Friday, 25 April 2014

Haniyeh phones Abbas for first time since reconciliation deal

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh phoned President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time Friday after the announcement of a new inter-Palestinian reconciliation deal. Haniyeh emphasized the importance of implementing the agreement according to the set timeline. The Hamas leader said that it was critical to ensure that there was a political and financial safety net to protect the deal, and to improve trust between the two sides. The agreement would reintegrate Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, into the PLO, which currently controls the West Bank. more

West Bank newspapers allowed again in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Spokesman for the Gaza Strip prime minister Ismail Haniyeh announced on Friday that newspapers from the West Bank would be allowed again in Gaza beginning from next week.

Issam al-Daalees said in a statement distributed by the prime minister's office that "the return of the newspapers is part of the decisions that have been taken by the government in Gaza to prepare the atmosphere on the ground for reconciliation." more

Israeli forces open fire after northern Gaza explosion

GAZA (Ma'an) -- An explosive device was detonated on the Gaza border on Thursday evening in an attack apparently targeting patrolling Israeli soldiers, the Israeli military said.

The explosion occurred east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, and Israeli forces subsequently opened fire in the area after the explosion.

Witnesses said the incident occurred near the eastern cemetery in Jabaliya.

Spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that no injuries arrived in any hospitals. more