Monday, 11 November 2013

Thousands mark Arafat's death across the West Bank


HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Thousands of people took to the streets across the West Bank on Monday to mark the 9th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death.

Large rallies were held in Jenin, Qalqiliya and Ramallah and other West Bank cities to commemorate the late president's death in 2004, with crowds of people waving Palestinian flags and carrying portraits of Arafat.

In Hebron, at least three people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets after clashes broke out during a commemoration march.

Young men began throwing rocks at an Israeli military base at the entrance to Shuhada street in the center of Hebron, with soldiers firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. more

Israeli forces attack, detain Gaza fishermen near Beit Lahiya


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of northern Gaza after firing upon them, a union official said.

The head of Gaza's fisherman's union said in a statement Sunday that Israeli forces detained Sadam and Mahmoud Saleh Abu Ward west of Beit Lahiya.

Israeli gunboats reportedly fired at the two fisherman late Saturday, causing them to lose their fishing nets.

They were detained while searching for their nets the following day, the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said that "soldiers identified a Palestinian naval vessel which crossed designated lines," and called out for the vessels to stop. When they did not stop, "warning shots were fired towards the vessels." more