Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Official: Rafah crossing to operate until Friday

CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza until Friday to allow hajj pilgrims and humanitarian cases to cross, an Egyptian official said.

Sami Mitwali, Egyptian director of the Rafah terminal, told Ma'an that hajj pilgrims from Gaza will be be traveling to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The crossing will operate from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily.

On Sunday, stranded Palestinian travelers tried to storm through the gates of the crossing to protest delays at the terminal.

The Gaza ministry of interior said around 5,000 people were stranded on the Palestinian side. more

Israeli bombards northern Gaza following killing of Palestinian civilian

Israeli soldiers stationed across the border with Gaza fired a number of shells into an area, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The attack came after a Palestinian was killed, and another was injured in the area.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli tanks fired at least four shells, while the soldiers fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition in addition to firing flares.

The shells landed and detonated in Bayyaret Al-Basha (Pasha Orchard), east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli sources said that soldiers, in charge of operating surveillance systems across the border with Gaza, noticed what was described as “suspicious movement” close to the border fence. more

Israel denies entry to members of team monitoring attacks on Palestinians in Hebron

Israeli occupation authorities have denied entry to a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an organization that has monitored Israeli abuses against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank City of Hebron for almost two decades.

While this is not the first time individual members of CPT have been denied entry, it is apparently the first time occupation forces have cited CPT’s activities as the reason.

The timing could also be significant, as Israel has mounted a brutal crackdown and arrest campaign against residents of Hebron ever since an Israeli occupation soldier was shot dead in the city on 22 September. more