Sunday, 28 April 2013

Official: Gaza domestic-use gas crisis unresolved

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The Gaza Strip’s domestic-use gas crisis has been ongoing for about four months, a Gaza official said Saturday.

During this period, the Gaza Strip has been receiving 120 tons of domestic-use gas everyday five days a week, says Abdul-Nasser Muhanna, the director general of the petroleum department in Gaza.

He highlighted that the coastal enclave needed 250 tons every day. more

Three Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza

Israel's air force has carried out three strikes in the Gaza Strip, witnesses have said.

Two airstrikes hit the southern town of Khan Yunis, early on Sunday. The third was near the southern town of Rafah, near the Egyptian border, Palestinian witnesses said.

There were conflicting reports concerning the targets and no reported casualties.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the air force had carried out strikes in the Gaza Strip but told the AFP news agency she could not give further details.

The Israeli authorities also closed on Sunday until further notice the Kerem Shalom goods crossing following a rocket attack, the defence ministry said.

Israel had not carried out Gaza airstrikes since early April, when it launched the first strikes since an Egyptian-brokered truce in November ended a deadly eight-day conflict between Tel Aviv and fighters belonging to Hamas, which governs the territory. more

Egypt arrests 8 Palestinian tunnel smugglers

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces detained eight Palestinian smugglers on Saturday in a border area near the Gaza Strip, security sources said.

Security forces raided a smuggling tunnel in the Rafah area, arresting the men and seizing a truck carrying 22 liters of fuel, a fuel pump, and a hose, security sources told Ma'an.

The smugglers were transferred to the custody of Egyptian security forces for investigation. more