Thursday, 5 July 2012

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to meet Egypt's new president to urge opening of border

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A Palestinian official says Gaza’s prime minister will head to Cairo within the next two weeks to meet with Egypt’s new Islamist president, who has close ties with the territory’s Hamas rulers.

Cabinet secretary Mohammed Askoul says Ismail Haniyeh will meet President Mohammed Morsi and senior Egyptian security officials. Haniyeh wants Egypt to open its border with Gaza.

Hamas is an offshoot of Morsi’s region-wide Muslim Brotherhood movement. more

UN envoy: Elections commission must be allowed to work in Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- UN envoy Robert Serry on Thursday called on authorities in Gaza to allow the Central Elections Commission to operate, after Hamas suspended its work.

Serry, the UN special coordinator for the peace process, visited the commission's headquarters in Gaza on Thursday, a statement from his office said.

The commission was due to start updating the electoral roll in Gaza on Tuesday but Hamas canceled voter registration citing the continued arrest of Hamas members in the West Bank and its questions over the commission's impartiality.

Serry said the decision was "very disappointing as both Palestinian reconciliation and the democratic renewal of institutions in the occupied Palestinian territory were long overdue." more

Israeli occupation forces confiscate Palestinian land to establish military base

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) informed citizens near Dhaheria village, south of Al-Khalil, that the army intends to confiscate two dunums of land to establish a military outpost.

Abdulhadi Hantash, an expert in settlement activity, said on Wednesday that the IOF command plans to confiscate two and a half dunums of Palestinian land near Dhaheria crossing. more