Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Palestinian killed, 3 hurt in Israeli attack on northern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli fire killed a Palestinian man and injured three others late Tuesday after Israel's army said six rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed across the border, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said three Palestinians were transferred to Kamal Adwan hospital in Jabaliya for treatment of injuries sustained in the attack in the northern Gaza Strip. One person was seriously hurt and the others sustained moderate injuries, al-Qidra added.

The Israeli army said a hit was confirmed after aircraft targeted a rocket launching squad in the northern Gaza Strip, during its final preparations to fire rockets towards southern Israel. more

Ship to Gaza Sweden statement: Israeli Navy used tasers and beat passengers

(Parents of Israeli activist, Elik Elhanan, protest with other activists outside the Ashdod police station, after three Israeli activists were arrested on the Estelle ship on their way to Gaza, October 20, 2012 - Photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills)

Oct. 22, 2012 - by Ship to Gaza Sweden

The Israeli activists detained on board the Estelle were released
Elik Elhanan: excessive force was used against us, without any reason

Electric shocks by taser out of vengeful hatred
A Greek MP was beaten by Shabak Security Service interrogators

"I am now on my way home, but I keep thinking of my shipmates, my fellow activists from abroad who are still imprisoned under harsh conditions and undergo interrogation by the Shabak Security Service, among them Parliament Members from several countries," said Elik Elhanan, one of the Israeli activists who had sailed aboard the Gaza-bound Swedish ship "Estelle". Today, the court ordered his release and that of two other detained Israelis, Yonatan Shapira and Reut Mor. "At first they tried to charge us with all kinds of very serious felonies, such as 'aiding the enemy'. The court rejected this out of hand. Today they tried a article on the law books called "Attempted infiltration into a part of the Land of Israel which is not part of the State of Israel" (sic). But the court threw out this charge, too." The detained activists were represented by Attorney Gaby Lasky and her team, who have considerable experience with Human Rights cases.

The released detainees were cheerfully greeted by peace activists who arrived at the courtroom, among them Elik Elhanan's parents - Rami Elhanan and Nurit Peled-Elhanan, who is the daughter of the late Major General Matti Peled. Smadar Elhanan, Elik's sister, was killed in a suicide bombing at the center of Jerusalem – a harsh experience which made surviving family members all the more determined to strive for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, so as to prevent further casualties on either side. more

Health Ministry: Gaza death toll rises to 3 from Monday airstrikes

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's Health Ministry says a 29-year-old man has died after he was hurt in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun.

Khalil al-Kafarneh died in hospital after he was injured in an Israeli airstrike on al-Sikka Street, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that forces had not bombed that area.

Israel's army said it had bombed two sites in northern Gaza earlier Monday morning targeting militants. more

Qatar ruler begins landmark visit to Gaza

The emir of Qatar has arrived in the Gaza Strip - the first head of state to visit since the Islamist group Hamas came to power there in 2007.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is expected to launch a $254m (£158m) construction project to help rebuild the war-torn Palestinian territory.

Qatar has become one of Hamas's main benefactors since it fell out with Syria and has had a rift with Iran.

The Palestinian Authority expressed reservations about the emir's visit.

Sheikh Hamad flew to Egypt and crossed into Gaza by car amid tight security.

The Hamas interior ministry said it had a "well-prepared plan" to protect the emir, deploying thousands of security personnel and blocking roads to Gaza City's stadium, where he is expected to address a crowd. more

Resistance bomb wounds Israeli officer on Gaza border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- An Israeli officer was severely wounded on Tuesday when a bomb went off beside an army patrol along the border with the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said.

The attack came on the same day that the Emir of Qatar was due to arrive in Gaza in the first visit by a head of state to the blockaded enclave since it was taken over in 2007 by the Islamist Hamas movement.

No militant group claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. An Israeli military statement said the soldiers were on a "routine patrol adjacent to the security fence in the central Gaza Strip" when the explosion occurred.

The officer was evacuated by helicopter to hospital, the statement added.

On Monday, Israel killed two Palestinian militants, one of them a Hamas gunman, in airstrikes on the coastal enclave. more