The UN says it has halted work on all but one of its 20 building projects in the Gaza Strip as a result of an Israeli ban on importing building materials into the Palestinian territory.
Israel imposed the ban after discovering on October 13 a 2.5km tunnel which it said "fighters planned to use for attacks inside its territory."
Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners, some held in Israeli jails for more than two decades, were released to their families in a "gesture of good faith" by Israel's government.
But critics say Tuesday's move should have been made decades ago under the Oslo Accords, and that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is milking the release for its own political.. More
Egypt's closure of tunnels used to smuggle goods into the Gaza strip has caused monthly losses of 230 million to its economy, a Hamas official has said.
The "closure of the tunnels caused heavy losses to the industry, commerce, agriculture, transport and construction sectors" of about 230 million monthly, said Hatem Oweida, deputy economy.. More
Life in overcrowded refugee camps of Lebanon is proving difficult for Palestinians fleeing Syria.
"We are discriminated against here. The Palestinians think we take their jobs and other things. But you see, here, we have nothing.
We don't feel welcome."
The Palestinian refugee from Syria sits in the single small room she occupies with her.. More
The early-morning barrage against opposition-held areas around the Syrian capital immediately seemed different this time: The rockets made a strange, whistling noise.
Seconds after one hit near his home west of Damascus, Qusai Zakarya says, he couldn't breathe, and he desperately punched himself in the chest to get air.
Meanwhile, in opposition-held.. More
Visiting the Gaza Strip to join his Palestinian family during the Eid holiday has proven to be an unwise decision for Wael Salem, a 24-year-old engineering student. He didn't know he was putting his academic studies in Sweden at risk.
Salem is stuck in Gaza because Egypt has closed the Rafah crossing point, the Palestinian enclave's main gateway not.. More
Life hasn't settled down in Egypt, the state going through the most important days of its history.
Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has left behind 36 days of demonstrations at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square which has become the center of attention of the world recently. Crowded groups, at times exceeding millions, are determined to continue their.. More
One of the most memorable objects from the Bosnian war two decades ago was the sign that said "Pazi Snajper" (Watch out, sniper). Hundreds of Bosnians were killed by snipers up in hidden posts around Sarajevo.
Dozens of people collapsed in streets, shot dead silently. It was the "sniper death," which struck suddenly, coming out.. More
As crowds dominate political discourse in Egypt - on one end, those who support the military, and on the other, backers of deposed president Mohamed Morsi - a middle ground is mourning the loss of a dream.
"My hope was that we don't live in injustice anymore, because we were basically suffering with that for 30 years," said 33-year-old Hamdi.. More
While the notions of peace and cooperation are celebrated in the Muslim world at this time of year, Egyptians are struggling with those concepts during the holy month of Ramadan after the divisive military overthrow of the elected government.
Egypt's Muslim population, which makes up the majority of its 84 million citizens, has always taken pride in.. More
The Egyptian Defense Center of Human Rights has stated that 690 people were detained after the incident when fire was opened on civilians outside the Republican Guard HQ in Cairo last Monday morning and that there were children, women and elders among the detainees who were holding a pro-Morsi sit-in.
Secretary-General of Defense Center of Human Rights.. More
Two female Palestinian activists have gone on trial in an Israeli military court over their involvement in weekly demonstrations against an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.
Rights groups and activists said on Tuesday that the prosecution of Nariman Tamimi and Rana Hamadeh coincided with a rise in Israeli arrests of Palestinian protest.. More
A dream long nurtured by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians made refugees during the establishment of the state of Israel has become a concrete reality at a small makeshift camp atop a windswept hill.
A dozen young men have set up the camp at a site in the Upper Galilee from which their grandparents were expelled more than six decades ago.
As Syria's brutal war slogs on, some of the country's ethnic Kurds have been fleeing the chaos and destruction and taking refuge across the border in Iraq.
About 50,000 people live in the Domiz camp, located near the city of Duhok about 60 kilometers from the Syria-Iraq border. The camp's residents are mainly Kurdish Syrians who do not want to participate.. More
Heba al-Shamary (name changed for security reasons) was released recently from an Iraqi prison where she spent the last four years.
"I was tortured and raped repeatedly by the Iraqi security forces," she told Al Jazeera. "I want to tell the world what I and other Iraqi women in prison have had to go through these last years. It has been.. More