Friday, 28 June 2013

Egypt deports 11 Palestinians who entered through tunnels

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities on Friday deported 11 Palestinians who entered Egypt through tunnels from the Gaza Strip, a security official said.

The Palestinians were detained after arriving in Egypt's Sinai through smuggling tunnels without any travel documents, an Egyptian security official told Ma'an. more

Hamas: Turkey PM to visit Gaza on July 5

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the Gaza Strip next week, a senior official in the ruling Hamas movement told a newspaper on Thursday, despite opposition from Washington.

“The visit of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is to take place on July 5,” Abdelsalam Siyyam, secretary general of the Hamas government said in an interview with Falestin, a newspaper considered very close to the Islamist movement.

The Turkish leader has long pledged to push ahead with plans to visit the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, despite opposition from the United States which says it would be a “distraction” from efforts to revive the peace process.

Washington also fears such a visit could damage the rapprochement between Israel and Turkey which was personally brokered by President Barack Obama in March.

“Two Turkish delegations, one governmental and one press, arrived in Gaza two days ago and met with prime minister [Ismail] Haniya and deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad to look into the details of the visit,” Siyyam told the paper. more

Medics: Ramallah man shot in chest in clashes with soldiers

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian man in the chest with a live bullet during clashes in Qalandiya refugee camp early Friday, medics said.

The victim, in his 20s, was taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah where he underwent surgery, medics told Ma'an.

Locals said Israeli forces raided the camp, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, at around 1 a.m. Palestinians clashed with the Israeli soldiers, who fired live ammunition and plastic-coated bullets, witnesses told Ma'an. more