Friday, 28 September 2012

Settlers pump waste water on land west of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)-- A group of Jewish settlers pumped, on Thursday morning, wastewater from a settlement in the west of Bethlehem in southern West Bank, onto Palestinian agricultural land.

Ahmed Sukkar, head of the village council in Fukin village, told "Quds Press" that settlers pumped wastewater on lands in the village, damaging an area of ​​50 dunums.

He pointed out that this is not the first time the settlers pump industrial waste or wastewater through pipes installed in the region, which led to damaging the lands and the crops. more

Implement UN recommendations on Gaza, says Arab Group at UN

The UAE, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, called on all parties concerned to immediately implement the recommendations contained in the United Nations Secretary-General’s report on the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict. Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council, that Israel persisted with the occupation and the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention.

“The Palestinian people could not accept perpetual occupation and it was high time the international community implemented the provisions of the international law. Negotiations were indispensable to achieve this goal,” he said in his address at the Council’s general debate on the situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab Territories.

The Human Rights Council heard a presentation of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and then started its general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. more

Gaza official: Egypt pledged to ease Rafah travel in days

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt has informed Palestinian officials that it will introduce measures to ease travel through the Gaza Strip's Rafah crossing in the coming days, a crossings official said Thursday.

Gaza crossing director Maher Abu Sabha said they understand the crossing will be opened on Fridays, the weekend day it is usually shut. Everyday working hours, currently from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will also be increased, Abu Sabha said.

The number of passengers permitted to travel each day will be raised to 1,500, he added.

Next week, work will start to expand the terminal's reception hall to a capacity of 700 people, the official said. more