ICC to open full-blown investigation in settlements, 2014 Gaza war

Hundreds in Gaza protest electricity cuts

In the 22-minute, undated video, titled "Community of Abraham", IS accuses Hamas of attempting to ease tensions with the West, and encourages its followers to attack Hamas targets across Gaza. "No food, no water, no security, no border crossings, no education and no health", he told AFP.

Despite the rocket fire, the army said the borderline between Israel and Gaza remained calm in light of efforts by Hamas, which rules the strip, "to prevent escalation".

He accused Hamas of cooperating with Israel to crack down on jihadists sympathetic to IS in Gaza and work with the Egyptian government to obstruct the activities of IS branch in neighboring Egypt.

In a brutal propaganda video - purporting to show the execution of a Hamas affiliate - the jihadi group declared war on the Palestinian terror group, which controls much of the Gaza Strip.

There was no immediate word from Israel whether it would comply.

A statement issued by Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah said the request was to "alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza and to improve living conditions". With the new cut, homes only received three or four hours of electricity a day.




The current crisis began last June after Ramallah said it would stop paying its share of Gaza's electricity bill, which amounted to about NIS 40 million a month.

But both groups have failed to finalise details of the deal, which had been due to be completed on 1 December 2017.

On Monday, 08 January 2018, Israeli gunboats chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.

On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparking widespread condemnation and protest from across the Arab and Muslim world. On the other hand, in the West Bank, the occupation forces conducted 170 search operations and arrested 214 Palestinians, including at least 18 children, according to the OCHA report.

Israel cut off 50 megawatts of electricity to Gaza past year after the Palestinian Authority said it would no longer pick up the bill for power supplied to Hamas territory while the group was running its own shadow government in the strip.

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