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Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : The Israeli occupation forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Muslim worshippers without prior notice. Israel’s 0404 website claimed that an explosive device was found…

Palestinian journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces, RSF calls for investigation

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SHAFAQNA - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s disproportionate use of force by Israeli troops, in which Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja was fatally shot at Gaza’s border with Israel, and calls for an independent investigation…

Israel occupation of Palestine threatens Christian communities

SHAFAQNA - A church service begins in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. Worshipers descend the stone stairs, worn smooth by millions of pilgrims over the centuries, down into the Grotto -- the spot Christians believe Jesus was born. Incense…

Abbas calls for African role in peace process

SHAFAQNA - Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas calls on African states to join a multilateral mechanism to discuss the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, after spurning any US role in such negotiations. “Pursuing peace…

Palestinian protests escalated in Nablus against UNRWA cuts

SHAFAQNA - Further protest steps were witnessed on Sunday in Nablus against cuts in the services provided by UNRWA to Palestinian refugees. Palestinian activists and citizens from Nablus's refugee camps gathered near the Agency's headquarters…