Monday, 13 May 2013

2 injured at military training site in northern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian militants were seriously injured Monday afternoon at a military training site in the northern Gaza Strip, medics and activists said.

Palestinian medical sources and human rights groups told Ma’an that an explosion was heard at a training site belonging to one of the resistance groups in northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the sources added, two militants sustained serious burns all over their bodies.

It is not immediately clear which group the militants belong to. more

PA: Settlers exhume graves, spray racist graffiti

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Monday exhumed a number of graves and sprayed racist graffiti in the Sawiya village in Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who heads the PA settlement activity file, said settlers from the Alia settlement were responsible for the damage.

He added that a plant nursery and two tractors, belonging to local Abdel Azziz Nasserallah, were also damaged in the attack.

The attack follows clashes on Saturday in the Burin village in Nablus, when dozens of settlers marched into the village.

One villager in Burin was slightly hurt in the hand by a stone and another passed out from tear gas fired by Israeli troops trying to separate the two groups, an AFP journalist said.

The military said that Israeli soldiers also fired rubber-coated bullets, lightly wounding a Palestinian who was given first aid on the spot.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP that about 50 settlers and 20 Palestinians were involved in the confrontation. more

Clashes as Israel detains 2 al-Aqsa brigade members in Jenin

JENIN (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out Monday morning in the Jenin refugee camp as Israeli forces detained two members of the Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, locals said.

Locals said the fighting continued for two hours after Israeli forces raided the al-Jabaryat area of the camp at 4 a.m., detaining Raed Amin Dababa and Mohammad al-Amer.

A large military convoy was seen in the camp and two helicopters were overheard in the area, they added.

The two detainees are exempt from arrest by Israel under a deal with the Palestinian Authority signed in 2007, allowing Palestinian fighters who renounced violence against Israel and gave up arms immunity from detention.

Clashes also broke out after Israeli forces deployed near the local Martyrs' Cemetery. Locals threw stones and glass bottles at soldiers, who responded with live bullets and tear gas, locals said, reporting no injuries. more