Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Aid convoy enters Gaza via Rafah for first time since June

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- An aid convoy entered the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing on Tuesday for the first time since the June 30 events which overthrew Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi.

Director of the Egyptian side of the terminal Sami Mutwalli told Ma'an that the convoy consisted of 100 tons of medicine, medical equipment and canned food.

The aid was donated by the international Rescue committee and to delivered to Gaza under the supervision of the Egyptian Red Crescent Association.

The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by Israel beginning in 2007. more

Israeli air force carries out seven airstrikes against Gaza

Israeli war jets carried out seven air strikes targeting different areas in the northern and the southern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military sources alleged that the attacks were carried out after Palestinian armed groups fired a number of mortars targeting armored vehicles invading Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

Local sources in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, have reported that the army fired missiles targeting two chicken farms that belong to the Esleih family in the Al-Manara neighborhood in Khan Younis.

The chicken farms were completely destroyed, and around 4000 chicks and some sheep were killed. No human casualties have been reported.

The Israeli Air Force also fired a missile into an area, nearly 250 meters from the border fence, east of Khan Younis.

The attacked area is where three Palestinian fighters, members of the Al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, were killed, and four Israeli soldiers were injured, during a recent Israeli invasion into the area. more