Thursday, 18 August 2011

Six killed in Israeli airstrike on southern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- An Israeli airstrike killed six Palestinians Thursday evening in southern Gaza, medics said.

Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said the airstrikes targeted a house in Rafah.

A Ma'an correspondent said the home belonged to Popular Resistance Committees official Khaled Shaath. His daughter was injured in the attack, the reporter said.

An Israeli military source told Ma'an that operations were underway in southern Gaza following a series of attacks in southern Israel, whose leadership has blamed Gaza. more

Israel decides to maintain its refusal to apologise to Turkey over Mavi Marmara killings

Israel will stick to its refusal to apologise to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens on a Gaza-bound ship, officials have said, a position Ankara said would sink any prospects for reconciliation.

The decision, which officials said the prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu conveyed to the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in a telephone call, was made days before the anticipated publication of the findings of a UN inquiry into the seizure of the Mavi Marmara last year.

The so-called Palmer report was repeatedly delayed to allow for Israeli-Turkish rapprochement talks amid concern in Washington at the rift between two countries that had been strategic partners in an increasingly stormy Middle East.

"We're firm on not apologising," the Israeli official said in comments later confirmed by the foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman in an interview with an Israeli television network, in which he called it "a wise and correct decision". more