Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen

Jan. 22: Hundreds of Palestinian protestors mobbed the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in protest of the recent Israeli blockade. There were no casualties, although one Egyptian security guard was shot and nine Palestinians were injured. Egypt remained in control of the crossing but was unable to open it without Israeli consent, due to a US-brokered deal following the takeover of Gaza by Hamas. [Reuters, 1/22]

Feb. 4: At least one Palestinian was killed and more than 40 Gazans and Egyptians were injured following clashes on Gaza's border with Egypt. The fighting, which was the most intense since Hamas blew down the border wall in late January, involved masked Palestinian gunmen and Egyptian security services. The Egyptian troops fired ammunition at a crowd of Palestinians, who attempted to cross the border after Egyptian troops sealed it. [Haaretz, 2/4]

Feb. 5: Hamas leaders in the West Bank city of Nablus called on the organization's members throughout the West Bank and Gaza to give up their arms to the Palestinian Authority (PA). They also appealed to the Hamas leadership in Gaza to relinquish its much-disputed control of the coastal territory back to the PA and President Mahmud 'Abbas. Gaza and the West Bank had been essentially separate entities since the June 2007 takeover of Gaza by Hamas while Fatah, the other dominant Palestinian party, retained the West Bank. [Al-Arabiya, 2/5]

Feb. 10: The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released a new census report, which showed that the Palestinian population had increased by 30% over the past ten years. The report, which was commissioned by a host of European countries as well as Saudi Arabia and the UN Populations Fund, found that 2. …

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