Hamas under threat as Gaza economy squeezed by Israel, Egypt blockades

Thousands of Gazans have been hit after Egypt shut tunnels which carried vital supplies. Photo: AFP

Gaza's Hamas rulers have been hit by the worst economic crisis since seizing the territory seven years ago and face growing discontent, even among core supporters, because there's no sign of relief from a blockade enforced not only by Israel but also by a suddenly hostile Egypt.

Saturday, 15 March, 2014, 4:33am

Hamas executes two Palestinians convicted of spying for Israel

Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: AP

Hamas leaders said they had hanged two Palestinians found guilty of spying for Israel over a decade, making them the first to be executed since the end of a month-long amnesty for informants in April.

Sixteen Palestinians have been executed in Gaza for spying since Hamas seized the territory in 2007.

22 Jun 2013 - 8:44pm

Sports Digest, March 6, 2013

Sunray Cave Sun Hei took an early hit in their AFC Cup campaign as they went down 1-0 to New Radiant of the Maldives at National Stadium in Male last night.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:38am

New M75 perfume in Gaza City celebrates Hamas long-range rocket

A worker at the Stay Stylish shop in Gaza City fills up a bottle of M75 perfume, named after the long-range Hamas rocket. Photo: AFP

Victory has never smelled so sweet - or at least that's what they would have you believe at the shop selling Gaza's newest fragrance named M75 after a long-range Hamas rocket.

It's a bold move by the Stay Stylish shop in Gaza City's upscale Rimal neighbourhood, but one that store owner Abu Ahmed expects to pay dividends.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:38am

Briefs, December 11, 2012

Rescuers survey the ruins of Christchurch's CTV building.

Germany expels four Syrian embassy staff

11 Dec 2012 - 4:54am

Talking points

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Romanians head for the polls

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Hamas chief makes first Gaza trip after Israel strikes

Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal (centre) waves from the rooftop of a vehicle on arrival in Rafah, southern Gaza, on Friday. Photo: AFP

Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal made his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Friday, after Palestinians there fought Israel in an eight-day conflict last month.

7 Dec 2012 - 8:16pm

Gaza truce splits Israelis, as Hamas claims victory

A Palestinian girl stands behind gunmen from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. Photo: AFP

Hamas has emerged from battle with the triumphal sense of a hard-won game change: by stopping its offensive when it did, Israel's hardline government seems to have grudgingly accepted that the Islamic militant group cannot soon be dislodged from power in Gaza.

24 Nov 2012 - 4:46am

Hamas cries victory over truce with Israel

Masked and armed members of Hamas in Gaza. Photo: EPA

Hamas leaders and thousands of flag-waving supporters declared victory over Israel on Gaza’s first day of calm under an Egyptian-brokered truce on Thursday, as Israeli officials flew to Cairo for talks on easing a blockade on the battered Palestinian territory.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:52pm

TV men killed in missile strike 'legitimate targets', says Israel

The wreck of the al-Aqsa TV car hit by Israel, killing two men.

The unprecedented killing of two cameramen from Gaza's Hamas television station in a targeted missile strike this week raised questions about whom Israel considers to be militant operatives, and thus legitimate targets.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Masked Hamas gunmen execute suspected informers for Israel

A body is dragged through the streets of Gaza City. The dead man had been a suspected collaborator with Israel. Photo: Reuters

Masked gunmen publicly shot dead six suspected collaborators with Israel at a large Gaza City intersection, before dragging one of the corpses through the streets in a motorcycle convoy.

People screamed: "Spy! Spy!" as the corpse was dragged by. A mob formed around the other five bodies, stomping and spitting on the remains.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Iran gave Hamas technology for long-range missiles

Iran has supplied Hamas in Gaza with the technology to "quickly" produce longer-range missiles on their own without needing direct shipments, said a report yesterday that quoted the head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

US, Britain warn of risks of Israeli ground war

US President Barack Obama told the press in Bangkok, Thailand that escalation of the situation in Gaza hindered any kind of peace process between the two states. Photo: AP

The United States and Britain on Sunday warned about the risks of Israel expanding its air assault on the Gaza Strip into a ground war, while vigorously defending the Jewish state’s right to protect itself against rocket attacks.

19 Nov 2012 - 1:10pm

Israel claims killing Hamas commander in charge of rocket units

Two Iron Dome missiles launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel yesterday, to intercept a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza Strip. Photo: AP

The Israeli army said Sunday it has killed a senior Hamas operative in Gaza who was responsible for the movement’s rocket operations.

An army spokesman identified the Palestinian as Yehia Bia, who was killed in one of the northern neighbourhoods of Gaza City that experienced the brunt of Israeli attacks on Sunday.

19 Nov 2012 - 1:40am

Egypt hopes for accord as Israel's assault on Gaza extends into fifth day

More Israeli missiles hit Gaza City. Photo: AP

Israeli air strikes yesterday killed 18 Palestinians in the bloodiest day so far of its massive air campaign on the Gaza Strip, as diplomatic efforts to broker a truce intensified.

With Egypt at the centre of efforts to broker a ceasefire, Palestinian officials said it was possible a deal would be reached "today or tomorrow".

19 Nov 2012 - 5:03am