Sunday, 20 October 2013

Israel prevents entry of 120 trucks into Gaza

Sunday October 20, 2013, the Israeli Authorities refused to allow 120 trucks, loaded with construction material, into the Gaza Strip as they tried to cross through the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) terminal between Gaza and Israel.

Palestinian Legislator, Jamal Al-Khodary, stated that preventing construction materials from entering Gaza means denying thousands of workers any chance of earning a living, and is costing the Gaza Strip significant loses as it is also obstructing vital projects, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported.

He added that the list of supplies Israel refuses to allow into Gaza is long, and includes construction materials of different sorts, and added that Israel is also preventing the Palestinians in Gaza from exporting their goods and produce, an issue that constitutes collective punishment that violates international Law.

“This is collective punishment against the Palestinians”, he said, “This is part of the ongoing escalation against Gaza, and the siege that continues for the seventh year”. more

Palestinian man shot at close range by Israeli forces in Hebron

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers on Saturday in the Wadi al-Khalil area south of Hebron.

Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma'an that Ismael Mashni, 23, was shot in both feet by Israeli forces.

He was subsequently taken in a private car to a medical center in al-Dhahiriya and later moved to Hebron Governmental Hospital.

Witnesses said that Mashni was shot from close range by the Israeli forces, but had no more details.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that the man was seen "damaging the security fence" near the Israeli town of Meitar. more