Thursday, 6 December 2012

Over 20 hurt in Hebron as soldiers clash with PA police


HEBRON (Ma'an) -- More than 20 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in central Hebron on Thursday afternoon, after a skirmish between Israeli troops and Palestinian police.

Locals said Israeli soldiers had tried to detain an on-duty Palestinian police officer in Bab al-Zawiye in the center of the city.

The police officer resisted and several fellow police officers rushed to his aid, they said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said there was a "clash" between police and the army but did not have further details.

Witnesses told Ma'an that after the incident, Israeli forces deployed extra units and were firing indiscriminately. Local youth threw stones at the troops, and soldiers set off tear gas and fire rubber bullets at the crowd. more

Hamas chief Meshaal due in Gaza on Friday


The Hamas government in Gaza confirmed on Thursday that the movement's politburo chief Khaled Meshaal was due in the coastal territory on Friday to celebrate Hamas's 25th anniversary.

The trip is set to be a historic one for Meshaal, who was born in the West Bank but has not visited the Palestinian territories since he went into exile after the 1967 Six-Day War.

He had been due to visit Gaza at the start of the year, but the trip never happened.

Hamas "announces the visit of Khaled Meshaal, head of the political bureau, tomorrow December 7, to participate in the celebration of the movement's 25th anniversary," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

During the visit, Meshaal will meet members of different Palestinian movements and residents of Gaza, "as well as representatives of the families of martyrs, prisoners and those injured in the last Israeli aggression against Gaza," the statement added.

The visit, Abu Zuhri added, was "a fruit of the victory of the resistance over the occupation."

Meshaal's trip comes after a ceasefire that ended eight days of conflict between Israel and Gaza militant groups. more

Israeli soldiers ransack homes in Nablus


NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stormed the West Bank village of Barqa west of Nablus early Thursday and ransacked 36 homes, a Palestinian official said.

Wael Daghlas, a member of the Barqa village council, told Ma'an that hundreds of soldiers were involved in the raid.

Rafat Seif, 48, a resident of the village, told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed his house at 2 a.m. without warning. Soldiers gathered his family members in one room during the raid, he said.

Seif said Israeli forces ransacked the home and destroyed the contents. He pointed out that his four children did not go to school because they had no clothes to wear.

A Ma'an photographer confirmed the accounts and said Israeli forces also ransacked the house of the Salah family.

Family member Iyad Salah is a long-term prisoner in Israeli jail. The soldiers destroyed his brother's bedroom.

Iyad's 76-year-old mother said "I was awake until 2 a.m., and the Israeli forces came and ransacked the house. more

King of Jordan arrives in Ramallah


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Ramallah on Thursday, in the first visit by an Arab leader since Palestine's admission to the United Nations as a state.

President Mahmoud Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, welcomed the king along with PLO and Fatah members as well as ministers and members of clergy. more