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US Opposes New Flotilla Challenging Israel’s Gaza Blockade

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she opposes plans by pro-Palestinian activists to again try to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip. Clinton said Thursday the planned flotilla was neither “necessary or useful” in trying to assist Palestinians living in Gaza and would only increase tensions. She said any ships entering Israeli […]

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US Warns Americans Against Joining Gaza Aid Flotilla

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has warned Americans against participating in an international aid flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. A new State Department travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, issued Wednesday, said U.S. citizens could face arrest, prosecution and deportation by Israel if they join the flotilla. It […]

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Israel Authorizes New Gaza Housing Project

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has approved one of the largest housing projects the Gaza Strip has seen in years, authorizing the construction of 1,200 new homes and 18 schools in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Military spokesman Guy Inbar said Tuesday that Israel had given the United Nations Relief and Works Agency – which assists Palestinian refugees – the […]

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Gaza Has Ultra-High Unemployment

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A new study from the U.N. agency on Palestinian territories says unemployment in Gaza is 45.2 percent, one of the highest rates in the world. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees released the study Tuesday. Agency spokesman Chris Gunness said the study revealed “disturbing trends” and said the high unemployment rate was […]

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Gaza Border with Egypt Reopens After Dispute

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has reopened, four days after being closed amid disagreements between Egyptian and Hamas officials about procedures at the site. Officials said Wednesday they reopened the Rafah crossing after the two sides reached a deal. The border was sealed Sunday just one week after Egypt had ended […]

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