Thursday, 27 August 2009

Israeli pirates kill another Gaza fisherman

The People's Daily Online reports that the Israel pirates, sometimes referred to as a navy, has killed another Gaza fisherman and seriously injured one other. Seafood is one of the few sources of high-protein food available to the blockaded people of Gaza and the Israelis are doing their best to choke off this supply, with the added aim of laying claim to the natural gas deposits in Gazan waters.
A Palestinian fisherman was killed and another colleague was injured Thursday afternoon when Israeli navy fired shells and machinegun fire at their boat near the beach in northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya, witnesses said.

The witnesses said Mohammed al-Attar, 25, was killed when the shell hit his wooden fishing boat a few minutes after it set sail.

Medical sources said that the second fisherman suffered moderate wounds.

Israeli gunboats monitor the shores of the Gaza Strip to prevent the Palestinian fishermen from sailing farther than two nautical miles though mutual accords set the fishing area for the Palestinians in the Mediterranean to 20 nautical miles.

The incident comes hours after Palestinian militants fired mortar shells at Israeli army posts beyond the security fence that separates Gaza and Israel.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed responsibility for the mortar attack and said it marks the eighth anniversary of the death of its secretary general Abu Ali Mustafa at the hands of the Israeli army in the West Bank.

The Gaza Strip is controlled by Islamic Hamas movement which has been maintaining a level of calmness with Israel since the Jewish state completed a major military offensive in the territory in December and January.

More rumours of imminent prisoner swap deal

Seems to be some movement going on regarding the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli prisoner of war Gilad Shalit. Twitter users will have noticed yesterday that Shilat was trending quite high as a result of a pro-Israel campaign highlighting his third year in captivity at the hands of 'Hamas terrorists'. No mention from these people about the thousands of innocent Palestinians being held illegally held in Israel's dungeons. If you want to provide a bit of balance to the tweets go here and reply to some of the posts demand the release of all Palestinian prisoners.
GAZA, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) New international efforts are exerted to push forward the stalled prisoner exchange talks between Hamas and Israel, sources said on Wednesday.

The United States, Germany and Egypt took part in bridging the gaps between Islamic Hamas movement and Israel to swap a number of Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier Hamas has been holding captive for more than three years, the sources told Xinhua.

According to the sources, the mediators drafted a compromise plan that Israel releases more prisoners and lift the blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in exchange for Hamas' acceptance of expelling some of the prisoners outside the Palestinian territories.

Hamas and Israel have agreed in principle on the proposal, the sources said.