Monday, 3 September 2012

Unemployed Gaza teen dies after setting himself alight


GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — A 17-year-old Gazan died on Sunday, four days after setting himself alight in desperation over financial problems, medical sources and his family said on Monday.
Ehab Abu al-Nada from Gaza City's Shati refugee camp, set himself on fire on Wednesday outside the city's Al-Shifa hospital, sustaining severe burns, his father Sufian told AFP.
"My son Ehab set himself on fire last Wednesday in front of Shifa hospital and died on Sunday," he said.
"He poured two litres of petrol on himself because he was out of work."
The spokesman for the medical services in Gaza, Ashraf al Qudreh, told AFP that "on August 28, this guy was brought into al-Shifa hospital suffering from serious burns after setting himself on fire".
"He was admitted to the emergency room but succumbed to his wounds and died yesterday", he added.
The teenager had left school last year to look for work so he could help the family financially but had struggled to find employment, his father said.
"He set himself on fire because of unemployment. He wanted to help me provide for this house. more

Israeli jets fire on Hamas site in Gaza, no injuries


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes fired on a training site of Hamas' military wing in the central Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, without reports of casualties.

Fighter jets fired two missiles at the Al-Qassam Brigades grounds south of Gaza City, witnesses said. An Israeli army statement said that aircraft "targeted a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip, confirming a direct hit."

"The site was targeted in a direct response to the ongoing rocket fire towards southern Israel," it continued. more

Imminent danger to lives of hunger strikers Samer Al-Barq and Hassan Safadi


Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL) fear for the lives of the three remaining Palestinian hunger strikers held by Israel. Of utmost concern are the health conditions of administrative detainees Samer Al-Barq, today on his 104th day of renewed hunger strike following his previous 30-day hunger strike, and Hassan Safadi, today on his 74th day of renewed hunger strike following his previous 71-day hunger strike. 

According to Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad following his visit to Ramleh prison medical clinic on 30 August, Samer was too weak to meet with him and could not get out of bed. Mr. Ziad met with Hassan and fellow hunger striker Ayman Sharawna, who is on his 64th day of hunger strike today. During their visit, Hassan told Mr. Ziad that both he and Samer had recently been taken to Assaf Harofeh hospital for a few days due to the further deterioration of their conditions and doctors informed them that their lives were under immediate threat.

 Hassan is experiencing such extreme fatigue that he is unable to sleep, and instead falls unconscious 2-3 times each day. Due to slow heart rate and severe potassium deficiency, Hassan was taken to Assaf Harofeh for testing from 27-29 August. Troublingly, Hassan was told by the doctors in the hospital that the tests revealed that his immunity level has fallen dangerously low; there is fluid in his lungs; and he has developed problems in his liver and kidneys including kidney stones. He is also experiencing chronic pain in his upper waist and joints. more