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Mohammed Dahlan moves against Abbas, threatens Fatah in Gaza

Mohammed Dahlan, left, and Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo in 2007.

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Former Palestinian Authority security chief Mohammed Dahlan was said to have been threatening the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip. A senior Fatah official said Dahlan, expelled from Fatah in 2010, was behind a […]

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UN ready to rebuild Gaza, but $5.4 billion in pledges failed to materialize

Palestinians at Friday prayers east of Gaza City, on Jan. 23. / Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — The United Nations reports that virtually none of the $5.4 billion pledged for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip has come through. The UN Refugee and Works Agency reported the halt in the international […]

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Hamas plans to open passenger port to ‘link Gaza with the outside world’

Artist's concept of an expanded port.

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas has disclosed plans to expand its sea port for passenger travel. A Hamas ministerial committee said the Gaza City port would be prepared to accept passenger vessels. The panel said the port would […]

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Hamas threatens Palestinian Authority with Gaza takeover

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas has warned that it could end reconciliation with the rival Fatah movement and formally regain the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian Authority. The Islamic movement has raised the prospect that Hamas would again […]

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Despite crackdown, Hamas continues smuggling through new, longer Sinai tunnels

Egyptian troops watch destruction of tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip near the town of Rafah. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Hamas has overseen a significant expansion of weapons smuggling tunnels in Egypt. Security sources said Hamas and its Palestinian militia allies have sought to smuggle weapons and fighters through enhanced tunnels from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. […]

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U.S. breaks pledge, arms Palestinian guards at Jerusalem consulate

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with U.S. Marines in the Jerusalem Consulate. / Paul J. Richards

Read more: 'US Consulate in Jerusalem arming Palestinian guards' | The Times of Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — The United States has decided to train and arm Palestinians employed at the consulate in Jerusalem. Israeli sources said the State Department has violated an agreement not to arm Palestinians employed at the U.S. consulate […]

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As Egypt seals border, Hamas diverts scarce resources to arms production

Palestinian security officer patrols border between Egypt and Gaza, in Rafah. / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Hamas, under siege by Egypt and Israel, has intensified weapons development and production. Palestinian sources said the Hamas military in the Gaza Strip has diverted resources into arms development and production. They said the decision […]

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Israel closes Hamas-aligned NGOs said to pay for harassment on Temple Mount

Israeli security forces on the Temple Mount. /  Lior Mizrahi

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has closed three Islamic charities accused of fomenting unrest on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The Israel Security Agency has closed Islamic non-governmental organizations on charges of funding thugs around a holy site in Jerusalem. ISA […]

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Rand Paul bill would cut U.S. aid if Palestinian Authority pursues war crimes charges

Sen. Rand Paul

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has been examining legislation that threatens an immediate suspension of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority. A leading senator has introduced a bill that linked U.S. aid to the PA withdrawal of its request […]

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ISIL rallies terror groups in Gaza, recruits young Palestinians to fight in Syria

ISIL recruits.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Jihadist factions in the Gaza Strip are uniting to support Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Factions affiliated with Al Qaida have thrown their support to ISIL. Islamic sources said the factions were helping recruit […]

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