Thursday, 31 October 2013

Gaza man killed by Israeli artillery near Khan Younis, another injured

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A young man was killed and another wounded late Thursday in an Israeli artillery shelling east of Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, a Ma'an reporter said.

Medics said a 22-year-old man died and another was injured after the two were targeted by Israeli forces in the Absan area east of Khan Younis. more

Ministry of health says medicine shortage threatens Gaza patients

The Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip says the lives of hundreds of patients are at risk over the lack of medication due to the Israeli blockade, Press TV reports.

Some 400 patients with renal failure in the Palestinian territory suffer from the lack of medicine and special chemicals that are required for dialysis, the ministry says.

In addition to the shortage of medicine, hospitals in Gaza face frequent power outage and lack of fuel and spare parts for backup emergency electricity generators.

Mohammad Shatat, with the Gazan ministry, said there were a lot of problems related to shortage of many types of medical supplies and the patients are facing stoppage of the treatment machines as a result of power outage.

Rights groups have slammed an Israeli closure of the crossings into Gaza, calling for an end to the illegal blockade of the Palestinian land. more

Jenin man shot dead by Israeli forces

JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a young man during clashes in the Jenin town of Qabatiya overnight Wednesday, locals said.

Ahmad Imad Tazaza, 20, died instantly after being shot in the chest, medics told Ma'an.

Witnesses say that a large Israeli military force raided Qabatiya at 1 a.m. and detained Rasim Tawfiq Khuzaima, 60, Momen Sabaneh, 23, Ayman Abed al-Rahman Abu al-Rub, 27, and Imad Shawkat Zakarneh.

Clashes broke out in the town following the arrest raid, during which time Tazaza was shot, locals say.

His body was transferred to Jenin government hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that "during an overnight activity in Qabatiya a violent riot erupted as forces were exiting the scene."

"Approximately 50 Palestinians hurled improvised devices as well as rocks at military vehicles. Reports of an injured Palestinian are being reviewed." more