Monday, 8 June 2009

New resistance group behind attack on IDF

There are claims in the media that a new unheard of Islamist group was responsible for the attack on Israeli troops today.
GAZA, June 8 (Xinhua) A previously unheard-of Islamist group is believed to be behind the attack attempt against Israeli troops on Gaza borders on Monday, sources said.

Members of the Jond Allah, or the Knights of God, arrived at Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in southern Gaza Strip and identified two fighters who were killed in clashes with the Israeli army in eastern Gaza city on Monday morning, the sources said.

Witnesses at the hospital said the member of the group, whose clothes and long beards could tell they were Salafis, refused to talk to the media there.

Five Palestinians were killed as they tried to attack Israeli forces manning the borders between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in eastern Gaza city early Monday. Some of the attackers were on horseback, apparently trying to make their raid like the battles which prophet Mohammed led to spread Islam some 1,400 years ago. more

IDF destroys wells in attempt to wipe village off map

The Israeli army has been trying to take out water and electric systems of the small village Baq'a, north of the Southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday morning. Around 5 people sustained injuries as they tried to stop the Israeli army from demolishing their water wells. Jeff Halper, from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) was arrested for trying to obstruct the military.
Israeli army demolishing Palestinian land - Photo by Jaume d'Urgell

Israeli army demolishing Palestinian land - Photo by Jaume d'Urgell

The Israeli army arrived at the village around six in the morning, bringing three cranes, four bulldozers and numerous back-up and support vehicles.

A local witness from the Christian Peacemaker Team told IMEMC that the army had been targeting four different sites in the area. It is known that at least six water wells were demolished by the Israeli army . Two wells are expected to have been destroyed, as the Israeli machinery has been seen at the location of the wells.

Irrigation pipes have been confiscated by the military and at least one electric tower has been taken down.

Villagers that tried to stop the destruction of their property sustained injuries as they were beaten by soldiers. Local witnesses say that five people were injured, among them two women that had to be taken by ambulance. The army stopped the ambulance, so that it couldn't reach the hospital.

Israeli and international peace activists were present to support the villagers. One of them, Jeff Halper from ICAHD, was arrested by the military.

Thanks to the International Middle East Media Center

Biggest European parliamentary delegation to visit Gaza

Gaza – Ma’an – The largest European delegation is scheduled to arrive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday through the Egyptian border, said Hamdi Sha’ath, head of the official anti-siege committee in Gaza.

According to a statement released by the committee’s information office, “The delegation comprises 41 European parliamentarians and mayors of European cities, representing 15 countries. The delegation will be headed by Luisa Morgantini, vice-president of the European Parliament.

Sha’ath explained that the delegation would visit areas which Israeli forces destroyed during the last military offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Resistance fighters killed in border clash

GAZA CITY - At least three Palestinians resistance fighter were killed on Monday in a gun battle with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza Strip, medics and the military said.

An Israeli army spokesman said ground troops backed by a helicopter gunship engaged in a firefight with resistance fighters who had opened fire near the heavily-fortified frontier between Israel and the enclave.

At least another 12 Palestinians were wounded in the clash near the Nahal Oz crossing with Israel, medics said. Ambulances were unable to get to the spot because of continuing fighting.

No Israeli soldiers were reported wounded.

Israel's war on Gaza killed nearly 1,400 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and wounded 5,450 others.

Among the dead were 437 children, 110 women, 123 elderly men, 14 medics and four journalists.

The wounded include 1,890 children.