Monday, 17 December 2012

IOF Shoots Palestinian Fishing Boats in Gaza, Palestinian Injured


On Monday 17th December, Yediot Ahranot Israeli newspaper said in a press release that Israeli Navy Forces fired gunshots on the Palestinian fishing boats that Israel claimed were discovered outside the fishing limits in the northern Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian was injured and transferred to Brazilai Medical Center in Ashkalon for treatment. more

Hamas: Fatah can celebrate anniversary in Gaza


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-run Ministry of Interior has agreed to allow Fatah to celebrate its 48th anniversary in Gaza, a ministry spokesman said Monday.

Islam Shahwan said government authorities would contact Fatah members to coordinate arrangements for the festival, adding that Hamas would permit the celebrations "to promote the atmosphere of unity."

Earlier, Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Aita said Hamas had refused a request to hold the anniversary festival in Gaza City's al-Katiba Square.

"Al-Katiba square is the only square in Gaza suitable for a big event with a large number of people, and it's the main square for national celebrations," Abu Aita said, noting that Hamas and Islamic Jihad held rallies there. more

Hamas 'refuses Fatah rally' in Gaza City square


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Hamas government in Gaza has refused a request to hold Fatah's 48th anniversary celebrations in Gaza City's al-Katiba Square, a Fatah spokesman said Monday.

Fayez Abu Aita said Fatah "regretted" Hamas' refusal to allow the party to stage a festival in the square, which he said implied that Hamas rejected any Fatah celebrations in the Gaza Strip.

"Al-Katiba square is the only square in Gaza suitable for a big event with a large number of people, and it's the main square for national celebrations," Abu Aita said, noting that Hamas and Islamic Jihad held rallies there. more

Witnesses: Palestinian shot by forces near Gaza border


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot in the chest by Israeli forces near the Gaza border on Sunday, witnesses said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was not aware of the incident, which took place near al-Qarara town in south Gaza.

Locals told Ma'an a man in his 20s suffered a bullet wound after Israeli forces opened fire near the al-Sureij gate on the border.

Israeli troops have fired several times across the border since a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas went into effect in November. more