Friday, 12 October 2012

Hezbollah advances 'will help Palestinian resistance' say brigades in Gaza


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Brigades in Gaza on Friday said advances in Hezbollah's weapons capabilities would benefit the Palestinian resistance.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday said his movement had sent the reconnaissance drone shot down over Israel last weekend.

The Gaza-based Al-Mujahideen Brigades described Hezbollah's operation as "unprecedented" and said it proved that resistance was the best way to face Israel and to stop its continuous attacks.

The Salah al-din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, said Hezbollah's improved capabilities would strengthen the resolve of the Palestinian people and deter Israel from attacking them and their holy places.

The drone also highlighted the weakness of Israel's military and security systems which failed to detect the aircraft's entry into Israeli airspace, the PRC wing said.

The brigades congratulated Hezbollah on its achievement, noting that it had developed the drone despite an international embargo and restrictions on weapons transfers. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (4-10 Oct)


Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)

IOF extra-judicially executed a Palestinian man and wounded a second in the southern Gaza Strip.
8 civilian bystanders were wounded, including 4 children and 1 woman.

IOF continued to carry out airstrikes and land attacks on civilian objects in the Gaza Strip.
5 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 children, in shellings, east of Khan Yunis. 2 mosque minarets and a tar factory sustained damages, east of Khan Yunis. An agricultural warehouse was destroyed and a kindergarten was damaged in the northern Gaza Strip.

IOF continued to target fishermen in the Gaza Strip.
IOF opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats four times, arrested 4 fishermen, and confiscated their boats.

IOF used force to disperse peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
Dozens of protestors sustained bruising and suffered from tear gas inhalation.

IOF conducted 46 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and limited incursions in the Gaza Strip. IOF arrested 8 Palestinians, including the wife of a Palestinian prisoner.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. 5 Palestinians, including at least 2 children, were arrested.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
A Palestinian laborer was wounded when Israeli settlers fired at him in the West Bank. IOF prevented the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee from carrying out rehabilitation works in the Old City.

220 olive trees and 20 vineyards were destroyed in Bethlehem and Nablus. Israeli settlers chased Palestinian farmers from their land, as they began to harvest olives for the harvest season. more

Miles of Smiles bring cars modified for disabled people to Gaza


EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Around 150 cars adapted for disabled people are being delivered to the Gaza Strip as part of a Miles of Smiles aid convoy.

Egyptian authorities coordinated the entry of around 51 adapted cars and dozens of activists to Gaza through the Rafah crossing last week, an Egyptian Red Crescent official told Ma'an. The rest of the vehicles will be delivered in two batches, he said.

Nine trucks of clothing will be delivered to Gaza for students and children with special needs next week, donated by Islamic Relief Worldwide, he added.

The Palestinian Legislative Council in the Gaza Strip welcomed the Miles of Smiles activists last week, a statement from the Interior Ministry said.

Deputy PLC speaker Ahmad Bahar said the convoy proved the worldwide support for Palestinians' rights to dignity, independence and freedom. more

Netanyahu denies he authorised withdrawal from Golan Heights in secret negotiations with Syria


The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has denied a report issued by Yediot Ahranot Israeli newspaper which said that Netanyahu and Israel's army minister approved the withdrawal from Golan Heights during secret negotiations between Israel and Syria through an American mediator.

The office responded in a press release, that this report is incorrect and that Israel refused the American initiative. It also added that the report had been published in a time when Israel announced the Israeli elections, in an attempt to influence the Israeli public's confidence in Netanyahu.

This morning, Yediot Ahranot Israeli newspaper reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly talked peace with Syria, but negotiations ended with the unrest in Syria. more