Monday, 18 November 2013

Hamas blames Arab and European intelligence agencies for Gaza's 'Tamarod movement'

The Hamas-led Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip has accused Arab and European intelligence agencies of being behind the formation of the so-called "Tamarod (rebellion) movement" in the territory. According to Hamas, Gaza's Tamarod is a figment of the intelligence world's imagination.

In an exclusive statement to Jordan's Al-Sabeel newspaper, party spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the Tamarod movement has been created to try to reproduce a state of chaos in Gaza. He went on to deny the group's existence in the Strip: "There is nothing in Gaza known as the Tamarod movement."

Abu Zuhri accused unnamed Arab and European intelligence agencies of being behind this "party", claiming that it is a conspiracy against the Islamic Resistance Movement in Gaza. "It will only lead to failure," he added.

As evidence, the Palestinian government in Gaza presented a video of an individual with his face covered who admitted to collaborating with Israel's occupation forces as well as various security officials on the Tamarod plan. The intention, he said, was to cause rebellion and bloodshed. The Ministry of the Interior claimed that it has since discovered this person's identity and placed him in custody; detailed plans for Tamarod were also obtained.


5 injured after explosion in Gaza City

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Five people were injured in an explosion at a military site south of Gaza City on Sunday, a Ma'an reporter said.

The explosion occurred at the Abu Jarad military site as a result of a fire. The explosion was heard throughout the city, and a black cloud was seen overhead. more

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 3 days

CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Rafah crossing will be opened for three days this week after over 10 days of closure, the Palestinian ambassador to Cairo said.

Barakat al-Farra said Sunday that the crossing would open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. more