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Almost 80,000 Sign UK Petition for Netanyahu Arrest

Almost 80,000 people had by Monday signed a petition urging the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes when he visits London next month.

The petition was launched earlier this month by British citizen Damian Moran and is posted on the government's website.

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Hamas Says 'Positive Contacts' with Israel on Gaza Truce

The exiled head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said "positive contacts" have been made towards securing a long-term truce with Israel, in a video posted Friday on an Arab website.

Meshaal's comments posted by pan-Arab news website al-Arabi al-Jadid were the first by a leader of Hamas, which does not recognize Israel, to openly confirm such contacts with the Israelis.

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Hamas: Unknown Assailants Snatch Palestinians in Sinai

Gunmen in Egypt boarded a bus carrying Palestinians from Cairo to Gaza and seized four of the passengers before letting the others continue, Hamas officials in the strip said early Thursday.

Interior ministry spokesman Iyad Bezem said in a statement that the kidnapping took place late Wednesday night in the troubled northern Sinai region as the bus headed for the Rafah border crossing into Gaza.

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Hamas Official Detained at Cairo Airport

An official of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has been detained at Cairo airport as he tried to enter Egypt, an airport source said Tuesday.

Hassan al-Saifi, whose name figures on an Egyptian watch list, was detained on arrival Monday, the source said, adding he was still at the airport and would likely be deported.

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PA Accuses Hamas of 'Gaza Split' Talks with Israel

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday accused Hamas of holding secret talks with Israel that would endorse the separation of Palestinian territories.

Arab and Turkish media have carried reports, picked up by Israeli media, claiming Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip were holding talks.

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Gaza Infant Mortality Rises for First Time in 53 Years

The infant mortality rate in Gaza has risen for the first time in more than half a century, a new study by the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees says.

"The number of babies dying before the age of one has consistently gone down over the last decades in Gaza, from 127 per 1,000 live births in 1960 to 20.2 in 2008. At the last count, in 2013, it had risen to 22.4 per 1,000 live births," a statement from the UNRWA relief agency released at the weekend said.

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2 Gazans Wounded in Israel Air Strike after Rocket Fire

A retaliatory Israeli air strike on Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip wounded two people Friday, a Palestinian official said, following a rocket attack on Israel.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP that one person was seriously hurt and the other moderately in the strike on a training facility of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, near El Bureij refugee camp in the center of the strip.

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Explosion Kills Four, Wounds 30 at House in Gaza

An explosion that ripped through a house in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday killed four people and wounded dozens, an official said, but the cause of the blast was unclear.

"Four Palestinians were killed and 30 others wounded" in a blast inside a house in Al-Shabura (refugee) camp near Rafah, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, updating an earlier toll of two.

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Hamas Warns of New Violence unless Israel Lifts Blockade

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas warned Wednesday of renewed violence unless Israel lifts its blockade of Gaza, at a ceremony marking the end of a military-style summer camp for 25,000 Gazans.

"Today, our message to the occupier is very clear: We will not accept a blockade," said Mahmud Zahar, a senior leader of Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip and has been holding indirect contacts with Israel over a long-term truce in return for an end to the nine-year-old blockade.

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Hamas Renews 'Revolt' Call against Palestinian Authority

Deputies of the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza on Wednesday renewed calls for a "revolt" against the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority over its sweeping arrests of anti-Israeli militants.

The deputies, in an act of defiance, held a meeting in the parliament building in Gaza City that has not convened officially since 2007 when Hamas expelled PA security forces after a week of deadly clashes.

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