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Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 3 in West Bank raid – Times of India
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Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 3 in West Bank raid – Times of India

JENIN: Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin during what appeared to be an Israeli arrest raid overnight, Palestinian officials said on Thursday. Israel and the Palestinian Authority coordinate security operations in the territory against Hamas and other militant groups seen as a threat to both of them. The coordination has contributed to mounting anger at the PA among Palestinians. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called a "dangerous Israeli escalation," saying the three were killed by Israeli special forces who disguise themselves as Arabs during arrest raids. The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, called on the international community and the...
Biden speaks with Egyptian counterpart on Israel-Palestine conflict – Times of India
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Biden speaks with Egyptian counterpart on Israel-Palestine conflict – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the two leaders discussed the peace process in the Middle East and the urgent need to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip. Biden thanked Egypt for its successful diplomacy and coordination with the United States to end the recent hostilities in Israel and Gaza and ensure violence does not reoccur, the White House said in a readout of the call on Monday. The two leaders consulted on the urgent need to deliver humanitarian assistance to those in need in Gaza and to support rebuilding efforts in a manner that benefits the people there and not Hamas. Biden on Monday asked his top diplomat Blinken to travel to the Middle East to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders, among other regiona...
Mahmoud Abbas delays Palestinian elections, blames Israel
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Mahmoud Abbas delays Palestinian elections, blames Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced late Thursday that elections would only be held when Israel allows voting in annexed east Jerusalem. The two long-standing political rivals, Fatah and Hamas, had reached an agreement to hold legislative elections on May 22 and a presidential vote on July 31. Initially scheduled for May 22, the Palestinian election would have been the first in more than 15 years. “The elections must be held in all the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem,” Abbas said after meeting with representatives of several Palestinian groups in Ramallah in the West Bank. “Jerusalem will not be compromised, and our people in Jerusalem will not give up their right to exercise their democratic rights.” What is the Israeli stance? Earlier this week, Isr...
Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheer – Times of India
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Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheer – Times of India

BETHLEHEM: The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus' birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season. Missing are the thousands of international pilgrims who normally descend upon the town. Restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops are closed. The renowned Christmas tree lighting service will be limited to a small group of authorized people, as will church services on Christmas Eve. “Bethlehem is dead,” said Maryana al-Arja, owner of the 120-room Angel Hotel on the outskirts of Bethlehem. The hotel was the site of the West Bank's first coronavirus outbreak — when a group of Greek tourists came down with the virus last March. She kept her 25 workers on staff for several months but ultima...
Phone service begins between Israel, UAE: Iran says peace deal a ‘huge mistake’: Top developments
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Phone service begins between Israel, UAE: Iran says peace deal a ‘huge mistake’: Top developments

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 16, 2020 9:40:45 pm Israel-UAE peace deal: President Donald Trump, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, second from right, and others applaud in the Oval Office at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)In an announcement that took the world by surprise Thursday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel signed a peace deal that marked the Emirates as the third Arab nation to diplomatically recognise the Jewish state, after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994). In an agreement brokered by the United States, the Arab nation got assured by the Israeli gover...