Saturday, 2 November 2013

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Egyptian authorities on Saturday morning reopened Egypt's border crossing with the Gaza Strip after it had been closed for more than a week.

Officials at the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing said it was open at 10 a.m. in both directions.

They highlighted that priority would be given on the first day to holders of foreign and Egyptian passports as well as patients who urgently need treatment in Egypt or other countries.

Students will be allowed to travel Wednesday. more

VIDEO: Criminal IDF fires stun grenades and detains 10-year-old Palestinian boys

This morning, Wednesday 30th October, as children made their way to school Israeli soldiers burst from an alleyway firing stun grenades and detained two 10-year-old boys. In a separate incident nearby, a Palestinian was detained and taken to a military base for unknown reasons.

This morning international activists were monitoring checkpoint 29 where many children pass through on their way to school, when approximately 6 Israeli soldiers ran from an alley, firing stun grenades directly at a group of children. The soldiers immediately grabbed one child (10-year-old) Nor and another (10-year-old) Mohammed, before firing another stun grenade towards the rest of the school children causing them to flee in panic.

Israeli soldiers marched the two young children to a nearby police station, refusing to answer why they were being taken when questioned by international activists. When a relative attempted to communicate with the boys, Israeli soldiers forcibly pushed him away and refused to answer his questions.

The children were detained inside the police station for approximately 45 minutes before being transferred to the Palestinian District Coordination Office (DCO) at 9:30. more