Many Palestinians welcomed the announcement of the first national elections in 15 years, but scepticism remained over whether they will bring change - or even happen at all - in the split territory beset by political infighting and distrusts of institutions. Emily Wither reports.
"We wanted to make the 2021 celebrations spent at home special", Palestinian chef, Ahmad al-Batta, said from his kitchen in Gaza after applying the last touches on a series of Christmas and New Year-themed cakes.
An array of Palestinian militant groups launched rockets into the Mediterranean Sea off the Gaza Strip on Tuesday at the start of what they called their first-ever joint exercise, which Israeli media described as a show of force organized by Iran. Emer McCarthy reports.