Saturday, 7 April 2012

Despite Islamic Jihad ceasefire commitment Israel launches air strike near Rafah injuring two


Israel Air Force craft attacked Gaza militants just as they were about to launch rockets into Israel, IDF officials said on Saturday, with Palestinian sources reported that two were wounded following the attack.

An official at the IDF Spokesman's Office indicated that the IAF vessels stuck the launching squad near the southern Strip town of Rafah

Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmia said two people were wounded in the strike.

The strike came one day after the leader of the Gaza-based militant group Islamic Jihad said that his group is adhering to a cease-fire that stopped a barrage of rockets and air strikes between Israel and the Gaza Strip last month.

Sheik Nafez Azzam said Israeli reports that he had called for an ongoing struggle against Israel, despite a cease-fire, were mistaken.

We in the Islamic Jihad are committed to the cease-fire," Azzam told The Associated Press. more

Blast from unexploded Israeli ordnance in Gaza injures two children


Two Palestinian children have been wounded after unexploded Israeli ordnance went off in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The explosion happened in southern Gaza as the children were playing.

Blasts caused by unexploded Israeli ordnances have killed or injured many Palestinian children and farmers in Gaza and the West Bank.

Gaza is currently riddled with unexploded ordnances, left over from Israel's war on the blockaded coastal strip at the turn of 2009.

Unexploded ordnance (UXOs) are explosive weapons such as bombs, bullets, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines that did not explode when they were employed and still pose the risk of detonation, potentially many years after they were used or discarded. more

Three executed in Gaza Strip - one for alleged collaboration with Israel


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The ministry of interior in the Gaza Strip said two convicted murderers and a man found guilty of treason were hanged early Saturday.

Gaza City's military court sentenced one man for collaboration with Israeli intelligence and involvement in a murder.

Another was found guilty of premeditated murder by a court in Deir al-Balah, and the third of kidnapping, raping and killing a boy under 16 by a Khan Younis court.

The ministry of interior said relatives of the victims did not agree to an amnesty for the death penalty sentences.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in early March that since Hamas took power in the Gaza Strip, the government has issued 38 death sentences. Four have been upheld since the start of 2012, it added.

While a de-facto moratorium on executions was put in place by the Fatah-led administration in the West Bank, the Hamas-led government does not recognize provisions that require President Mahmoud Abbas to ratify death sentences.

Fatah and Hamas have run rival administrations in Gaza and the West Bank since their violent split in 2007.

On Thursday, Amnesty International urged the government not to carry out four pending death sentences. It said executions handed down by military courts do not meet international fair trial standards. more