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Senior PLO official Erekat taken to hospital after COVID-19 condition worsens

18 Oct 2020

JERICHO, West Bank Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Israel on Sunday for treatment of a worsening case of COVID-19, the Palestine Liberation Organization said. | Video

Palestinian rivals agree to hold election in six months

24 Sep 2020

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian factions have agreed to hold an election within six months, in the latest of many attempts to end more than a decade of infighting between President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and his Islamist rival Hamas.

Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessions

22 Sep 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel.

Rival Palestinian factions hold rare joint meeting over Israel-UAE deal

04 Sep 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a rare meeting with rival factions on Thursday as they sought to present a united front over Israel and the United Arab Emirates' deal to normalise ties.

Abbas says Palestinians not worried about 'nonsense' Israel-UAE deal

18 Aug 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that Palestinians were not concerned about the normalisation deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, referring to the accord as "nonsense".

Palestinian PM says not informed of new UAE aid flight via Israel

10 Jun 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank/DUBAI Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Tuesday he was unaware that a plane from the United Arab Emirates was to fly to Israel carrying medical aid for the Palestinians.

Palestinian PM: Israel must face consequences over planned West Bank annexations

09 Jun 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank Israel must face consequences if it annexes land in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Tuesday, pointing to possible European sanctions.

Palestinians say they will defy Israeli order in prisoner payments dispute

09 May 2020

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian leaders on Friday vowed to defy a new Israeli military order which they fear could lead to the confiscation of money destined for prisoners, their relatives and the families of those killed in unrest.

Pandemic boosts Palestinian PM as potential Abbas successor

06 May 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA One man has become the face of the Palestinians' response to the COVID-19 crisis, and it's not President Mahmoud Abbas.

Pandemic boosts Palestinian PM as potential Abbas successor

06 May 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA One man has become the face of the Palestinians' response to the COVID-19 crisis, and it's not President Mahmoud Abbas.

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