Saturday, 21 September 2013

Israeli soldier killed near Qalqiliya

QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- An Israeli soldier was killed in a Qalqiliya village on Friday, Israel's army said.

Sergeant Tomer Hazan, 20, was killed by Nidal Amar, 42, a resident of Beit Amin in Qalqiliya, Israel's army said.

Israeli intelligence services had received information about the disappearance of Hazan late Friday.

Intelligence reports indicated that the soldier had shared a taxi with Nidal Amar to the illegal settlement of Shaarei Tikva, which is opposite the Palestinian village of Beit Amin.

Amar convinced Hazan to come back to his village and once there lured him to an open area north of Beit Amin and killed him, Israel's army said. more

Egypt again closes Rafah crossing after partial opening since Monday

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Saturday, officials said.

"Egypt is concerned about the security of Palestinian citizens as Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid continue to blaze with explosions occurring from time to time," an Egyptian security official told Ma'an.

The crossing had been operating at a reduced capacity since Monday, after being closed for seven days due to the security situation in Sinai.

There have been frequent closures of the Rafah terminal in recent weeks due to political unrest in Egypt and violence in the Sinai peninsula. more