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Israel hits Hamas posts after Gaza mortar fire

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Israel hits Hamas posts after Gaza mortar fire

The war of words between the Palestinian Authority and Trump marked one more disagreement since Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in early December and declared that the USA would move its embassy there.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they seek to establish in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007 after driving out forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"UNRWA is an organisation that perpetuates the problem of the Palestinian refugees", he said.

He also called on other countries which support Palestinians and oppose US policies in the region to join them in the unified strategy.

The White House official said that despite the Palestinian reaction, the US was still on track with its goal to unveil a framework for peace.

The decision to restore the power came after a request last week from the Palestinians, who said they would resume payments even though Hamas has not relinquished control of the region. In addition, evictions and attacks by Israeli settlers against the Palestinian population increased, according to United Nations statistics.

While Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, it has not been recognized by the worldwide community. All countries have so far located their embassies in Tel Aviv, in order to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

According to PCHR's investigations, at approximately 12:00 on Monday, 08 January 2018, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Resort shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles.

They also stressed the necessity to confront Trump's decision.

Islamic Jihad will likely take part in a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s Central Council to be held later this month, according to a source within the group.

Hamas has announced that the movement's leaders are studying on their response to the invitation.

The PLO is an umbrella group that includes most major Palestinian political factions, with the exception of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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