Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Nine protesters injured at Naksa Day rally outside Ofer prison

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinians were struck by riot dispersal fire on Tuesday at a rally near the Ofer prison to mark the 45th anniversary of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

The Naksa, meaning "setback," is marked every year on June 5. It commemorates the defeat of five Arab armies in a short war that ended with Israel in possession of significantly more territory.

At the Ofer protest, Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades toward the protesters holding a sit-in and directed a foul-smelling liquid at journalists covering the event, a Ma'an correspondent said.

Clashes erupted as Palestinians threw stones and Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets during a two-hour clash. Nine Palestinians were struck by the riot-dispersal rounds, according to the reporter.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that forces used riot-dispersal means to disperse about 100 Palestinians, some of whom threw stones at soldiers in the same general area.

In Gaza City, hundreds of protesters marched from the Square of the Unknown Soldier to a UN building where they handed a letter to UN officials. more

Owner of destroyed Gaza dairy factory calls for international challenge to Israel's arms claims

(The Dalloul dairy factory was destroyed in an overnight airstrike, causing losses of $300,000, the owner said. - MaanImages/Maan TV/Reuters)

GAZA, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Ahmed Dalloul, 34-year-old owner of a dairy factory, stood near the rubble of his factory angrily and sadly. He was unable to find out a logical explanation for Israeli aerial attack that destroyed his factory Sunday night, the fourth time in three years.

"The Israeli warplanes directly struck my factory at Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City last night for no reason. I don't understand why Israel destroys my factory each time I rebuild it and fix it," Dalloul said, adding that "My factory was destroyed four times in the past three years."

Overnight Sunday, Israeli war jets carried out two airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, one targeting an empty cultivated area and the other targeting Dalloul's factory, leaving one civilian who lives near the factory moderately injured.

Israel claimed that its war jets struck last night two targets used by Gaza militant groups to launch rockets from the coastal enclave, ruled by the Hamas movement, at Israel's southern towns and communities.

"I challenge Israel and all its security apparatuses that there are any kinds of weapons or rockets in my factory," Dalloul said, adding that he built up the factory 14 years ago and his losses over the past three years reached more than one million U.S. dollars. more