Monday, 22 October 2012

Israeli forces arrest 4 Gaza fishermen

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested four Gaza fishermen on Monday and took them to an unknown destination, Gaza's ministry of agriculture said.

Ramez Izzat Baker, Khamis Subhi Baker, Bayan Subhi Baker, and Omar Muhammad Baker were detained while fishing off the coast near Gaza City.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said navy forces detained the fishermen for questioning because they deviated from the designated fishing area. Warning shots were also fired in the air, she added.

Under Israel's maritime blockade, Palestinians are forbidden from fishing more than three nautical miles from the coast. During the Oslo accords negotiators had agreed on 20 nautical miles of fishing access along Gaza's coastline. more

Islamic University in Gaza awards honorary doctorate to Chomsky

The Islamic University in Gaza yesterday awarded an honorary doctorate to the American linguist and thinker Noam Chomsky. The world renowned figure has been attending a linguistic conference in the Gaza. Prof Chomsky told students that the Israeli war of 2008-09 on the territory had decisively changed the balance of world public opinion in favour of the Palestinian people.

More people have become better informed of what is happening on the ground in Palestine, he said. This shift in public opinion had enhanced the work of the international solidarity movement. Hundreds of students turned out at the Islamic

University to welcome their distinguished guest and his visiting delegation. Prof Chomsky also met with a number of civil society leaders and government officials, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who thanked him for his outstanding support. On its part, the University awarded Prof Chomsky an honorary doctorate for his efforts for truth and freedom in Palestine. more

Egypt delays Gaza fuel delivery until Tuesday

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities have delayed fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip until Tuesday, Egyptian sources said.

Fuel donated by Qatar was scheduled to be pumped in limited quantities to Gaza on Sunday, a Gaza official said this week.

Egyptian authorities told Ma'an's correspondent that the delivery will be postponed until Tuesday, in order to put in place stricter security procedures to transfer the fuel from Suez Port across the Sinai to the Al-Auja crossing.

Around 450,000 liters of diesel donated by Qatar, to be transported in eight tankers, will be delivered to Gaza, Egyptian sources added. more

Israeli airstrikes kill 2 in Beit Hanoun and injure 4 in Jabalia

Update: air strike on Beit Hanoun kills 2 GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Four Palestinians were injured on Monday morning as Israeli warplanes bombarded the Tal al-Zaatar neighborhood of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, officials said.

Spokesman of Gaza's ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that the four people were evacuated to Kamal Udwan Hospital in north Gaza.

Israel's army said it "targeted a rocket launching squad ... in response to mortar shell fire at a routine (army) patrol in the area."

It said a direct hit was confirmed.

Separately, dozens of Israeli military tanks entered within the borders of the northern Gaza Strip near Beit Hanoun, while warplanes hovered over the area, according to eyewitnesses. more