A defence attorney says Israel's military prosecutor has dropped a manslaughter charge against a soldier suspected of killing a Palestinian mother and her daughter during Israel's assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009.
Oded Savoray, the attorney, said on Sunday that as part of a plea deal, his client was convicted of shooting without permission and will serve 45 days in prison.
The infantry sergeant had been the only soldier facing such a charge arising from an offensive that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, the majority of whom were civilians, and 13 Israelis.
The two women, Ria Abu Hajaj, 64, and her daughter, Majda, 37, were killed on January 4, 2009 and mentioned in the report of a United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. more
Tunnels between Gaza and Egypt used for smuggling goods are partially back to work after moves to close them down last week, BBC Arabic reported on Friday, citing an anonymous security official from Hamas.
The tunnels are used to transfer goods such as fuel, building materials and foodstuffs, as well as people and weaponry.
Last week's move to shut down the tunnels came after 16 Egyptian border guards were killed Sunday by as-yet unidentified assailants in an incident that has intensified security concerns in the Sinai.
An official in North Sinai's Chamber of Commerce who prefers to remain anonymous told Ahram Online that if tunnels were completely controlled by the armed forces then, "we would not feel a fuel shortage in El-Arish and Rafah."
There is now a fuel crisis in these North Sinai cities, proving, the official claimed, that the tunnels are still being used to transport fuel to Gaza.
There are around 1200 illegal tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, act as a lifeline to many living in Gaza due to a longstanding Israeli siege. The Rafah border crossing is the only one not controlled by Israel. more