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 Palestinian women   at a   UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa)-run clinic in  Gaza: The agency   provides support for 5,266,603 registered refugees. Photograph:  Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty

The Trump administration’s decision on Tuesday to slash its funding to the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees could have wide economic, social and(...)

A mosque in the Egyptian town of Bir al-Abed, North Sinai, photographed a day after a  bombing and shooting attack, for which Islamic State was held to be responsible, killed more than 300 people on November 24th, 2017. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Three brothers from the dusty Gaza border town of Rafah paid smugglers to spirit them through underground tunnels across the border into Egypt. There (...)

Family and relatives carry the body of Israeli settler Rabbi Raziel Shevah during his funeral in Havat Gilad settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday. Rabbi Raziel Shevah was killed  in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to condemn Tuesday night’s killing of a Jewish settler and(...)

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi in the military court at Ofer. Israeli authorities are prosecuting after a video of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank went viral, her lawyer said. Photograph: Getty Images

Israel indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on Monday on charges including assault for striking an Israeli soldier in the face two weeks ago, an in(...)

Religious conflict: Palestinians paint over Donald Trump’s face on the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

In his declaration of US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump repeatedly tried to justify his break with 70 years of United Stat(...)

Construction in the Israeli settlement of Brushin in the West Bank, in March  2015. A plan that the Saudi crown prince was said to be foisting on the Palestinians would offer them limited sovereignty and deny them Jerusalem as the capital. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

In a mysterious trip last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, travelled to Saudi Arabia’s capital for consultations with the hard-chargin(...)

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(...)

Mourners react as they carry the body of Palestinian Mohammad Abu Ghannam during his funeral in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-Tur on Friday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

At least three Palestinians were killed and some 200 injured in clashes on Friday as Palestinians protested against the installation of metal detector(...)

A Palestinian  sits outside his shop on Tuesday this week during the few hours of mains electricity the residents of the Gaza Strip enjoy every day. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

The UN warns conditions in Gaza are deteriorating more rapidly than forecast and the narrow coastal strip has reached the point of being unlivable thr(...)

Nabil Shaath, former Palestinian foreign minister,  with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2004. Mr Shaath argues the US could have achieved a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the global balance of power shifted in Washington’s favour after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989-90. Photograph: The Irish Times

Palestinians, Israelis and the international community still cling to the two-state solution, the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, as(...)

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