Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Report: Mossad agents detained Gaza man in Sinai

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Mossad agents detained a Palestinian in Egypt's Sinai in June, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

An Israeli judge cleared news of the arrest for publication on Wednesday and said Wael Abu Rida, from Gaza. He was detained on suspicion of "offenses of national security," the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

A magistrates' court in Beersheba on Wednesday extended Abu Rida's remand by eight days, the report said.

Judge Yuval Livadaro allowed the publication of some details in Israeli media, but extended the gag order of other details by 10 days.

The detainee's wife, Amani Abu Rida, had told Ma'an on July 3 that her husband disappeared during a visit to Egypt for medical treatment. more

Rafah crossing opens for 2 days

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing on Wednesday after a five-day closure, allowing stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip.

The terminal will reopen in both directions for two days, the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior in Gaza said Tuesday.

For those leaving the Gaza Strip, priority will be given to those with visas for foreign countries, Egyptian citizens and patients who require medical treatment abroad, said Mahir Abu Sabha, Palestinian director of borders and crossings.

Egypt's army closed the terminal on Friday amid unrest in Sinai following the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Two people died in a militant attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai on Wednesday. Near Rafah, militants shelled a police base with mortar rounds and fired truck-mounted heavy machine gun, and attacked another police checkpoint in the town of El-Arish, some 45 kilometers west of Rafah. more