Friday, 15 March 2013

Palestinian man dies from injuries sustained in clashes

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man died on Friday from wounds sustained weeks earlier after Israeli forces fired tear gas at his car in northeast Jerusalem, medics said.

Moayad Nazih Ghazawneh, 35, experienced severe heart problems after Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters directly inside his car during clashes in al-Ram three weeks ago, medics told Ma'an.

His heart stopped and he was taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah where he was revived and placed in intensive care.

It is unclear whether Ghazawneh was taking part in the clashes at the time. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Ghazawneh's death is the latest in a series of recent killings in the occupied West Bank.

Mahmoud al-Teiti, a 25-year-old journalism student, died on Tuesday after he was shot in the head with an expanding "dum dum" bullet by Israeli forces in al-Fawwar refugee camp, medics said. more

Chairman defends magazine after Hamas lawsuit threats

CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Chairman of the board at Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine Mamdouh Al-Wali said Friday that he does not intervene editorially in what the magazine publishes and had no role in the story linking Hamas to the deaths of Egyptian soldiers.

Al-Wali told the Egyptian newspaper al-Watan that there were now contacts between the magazine's editor in chief and Hamas leaders in Gaza to resolve the issue and to post a formal reply by the Palestinian side on Al-Ahram magazine.

A day earlier Hamas’ military wing said it would sue the editor-in-chief of the magazine over a report Thursday accusing Hamas leaders of killing Egyptian soldiers in the northern Sinai.

“We will file legal proceedings against the editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram over his false claims,” al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubayda told a news conference in Gaza City Thursday.

“Those writers should have prioritized siding with the Palestinian people.”

Abu Ubayda added that the resistance maintained strong relations with both the Egyptian leadership and the people after the revolution. “The Egyptian people know quite well who the al-Qassam Brigades and Gaza resistance are. The people supported resistance and some did not like that.”

The news conference came after Egypt’s attorney general received a notification from a lawyer urging the AG to take into account reports in Al-Ahram Al-Arabi related to an August attack against an Egyptian military base near the border with Gaza in Rafah killing 16 soldiers. more