The mother of Palestinian youth Mohammed Sami al-Ksbeh during his funeral in Qalandiya refugee camp, near Ramallah. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israeli troops have killed a 17-year-old Palestinian protester amid a surge in West Bank violence, coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.(...)

Members of Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement marching in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hamsmahmud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation tha(...)

Pro-Palestinian activists seen embarking on a sailing boat to be part of a small flotilla that tried  to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, in the open sea near Plaka on the island of Crete on Friday. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the ve(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Revolutionary Council in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Photograph: OSAMA FALAH/EPA

The Palestinian consensus government formed by Fatah and Hamas last year resigned yesterday, disrupting efforts to reconcile the rivals. Outgoing pri(...)

A Palestinian child in front of the rubble of buildings which were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Monday.  Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Ahead of this week’s expected release of a United Nations report on last summer’s war in Gaza, Jerusalem has produced its own report concluding that I(...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)

 Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing  near Akcakale, in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday. Iran has denied it has deployed troops in Syria to bolster the Syrian army and its militia allies although this has been widely reported in the Syrian media. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura estimates that Iran spends $6 billion (€5.3 billion) a year to sustain the Syrian regime. This figure apparently e(...)

An Israeli soldier pushes a Palestinian protester during scuffles at a demonstration against Palestinian land confiscation by Israel in the West Bank village of Massara, near Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

Since armed struggle and negotiations have failed to secure Palestinian statehood, the Palestinians have turned to international political action and (...)

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas: the death of an extremist Islamic splinter group leader has raised tensions in Gaza. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The local leader of an extremist Islamic splinter group was fatally shot in a clash with Hamas forces who had come to arrest him. The death raised ten(...)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City on August 22nd, 2014. Amnesty International condemned the extra-judicial killings in a report issued on Wednesday,. Photograph: Reuters

The militant group Hamas used last summer’s war with Israel in the Gaza Strip to carry out extrajudicial killings of at least 23 Palestinians accused (...)