Saturday, 21 April 2012

Egypt Salafist leader visits Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The head of Egypt's top Salafist party arrived in Gaza City on Saturday for a three-day visit, and was welcomed by top Gaza officials.

Hamas leader Ismail Radwan and Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib greeted al-Nour party chairman Emad Addin Abdul Ghafour, who is leading a delegation of eleven representatives to the coastal strip. 

Hardline al-Nour won 29 percent of seats in Egypt's recent parliamentary elections, just behind Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party. more

Hundreds more Palestinian prisoners set to join the hunger strike

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails of Megiddo and Hadarim are expected on Sunday to join the hunger strike that started in other jails five days ago, the Tadamun foundation for human rights said on Saturday.

 Ahmed Al-Beitawi, a researcher with the foundation, told Quds Press that Palestinian prisoners in Negev jail would also join the strike within the few coming days. He underlined that the Israeli prison service in a bid to weaken the massive strike made a number of transfers within the prisons.

 Meanwhile, prisoners expressed dismay at the Fatah leaders for statements against the strike and told Quds Press that they were pressuring Fatah prisoners not to join the strike. For his part, Sheikh Ra’fat Nassif, a member of Hamas political leadership, called on the Palestinian people in a statement from his Israeli prison cell to support the prisoners in their hunger strike. more

Israeli forces assault 5 non-violent anti-Wall demonstrations, 1 demonstrator critically injured

In five separate demonstrations on Friday, Palestinians in the northern, central and southern West Bank marched and rallied in opposition to the Israeli Annexation Wall being built on their land. Each of the demonstrations was assaulted by Israeli forces, who fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstrators.

 In the village of al Nabi Saleh, in central West Bank, villagers and international and Israeli supporters tried to march towards land owned by local farmers which has been taken by Israel for building of a settlement.

Israeli soldiers stopped them at the village entrance and forced them back using tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. 3 people were abducted: 2 internationals and one Palestinian journalist named as Bilal Tamimi. One person was injured in the abdomen when a high velocity tear gas canister was fired at him. He was moved to the hospital in Ramallah for treatment, and he remains in critical condition.

Troops later stormed the village and fired tear gas and chemical water into resident’s homes. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. more