Fatah’s Azzam al-Ahmad (right), head of the Fatah delegation, and Fatah colleague Rawhi Fattouh (second right),  after signing a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal in Cairo today after the two rival Palestinian movements ended their decade-long split following negotiations overseen by Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian-brokered Fatah-Hamas accord, portrayed as a breakthrough after a decade of bitter division, is partial rather than comprehensive – with t(...)

Palestinians celebrate after Hamas said it had reached a deal with Palestinian rival Fatah, in Gaza City on Thursday. Photograph:  Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, in(...)

Hamas’s overall leader Ismail Haniya waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian officials in Gaza City. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Fatah and Hamas delegations are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the implementation of a deal to end the rift between the rival Palestinian m(...)

Palestinian boys stand by a fence as they wait for the arrival of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his government at Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
Gaza: unity, for now

By agreeing to cede control of the Gaza Strip to a unity government led by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas has taken a welcome step towards Palestini(...)

Palestinian prime minister Rami al-Hamdallah  (left) shakes hands with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City, on October 2nd, 2017. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Prime minister Rami al-Hamdallah has chaired the first meeting of the Palestinian cabinet in the Gaza Strip for three years as efforts to end the bit(...)

Israeli security forces and emergency services gather at the scene of a shooting attack at the entrance to the Jewish settlement of Har Adar. Photograph: Abit Sultan/EPA

A Palestinian man shot and killed three Israeli security personnel at a West Bank checkpoint on Tuesday morning before himself being fatally shot, fu(...)

Masked youth cadets of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement, hold Kalashnikov assault rifles at a march in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on September 15th, 2017. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Hamas has agreed to dissolve its governing body in the Gaza Strip, allow the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) government to take over in its(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said Iran could abandon the nuclear deal “within hours” if the US imposes any more sanctions. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

As the world frets about the threat of nuclear war in Korea, the landmark deal designed to prevent Iran developing its own nuclear capability is at gr(...)

Ahmed Lulu, who was born in Iraq but grew up in in Gaza, at the Siamsa Tíre theatre, Tralee, Co Kerry. “If someone bombed the street outside right now I would just walk by because that is normal to me.” Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Ahmed Lulu loved playing in the streets around his family’s home in Gaza as a child. One day, when he was 12, Lulu’s best friend insisted they check o(...)

Hamas leaderYahya Sinwar (third from left) visits the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip at Rafah on July 6th. Photograph: EPA

Abdullah al-Nashar does not have a tombstone. His grave is a smear of concrete with his name roughly written into it marked with a breeze block. It is(...)