Thursday, 8 November 2012

Israeli army, Gaza militants in firefight

JERUSALEM, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- A firefight erupted after Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired on an Israeli army patrol midday Thursday.

"An Israel Defense Forces unit was on a regular patrol along the security fence alongside central Gaza" when militants opened fire and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the force, an army source told Xinhua, adding that Israeli troops returned fire at " suspicious figures."

The source could not confirm if the army vehicles were hit in the incident, or if more forces were reinforced to the scene. But local media reports quoted the military as saying that a tank was damaged during the attack.

Three Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were wounded Tuesday in a bombing by Palestinian militants along the southern Gaza border. more

Several Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles invade Khan Younis

The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that eight Israeli tanks and four armored military bulldozers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Abasan town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and fired smoke bombs and rounds of live ammunition.

PNN said that Palestinian fighters fired several mortars at the invading tanks and army bulldozers. Israeli drones were heard and seen flying over the area. In related news, a resident of Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, was injured when a grenade he carried detonated. more

Hamas MP says Abbas not welcome in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas-affiliated MP Yahia Mousa said Wednesday he would not welcome Mahmoud Abbas to the Gaza Strip, after the president was reported to have considered a joint visit with the Turkish premier.

"No hello, no welcome, no greeting, your visit is refused. Gaza is the house of the revolution and the revolutionary, and we don't welcome anyone who sells our homeland," Mousa posted on his official Facebook account.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said last week that he plans visit to the Gaza Strip soon, and had had previously proposed a joint visit to the Gaza Strip with President Abbas. "He was warm to the suggestion," Erdogan said. more