Saturday, 24 November 2012

Hamas says fishing limit to extend under ceasefire deal


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) – Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian officials representing the Hamas-run government in Gaza will meet next Monday in Cairo to discuss the aftermath of the ceasefire agreement.

The Office of Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he was informed by the director of Egyptian intelligence that Israel agreed to allow Gaza fishermen to go six nautical miles off the coast of Gaza instead of three, which has been the limit under Israel's siege.

"Israel has allowed Palestinian fishermen to fish in Gaza's waters at a distance of six miles, up from three miles," Haniyeh's office said.

Israel had no immediate comment. more

Hamas: Ceasefire deal does not include end to arms smuggling


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The ceasefire agreement signed Wednesday with Israel did not include a commitment by Egypt to prevent smuggling of arms into the Gaza Strip, a senior Hamas leader said.

Izzat al-Rishiq wrote on his Facebook page Saturday that “it is not true, as some claim, that the agreement included that Egypt will work with special US units to prevent smuggling of weapons into Gaza.”

He added: “These are Israeli rumors aimed to ease the impact of defeat.” more

Palestine complains to UN after Israel violates Gaza ceasefire


JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Palestine's UN observer has submitted a complaint to the UN Security Council after Israeli forces violated the ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters he filed a complaint after Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man and injured 19 others Friday morning east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip near the borders between Israel and the coastal enclave.

Medical officials on Friday confirmed that 20-year-old Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih, was shot dead east of Khan Younis, and 19 others sustained wounds.

Witnesses said a group of Palestinian farmers were preparing to perform prayers in their fields near the border in the southern Gaza Strip before Israeli soldiers opened fire at them.

The Palestinian Authority’s minister of foreign affairs Riyad al-Maliki described the shooting Friday during a meeting with his Italian counterpart as violation of the ceasefire.

On Thursday medics said four Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire near the fence. An army spokesman said 200 Palestinians approached the fence and "began rioting" before causing damage to the fence. more