It is a bitter Christmas for Elias Manna, who will celebrate alone for the first time because his five sons have left the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory hit by three wars since 2008.
"At first, they left to study there," Manna, 62, said as he stood before the large wooden cross in front of a church for Latin rite Catholics in Gaza City, explaining that his sons moved to Europe.Full Story
Greece's parliament approved a resolution Tuesday calling on the government to recognize the state of Palestine, but Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras said Athens will judge when the time is right to make the formal move.
At a special session attended by visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, all parliamentary parties voted in favour of the move, speaker Nikos Voutsis said.Full Story
The fate of two Israeli soldiers presumed killed during the 2014 Gaza war has resurfaced with an emotional appeal from one of their mothers and a mysterious letter.
The family of Oron Shaul -- pronounced dead by the Israeli army but whose body has never been recovered -- appealed for information on Sunday, after a letter purportedly written by the soldier was sent to the family.Full Story
Two Israelis and a Palestinian were shot dead Friday in separate incidents in and around the West Bank city of Hebron, the army and medical sources said.
An unknown assailant opened fire on a car south of the city, the army said, killing a father and son and wounding a teenager.Full Story
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip on Friday during clashes along the border, the enclave's health ministry said.
Salame Abu Jamaa, 23, was shot in the head during a protest east of Khan Yunis, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.Full Story
Israeli authorities said late Wednesday they had freed a Palestinian detainee who survived a two-month hunger strike, after holding him for a year without trial in a case that sharpened tensions in the West Bank.
"Mohammed Allan has just been released," Sivan Weizman, a spokeswoman for Israel Prisons Service, said in a message.Full Story
An Israeli court on Tuesday ordered the jailing of a firebrand cleric whose Islamist group has been accused of “inciting” a wave of violence over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Raed Salah, the head of the radical northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was found guilty on appeal of inciting violence at the holy site in a 2007 speech.Full Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday as part of an international diplomatic push to quell a wave of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.
The talks came as a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli security guard in the West Bank and was killed, according to police, in the latest in a string of such attacks.Full Story
Israel lifted age limits for prayers at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday in an apparent bid to ease tensions as nearly 90 people were injured in clashes in Gaza and the West Bank.
While thousands of Muslims prayed without incident at the ultra-sensitive site, young Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip, leaving scores injured by Israeli gunfire, according to emergency services.Full Story
Three Israelis were wounded and two Palestinians were killed Tuesday in a stabbing and a car attack in the occupied West Bank, as a Palestinian was killed and five others were wounded by Israeli fire along the Gaza Strip border.
Tuesday's first attack saw an Israeli soldier stabbed during clashes near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron and the alleged 23-year-old Palestinian assailant shot dead.Full Story