Sunday, 4 March 2012

Gaza factories threatened with shutdown due to power crisis

GAZA, (PIC)-- Head of the federation of Palestinian industries Ali Al-Hayek warned of the serious repercussions of the power outages on the local industrial production in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Hayek said that dozens of factories, especially those which work in the fields of construction and food, would shut down because of the insufficient fuel supplies used to generate the power needed to operate their industrial machinery.

He called on the authorities in Gaza to assume their responsibilities and work on saving the industrial sector. more

Shalabi to continue hunger strike despite sentence reduction

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Hana Shalabi said Sunday that she will continue her hunger strike despite an announcement by Israel's Ofer military court that her prison time will be reduced by two months.

Lawyer Fadi Qawasmi visited Shalabi on Sunday at Hasharon prison and informed her of the court's decision to reduce her imprisonment time by two months.

Shalabi told him that she would continue her hunger strike protest, which is now in its 18th day. more

Three more aid convoys to Gaza planned - includes one each from Jordan and South Africa

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The Miles of Smiles aid convoys to Gaza will send three new convoys to the Gaza Strip including one for women in March.

Issam Yousef, the coordinator of those convoys, said in a press release on Saturday that twenty Jordanian women would take part in March’s convoy, which would also witness the participation of women from various other Arab and Islamic countries.

He explained that two others would be organized in April and May, the first for youth in the age category 15-20 and would specifically arrive from South Africa. He said that the idea is that those youth would symbolically contribute in the development of the enclave.

Yousef noted that the convoy in May would be allocated for leaders from various Arab and Islamic countries, adding that he would try and convince western leaders to take part in that convoy. more