Sunday, 3 November 2013

Militants shoot down Israeli drone over Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian militant groups in Gaza shot down an Israeli drone in the northern Gaza Strip, military sources in Gaza told Ma'an Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army confirmed that a reconnaissance drone crashed while on an "executive mission," but said that it malfunctioned due to a technical problem.

Sources within Gaza's military groups denied the Israeli army claim, insisting that the drone was shot down.

Hamas' military wing al-Qassam Brigades brought down another drone during the latest Israeli military offensive against the coastal enclave about a year ago.

Also Sunday, witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli military vehicles entered northern Gaza, razing agricultural land inside the strip. more

Palestine activists score big win as Veolia pulls out of St. Louis

Palestine solidarity activists in St. Louis, Missouri are celebrating victory after Veolia Water North America withdrew from a $250,000 contract to consult with the city’s water division.

Chicago-based Veolia Water North America is a subsidiary of the French municipal services multinational Veolia which has been a target of global protests and boycott calls because of its participation and profiteering in Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

Veolia’s withdrawal was the “dramatic conclusion” to a one-year activist effort to defeat the contract, the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) said in a 31 October statement.

The company’s pullout “was a major victory for a group called the Dump Veolia Coalition, which has protested the contract throughout the year,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch acknowledged.

PSC was in the forefront of the campaign and helped form the Dump Veolia Coalition.

As well as PSC, the Dump Veolia Coalition includes St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace, Organization for Black Struggle, Missouri Muslims for Civic Engagement, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice and several environmental organizations such as Sierra Club, Eastern Missouri Group and Missouri Coalition for the Environment. more

Gaza crews still searching for bodies of 2 men killed by Israel

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Civil defense crews are still looking for the bodies of two men killed by an Israeli airstrike on Friday, an official at Gaza's ministry of health told Ma'an.

After finding the body of Khalid Abu Bakra, the official said, crews had to postpone the search for the other two bodies in order to coordinate with Israel to assure safety while searching near the border.

They resumed their search today, he said.

Abu Bakra's body was found on Saturday and taken to Nasser hospital in Khan Younis.

On Friday, Hamas' military wing al-Qassam Brigades announced the death of three of its members: Khalid Abu Bakra, Mahmoud Dawoud, and Mohammad al-Qassas. more