Thursday, 17 March 2011

Settlers step up random attacks on Palestinians after Itamar killings

Unknown assailants attacked Palestinian construction workers in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh on Thursday, in the wake of recent tensions over last week's deadly stabbing attack in Itamar, in which five family members were killed.

According to preliminary eyewitness reports, six masked individuals approached two Palestinian construction workers, doused them with pepper spray, striking one of the workers with an iron bar. The worker that was attacked with the bar was treated on site. more

IDF displays advanced weapons for Gaza it says seized on Turkish cargo ship

The IDF showed off photos of what it claimed were weapons bound for Gaza seized on a Syrian cargo ship. The IDF says anti-ship missiles were included in the consignment.
Israeli naval commandos intercepted and commandeered on Tuesday a cargo vessel en route from Turkey to Egypt that was loaded with weaponry, Israeli officials said.

Military officials said that the ship, which was flying a Liberian flag, had sailed to Turkey from Syria. The assessment was that the weapons were bound for Gaza, the Palestinian coastal enclave controlled by Hamas.

The military noted in a statement that Turkey “was not tied to the incident in any way.” more