Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Demonstrations in Gaza against Obama's visit

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Palestinian protesters on Wednesday torched photos of US President Barack Obama and US flags in front of office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gaza City.

The protest started as dozens marched from the Unknown Soldier statue toward the UN office waving Palestinian flags. Representatives of nationalist and Islamic factions joined the rally. The protesters chanted slogans against Obama’s visit to the region.

“We are out here today to say enough to the ongoing pressure on the Palestinian people and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority seeking to impose a unilateral settlement, and US preconditions forcing the PA to make more concessions,” said senior leader of the Islamic Jihad movement Khalid al-Batsh.

Obama’s visit, he added, does not serve the Palestinian people’s interests, but rather support the idea of a Jewish state, and maintains Israel’s military superiority. more

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Palestinian Houses, South of Gaza Strip

On Wednesday 20th March, Israeli occupation forces stationed at military guard towers east of Khan Younes, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fired toward Palestinian houses and properties.

Eyewitnesses said that soldiers opened fire toward Palestinian houses and properties in al-Fakhari village, east of Khan Younes. more