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Stories with place: Gaza Strip
  • Amnesty accuses Israel of possible war crimes 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 10:31 am

    JERUSALEM - A leading international watchdog said Wednesday that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last summer's Gaza war when it carried out four days of intense bombardment in retaliation for an attack by Hamas militants in which an Israeli soldier was captured.

  • Gaza teachers head to Qatar as part of new employment drive 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 8:05 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - About 100 Palestinian teachers have departed the impoverished Gaza Strip for potential teaching positions in Qatar.

  • UN envoy: Extremism threatens both Israelis, Palestinians 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 4:52 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Mideast envoy has warned that "the rise of violent extremism and terrorism" in the Mideast poses as much a danger to Palestinian statehood aspirations as to Israel's security

  • After delays, construction begins on destroyed homes in Gaza 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 2:45 pm

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Undeterred by scorching heat, Palestinian workers in Gaza on Thursday hammered nails into wooden boards and jolted steel bars as they lay the foundations for the first group of homes to be rebuilt since the war with Israel last summer. The work brought a rare glimmer of hope to a territory that remains devastated a year after the fighting.

  • Palestinian-funded TV channel for Israeli Arabs challenged 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 3:50 am

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Now broadcasting live from a West Bank parking lot, a new Palestinian-funded satellite television channel for Israel's Arab citizens already found its studio closed before it could even fill its airtime.

  • Gaza bombings target cars of Hamas officials; no fatalities 
    Updated: Jul-19-15 2:10 pm

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - At least four bombings rocked Gaza City early Sunday, targeting cars belonging to officials from Islamic factions, including the territory's Hamas rulers. There were no fatalities from the blasts.

  • ICC judges to prosecutor: Reconsider Gaza aid flotilla case 
    Updated: Jul-16-15 2:49 pm

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Judges at the International Criminal Court called on the court's prosecutor Thursday to reconsider her decision not to investigate the storming by Israel of an aid flotilla that was heading to Gaza.

  • New scanner set to increase reconstruction supplies to Gaza 
    Updated: Jul-15-15 11:43 am

    KEREM SHALOM CROSSING, Israel - The Dutch foreign minister has inaugurated a security scanner that he says will increase the truckloads of supplies that enter Gaza from Israel and speed up efforts to rebuild the territory.

  • The Latest: Mayor praises family of Israeli held in Gaza story has photos
    Updated: Jul-09-15 8:04 am

    JERUSALEM - The latest on the news of two Israeli citizens being held in Gaza (all times local) :

  • Correction: Palestinians-Rainbow Flag story story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 3:28 pm

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - In a story June 30 about Palestinian protesters whitewashing a gay pride rainbow flag, The Associated Press reported erroneously that homosexual acts are banned by law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While homosexuality is largely taboo in Palestinian society, there are no laws specifically banning homosexual acts.

  • Hard-hit Gaza neighborhood still trying to recover from war 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 2:37 am

    SHIJAIYAH, Gaza Strip - After weeks of sharing cramped quarters with relatives during last year's war between Hamas and Israel, 39-year-old Mohammed al-Selek thought nothing of it when he heard the incoming roar of two mortar shells. But once a suffocating cloud of acrid smoke filled the stairwell, his heart sank - the family's home had been struck by Israeli fire.

  • Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family arrive in Jordan story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 3:28 pm

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp traveled Sunday to Jordan where their final destination will be a wildlife sanctuary.

  • UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 4:07 pm

    BERLIN - The U.N.'s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed.

  • Lion cubs en route to Jordan sanctuary check into Gaza hotel story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 2:28 pm

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip after the animals and their entourage had been stuck for several hours on no-man's land at a Gaza-Israel border crossing.

  • Rocket fired from Sinai hits southern Israel, no one hurt 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 2:04 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel's military says a rocket fired from neighboring Sinai, where Egyptian troops are battling Islamic State militants, has struck southern Israel. There was no damage and no one was hurt.

  • Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 4:16 am

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority forces arrested over 100 Hamas members in the West Bank who were planning on carrying out attacks, a Palestinian official said, in the biggest raid of its kind in years.

  • A year after Gaza war, southern Israel slowly recovers 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:50 am

    NIRIM, Israel - On the last day of last summer's Israel-Hamas war, Gadi Yarkoni and two of his closest friends were fixing an electricity line next to the cowshed in their kibbutz in southern Israel that had been damaged by rocket fire from neighboring Gaza.

  • Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 2:56 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

  • A year after Gaza war, Hamas entrenched as frustration grows story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:38 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Emad Firi is angry. During last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi's son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive.

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am

    Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight