Friday, 2 November 2012

'Ark' loaded with Gaza exports to set sail in 2013

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The first siege-breaking ship to originate inside Gaza is set to depart for an early 2013 voyage to take goods to international markets, a Red Crescent official said Friday.

Muna al-Farra says the "Gaza Ark" aims to break the Israeli blockade with help from French and Canadian activists in partnership with Palestinian activists and traders.

The ship will have 13 activists on board with an undetermined number of Palestinian traders. The voyage is expected to depart in the first months of 2013, al-Farra said.

Organizers expect to load agricultural products onto the ship after coordinating with foreign ports. The ship will also accompany Palestinian fishermen to protect them from Israeli gunboats. more

Turkey’s prime minister says he plans to visit Gaza Strip

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he wants to visit Gaza Strip and described last month’s visit there by the emir of Qatar as a positive step.

Vatan newspaper quotes Erdogan as saying Friday he will determine the date of his trip with Gaza’s Hamas leadership.

On Oct. 23, Qatar’s Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani became the first head of state to visit Gaza since Hamas militants seized power there five years ago. more

Israel arrests man who allegedly transferred large sums to Hamas

The “Israeli Internal Security Services” Shin Bet claimed that it managed to arrest a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who allegedly participated in transferring large sums of cash for the Hamas movement and its armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, in the Gaza Strip.

The Shin Bet stated Thursday that, on September 6, the army kidnapped Maher Atiyya Abu Jibba, 41, who works in the import of iron into Gaza, while he was trying to cross into Israel through the Erez terminal; he carried a valid permit issued by Israel.

The Shin Bet added that, upon searching him, the soldiers found NIS 114.000 (Approximately $ 29.000) on him.

The Israeli Police claims that Abu Jibba admitted during interrogation that he transferred large sums of cash to the Hamas leadership in the coastal region, and that other sums were deposited, by Hamas leaders abroad, in his bank account, in addition to the claim that he provided the Al-Qassam Brigades with large quantities of iron used in the construction of tunnels, military facilities and equipment. more

Palestinian seriously wounded by Israeli fire on central Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A 22-year-old Palestinian was seriously wounded on Friday morning by Israeli tank fire on the central Gaza Strip, medics said.

Witnesses said Israeli artillery fired several shells on a group of farmers east of Al-Bureij refugee camp.

Ministry of health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said a young man was brought to al-Aqsa hospital with serious wounds to the neck and chest. more