Monday, 31 December 2012

Witnesses: Israeli tanks breach south Gaza border


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered around 100 meters inside the southern Gaza Strip to level land on Monday, witnesses told Ma'an.

They said several vehicles entered via the Sufa area of the border and dug up land in the al-Nahda area east of Rafah city. more

PCBS: Palestinian population reaches 11.6 million in 2012


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The population of Palestinians around the world totaled 11.6 million in 2012, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said.

Based on the latest population projections, the bureau said 4.4 million Palestinians reside inside Palestine, 1.4 million in Israel, 5.5 million in Arab countries, and 655,000 in other states.

In Palestine, 2.7 million reside in the West Bank and 1.7 million in Gaza Strip. Of them, 44.2 percent are refugees. more