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Stories with place: Palestinian territories
  • Israeli military says top mission is countering Gaza tunnels story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 10:57 am

    JERUSALEM - Israel's top general said Tuesday that the military's number one mission for the coming year is to counter the renewed threat posed by militant attack tunnels from Gaza.

  • Palestinian doctor aims to boost West Bank medical services 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 1:42 am

    NABLUS, West Bank - After Dr. Saleem Haj-Yahia performed the first-ever successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank last month he was greeted with flowers, balloons and cheering crowds and publicly praised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

  • Israel: Palestinians use UN chief's words for 'terror' 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 3:34 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday said the Palestinian leadership has started using recent statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "to justify deplorable acts of terror," and he called on the U.N. chief to withdraw them.

  • Israeli parliament suspends Arab MPs who met attackers' kin 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 3:15 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's government on Monday temporarily suspended from parliamentary meetings three Arab lawmakers who met with families of Palestinians who carried out deadly attacks.

  • Hamas kills its own commander for unnamed 'violations' 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 1:18 pm

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, said Sunday that it has executed one of its own commanders over unnamed "moral and behavioral violations."

  • Red Cross in Gaza closes office due to violent protests 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:41 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday it is temporarily closing its Gaza office after protesters repeatedly tried to storm it.

  • Anger at Arab Israeli MPs who met relatives of attackers 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:15 pm

    JERUSALEM - Steps should be taken against three Arab members of Israel's parliament who met this week with families of Palestinians who committed deadly attacks against civilians and security personnel, Israel's prime minister said Thursday.

  • UN chief reiterates Israel settlement criticism in NYT op-ed 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 11:21 am

    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Israeli criticism of attacks on its settlement policy unsustainable in an opinion piece published Sunday by The New York Times, doubling down on comments that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said justified terrorism.

  • 10 years on, AP photographer remembers Pulitzer moment story has photos
    Updated: Feb-01-16 9:12 am

    JERUSALEM - Ten years ago today, AP photographer Oded Balilty captured the powerful image of a Jewish settler woman defying Israeli soldiers as they forcibly removed her from a West Bank settlement.

  • Hamas says 7 of its militants killed in Gaza tunnel collapse 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 5:59 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Islamic militant group Hamas says seven of its members died when a tunnel into Israel collapsed as they were working on it.

  • Road project puts Israel, EU on collision course 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 1:31 am

    JERUSALEM - A narrow country road outside Jerusalem has turned into a new battleground between Israel and the European Union, deepening a dispute between the allies over Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.

  • Heavy rains cause flooding, strain power supplies in Gaza story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 12:10 pm

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory.

  • Lawyer: Palestinian hunger striker's health deteriorating 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 8:35 am

    JERUSALEM - The health of a Palestinian journalist detained by Israel who has been on a 63-day hunger strike is deteriorating, lawyers and supporters said Tuesday, while the Israeli hospital where he is being held said his condition has not changed significantly in recent days.

  • US envoy to Israel says his criticism was poorly timed 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 1:10 pm

    JERUSALEM - The U.S. ambassador to Israel has acknowledged "the timing was not the best" after criticizing Israel's approach to settler violence in remarks delivered on the day an Israeli woman fatally stabbed by a Palestinian was laid to rest.

  • Animals at Gaza's zoos die of hunger, diseases story has photos
    Updated: Jan-22-16 7:41 am

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip - The African tiger at the zoo in southern Gaza Strip was emaciated, its belly shrunken and its striped coat hanging loose. It strode nervously up and down its cage.

  • Israeli officials approve West Bank land expropriation 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 4:54 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that officials have approved the expropriation of some 370 acres (150 hectares) of land in the West Bank near the city of Jericho, in a move that drew sharp condemnation from the Obama Administration.

  • Brazil official criticizes Israel's choice for ambassador 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 1:38 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A senior Brazilian official is expressing unhappiness at Israel's nomination of a former West Bank settler leader to be the new ambassador to the South American nation, calling the action "a false step."

  • Palestinians lambast Airbnb's West Bank settlement listings story has photos
    Updated: Jan-20-16 7:46 am

    NOFEI PRAT, West Bank - Like many vacation rental operators around the world, Moshe Gordon has listed his property on Airbnb, luring visitors with a stunning vista of desert landscape and boasting of proximity to both Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. What it doesn't mention is that the "cozy fully furnished" apartment, with its cable TV, Internet and hiking trails, is in a West Bank settlement.

  • Israeli police arrest 2 Jewish suspects for church vandalism 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 7:35 am

    JERUSALEM - Israeli police said Wednesday they have arrested a second Jewish youth suspected of scrawling anti-Christian graffiti on a famous Jerusalem church earlier this week.

  • EU criticizes Israel, builds on anti-settlement policy 
    Updated: Jan-18-16 3:10 pm

    BRUSSELS - The European Union said Monday that all its deals with Israel must "unequivocally and explicitly" show that they cannot apply to occupied territories, a move that builds on a November decision to label Israeli products made in the West Bank.

  • Palestinians arrest official suspected of spying for Israel 
    Updated: Jan-17-16 2:54 am

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian officials say they have arrested a staffer in the office of the chief negotiator on suspicion of leaking documents to Israel.

  • Netanyahu stands behind proposed envoy to Brazil 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 2:56 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister says he remains firmly behind his candidate to be the new ambassador to Brazil - despite Brazil's apparent objections over his connections to the Jewish settler movement.

  • Israeli premier calls Swedish FM's probe call 'outrageous' 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 2:13 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister says Sweden's foreign minister's call for a probe into the deaths of Palestinian attackers is "absurd" and "unjust."

  • Palestinians appeal for poet on death row in Saudi Arabia 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 2:05 pm

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian intellectuals and writers have gathered in the West Bank to read poems and call for the release of a Palestinian poet awaiting execution in Saudi Arabia.

  • Palestinian refugee driven into new exile by IS 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 1:46 am

    BAHARKA REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq - As a nine-year-old boy, Ibrahim Mahmoud fled his hometown of Haifa on the back of a truck during the 1948 war that attended the creation of Israel. Now, as a hunched old man, he is once again encamped far from home, having fled the Islamic State takeover of the Iraqi city of Mosul.