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  • As ceasefire deal takes shape, Abbas lays ground for return to Gaza

    Baruch Yedid|Feb 16, 2024

    (JNS) — An Israel-Hamas ceasefire in Gaza will take place in three stages over several weeks, sources in the Palestinian Authority and Fatah claim. Parallel to this, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas is said to be preparing certain reforms under U.S. pressure that he hopes would allow him to return to power in Gaza. The emerging ceasefire agreement will occur in three phases, according to the high-ranking sources and reports in the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel. The basic formula is the release of one Israeli hostage for 30 i...

  • As Gaza collapses, Hamas leaders make billions abroad

    Baruch Yedid|Nov 24, 2023

    (JNS) — While nearly a million residents of Gaza are displaced by war, Hamas’s top leaders and their families have been enriching themselves. The Hamas leadership controls an investment portfolio estimated at close to $1 billion and owns assets in Sudan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Egypt and other places. Hamas imposes taxes of 20 percent on goods smuggled from Egypt to the Strip through tunnels. Reports also indicate that Hamas earns an estimated $450 million annually from Gaza’s black-market trade. Iran is belie...

  • Arab countries setting up field hospitals for Gazans

    Baruch Yedid|Nov 24, 2023

    (JNS) — Egypt, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are in the process of setting up field hospitals on Egyptian soil near Gaza to treat Palestinians. A Turkish ship arrived at the port of El Arish in North Sinai, carrying about 500 tons of medical equipment and medicines. The equipment is enough for eight field hospitals. Twenty ambulances will be at their disposal to transport the wounded from Gaza. The UAE is establishing a 150-bed field hospital in the Gaza Strip. Authorities in Dubai are recruiting licensed medical professionals to v...

  • Hamas is losing its grip on Gaza

    Baruch Yedid|Nov 10, 2023

    (JNS) — In an apparent attempt to reassure Gaza City residents after Israeli tanks were seen on Monday on Salah al-Din street, the city’s main highway, Hamas announced that “a number of tanks reached an agricultural area and escaped from the place under the fire of the resistance.” However, the Israel Defense Force’s pressure on northern Gaza continues. The army is still advising residents to move to the south as it continues to strikes Hamas positions and strongholds. In contrast to the initial days of fighting, Palestinian rescue services wer...