at a checkpoint with a knife. The 19-year-old woman, believed to be a resident of Asira ash-Shamaliya, reportedly ignored warnings to stop at the Tapuach Junction in the West Bank. 

Two Israeli police officers wounded in car crash at Jerusalem checkpoint

On 13 October, two Israeli police officers were wounded when their vehicles were hit by a speeding car travelling against the flow of traffic at the Al-Za'im checkpoint, outside of Jerusalem. Both officers were only lightly injured. Police have stated that the suspect driver was a car thief, eliminating earlier speculation that it was a terrorist attack. The suspect sped off after the crash.

Three Arab Israelis arrested for plotting Islamic State-inspired attacks

On 13 October, Israeli authorities announced that three Arab Israeli men had been arrested in September on charges of plotting Islamic State (IS)-inspired attacks, including an arson attack on concert goers. The suspects, aged 20, 26 and 32, are all from Tayibe village, and were arrested whilst planning to torch a stadium during a concert for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. 

Israel seals off access to West Bank and Gaza for 48 hours ahead of Yom Kippur holiday

On 10 October, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) announced that they will be sealing off access to Gaza and the West Bank for 48 hours, starting at 00:01 local time on 11 October. This is due to the Yom Kippur holiday beginning on the evening of 11 October. The closure only applies to Palestinians from these areas wanting to enter Israel, but the IDF has stated that exceptions will be made for humanitarian cases. 

Forty-six Palestinians arrested after shooting attack in East Jerusalem

On 10 October, Israeli security forces arrested 46 Palestinians across Jerusalem. 31 Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem's Arab neighbourhoods on suspicion of seeking to join in riots commemorating a Palestinian man shot dead a day earlier after killing two Israelis and wounding eight others. 15 others were arrested in East Jerusalem on charges of throwing stones at Israeli troops. 

Two dead in East Jerusalem shooting

Two people have been killed and six others wounded in a drive-by shooting in occupied East Jerusalem.  The assailant, reported to be a 39-year-old Palestinian man, opened fire on a tram before engaging in a gunbattle with Israeli police near Ammunition Hill, during which he was shot dead.  Musbah Abu Sbeih was from the Silwan neighbourhood of the city.

IDF arrests fourteen Palestinians in the West Bank

Overnight on 5-6 October, Israeli security forces arrested 14 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank. The arrested suspects are accused of participating in violent clashes with Israeli troops. The security forces report seizing a number of weapon parts and two pipe bombs in the raids. 

Israeli Navy intercepts flotilla attempting to break blockade of Gaza

On 5 October, the Israeli navy intercepted a flotilla aiming to break the blockade of Gaza and redirected it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. The Women's Boat to Gaza was carrying 13 passengers, including several parliamentarians, an Olympic athlete, a retired US Army Colonel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire. The passengers offered no resistance when Israeli troops boarded the vessel. Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat strongly condemned the takeover, calling on Israel to immediately release the boat's passengers.

IDF strikes Hamas base after Sderot rocket attack

Israeli tanks fired on a Hamas post east of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit the Israeli town of Sderot. No casualties were reported on either side. 

Rocket fired from Gaza hits Sderot

On 5 October, a rocket fired from Gaza hit the city of Sderot, landing next to an elementary school. A 15-year-old girl and a 60-year-old man have been treated for shock and were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Centre in Ashkelon. There are no reports of any injuries or damage. Israeli Defence Force (IDF) tanks returned fire, hitting Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. 

Hamas calls for unrest on 30 September in Jerusalem, during Peres funeral

On 28 September, a spokesman for Hamas called on Palestinians to stage a "day of rage" on 30 September, coinciding with the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, set to be held in Jerusalem. The call for unrest is to mark the one-year anniversary of a wave of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, which has been called the Third Intifada.

Increase in security incidents on Route 60

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to 10km either side of Route 60 south of the Gush Etzion Junction, including the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank, following a sharp increase in security incidents. There have been several violent incidents in the northern West Bank area, including people throwing stones and other objects on Route 60. Security forces have also arrested individuals carrying weapons in Nablus. Extreme vigilance is advised in this region. 

Five Palestinians arrested during protest in the West Bank

On 23 September, five Palestinians from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp were arrested by Israeli security forces. They were charged with disrupting social order during a protest south of Bethlehem, in the West Bank.

Attempted stabbing near Hebron; assailant shot and wounded

A 14-year-old Palestinian boy reportedly attempted to stab a member of the security forces in the hitchhiking post of the Elias Junction near the Kiryat Arba settlement, just outside of Hebron in the West Bank. No one was injured apart from the assailant, who was shot in the leg by security forces. He is reported to be in a serious condition and is being treated by medics at the scene.

IDF arrests thirty-five Palestinians in East Jerusalem and West Bank

On 22 September, Israeli authorities stated that the Israeli military had arrested 35 Palestinians in raids in Issawiya and the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. The suspects were arrested on charges of rioting, possession of weapons, stolen property and suspicion of terrorism. 23 Palestinians were arrested in Issawiya and the Shuafat refugee camp and 12 were arrested in the West Bank. 

Palestinian girl shot and wounded after suspected suicide attempt at West Bank checkpoint

On 21 September, Israeli guards shot and wounded an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl after she failed to stop at a checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Alfei Menashe and the Palestinian town of Qalqilya in the West Bank. The Israeli defence ministry said that the girl was not carrying a weapon, but she later confessed to officers that she had wanted to die. The girl reportedly ignored orders to stop and warning shots, leading officers to fire a single round into her leg. The Palestinian health ministry has described her wounds as moderate. 

Two Palestinians killed after attempting to stab Israeli police officers in Hebron

On 19 September, two Palestinians were shot and killed after they attempted to stab Israeli border police officers in Hebron in the West Bank. One of the attackers was killed instantly and the other died in hospital. 

Palestinian shot after stabbing two Israeli police officers in east Jerusalem

On 19 September, a 20-year-old Palestinian man was shot after stabbing and wounding two Israeli police officers at Herod's Gate near the Old City of Jerusalem. A male officer was moderately wounded in the attack and a female officer was more seriously wounded. The Palestinian man is reportedly in a critical condition.

Palestinian shot after stabbing Israeli officer

On 18 September, Israeli security forces shot a Palestinian man after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli officer in Efrat in the West Bank. The man reportedly stabbed a reserve company commander in the armpit before being shot in the head by other soldiers. Both were evacuated to the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. It is the fifth attack on Israeli security forces or civilians since Friday. 

Man killed after stabbing soldier

A Palestinian man was shot dead after he stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Hebron, in the West Bank, on 17 September. The 25-year-old assailant was shot dead by the soldier, who was then taken Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for medical treatment. 

Foiled stabbing attack in Jerusalem

A Jordanian national was shot dead by police after he attempted to stab Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem on Friday. According to police, the man, believed to be in his twenties, arrived at the Damascus Gate from the Old City. When he noticed Border Patrol officers, he reportedly charged at them with a knife before being shot dead. Shortly after the incident, two Palestinians were shot dead after an attempted car-ramming attack near the Elias Junction in the West Bank. No Israeli nationals were reported wounded in either attack. 

Three Hamas strongholds targeted by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) announced on Wednesday that a retaliatory attack led to the bombing of three Hamas strongholds in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Reports issued by the IDF say that the offensive was carried out in response to a mortar shell attack by suspected Hamas militants in western Negev. The raids took place in Beit Lahia city, Shima'a area and Shuja'iyya neighbourhood. The IDF also stated that no casualties were reported. The offensive comes almost ten day after Israeli tanks attacked Hamas positions in Beit Lahia.

Israeli forces target two Hamas strongholds in Gaza Strip

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) targeted two Hamas strongholds in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. According to Israeli officers, the retaliatory attack was carried out after militants opened fire from the Palestinian side of the border. According to local witnesses, IDF tanks fired five rounds towards Beit Lahia, a northern part of the territory. No casualties were reported. The incident comes nearly two weeks after the IDF launched several attacks on militant strongholds in the Gaza Strip in response to an earlier rocket attack on the Israeli town of Sderot.

Israel launches Gaza strikes after rocket attack on Sderot

Palestinian officials have reported that two people were injured overnight as Israeli aircraft and tanks attacked sites in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The strikes were a response to rocket fire from Palestinian militants. A rocket launched in Gaza landed near a house in the Israeli town of Sderot, but did not cause any casualties. Return fire by Israeli forces also reportedly damaged a water tower in the town of Beit Hanoun. An Israeli military official has said that dozens of strikes on Sunday night had targeted Hamas infrastructure, but that the Israeli Defence Force has no intention of escalating the situation. 

Four killed during police operation in Nablus

Four people have been killed in a police operation in Nablus, West Bank's central area. Authorities stated that the clashes erupted as the authorities were undertaking a police operation to arrest illegal weapons dealers in the area. Two police officers died alongside two wanted assailants. Palestinian security officers have tightened their grip on criminal groups in the West Bank with successive police raids, particularly in the northern area where several internal factional clashes are reported within president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement.

Five suspects detained and weapons seized in the West Bank

Five suspects were arrested overnight in the West Bank, as part of an operation carried out by Israeli security forces. A shotgun-type weapon, ammunition, military equipment and an improvised grenade were also seized in raids in the village of Jab'a. 

Senior Hamas official detained by IDF near Ramallah

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) arrested a senior West Bank Hamas official on Tuesday night. The Israeli security agency, Shin Bet, announced that Hussein Abu Kweik, West Bank's main campaigner, was arrested at his home in the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. The arrest comes moments after he was nominated as the party's only representative to the Palestinian Authority central elections commission. He is accused of hindering the efforts over the Palestinian municipal elections process, as he recently announced that the elections could be postponed. Despite the claim of Israeli forces over security concerns over Abu Kweik, Gaza's leadership accused Israel of interfering in the elections.

IDF kill Palestinian after attempted stabbing

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed a Palestinian man after he allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier outside Nablus in the West Bank.  “The Israeli forces thwarted attempted stabbing attack and shot the assailant, resulting in his death,” the Israeli statement released on Sunday said.  According to reports the IDF prevented emergency services from reaching Rami Awartani, 31, and closed off the entire area.

Wanted criminal killed by IDF near Hebron

The Israeli security agency confirmed on Tuesday that a wanted Palestinian criminal was killed in clashes with troops near Hebron. Mohammed Fakieh was killed after resisting arrest during an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) raid. According to the IDF, Fakieh opened fire on the authorities, who retaliated with an anti-tank missile aimed at his hideout. Fakieh was the main suspect in the murder of Rabbi Michael Mark of Otniel, who died in a car ambush last month in the same region.

Palestinian killed by Israeli border officer in West Bank

A Palestinian man has been killed and another wounded by Israeli border officers in the West Bank. According to an army spokesperson, border officers were carrying out a raid on an army production workshop in al-Ram when they were targeted by a vehicle travelling at high speed. A senior security member stated on Tuesday that the Israeli army has already closed 16 similar workshops since the start of the year.

Teenage girl killed in attack at West Bank settlement

A 13-year-old girl has been stabbed to death at her home in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.  The victim was killed by a 19-year-old Palestinian, who was shot dead by guards at the Kiryat Arba settlement on Thursday.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "The horrific murder of an innocent girl in her bed sheds light on the bloodlust and lack of humanity displayed by the terrorists we are facing," he said.  Elsewhereon Friday a Palestinian woman was shot dead during an alleged attempted stabbing in Hebron, while a 63-year-old Palestinian man died of tear gas inhalation during a protest at the Qalandia checkpoint near Ramallah.

Family car sprayed with bullets near Hebron

An Israeli man was killed and three other people were injured on Friday near Hebron, West Bank. According to military sources, armed men in a car overtook the victims' vehicle and opened fire on them. The shots caused the victim's car to crash, killing and injuring what sources believe to be members of the same family. Israeli defence forces found nearly 20 assault rifle bullets inside the car. 

Palestinians clash with Israeli police at al-Aqsa mosque

At least seven Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Sunday.  The Palestinian Red Crescent said the seven were being treated for injuries from tear gas inhalation, physical assaults and rubber bullet fire.  The clashes were sparked when Israeli police opened a gate to allow Jewish visitors into the compound, breaching the tradition of only allowing Muslim visitors during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Israel suspends Palestinian permits after Tel Aviv attack

The Israeli government announced that it has revoked all entry permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians in response to Thursday's deadly attack in Tel Aviv.  Officials said two Palestinian cousins from Yatta in the West Bank carried out the shooting in the Sarone precinct that left four people dead and 16 others wounded.  “All permits for Ramadan, especially permits for family visits from Judea and Samaria to Israel, are frozen,” said Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories.  Permits for Gaza residents to visit the al-Aqsa mosque have also been suspended.  Israel has also deployed hundreds of additional troops to the West Bank.

Hamas positions attacked in southern Gaza

Israeli armed forces targeted a Hamas stronghold in southern Gaza on Thursday. The retaliatory attack happened after Hamas militants launched a rocket into Israeli territory on Wednesday. No casualties were recorded in either of the incidents. According to Hamas' military sources, the attack hit one of their positions near Rafah and the Nuseirat refugee camp. Other militant groups opposed to Israel have been carrying out attacks in the region, however Israel holds Hamas accountable for all attacks coming from its controlled territories.

Palestinian woman killed by tank fire in southern Gaza

A Palestinian woman has been killed and another person wounded by Israeli tank fire in the Kahn Yunis area, southern Gaza. Israeli forces claim the attacks were retaliatory and targeted Hamas fighters, who had fired mortar rounds at Israel. The incident comes one day after four Palestinians, including three children, were killed by an Israeli airstrike targeting Hamas buildings in the Gaza Strip.

Four people killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza Strip

Airstrikes carried out by the Israeli military killed four people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, three children and one other person died in the strikes. The Israeli military said that the targets were four terrorist infrastructure sites used by Hamas militants. The attack comes a day after Israeli forces launched retaliatory tank fire after mortars were fired from Gaza.

Two Israeli soldiers wounded in West Bank clashes

Two Israeli soldiers have been wounded during clashes at the Qalandia refugee camp in the West Bank.  The soldiers were injured when local protesters threw rocks and an explosive device at them late on Wednesday.  The Red Crescent said eight Palestinians needed treatment when Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops responded with live rounds and rubber bullets.  The IDF were at the camp to demolish the home of Palestinian Hussein Abu Gosh, who stabbed an Israeli woman to death in January.

IDF raids money exchange building in Ramallah

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stormed a money exchange office in Ramallah in the West Bank on Thursday. The raid on the building was carried out over suspicions that the company provided financial support to subversive Palestinian groups. Troops carried out a "controlled explosion" at the premises after the owner refused to open a safe . A fire quickly broke out and spread to adjacent buildings, damaging at least 10 of them.  A spokesman for Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s office condemned the incident.

Israeli police clash with Palestinian youths at the al-Aqsa mosque

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian youths after entering the al-Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem. The mosque is one of Islam's holiest sites. Police say that they entered the site "to prevent riots", and were reported to have used tear gas and stun grenades. They were attacked with rocks and fireworks. The police stated that Palestinian youths had barricaded themselves inside the mosque and were planning to prevent Jews visiting the site. Security forces launched a surprise raid at around 06.45 local time (03.45 GMT) in the hope of opening the site as planned. 

Israeli airstrike hits Gaza after rocket fire

An Israeli airstrike hit a Hamas facility in Gaza overnight after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel on Thursday. A statement from the army said that "in response, the Israel Air Force targeted a Hamas weapon manufacturing facility located in the central Gaza Strip." There were no reports of casualties in either the rocket attack or the retaliatory airstrike.

Eight Palestinians arrested on suspicion of terrorist activities

On August 18, eight Palestinians are reported to have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities and having ties to Hamas. The arrests occurred during raids on the cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, Jenin and Qalqilya, and those arrested are currently in police custody, awaiting interrogation by officers from the Israel Security Agency.

Three hurt in West Bank car attack

The Israeli military says three people were injured when a Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into them in the West Bank. The Palestinian driver was shot by nearby troops. The conditions and identities of the wounded and the driver are unknown. 

Four killed by unexploded ordnance

At least four Palestinians from the same family have been killed and 13 people were injured by the explosion of Israeli military ordnance left over from last summer's war. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the ordnance exploded as Palestinian workers were helping family members remove rubble from a house destroyed in the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants. The ordnance is believed to have been dropped in an airstrike on the house during the war. 

Palestinian toddler killed in 'Jewish settler' arson attack

A Palestinian toddler has been killed in an arson attack in the West Bank, suspected to have been carried out by Jewish settlers. The 18 month-old boy was killed in an attack on two homes in the village of Duma. His parents and four-year-old brother were injured. The attackers apparently sprayed the word 'revenge' in Hebrew on one of the firebombed houses. Netanyahu called the attack "reprehensible and horrific". He added that "this is an act of terrorism in every respect." The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) says it holds the Israeli government "fully responsible for the brutal assassination" of the child. 

Israeli Army abducts and injures Palestinians

Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly procession against the illegal Israeli colonialist activities in the Masafer Yatta areas, south of Hebron, using grenades, gas bombs and clubs. Dozens were wounded and six were abducted, including one international peace worker. Soldiers have prevented the Palestinians from holding noon prayers on their lands for an extended period of time.

Palestinian Territories Data Sheet

Population:
4.04 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam, Christianity, Judaism
International dialing code:
+970
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Police 100, Medical 101, Fire 102
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220-240V
Climate:
Desert
Ohter Major Cities:
Nablus, Gaza City, Hebron, Jenin
Borders:
Israel, Egypt, Jordan

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