Saturday, 26 October 2013

Explosion rocks car of resistance fighter in Gaza

Palestinian sources reported Friday [October 25, 2013] that a car owned by a senior resistance fighter was hit by an explosion in the center of the Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The explosion did not lead to any casualties, but completely destroyed the car, and caused damage to nearby homes.

The Maan News Agency has reported that unknown persons placed an explosive charge in the car of the fighter, only identified as “A. D”, and apparently left the scene before the explosives went off.

The car belongs to a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), an armed group operating in Gaza. Israeli sources alleged that the attack is part of internal conflicts within the PRC.

Fighters of the Salah Ed-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committee, along with fighters of the Army of Islam, and the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, were behind the abduction of Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit from an Israeli military base across the border on June 25 2006. more

Israel denies EU delegation entry to Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli government on Wednesday denied an official European Union delegation entry to the Gaza Strip, claiming the visit would strengthen the ruling Hamas movement.

Six members of an EU Parliament delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council were due to visit Gaza from Oct. 27-30 in a trip largely focused on social, economic and humanitarian issues, including visits to UNRWA health centers, schools, food distribution centers, rehabilitation centers and sports clubs.

The MEPs, from a cross-section of political parties representing six EU member states, were informed in an email by Israeli authorities that they would not be allowed into Gaza via the Erez crossing for the three-day visit, which also included trips to Christian schools, a sports clubs and the University of Palestine.

Emer Costello, chair of the European Parliament's delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said she was "astounded and dismayed" by Israel's decision to refuse an official EU visit. more