Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Israeli forces enter border area in north Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces entered an area in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, locals said.

Israeli bulldozers and tanks entered 300 meters into an area of land used for farming east of Beit Hanoun, witnesses said. more

Hamas dismisses 'shortsighted' PA criticism of Erdogan Gaza visit

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan’s visit to the Gaza Strip reflects his support to the Palestinian people, a senior Hamas official said Monday.

Salah al-Bardawil told Ma’an that the “arrival of any Arab and Islamic supporters to the Gaza Strip or the West Bank is advantageous to the Palestinian people.”

However, he added, “the Palestinian Authority is shortsighted as they weigh things only from a partial angle.”

He added: “They see that any move to support the Palestinian people in Gaza is consolidating domination (by Hamas) as a representative of the Palestinian people.”

This is baseless, he said, pointing out that a reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah is underway, and at this stage it is wrong to think that any support to Hamas harms Palestinian representation. more