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Egypt builds closer ties with Hamas.

After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Daesh fighters who have killed hundreds of Egyptian policemen and soldiers in northern Sinai.

- The Daily Star - LB

Israeli occupation forces detain five Palestinian fishermen off coast of northern Gaza.

Israeli naval forces detained five Palestinian fishermen from the same family on Tuesday morning while they were sailing off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip. All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2017

- Albawaba - UK

Gaza Is Outwardly Rebuilding, but Inwardly Fearful.

The region is uncertain as the state of play between Israelis and Palestinians shifts. It seems at a loss for what might — or even should — come next.

- New York Times - US

Mutual distrust, common interests: Egypt gets closer to Hamas to counter threats from ISIS.

Thomson ReutersCAIRO/GAZA — After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Islamic State fighters who have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in northern Sinai. Egypt has been at odds ...

- Business Insider - US

The Offer that Turns the Gaza Strip into Singapore.

Last week, Hamas received an offer that no sane entity would turn down. The offer did not come from Hamas's allies in Iran and the Islamic world. The offer, to turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into "the Singapore of the Middle East," came from Israel.

- Hudson New York - US

Seeking to secure Sinai, Egypt builds closer ties with Hamas.

CAIRO/GAZA - After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Islamic State fighters who have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in northern Sinai.

- Reuters - US

What EU shift in financial support policy means for Gaza.

The European Union contribution of 30 million euros to pay the salaries of Palestinian Authority civil servants in the Gaza Strip will be used to support families in need, which has angered Palestinians.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Gaza mother reunited with baby amid Israel entry row.

TEL AVIV, Feb 21 — A Palestinian baby was reunited with her mother after more than six months yesterday after Israel granted Jumana Daoud a permit to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem to fetch her. Daoud and rights groups said she had submitted...

- The Malay Mail - MY

449 Palestinians arrive in Gaza Strip through Rafah border crossing.

449 Palestinians arrive in Gaza Strip through Rafah border crossing...

- MENAFN - JO

Gaza mother reunited with baby amid Israel entry row.

A Palestinian baby was reunited with her mother after more than six months Monday after Israel granted Jumana Daoud a permit to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem to fetch her.

- The Daily Star - LB

First ISIS rocket attack on Israel from N. Sinai.

February 20, 2017, 12:00 PM The Islamic State’s local arm fired two rockets into Israel for the first time from northern Sinai. They exploded Monday morning on open ground in the Eshkol District without causing harm. This followed an ISIS claim of an Israeli drone attack earlier on one of their vehicles near Egyptian ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Egypt Opens Rafah Border Crossing

Egypt Opens Rafah Border Crossing...

- MENAFN - JO

Hamas condemns Gaza trio for 'collaborating' with Israel, finalizes death sentenes of another three

A military court in the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Sunday sentenced three Palestinian men to death for “collaborating” with Israel, the interior ministry said. The three, condemned to be hanged, can appeal the sentence, according to a statement from the ministry. The court noted that three other ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Has the military wing tightened its grip over Hamas?

The election of military leader Yahya Sanwar as the head of Hamas' political bureau in Gaza has raised questions on the movement's policy at home and abroad and the military wing's grip over the movement.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Hamas sentences 3 to death for 'collaboration' with Israel

Military court in Gaza sentences three to death by hanging for "collaborating" with Israel.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Hamas sentences 3 Gazans to death for 'collaboration'

GAZA CITY, Feb 20 — A military court in the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip yesterday sentenced three Palestinian men to death for collaborating' with Israel, the interior ministry said. The three, condemned to be hanged, can appeal...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Hamas court in Gaza sentences 3 to death for alleged spying

Sunday's verdicts raise the number of people on death row to 10, a number likely to increase since others are still appealing their death sentences.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Hamas court in Gaza sentences 3 to death for alleged spying

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip " Hamas military courts in Gaza have sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly spying for Israel and upheld the sentences of three others.Sunday's verdicts raise the number of people on death...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Gaza doctor seeks justice in Israeli court

Izzeldin Abuelaish's lawsuit is finally set to be heard, years after the Israeli army killed his daughters in Gaza.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Hamas to Liberman: Thanks, but no thanks

Hamas leader rejects Liberman's offer for airport, seaport, and industrial zone in Gaza if Hamas stops tunnels and rocket fire.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

What can memorizing the Quran buy you in Gaza?

Gazans who have memorized the Quran can have their weddings paid for through a new, controversial program in Gaza.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Gaza barber plays with fire

A Palestinian barber in Gaza is giving his clients a unique haircut by straightening and styling their hair with fire.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

'Unlikely Hamas is responsible' – researchers Hackers are continuing to target Israeli Defence Force personnel with Android spyware but doubts have emerged that Hamas is behind the cyber-spying operation.…

- TheRegister - UK

Lieberman offers Gaza development if Hamas returns MIAs

February 16, 2017, 9:28 PM Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed Israeli economic development for the Gaza Strip if Hamas returns the Israelis missing in action and other captives. In an interview to the government’s Arabic language website Thursday, Lieberman said that if Hamas were to relinquish its aggressive ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Israeli defense minister to Gaza: Let's talk

Israel's defense minister has offered to speak directly to Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, saying "Let's talk." Avigdor Lieberman proposed the "direct dialogue" in a video on the new website of COGAT, the Israeli defense body that liaises with Palestinians in the blockaded territory.

- FOX News - US

Israeli soldiers hit in cyberespionage campaign using Android malware

More than 100 members of the Israel Defense Forces , the majority of them stationed around the Gaza strip, fell victim to a cyberespionage attack that used malicious Android applications to steal information from their mobile devices.The attack campaign started in July and continues to date, according to researchers from ...

- PCWorld.com - US

Israeli defense minister to Gaza: Let's talk

JERUSALEM " Israel's defense minister has offered to speak directly to Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, saying "Let's talk."Avigdor Lieberman proposed the "direct dialogue" in a video on the new website of COGAT,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Liberman offers Hamas airport, seaport in exchange for quiet

Defense Minister says Israel willing to build international airport, seaport, industrial zone in Gaza if Hamas ends tunnels, rocket fire.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Israel's Lieberman warns Hamas after flare-up

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday warned Hamas of a tough response to "provocation", after a projectile fired from Gaza saw the Jewish state retaliate with force

- The Daily Star - LB

Flooding in Gaza overwhelms battered infrastructure

Heavy rains have caused flooding across the Gaza Strip, overwhelming the territory's beleaguered sewage system and forcing at least eight families to evacuate from their makeshift homes.

- FOX News - US

Palestine: Hamas elects new leader in uncertain time

Yahya Sinwar expected to act as bridge between Palestinian group's political leadership and its powerful armed wing.

- Al Jazeera - QA

New Gaza leader raises concerns

Hamas has tapped one of its most hardline figures to become its new leader in the Gaza Strip, a move analysts say is a sign of the growing influence of the group's military wing.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Israeli minister''s remarks on plans of establishing Palestinian state in Gaza and Sinai are "meaningless:" Egypt''s former foreign minister

Israeli minister''s remarks on plans of establishing Palestinian state in Gaza and Sinai are "meaningless:" Egypt''s former foreign minister...

- MENAFN - JO

Hamas, Fatah withdraw from joint security force

The resignation of head of the joint Palestinian security forces in Lebanon Maj. Gen. Mounir Maqdah reverberated across the country and sparked an intervention by Sidon MP Bahia Hariri Thursday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Hamas taps hardliner as Gaza leader

Hamas has tapped one of its most hardline figures to become its new leader in the Gaza Strip, a move analysts say is a sign of the growing influence of the group's military wing.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Who is Yahya Sinwar? The new hardline Hamas leader in Gaza

Yahya Sinwar, a 55-year-old military veteran, has been elected head of Hamas in Gaza.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

News24.com | Authorities warn residents as Dineo bears down on Mozambique

Mozambican authorities have warned people in provinces of Inhambane and Gaza to brace for the arrival of category 4 tropical cyclone Dineo.

- News24.com - ZA

Why some in Israel are wary of Hamas' new Gaza boss

Israeli security experts disagree whether the new Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, will escalate tensions with Israel or adopt a pragmatic approach.

- Al-Monitor - EG

The Muslim Brotherhood: Wellspring of Terrorism

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt released an official statement calling on its supporters to "prepare" for "jihad", in January 2015. "The Muslim Brotherhood at all levels have repeatedly defended Hamas attacks... including the use of suicide bombers

- Hudson New York - US

Libya Arrests Oil Executives For Alleged Offshore Fraud

Just as Libya loads its first tanker from a new floating storage platform in the offshore Bouri oilfield, authorities have detained four senior oil executives over fraud related to the vessel. Authorities on Monday arrested four senior executives from Mellitah Oil and Gas, which operates the Bouri field in a joint venture ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Egypt closes Rafah crossing

Egyptian authorities close Rafah border crossing with Gaza, after opening it for three days for humanitarian cases.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

How Hamas' new Gaza leader came to power

With Hamas' military commander Mohammed al-Deif suffering from multiple injuries, Yahya Sinwar has been elected the overall leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Yahya Sinwar elected new leader of Hamas in Gaza Strip

Yahya Sinwar, known as the founding member of the Hamas military wing, was chosen in secret elections.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Hamas names top militant commander as new hard-line leader in Gaza

The Palestinian group Hamas said on Monday that it chose a hard-line military chief as its new political leader in the Gaza Strip, a move seen by analysts as increasing the risk of a new outbreak of war between Gaza's Islamist rulers and Israel.       Yehya Sinwar, 55, considered the No. 3 in Hamas'...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Egypt's Nightmare

The single-minded pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood has become the guiding principle of Egypt’s foreign and domestic policies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. These policies, however, are proving counterproductive and destabilizing to the lives of Egyptians as well as Gazans, Libyans, and Syrians.

- The Council on Foreign Relations - US

How Hamas prisoners elect leaders behind bars

Even locked in Israeli prisons, Hamas members contribute to the movement's decision-making process by holding leadership elections every two years.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Hamas holds internal vote in Gaza, military wing stronger

'Sinwar to replace Haniyeh' - local media

- ANSA - IT

Hamas Puts Militant in Charge of Gaza

Hamas has elected a former militant commander as its political leader in the Gaza Strip, indicating the growing influence of the group's armed wing in the Palestinian enclave.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Hamas Appoints Hard-Line Militant as Gaza Leader

The election of Yehya Sinwar could further isolate the Palestinian coastal enclave and portend a more aggressive stance against Israel.

- New York Times - US

Hamas hardliner Yehiya Sinwar elected as Gaza leader

The 55-year-old, once jailed for murder, is known to reject any form of compromise with Israel.

- BBC - UK

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