Sunday, 28 October 2012

3 killed in Gaza tunnel collapse say medic, 4 killed this weelk

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three men were killed when a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border collapsed on Saturday, medics said.

Zuheir Qassem, 25, and two other unidentified men were killed when the Rafah tunnel collapsed.

On Thursday, 23-year-old Walid Nasser Marouf, from Beit Lahiya, died in a tunnel under Gaza's border with Egypt near Rafah, officials said.

Medics say over 160 Palestinians have died in the network of underground tunnels since Israel imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip in 2006. more

Activist charged with “inciting racial hatred” for unfurling Palestinian flag at Israel basketball game in France

Prosecutors in France have charged an activist with “incitement to racial hatred” for briefly running onto the court and unfurling a Palestinian flag during a basketball game played by French and Israeli teams on 25 October.

The game, between Tel Aviv’s Maccabi Electra and the home team in the eastern France city of Chalon, was played under a heavy security presence, with local police taking orders from Israel’s international assassination agency Mossad.

The video shows the activist, who has been identified only as “Layli,” running onto the court before being tackled by security officers. According to Layli, he was roughly treated and hit in the head by security officers, kept in a cell overnight, and then charged and taken before a judge the following day. He will stand trial on 9 November.

Layli said that his action, far from being motivated by “hatred,” was intended to “denounce the policies of a state,” and to “to express my support for the Palestinian people.” more

al-Qassam brigades fighter killed in Israeli airstrike

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the army wing of the Hamas movement, reported that one of its fighters was killed, and another fighter was seriously injured, after being extra judicially targeted, on Saturday night after midnight, by Israeli army shells, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources in Gaza stated that an Israeli war jet fired at least one missile at a group of fighters of the Al-Qassam Brigades, stationed near Salah Ed-Deen road, close to the As-Salaam Hospital in Khan Younis.

The Al-Qassam Brigades identified the slain fighter as Suleiman Al-Qarra, 22, and added that another fighter was seriously wounded.

The Brigades said that its fighters also fired several shells at Israeli military armored vehicles invading an areas east of Khan Younis.

Earlier on Saturday, several armored Israeli military vehicles, and armored bulldozers, invaded Al-Qarara town, east of Khan Younis, while firing dozens of rounds of live ammunition at random. more