Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Witnesses: Israeli forces arrest 2 Gaza fishermen


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested two fishermen off Gaza's northern coast on Tuesday, locals said.

Mahmoud Saad Allah and his brother Muhammad were arrested by Israel's navy and taken to an unknown location, witnesses told Ma'an.

Their fishing boats were also confiscated.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not return calls seeking comment on the incident.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Monday expressed concern over an escalation in Israeli attacks on fishermen in Gaza.

On Monday morning, Israeli gunboats opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat at close range, wounding two fishermen, PCHR said in a statement. more

Hundreds of prisoners launch solidarity hunger strike


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Around 800 prisoners in Israeli jails launched a one day hunger strike on Tuesday to show solidarity with long-term hunger strikers, a prisoner group said.

Prisoners in the Israeli jails of Nafha, Ramon and Eshel launched the strike action to put pressure on Israeli prison authorities to deal with the demands of long-term hunger-strikers, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine all announced that they would participate in solidarity strike action, the PPS said.

On Monday, protesters rallied in Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah in support of hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails, with Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe warning of a popular uprising.

On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians protested across the West Bank in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, sparking clashes with Israeli forces. more