Tuesday, 16 August 2011

'Miles of Smiles' aid convoy set to enter Gaza through Rafah late Tuesday, says Red Crescent

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- An aid convoy arrived in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Tuesday, head of the Red Crescent in the northern Egyptian Sinai said.

Jaber Al-Arabi told Ma'an that the "Miles of Smiles" aid convoy would enter the Gaza Strip later on Tuesday via the Rafah crossing.

Another similar convoy will be transferred to Gaza on August 26, he added. more

Political activist arrested by Hamas police after return from speaking in France

Press statement for Gaza Youth Breaks Out

On August 14th 2011 Abu Yazan, a young political activist from Gaza Youth Breaks Out (GYBO) has been arrested by the Hamas authority. After returning from a trip to France, where he was invited to hold talks about the current situation of the besieged Gaza Strip, he has been called in two times for questioning, until he was finally arrested today. GYBO is a peaceful Palestinian youth movement in Gaza, which gained international attention after publishing a Manifesto in January. Abu Yazan is a leading voice in the movement that is representing a growing number of Gazan youth. The group raises, mainly through new social media like facebook, awareness about the situation under siege for young people in Gaza, and recently called for unity among the Palestinian factions with the aim to target the illegal Israeli occupation. Abu Yazan regularly takes part in demonstrations against the illegal Israeli occupation in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza. No reasons for his arrestment was given up to this time. He also was denied visits by his family and a lawyer. We call on the authorities to abide by the law.
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Israeli airstrikes across Gaza leave one dead and at least five seriously wounded

Israel has carried out a series of air strikes on the Gaza Strip, after militants in the Hamas-run territory fired a rocket into southern Israel.

One Palestinian was killed and at least five others were wounded, Palestinian health officials said. Some of the pre-dawn strikes targeted an area east of Gaza City, they said.

The rocket had been fired from the Gaza Strip into the southern Israeli town of Beersheba.

No-one was hurt in that attack.

"We learned of the martyrdom of the youth Musa Shtawe, 29, who died of his injuries after a strike east of Gaza City," Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for the Hamas-run emergency services in the Gaza Strip, is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

Recent weeks have seen an increase in mortar and rocket fire from Gaza after months of relative calm.

Further south, two more raids were carried out east of Khan Yunis and on a tunnel under the border with Egypt near Rafah, Palestinian sources said.

"The raid in Rafah left three people injured, including a child," Mr Abu Selmiya said. more