March 7, 2007 |
Israeli troops raided a Palestinian military compound here early today and detained at least 40 men in one of the biggest operations in the Palestinian Authority capital in five years. Soldiers in dozens of vehicles and two bulldozers surrounded a branch of the Palestinian military intelligence agency during the 2:45 a.m. assault and met little resistance, Israeli and Palestinian spokesmen said.
March 2, 2007 |
A 5-day-old Israeli military raid ended here Thursday, officials said, after soldiers scoured the crowded Old City for militants and confined tens of thousands of residents to their homes with a curfew. Before the pullout, Israeli troops exchanged fire with armed men in a mosque and stormed an apartment building where gunmen were thought to be hiding.
March 1, 2007 |
Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinian militants Wednesday during a raid in the West Bank town of Jenin, and also entered Nablus for the second time this week. In Jenin, undercover Israeli forces attempted to arrest two members of the militant group Islamic Jihad allegedly involved in planning a foiled suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last week, Israeli officials said. But the troops were shot at and returned fire, killing the pair and a man who was with them, the officials said.
February 21, 2007 |
Three American women were kidnapped in the West Bank city of Nablus and released later in the evening, Palestinian security officials said. A man identifying himself as Hadi Saud said he was the kidnapper. He demanded to be given a job in the Palestinian security forces and medication for a shooting injury. He provided no proof that he had kidnapped the women. The three arrived unharmed at the office of the governor of Nablus. Two were identified as Janet Miller and Gillian Rose, both 26.
December 27, 2006 |
Israel has approved construction of new housing for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, officials said Tuesday, drawing protests from Palestinian leaders and Israeli peace activists who said the decision violated a 3-year-old pledge to the United States to freeze settlement activity. Israeli officials insisted that there was no such breach, saying the site of the new homes for 100 families in the northern Jordan Valley had been a Jewish settlement since 1981.
November 28, 2006 |
The first privately owned English-language daily newspaper in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Palestine Times, was launched Monday, with its editors saying they aim to provide news about the region to readers abroad. The 12-page newspaper will cover Palestinian affairs, including the conflict with Israel and developments in the Arab community in Israel, said its editor in chief, Othman Haj Mohammed. The newspaper is not affiliated with any Palestinian parties, Mohammed said.
November 22, 2006 |
An Israeli peace group said Tuesday that it had obtained government data showing that nearly 40% of land covered by Jewish settlements in the West Bank is privately owned by Palestinians, including big portions of blocs that Israel intends to keep under any future peace agreement.
November 8, 2006 |
Israeli tank fire killed 18 Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip early today, Palestinian medical staff said, a day after at least eight Palestinians were killed in the territory. The Israeli military said it was not immediately aware of any shells having been fired in the area this morning. Palestinian security sources said Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinian gunmen and a civilian in a raid today near the city of Jenin in the West Bank.
October 3, 2006 |
Scattered clashes were reported Monday around the Gaza Strip and West Bank, a day after fierce fighting between the ruling Hamas movement and rivals in the formerly dominant Fatah party. At least two people were reported killed and 15 wounded after gunfire broke out in the southern Gazan town of Rafah during a Fatah demonstration against Hamas late Monday.
September 2, 2006 |
Abdelmohsen Radwan has gone unpaid for the last six months of work. His list of who is at fault grows with each new household debt, and Palestinian officials rank high. Radwan, a legal advisor in the Palestinian Authority Economy Ministry, blames the international community for cutting aid. He holds the Hamas-led government responsible for not paying tens of thousands of civil servants since February. And he is disappointed in President Mahmoud Abbas for not figuring a way out of the mess.