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The Israeli navy opened fire on boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip killing a Palestinian fisherman, Gaza hospital officials said.
Citing security concerns, Israel keeps a naval blockade on Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, and has designated a six nautical-mile fishing zone off the enclave's coast.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said four vessels had strayed from the fishing zone and that the Israeli army opened fire after the boats did not heed calls to halt.
An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, Egyptian state television said.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.
An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and dangerous," the Islamist group said in a statement.
"The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement said.
"It will have no influence on the Hamas movement, which enjoys the respect of all the nation and the leaders of the nation."
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The head of a United Nations inquiry into the conflict in Gaza has announced his resignation after Israel accused him of bias.
UK-based academic William Schabas was appointed by the head of the UN Human Rights Council to lead an investigation into alleged war crimes committed during Israel's military operation in Gaza last year.
Israel had criticised his appointment, citing his record as a critic of the state and its leadership, and the Council had sought legal advice after it emerged he was paid $1,300 (£865) to provide a legal opinion for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in 2012.
Reuters news agency reports that Schabas sent a letter to the commission stating he would step down immediately to prevent the issue from overshadowing the findings of the report, which is due to be released in March.
He also defended his work for the PLO.
My views on Israel and Palestine as well as on many other issues were well known and very public... This work in defence of human rights appears to have made me a huge target for malicious attacks.
I believe that it is difficult for the work to continue while a procedure is underway to consider hether the chair of the commission should be removed.
A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus was tear-gassed by Israeli troops and had to be carried to safety.
The man was among hoards of people demonstrating against the Israeli settlements, demanding free movement for Palestinians during Christmas.
The protest, near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, included many more wearing Santa-style hats and bearing banners reading: "We want Christmas without occupation".
Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.
The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza Strip. Local hospital officials said there were no casualties.
The militant rocket fired earlier landed in a field in southern Israel and no one was injured.
Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from a European Union list of terror groups, a court has ruled.
The General Court of the European Union said, however, that member states could maintain their freeze on the group's assets for three months to give time for further review or to appeal.
The court said the previous decision to name Hamas on the list had been based on media reports rather than considered analysis.
Hamas says it is a legitimate resistance movement and welcomed the verdict.
However, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly called on Europe to return Hamas to the list immediately, denouncing it as "a murderous terrorist organisation".