Friday, 7 June 2013

Gaza joins Global March to Jerusalem

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators will march to the northern Gaza Strip on Friday as activists participate in the Global March to Jerusalem in cities around the world.

Palestinians, joined by 33 solidarity activists from eight European and Arab countries, will head to the Hamodeh station after Friday prayers, said Majed al-Zeida, a spokesman for the global rally.

The march intends to warn Israel that Jerusalem is not solely for the Jewish people and that any harm to the Holy City could cause an uprising, al-Zeida said in a statement.

It also demonstrates solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied city, and calls for Arab support for Jerusalem, he added.

Palestinians from all political factions, including rivals Hamas and Fatah, will be united in the march, the spokesman said, adding: "We need this march in light of the division."

Minister of Interior Fathi Hamad and general director of internal security Salah al-Din Abu Sharekh have ordered preparations to secure the rally, including facilitating traffic control, said ministry official Mohammad Khalaf.

Khalaf told Ma'an the demonstrations would end in a secure zone far from the border with Israel.

Simultaneous marches are planned in dozens of European and Arab cities. more

Israeli forces detain 2 fishermen off Gaza coast

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip and confiscated their boat overnight Thursday.

Israeli naval forces detained Khader al-Saeidi and Hassan Murad off the northwestern coast of the enclave, said Mahfouth Kabariti, head of an association for fishermen in Gaza.

The forces also took their boat, Kabariti told Ma'an.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that two fishermen were taken for questioning because they deviated from the designated fishing zone.

In May, the Israeli government re-extended Gaza's fishing zone to six miles, after reducing it in March following a rocket attack from the coastal territory. more

Palestinian killed, four Injured, in clashes between police, gunmen in Gaza

Thursday June 6 2013, one Palestinian was killed and four Policemen have been injured during clashes between Palestinian policemen and gunmen in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, the Wattan TV have reported.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stated that the slain Palestinian is one of its fighters, and that he was killed by gunmen fire as he passing through the area when clashes between the Police and members of Salman family in the area.

Ayyoub Abu Sha’ar, spokesperson of the Police in Beit Lahia, stated that the Police tried to provide the needed medical attention to Mohammad Salem Abu Sitta, 25, but he died of his wounds. more