A planned handover of power in Gaza from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority under a landmark reconciliation accord hit "obstacles" on Sunday's deadline to do so, a top official said.
Four people have died in the Gaza Strip from Israeli gunfire and airstrikes, a health ministry official said Saturday, following a day of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces over Jerusalem.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, elected the group's overall leader in May, urged Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs to hold rallies against the US decision on Friday, calling it a "day of rage".
The handover signalled that Hamas remained committed to a deal that would eventually see it give up full control of the Gaza Strip and bring an end to a 10-year rift with rivals Fatah.
A source for the Islamic Jihad group said Arafat Abu Marshould, head of the faction's armed wing in central Gaza, was killed along with a senior associate and two other gunmen.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is correcting comments she made before Congress this summer, now saying the State of Qatar ‘does not fund Hamas movement.
The deputy head of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas vowed to keep close ties with Iran and to maintain its weapons, Iranian media reported on Sunday, rejecting Israeli preconditions for any peace talks.