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    Egyptian army kills journalist, wounds another

    Security sources said that Egyptian security forces killed a senior editor in state Al-Ahram newspaper Tamer abdul-Ra'ouf at a military checkpoint near the city of Damanhour on Monday night. The sources said that the security forces shot fire at Abdul-Ra'ouf and Hamid al-Barbari, the correspondent of Al-Jomhoriyya newspaper; state...
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    Emirati Journalist allocates one million pounds bounty for Al-Arian, El Beltagi and Hegazi

    The Emirati Journalist Hamad Al Mazroui announced his intention to offer a financial reward of one million Egyptian pounds ($143 thousand) for any information that helps arrest three of the most important leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Al Mazroui told the German Press Agency D.B.A on Tuesday,...
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    Israeli radio: An Israeli envoy has secretly visited Cairo

    Reports on Israeli radio Tuesday afternoon suggested that a secret envoy for the Israeli government visited Cairo on Tuesday, and that he stayed there for several hours to hold talks with the military leaders in Egypt. The Arab affairs analyst at Yediot Ahronot newspaper, Smadar Perry, said in an...
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    Haniyeh: There is no room for Palestinian resistance in Egypt and while we understand the security situation, we demand opening the Rafah crossing

    Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh confirmed that there is no room for Palestinian resistance in Egypt and denied any Palestinian interference in the Egyptian crisis. In a meeting with the newly released Palestinian prisoners on Monday morning, Haniyeh said: "The security of Egypt is partially linked with the security...
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    1,300 killed in chemical attack in Damascus

    George Sabra, leader of National Commission for Syria has accused Syrian government forces of carrying out a chemical weapons attack on civilians, killing 1,300 people in the eastern Ghoutah area, on the outskirts of Damascus. The Commission announced today that the regime's forces also attacked the areas of Maliha...
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    Former Israeli Governor of Gaza: Killing 500 Palestinians in Gaza will stop the firing of rockets

    An Israeli Major General who was the governor of the Gaza Strip between 1971-1972 recently said that killing 500 Palestinians in Gaza would bring calm. Speaking about the rockets that are fired from Gaza into Israel, the retired officer Yitzhak Pundak suggested that, "For every missile they fire, we...
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    Israeli border with Egypt the most dangerous

    Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon stated on Thursday that the Israeli border with Egypt is Israel's most dangerous border at the present time. Israeli media reported Yaalon saying that the Israeli border with the Sinai Peninsula is the most dangerous threat against Israel right now, and "therefore, the Israeli...
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    Israel expels Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip

    On Wednesday the Israeli Occupation expelled the Palestinian prisoner Ayman Abu-Daud to the Gaza Strip after he spent 40 days on hunger strike. Abu-Daud was released by the prisoner swap held between Israel and the Palestinian fighters in 2011, when Israel released more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange...
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    Haniyeh calls for the formation of a broad national coalition to reject negotiations

    Gaza: Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Palestinian government in Gaza, warned against the Palestinian Authority's resumption of negotiations with the Occupation, describing it as a "catastrophic choice" urging them to abandon this option. During his speech at the special session of the Palestinian Legislative Council held on Tuesday...
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    Israel launches air strike against Lebanon

    Israeli forces launched an air strike on the Al-Nama neighbourhood between Sidon and Beirut in Lebanon on Friday. The spokesman of the Israeli forces said that the intended target was precisely attacked. The spokesman affirmed that the Israeli strike came as a response to the launch of four rockets...
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    Netanyahu calls for allowing the Egyptian army to restore stability in Egypt

    The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Egyptian army should be allowed to restore stability to Egypt to prevent the deterioration of Egypt's situation into something similar to what is happening in Syria. His security advisor, Yaakov Amidror, will be visiting Washington soon to hold talks on...
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    B'Tselem: Palestinian children tortured to force confession

    The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem issued a report on Thursday stating that "Palestinian citizens, mostly minors, have been subjected to harassment and torture at the hands of Israeli interrogators in an attempt to force them to confess to private security offenses related to throwing stones." The organization added...
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    Gaza's residents commemorate fifth anniversary of international efforts to lift the siege

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Popular Committee against the Israeli Siege on Gaza commemorated on Thursday the fifth anniversary of the first ship that visited Gaza in 2008. During the processions of this occasion independent member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Jamal al-Khodari called for opening a water passage for the...
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    Palestinian Authority and Israeli occupation disperse pro-Egypt rallies

    On Friday afternoon Palestinian security services and Israeli occupation forces cracked down on two separate solidarity marches with Egyptians in the occupied West Bank. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank decided to take to the streets after Friday Prayer in solidarity with the Egyptians and to condemn the bloody...
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    Abbas will not demand return to Aka, Haifa and Safad

    On Thursday Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to Israeli leaders that Palestinians would never file legal cases demanding their return to cities such as Jaffa, Acre and Safad. During a meeting with leaders of the Israeli party Mertz, Abbas said that he had sent a "reassurance message"...
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    Israeli study claims Morsi planned to revoke Camp David peace accords

    A recent Israeli study accused the deposed Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, of planning to annul the Camp David peace Accords signed in 1978 between Egypt and Israel. The study said that the Muslim Brotherhood adopted certain tactics, which were considered the basis for revoking the accords. They accused Israel...
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    Iran warns that attack on Syria would have "dire" consequences

    The government in Tehran has warned the United States that an attack on Syria would have "dire" consequences. Analysts expect the US to make some sort of attack on Syria in response to the regime's use of chemical weapons last week. However, according to Iran's Deputy Chief of Staff,...
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    Israeli minister says Oslo and Palestinian state are dead

    Israel's Minister of the Economy, and head of the Jewish Home Party, has claimed that the Oslo Accords and idea of a Palestinian State are both "dead". Writing on his Facebook page, Naftali Bennett said that he does not believe that negotiations with the Palestinian Authority will achieve anything....
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    Big rise in demand for gas masks in Israel

    Media reports in Israel claim that the current tension and developments across the region have led to a big demand for gas masks in the country. According to Maariv newspaper, the centres at which masks are distributed to Israelis have witnessed a larger than usual flow of people, up...
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    Israelis kill 3 Palestinians and wound 15 others

    Israeli occupation forces killed three Palestinians and injured 15 others during a pre-dawn raid on Monday in Qalandiya refugee camp north of occupied Jerusalem. Local medical sources said that Roubine Fares, aged 35, and Younis Jahjouh, 22, were killed immediately, while Jehad Aslan, 20, was pronounced dead on arrival...
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    Abbas set to announce election date

    A senior Palestinian official has said that he expects President Mahmoud Abbas to announce a date for legislative and presidential elections soon. The announcement will be made even though there has been no real progress in reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas; the "peace talks" with Israel are going very...
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    Leaked records prove Brotherhood Guide has been assaulted in detention

    Leaked records of the interrogation of the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, reveal that he has been insulted and assaulted by police since his arrest on August 20th. According to the written records, Badie said that he was "beaten by the police" until his dentures fell...
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    Jordan fears Iranian response to strike on Syria

    Officials in Jordan have expressed their concerns about Iran's response to any attack on Syria which might be launched from the kingdom's territory. They believe that if Jordan is used as the base for such an attack, Iran will target Israel and its eastern neighbour in retaliatory moves. The...
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    Thousands of Palestinians stranded on both sides as Rafah border restrictions remain

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The ongoing political crisis in Egypt has had a major influence on the people of the besieged Gaza Strip. The Rafah border crossing has been the Palestinians' only route into and out of the territory since Israel imposed its siege in 2006. Restrictions put in place by...
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    Qatar to launch new communications satellite

    Qatar is preparing to launch its first communications satellite before the end of August. Es'hail 1 has been built using advanced anti-interference technology and will give priority to Qatari TV and Al Jazeera broadcast signals. Es'hailSat Chief Executive Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari said that the new satellite will be launched...
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    Fatah reiterates plan to make "painful decisions" if Hamas rejects elections

    Rumours are rife about the possible actions that may be taken by the Palestinian Authority leadership against Hamas and the Gaza Strip within the context of the stalled reconciliation agreement which states that a national consensus government, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, should be formed. Talk of an election...
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    Fatah rejects Hamas offer to participate in Gaza government

    Fatah has rejected an offer from Hamas to participate in the government of the Gaza Strip. The offer was made by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. In response, Fatah said that it is considering "painful decisions" against Hamas rule. Speaking to journalists in Ramallah, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said, "Haniyeh's...
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    Latakia rebels: Departure of first Russian ship from Tartus

    The Latakia Rebels' military council is reporting that the first ship has departed from the Russian fleet located in the Tartus port. In a brief statement issue today, the military council said, "We just received word of the departure of the first Russian ship from the Russian fleet in...
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    Erekat meets Livni after Qalandia killings while B'Tselem demands an investigation

    According to Maariv newspaper, the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations resumed yesterday evening despite the killing of three Palestinians in the Qalandiya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem. The paper confirmed that the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, met his counterpart Tzipi Livni as scheduled. Reports of the talks resuming contradict statements...
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    Palestine is top priority for Egypt, says foreign minister

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy told a press conference yesterday that support for the Palestinian cause remains a priority for his country. He condemned the latest killing of Palestinians by Israel soldiers. Sitting next to his Ramallah-based Palestinian counterpart Riyad Al-Malki after a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas, Fahmi...
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    Likud solution is to annex West Bank and establish Palestinian state in Gaza

    Likud Party MK and Israeli Deputy Transport Minister Tzipi Hotovely has suggested that the solution to the Israel-Palestine problem is the annexation of the West Bank and creation of a Palestinian State in the Gaza Strip. Arab citizens of Israel, would she claims, be granted equal rights in the...
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    Israel opens mixed-gender Jewish prayer place in Islamic heritage site

    In a clear act of aggression against Islamic sites in occupied Jerusalem, Israel's Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett has opened a new place for male and female Jews to pray on a site of great importance to Muslims. Adjacent to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the heritage site was...
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    Israel may get involved in international attack on Syria

    Israeli radio has reported Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Committee on Foreign and Security in the Israeli Knesset, saying that Israel "may have no choice" but to get involved in any potential war against Syria. However, Lieberman hopes that Israel will not be obliged to intervene. He said: "We...
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    Prisoners' support group says Jerusalemite Palestinians are pre-Oslo

    According to Ahrar Centre for Prisoners' Studies and Human Rights, Israel still has a number of prisoners from Jerusalem who have been in prison since before the signing of the Oslo Accords more than 20 years ago. The men have been neglected by all peace agreements and Israel has...
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    Financial markets in the Gulf suffer sharp decline

    Gulf stock markets have suffered sharp declines due to fears of an impending military intervention in Syria. Dubai's share price declined by 7.01 per cent, while Saudi Arabia's share price declined by 4.12 per cent. The Saudi stock market – the largest in the Arab world – lost 155...
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    Jordan will not be launching pad for attacks on Syria

    Jordanian soil will not be used as a launch pad for attacks on Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. The kingdom will remain neutral on Arab issues, as it always has, said Mohammad Momani. The Information Minister made his remarks to Al-Ghad newspaper a day after Amman hosted...
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    Palestinian Islamic Jihad opposes external aggression against Syria

    The Palestinian movement, Islamic Jihad, announced its opposition to any foreign aggression against any Arab or Islamic country in a statement released on Thursday. The statement said that Islamic Jihad condemns any potential American, Western or Israeli aggression against Syria. "As an Islamic resistance movement, we do not accept...
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    Military activities increase in Golan and Al-Ja'ouna

    Amid the talk about a possible military strike on Syria, unusual numbers of Israeli soldiers have moved into the occupied Syrian Golan. Also, an Israeli military drill took place on Wednesday at the Rosh Pinna Airport in Al-Ja'ouna. According to local sources in the Golan, the area has been...
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    Qatar's trade surplus hits 32.1 billion Riyals

    Qatar's trade surplus in June 2013 reached QR 32.1 billion. According to a preliminary report issued by the ministry of development, planning and statistics yesterday, during the month of June the country's total exports "including local exports and re-exports", plunged by 2.4 per cent compared to June 2012 when...
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    Hamas: We are innocent of the accusation linked to unrest in Sinai

    Mousa Abu-Marzouq, the Deputy Chief of Hamas's Political Bureau, said on Wednesday that his movement has no interests in any of the chaos in Egypt, especially what is happening in the Sinai Peninsula. Abu-Marzouq wrote on his Facebook page that, "We are innocent of everything we have been accused...
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    Report reveals Israel has agreed to strategic strike against Assad regime

    According to the Al-Rai newspaper in Kuwait, high-ranking sources say that Western nations have requested Israel to exercise restraint over possible retaliation from the Syrian regime and its allies to a Western military strike. Israel responded that it would bear any strike consequences, however, within reason, and it will...
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    Israelis flock to mask distribution centres

    Israeli Radio reported this afternoon that Yohanan Danino, the General Inspector of Israeli Police, is asking Israelis to remain calm, saying that Israel is ready to face every possible retaliation scenario in response to an anticipated military strike against Syria. Danino asked the Israelis to keep to their planned...
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    UNRWA rejects "baseless" allegations of incitement

    In recent days, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) has been attacked after an Israeli film-maker released a film called "Camp Jihad". This alleges that the agency promoted anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in its "summer camps". The accusations, which are entirely false according...
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    Photography exhibition highlights humanitarian work

    PHOTOS To mark the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Gaza Strip organized an exhibition and competition for photographers about humanitarian work in all of its forms. The Gaza Strip has been under a strict Israeli siege ever since the Palestinian...
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    Israel provides military aid to African state in return for taking refugees

    Haaretz newspaper has reported that Israel is preparing to start a large-scale campaign to deport African immigrants after September's Jewish holidays. It revealed that the Israeli government has reached an agreement with an unnamed African country to "absorb" the migrants in return for agricultural and other assistance, including sophisticated...
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    Yemeni prime minister escapes assassination attempt

    Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa has escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the capital Sanaa. According to security sources, the incident took place on Saturday evening as he was driving home. "Four unidentified gunmen opened fire on the prime minister's motorcade," said the sources. "Nobody was hurt in...
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    Qatari ambassador denies evacuating nationals from Jordan

    Qatar's Ambassador to Jordan, Zayed Bin Saeed Al-Khiyarein, has denied claims that his country has evacuated its nationals from the country because of the crisis in Syria. Al-Khiyarein told Jordan's Petra News Agency on Saturday that the reports are baseless. He explained that the extra Qatar Airways flights from...
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    Gaza crisis deepens as Egypt closes border and tunnels

    The crisis engulfing the Gaza Strip has deepened following the closure of the Rafah Border Crossing and many of the lifeline tunnels by the Egyptian coup authorities. Fuel supplies in particular are being hit very badly by the move. According to the Environmental Quality Authority in Gaza, the fuel...
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    Egyptian navy attacks Palestinian fishermen

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS Egyptian navy vessels have attacked Palestinian fishermen going about their work off the coast of Rafah. Five fishermen were arrested and two were shot when their boats were confiscated by the Egyptians. Local sources say that Ibrahim Abdullah al-Najjar, 19, and his colleague Ismail Wael al-Bardawil, 21,...
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    Students campaign to expel Dahlan from UAE

    Hundreds of students in the United Arab Emirates have signed-up to a Twitter campaign to expel one-time Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan from the country. The students insist that Dahlan has "betrayed" the Palestinian cause for Israel's benefit and are asking the Emirates government why they allow "Israel's number one...