Monday, 1 April 2013

Protestors close UNRWA office at Gaza refugee camp

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Protesters on Monday closed an UNRWA office at al-Bureij refugee camp in a protest against cuts of services.

The protesters forced staff of the UN refugee agency's services office to leave, but there were no injuries or damage.

Protesters called on UNRWA to stop cutting services, and to solve the issue of Palestinian refugees. They said UNRWA was responsible for Palestinian refugees according to international resolutions.

The protest action was an escalation of demonstrations by the leaderships of refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip against UNRWA's "policy" of cutting services.

UNRWA's central district representative Khalil al-Halabi and the director of UNRWA operations of the central districts, Sami al-Salhi, attended the protest.

Al-Halabi promised to pass on the protesters' message to UNRWA. more

Official: Hamas set to announce leader

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas will most likely select Khalid Mashaal as the head of its politburo for a fourth time late Monday, a senior member of the Islamic movement said.

"Tonight, the presidency of the political bureau will be resolved, and most likely Khalid Mashaal will remain" the Hamas leader for another term, Ahmad Yousef told Ma'an.

He said the Shura Council, Hamas' political leadership, would present the names of nominees and then the council will vote. Elections are usually held in total secrecy.

Mashaal had indicated previously he would not seek another term, but officials told Ma'an that Arab and Palestinian figures asked him to seek the top spot once again.

In an interview Wednesday, Mashaal downplayed the idea he would represent Hamas to run for the Palestinian presidency, but he said heading the PLO was a possibility. more