Sunday, 14 October 2012

Israeli strike kills 2 in central Gaza, 2 wounded - 5 killed today

(A relative of Palestinian militant Yasser al-Atal mourns over his body during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip October 14, 2012. - Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two men were killed and two others seriously injured in an Israeli airstrike on central Gaza on Sunday afternoon, medics said.

Israeli warplanes launched a deadly strike on a tuk-tuk vehicle in Deir al-Balah, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an.

He said the casualties were all evacuated to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

Medics identified the victims as 23-year-old Izz Addin Abu Nuseira, and 22-year-old Ahmad Abu Fatayir who succumbed to his injuries upon arrival at hospital.

Israel's army said it targeted a "terrorist squad" who had just fired a rocket from the central Gaza Strip at Israel, adding that a hit was confirmed.

The two victims brought Gaza's death toll from Israeli airstrikes to 5 within 24 hours. more

Cancer often a death sentence in Gaza

(Image Credit: Nasser Najjar/Gulf News A ribbon for breast cancer awareness is displayed in the Gaza Strip. The ribbon is believed to be the biggest in the world.)

Gaza: Sitting on the Gaza beach Eman Shanoun, a breast cancer survivor, 45, is witnessing the procedures of measuring the biggest awareness ribbon in the world by the Guinness World Records.

Eman said: “It was a normal day like any other. Thirteen years ago I went to the clinic assuming that I might have a small problem in my skin, but the doctor there transferred me to Al Shifa hospital, I felt there might be something and tried to check up myself and remained optimistic but after two weeks later my doctor informed me that I have breast cancer.”

Eman said: “After the doctor mentioned cancer I didn’t hear anything else. I stood speechless and my mind was full of fear and thoughts on one thing, my daughter. The first question I asked the doctor was the cancer hereditary and when he answered ‘not usually’ I felt a little bit of relief.”

“Pain, frustration, fear and hope become daily feelings for me and there were days, especially in the beginning of the treatment, when I thought that my end was near and the only thing that gave me hope were my daughter and son,” Eman added.

With more than 40 per cent unemployment, few people in Gaza can afford the costs of referral and receiving treatment outside the coastal territory.

She added, “Despite my husband getting a good salary from the Palestinian Authority we barely could manage the cost of medical treatment since the drugs and chemical medication were so expensive and I also had to travel a lot to Egypt for treatment.” The hospitals in the Gaza Strip can hardly provide any services or medical treatment to patients who have cancer because of the huge lack of the required equipment and medicines. more

Death toll from Gaza airstrikes rises to 3

GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed a Palestinian gunman and wounded another on Sunday, hospital officials said, hours after Israel killed the leader of a Salafi militant group.

An Israeli military spokesman said the men targeted in southern Gaza had been preparing to fire rockets into Israel.

Medics said Yasser al-Atakal, 24, was killed in the strike on his motorbike east of Khan Younis, and another person was seriously wounded.

The air strike came hours after Israel killed two other militants in a similar attack in the northern town of Jabalia late on Saturday.

Both Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, and Israel identified one of the men killed in the earlier attack as Salafi leader Hisham Al-Saedni, 52, also known as Abu Al-Walid Al-Maqdisi.

Medics said the other man killed in the strike was Al-Saedni's bodyguard Fayiq Abu-Jather. A 10-year-old boy who was passing by the area was also wounded. more

Israeli airstrike kills 1, injures 2 in north Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza killed one person and injured two others on Saturday, a Ma'an correspondent said.

The strike targeted a motorbike in the city of Jabalia, instantly killing one man and injuring two others. The wounded were taken to hospital for treatment, with one said to be in a critical condition.

Another airstrike east of Gaza City targeted a building belonging to the military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam brigades, Ma'an's correspondent quoted witnesses as saying.

Israel's army said it had targeted "terror operatives of the (Shura) Council of the Mujahideen, a Gaza-based Global Jihad affiliate," a statement said.

No militant group in Gaza claimed the men as members, but the Shura Council of the Mujahideen did claim responsibility for a rocket that was fired into Israel on Friday and that landed near a house in the Israeli town of Netivot. more