Articles by Ibrahim Barzak



Fatah, Hamas Fight On After Truce

  • 15 May 07
  • The Associated Press
Gunmen of the rival Hamas and Fatah movements traded fire Monday, killing two Fatah fighters and wounding at least 10 people despite an agreement to end the violence that is jeopardizing a power-sharing deal between them.

Palestinian Rivals Agree on PM

  • 14 November 06
  • The Associated Press
Pending presidential approval, U.S.-educated Mohammed Shabir may become Palestine's new prime minister.

Hamas Withdraws From Gaza

  • 03 October 06
  • The Associated Press
Heightened tensions follow worst internal fighting since Hamas took control of the government.

Israeli Missiles Hit Haniyeh's Office

  • 03 July 06
  • The Associated Press
The blast at the Palestinian prime minister's office is seen as largely symbolic.

Militant Group Says It Holds Israeli

  • 28 June 06
  • The Associated Press
Meanwhile, Hamas and Fatah agree to a plan that implicitly recognizes Israel.

Hamas Coalition Talks Under Way

  • 21 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Hamas on Monday began coalition talks to form the Palestinians' first government led by Islamic militants after winning the nod from moderate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Fatah Gunmen Threaten EU Citizens

  • 03 February 06
  • The Associated Press
They say citizens of France, Norway, Denmark and Germany will be targeted if there is no apology for a cartoon of Mohammed.

3 Palestinians Killed in Gaza Gunbattle

  • 04 October 05
  • The Associated Press
The Palestinian security forces will stand tough against armed groups, their spokesman said Monday, a day after the most violent internal clash in Gaza in nearly a decade.

Abbas Grapples With Palestinian Militants

  • 19 January 05
  • The Associated Press
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas summoned militant leaders to cease-fire talks in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and said he is hopeful he can persuade them to halt attacks on Israel.

Attack in Gaza Strains Pre-Election Relations

  • 14 December 04
  • The Associated Press
The new Palestinian leadership is not doing enough to restrain militants, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday, after attackers blew up an Israeli army outpost in Gaza and killed five soldiers.

Violence Returns to Haunt Gaza

  • 08 December 04
  • The Associated Press
Islamic militants set off explosives in a booby-trapped chicken coop Tuesday as Israeli troops approached, killing one soldier and wounding four, the army and militants said.

Abbas Urges Stop to Violence During Palestinian Elections

  • 17 November 04
  • The Associated Press
The interim Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has asked Palestinian militants to halt violence during the campaign for Jan. 9 presidential elections, a participant in truce talks said Tuesday.

Israeli Troops Search for Body Parts in Gaza

  • 13 May 04
  • The Associated Press
Israeli troops launched a massive incursion into a heavily populated neighborhood on Wednesday, firing missiles, demolishing homes and storming buildings, in a bid to recover the body parts of six soldiers killed by Palestinian militants.

13 Killed, 110 Hurt in Gaza City Battle

  • 12 May 04
  • The Associated Press
Palestinian militants blew up an Israeli armored personnel carrier Tuesday, killing six Israeli soldiers in one of the fiercest battles in Gaza City in recent months. Seven Palestinians were killed and 110 wounded in the fighting.

Hamas Issues Threats of Reprisals for Israel

  • 20 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Hamas threatened У100 unique reprisalsФ against Israel for killing its leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, as hundreds of thousands of mourners flooded the streets in a show of strength and fury.

Israel Assassinates New Hamas Leader

  • 19 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi in a missile strike on his car, part of its declared campaign to wipe out the Islamic militant group's leadership ahead of a planned Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Two of Rantisi's bodyguards were also killed.

Israel Assassinates New Hamas Leader

  • 19 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi in a missile strike on his car, part of its declared campaign to wipe out the Islamic militant group's leadership ahead of a planned Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Two of Rantisi's bodyguards were also killed.

Fierce Gaza Clashes Leave 13 Dead

  • 12 February 04
  • The Associated Press
Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen battled in two areas of the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, killing at least 13 Palestinians and wounding more than 50 people in one of the bloodiest days in Gaza in months.

Female Suicide Bomber Kills 4 in Gaza

  • 15 January 04
  • The Associated Press
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up Wednesday at the major crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing at least four Israelis and wounding seven other people, Israeli rescue services and media said.

Israel Pursues Militants Into Gaza, Killing 10

  • 22 October 03
  • The Associated Press
The flag-wrapped bodies of seven Palestinians killed in an Israeli missile strike were carried through this shantytown Tuesday, with tens of thousands of mourners clamoring for revenge.

Israel Retaliates After 2 Bombings

  • 11 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Twin suicide bombings killed 15 Israelis late Tuesday, and on Wednesday Israeli warplanes flattened the home of a Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, in retaliation.

Israelis Kill Militant, Truce Off

  • 22 August 03
  • The Associated Press
Israel killed a senior Hamas official in a missile strike Thursday, retaliating for a Hamas suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed 20 on Tuesday night.

Possible Hamas Truce in Works

  • 24 June 03
  • The Associated Press
Palestinian officials said Monday they expect a positive response from Hamas on a truce with Israel soon, perhaps even by the end of the day, and Egyptian diplomatic sources said an announcement would be made in Cairo.

U.S. Envoy Makes Pitch for Peace

  • 18 June 03
  • The Associated Press
The Palestinian prime minister, who is making a final push to halt attacks on Israelis, met Tuesday with a U.S. envoy dispatched to the region to supervise implementation of a troubled Middle East peace plan.

Egypt Pushes Hamas to Call Truce

  • 17 June 03
  • The Associated Press
Egyptian mediators summoned all Palestinian militias Monday in a final push to persuade them to halt attacks on Israelis, and Palestinian officials said they expect a truce to be declared very soon.

Diplomats Scramble to Save Road Map

  • 16 June 03
  • The Associated Press
Egyptian mediators were trying Sunday to persuade Palestinian militants to halt attacks on Israelis, while Israel said it is considering a gradual withdrawal from large parts of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Israel Botches Assassination Attempt

  • 11 June 03
  • The Associated Press
Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car carrying a senior Hamas leader Tuesday, wounding him, killing his bodyguard and a bystander and jeopardizing the U.S.-backed road map to Middle East peace.

Violence Threatens 'Road Map'

  • 05 May 03
  • The Associated Press
Popping rifle shots into the air and hoisting bodies over their heads, tens of thousands of Palestinians filled the streets Friday to mourn 12 people killed in an Israeli raid, and warned their new prime minister against disarming militant groups.

5 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Raid

  • 21 April 03
  • The Associated Press
Israeli forces backed by tanks and attack helicopters raided the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in one of the largest operations in 30 months of fighting. At least five Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed.

Hamas Co-Founder Arrested, 8 Palestinians Die in a Raid

  • 04 March 03
  • The Associated Press
Israeli troops raiding a Gaza refugee camp arrested a Hamas founder Monday, targeting the political leadership of the Islamic militant group for the first time in 29 months of fighting.