Thursday, 10 May 2012

Israeli naval forces detain two fishermen off the northern Gaza coast

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces on Thursday detained two fishermen off the northern Gaza coast, Gaza's Ministry of Agriculture said.

The men, from Beit Lahiya, were fishing north of Gaza City, the ministry said in a statement.

An Israeli military spokesman said a fishing boat deviated from the permitted fishing area designated by Israel.

The fishermen failed to respond to calls to return to the designated area and soldiers fired warning shots, confiscated the boat and detained the fishermen, the spokesman said.

The ministry said that fishing provides the sole source of income for many families in Beit Lahiya. It said there has been a recent increase in the number of fishermen detained by Israeli forces. more

Gaza security forces break up Egypt event at literature festival

Gaza security forces broke up an event at the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), headed by renowned novelist Ahdaf Soueif and attended by authors and poets from Egypt and Palestine Wednesday, claiming organisers didn’t hold a required licence for the event.

Attendees at first refused to leave the event, which was taking place at the Al-Pasha Centre in Gaza, but were later led out by security forces.

“We don't know why they cancelled the event,” Soueif said.

Three hours after the incident, Gaza's police chief apologised and promised to investigate what had happened, according to the official PalFest website. more

Haaretz: New Hamas force in Gaza is foiling rocket attacks against Israel

The Hamas government in Gaza has been operating a force over the past few months whose sole task is to prevent the firing of rockets into Israel.

Hamas, which has always championed jihad against Israel, is now using its authority to foil the firing efforts of cells from other organizations such as the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees.

The new force was formed by and is under the direct command of Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad, who in the past has been considered an extremist in regard to Israel. According to a Gaza source, the force of some 300 men operates, "day and night, 24 hours, everywhere in the Strip, particularly near the borders with Israel." more