Friday, 9 March 2012

Six Palestinians Killed In The Gaza Strip As Escalation Continues

Palestinian Medical sources reported that that a total of six Palestinians were killed on Friday, and several others were wounded, after the latest Israeli bombardment left one dead and two more injured in central Gaza. Earlier five Palestinians were killed and several others were wounded in a number of Israeli attacks targeted the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Ynet News reported that Palestinian armed groups fired several shells targeting Ashdod, Eshkol and Beersheba (Be'er Al Sabe')leading to eight injuries, one seriously.

One of the wounded Israelis is in a serious condition, and another person suffered moderate injuries, the Ynet News added.

The recent escalation started after Israel carried out an extrajudicial assignation, on Friday afternoon, killing the Secretary-General of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuheir Al-Qaisi, in addition to Mahmoud Ahmad Hanani, 46, one the PRC field leaders from Beit Forik near the northern West Bank city of Nablus who was deported to the Gaza Strip six years ago. more

Two al-Quds brigades fighters killed in second Israeli airstrike

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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two people were killed as Israel launched a second airstrike on the Gaza Strip, bringing Friday's death toll to four people, medics said.

Obeid al-Ghirbali and Muhammad Harara were named as those killed, medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiyeh said.

Both men were members of the Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad. Their bodies were taken to Dar al-Shifa hospital.

Israel's army said in a statement that it had "thwarted two terrorist squads from firing rockets at Israel from the northern and the central Gaza Strip." more

Israel blocks development of gas field off Gaza Strip by UK's BG Group

BG Group Plc, the UK’s third-largest oil and gas producer, will sell a gas field off the Gaza Strip after its development was blocked by Israel, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The company may get $70 million to $80 million for the Gaza Marine field, one of the people said, declining to be identified because the talks are private. A spokesman for Reading-based BG declined to comment.

BG ended talks with Israel on selling gas from the field in 2008 and closed its office in the nation citing differences over price. The company, which holds a 90 percent stake, discovered about 1 trillion cubic feet of gas in 2000.

Israel was also concerned the Hamas Islamic group governing Gaza would get some revenue from the field. Consolidated Contractors Co. has the rest of the license and the Palestinian Authority has an option to acquire a stake.

“Israel operates always on the basis of might is right,” said Charles Gurdon, a managing director at Menas Associates, which advises companies and governments on border disputes. “It has the ability to do that and it does it.”

Israel Finds Gas

Israel, which relies on gas supplies from Egypt, has less need for Gaza Marine’s gas after making discoveries in its own waters. Noble Energy Inc. and partners have found at least 30 trillion cubic feet of gas offshore, enough to meet Israeli demand for more than a century, according to BP Plc (BP/) data.

“You shouldn’t hold your breath on this one,” BG Chief Executive Officer Frank Chapman said last year, when asked about prospects for Gaza Marine. more

Popular Resistance Committee secretary, ex-prisoner killed in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli strike targeting a car in western Gaza killed the head of the Popular Resistance Committees and a former prisoner released by Israel four years ago, medical officials said Friday.

PRC secretary-general Zuhair Qaisi and Mahmoud Hanani, a Nablus native freed from Israeli custody four years earlier, were killed in the blast in Deir al-Hawa, Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmiya said. He initially said Hanani was released in last year's prisoner swap.

Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan condemned the attack, telling Ma'an that it is "our people's right to defend themselves." He called on Egypt to stop Israeli aggression. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (1 –7 March)

(pic: Israeli forces fire tear gas canisters to disperse the weekly peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah)

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

Two Palestinian children were killed by the explosion of a suspicious object in Hebron.
3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the explosion.

IOF have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
A Palestinian civilian was seriously wounded in Ramallah.
Dozens of protesters suffered from tear gas inhalation.

IOF conducted 71 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 40 Palestinians, including 13 children.
IOF established a dirt road in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
Israeli soldiers arrested 4 Palestinian civilians at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers uprooted 35 olive trees in Far’ata village, northeast of Qalqilya.
Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicle south of Nablus. more

18-month-old child killed, her sister injured, after falling into Rafah tunnel

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported, Thursday, that an 18-month-old Palestinian child was killed, and her 30-month-old sister was injured, after falling into a siege-busting tunnel, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medics and rescue teams rushed to the scene and located two children under the rubble before talking them to Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in the city; Summer Wael Ash-Sha’er died of her wounds, while her sister, Fatima, is currently in a serious condition.

On Saturday, March 3, one resident was killed and several others were injured after falling into a siege-busting tunnel along the Egypt border in Rafah.

The resident was identified as Tha’er Madi, in his twenties; two of the wounded residents suffered serious injuries.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed in similar tunnel incidents, and more than 800 have been injured since 2006. Some of them were killed and injured due to tunnel accidents, and many other were died of injured after the Israeli army bombarded tunnels while they were in them. more