Saturday, 11 February 2012

Wide-scale blackout imminent as Gaza power station about to run out of fuel

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Gaza Energy Authority said Saturday that the sole remaining power plant in the Gaza Strip would run out of fuel by the evening, causing a wide-scale blackout.

Energy official Muhammad Abu al-Amreen appealed to Egypt to deliver more fuel to Gaza to avert the crisis.

Fuel that reached Gaza overnight Friday can only run the plant for under 12 hours, and by Saturday evening it will have to shut down unless more supplies are transferred, he said.

He called on Egypt to increase it wattage delivered to Gaza to "save us from the imminent humanitarian crisis."

A recent trip by Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh to Egypt had secured pledges to deliver more electricity, but they are far from being put into effect, he said.

The fuel shortage follows increasing unrest in the Sinai peninsula, where Egyptian security forces are battling a Bedouin tribe whose members have attacked police and kidnapped foreign tourists. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (2–8 Feb. 2012)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

A Palestinian civilian was wounded by IOF in Gaza City.
Three civilians, including 2 children, were wounded by glass shrapnel, a woman suffered nervous trauma and a woman sustained wounds in the foot.
An agricultural room, a shop and several warehouses were totally destroyed.
Partial damages were caused to 28 houses, 2 shops, a legal firm, a sports club, a school and 4 civilian cars.
A tunnel was destroyed in the south of the Gaza Strip.

IOF have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
7 protesters, including a child and a solidarity activist, were wounded in the al-Nabi Saleh weekly protest.

IOF conducted 47 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 22 Palestinians, including 2 children, in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 3 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip while trying to infiltrate Israel.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
Israeli soldiers arrested 2 Palestinian civilians at checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israel has continued efforts to create a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.
IOF bulldozed 20 dunums, 3 natural caves, 2 walls and a dust road in al-Tour village, east of Jerusalem.
A Palestinian family was forced by IOF to demolish a flat and 2 shops belonging to the family.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
IOF implemented bulldozing works in the north of Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya, with the aim to annex these lands to "Tsufim" settlement.
Israeli settlers organized provocative tours in Hebron under IOF protection.
Israeli settlers raided Palestinian villages and wrote racist slogans against Arabs and offending the Prophet Mohammed.
- IOF bulldozed lands in Kafr Qaddoum village with the aim to annex these lands to nearby settlements. more

Palestinian Authority says Egypt intervening to free Khader Adnan

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's prisoners affairs minister Issa Qaraqe said Friday that Egypt was intervening with Israel to free Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 55 days.

Qaraqe said there had been communications between Egyptian officials and the Israeli government based on an official request from Palestinians to intervene to save Adnan’s life.

He added that the Palestinian leadership of Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad made their calls to several countries in order to request that they intervene and release the prisoner.

Palestinian detainees, meanwhile, announced that Sunday will be a day of hunger strikes to support Adnan, Qaraqe said.

Prisoners warned in a letter to the general director of the prisons that the situation may escalate if anything happens with Adnan and they demanded his release. They also said the prison administration and the Israeli government were to be held responsible for his fate.

The prisoners, according to Qaraqe's statement, have threatened to escalate the protest and strike if the Israeli Court of Appeals fails to respond. The court is expected to rule Sunday.

Israeli authorities have refused to allow Qaraqe and family members to check up on his health. more

Islamic Jihad: Airstrike wounds fighter in north Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad says a Palestinian resistance fighter was slightly injured late Friday when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a military site in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. more