Qaradawi to visit Gaza

Updated 28 April 2013

Qaradawi to visit Gaza

GAZA CITY: The head of Gaza’s Islamic Affairs Ministry says the prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf Qaradawi will visit the Hamas-ruled territory in May.
It’s the first visit by the Qatar-based cleric who is widely-respected through the Muslim world, and underscores his support for the Islamic group Hamas.
It also shows how Hamas has slowly been breaking its diplomatic isolation after years of blockade. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also expected to visit the Gaza Strip in May. The emir of Gulf state Qatar visited last year.
Gaza minister Ismail Ridwan didn’t say how long Qaradawi would stay. Spokesmen for the cleric weren’t immediately available.


Militant group says cease-fire reached to fighting in Gaza

Updated 34 min 40 sec ago

Militant group says cease-fire reached to fighting in Gaza

  • Spokesman Musab Al-Berim says the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. Thursday
  • The fighting broke out early Tuesday after Israel killed a senior commander of the militant group

GAZA: A militant group says a cease-fire has been reached to end two days of heavy fighting with Israel.

Spokesman Musab Al-Berim says the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) Thursday.

He says the cease-fire was based on a list of demands presented by his group late Wednesday, including a halt to Israeli targeted killings of the group’s leaders.

The fighting broke out early Tuesday after Israel killed a senior commander of the militant group.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.