Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Israel tightens its stranglehold on supplies into Gaza

Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas may have enjoyed their meeting in the US but in the Strip the suffering gets worse. Israel's stranglehold on life in Gaza has been tightening. Traffic of goods into Gaza is now at its lowest point since the Cast Lead war crimes. Meanwhile another 37 settlement units have been approved as the US half-heartedly urges 'restraint'.
Gaza – Ma’an – The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip will be the only crossing open for the second day in a row, marking the steepest decline in goods deliveries into the Strip since Israel launched its war on the area in December 2008.

Palestinian crossings official Raed Fattouh said that Israel will allow 55 to 65 trucks loaded with aid through the Kerem Shalom crossing, and that all other border terminals will be shut.

Only 60 truckloads of goods were allowed through on Tuesday, and the crossings were totally shut Thursday through to Monday for the Israeli celebration of the Jewish New Year. On 16 September a delivery of approximately 115 truckloads went through the crossing points, though fuel has only been delivered twice in more than a week.

Thanks to Ma'an news agency

Five Palestinian fishermen arrested as Israel sets out to destroy an industry

Official sources reported that five Palestinian fishermen have been arrested today on Wednesday morning and seized their boats near the coast of Gaza City.

The sources added that the fishing boats have been surrounded by Israeli gunboats, questioned the fishermen, and then took them and their boats to an unknown destination.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli boat set only a distance of 3 miles access for the fishermen to sail and get their livelihood. This very limited area of fishing has been gravely affecting the fishermen to fish good quality of fishing.

One boat which was confiscated, was related to the family of Zaki Abu Oa'dwa. He lives in the north of Gaza, Al Swdania district. Eyewitnesses reported that the boat of Zaki Abu Oa'dwa was in the allowed area of fishing and the Israelis forced him and arrested his boat.