Sunday, 22 September 2013

Gaza builders get rare shipment of cement


GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Israel on Sunday permitted delivery of cement and steel for use by the private sector into the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007, a Palestinian Authority official said.

"Israel allowed today for the first time in six years, the entry of 40 trucks filled with gravel, 20 trucks loaded with cement and 10 with steel for the private sector in Gaza" Raed Fattouh, the PA official in charge of Gaza supplies, said in a statement.

Fearing that Gaza's Hamas rulers would use construction materials to fortify its positions and build tunnels to aid attacks, Israel banned their transfer in 2007.

In a truce deal after an eight-day confrontation with Hamas in November 2012, Israel started letting 20 trucks of gravel in each day. more

Hundreds of Israeli right-wing extremists enter Aqsa mosque under guard


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Over 300 Israeli rightists entered the al-Aqsa compound on Sunday, a local foundation said.

The al-Aqsa foundation said that four groups consisting of rabbis, families and rightists entered the mosque compound via the Mughrabi Gate under heavy armed guard and toured the area.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Islamic endowment told Ma'an that around 342 rightists entered the area for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Eyewitnesses said that a group of rightists tried to perform religious rituals but were prevented from doing so by Palestinian worshipers.

"The break in to al-Aqsa is unacceptable to the Islamic Waqf and this number of incursions within a few hours is unprecedented," al-Khatib said. more