Monday, 21 October 2013

Israeli army makes incursion into central Gaza


[Monday October 21, 2013] A number of Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmlands east of Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza, and fired rounds of live ammunition.

Eyewitnesses said that seven armored vehicles, including thee bulldozers, invaded the farmlands, while the soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition targeting farmlands and homes in the area.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the soldiers bulldozed and uprooted agricultural lands before withdrawing from the area. WAFA added that the vehicles came from a military base across the border fence.

Israeli soldiers conduct frequent invasions into Palestinian areas close to the northern and eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, and prevent the farmers from entering their lands, especially those located close to the border. more

Hamas military wing says it dug tunnel into Israel


GAZA CITY (AFP) -- The military wing of Hamas on Monday claimed responsibility for a tunnel built under the border between Gaza and Israel.

"This tunnel was made by the hand of the fighters of (Izzadine) al-Qassam and they will not sleep in their efforts to hit the occupation and kidnap soldiers," the group's spokesman Abu Obeida told Hamas's al-Aqsa radio.

"We are working on the ground and under the ground to release the prisoners (held by Israel)," he said.

"Kidnapping soldiers is the only way to succeed against the (Israeli) occupation."

Israeli officials last Sunday said troops had uncovered a tunnel running from Gaza 450 meters into Israel and allegedly intended as a springboard for attacks.

In June 2006 a group of Hamas and other militants entered into Israel through a cross-border tunnel and seized Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. more