Saturday, 24 August 2013

Ministry: Jailed Gaza engineer transferred to hospital

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Prison Service has transferred Dirar Abu Sisi, an engineer from Gaza who was abducted in Ukraine, to Ramle prison clinic, the PA ministry of prisoners' affairs said Saturday.

Ministry lawyer Rami al-Alami said Abu Sisi suffered from health problems in his heart, kidney, gallbladder and eyes.

Raafat Hamdona, director of the Gaza prisoner center, told AFP that Abu Sisi began a hunger strike on Aug. 16 to demand his release from solitary imprisonment and be allowed visits of members of his family from Gaza.

Israeli Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Thursday that Abu Sisi had begun a hunger strike three days earlier and that "all his personal items and electric appliances were removed from his cell, except for a fan." more

Official: Rafah crossing to operate 4 hours daily

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing on the border with Gaza for four hours daily from Saturday, an official said.

Sami Mitwalli, director of the Egyptian side of the terminal, said the crossing would open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mitwalli told Ma'an that around 150 Palestinians were waiting on the Egyptian side of the border to return to the Gaza Strip, and several buses of passengers were waiting in Gaza to enter Egypt.

Egypt announced it was closing the Rafah crossing "indefinitely" on Aug. 15 for security reasons after deadly violence nationwide.

The crossing is the only way most Palestinians in Gaza can enter or leave the territory. Israel imposes an air and sea blockade on the enclave, and its border is closed to Palestinians. more