Friday, 7 December 2012

Human Rights Watch: Israeli airstrike on Dalou house unlawful

On Friday, 7th December, Yediot Ahranot Israeli newspaper said in a press release that a human rights group accused Israel of violating the laws of war when it killed 12 civilians in an airstrike during its recent conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Israel attacked the home of the al-Dalou family in Gaza City, killing 10 family members and two other civilians. Israel's army claimed the home was a hideout for a senior Hamas terrorist involved in rocket attacks.

Human Rights Watch said the man Israel targeted was a low-ranking police officer. In its report released Friday, it said Israel's attack was unlawful because of the large number of civilians killed. more

Israel returns body of Palestinian shot by agents

TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Friday returned the body of a man killed by Israeli security agents in the northern West Bank this week. Construction worker Hatem Shadid, 37, was shot dead by members of the Israeli internal security service, the Shin Bet, on Monday. His car had collided with their vehicle on a West Bank road, and Israeli officials said he attacked the agents with an axe, a charge denied by his family. more

Mashaal: Today Gaza, tomorrow Jerusalem

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal made his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Friday, telling crowds he hoped his next visit would be to Jerusalem, Ramallah and a liberated Palestine.

After passing through the Egyptian border crossing, Mashaal knelt on the ground to offer a prayer of thanks and was then greeted by dozens of officials from an array of competing factions lined up to meet him in warm December sun.

Mashaal praised the people of Gaza and the political factions in his first ever speech on Palestinian soil. "We politicians are in debt to the people of Gaza," he said.

The leader was briefly tearful as he was welcomed by Gaza's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

Mashaal said his visit to Gaza was his "third birth" referring to an assassination attempt by Israeli Mossad agents in 1997 as his previous "re-birth."

Haniyeh welcomed Mashaal's arrival as a historic moment in Palestinian history. more