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(...)

 President Mahmoud Abbas: “The United Nations bears a legal, political, moral and humanitarian obligation to end this occupation and enable the Palestinian people to live in freedom and prosperity in their independent state of Palestine.” Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty

The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has warned that the “two-state solution is in jeopardy”, as he called on the United Nations(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: said it would be a pity if “rogue newcomers” jeopardised the nuclear deal. Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani hit out at US president Donald Trump in an address to the United Nations general assembly on Wednesday, warning that (...)

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(...)

Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside Jerusalem’s Old City on July 25th as  Muslim officials say worshippers should continue to boycott the al-Aqsa mosque compound. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians are refusing to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque at the Haram al -Sharif compound in Jerusalem’s Old City despite the removal of metal detector(...)

Israeli security forces remove metal detectors which were recently installed at the holy site. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel removed metal detectors from entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday in favour of CCTV cameras, hoping to calm(...)