Tuesday, 26 November 2013

3 Palestinians shot dead near Hebron by occupation forces

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the Palestinians were in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants.

Rosenfeld said explosive devices were found in the vehicle. He said a security operation was ongoing in the Hebron area.

The Palestinians "were members of a Salafi Jihad terrorist cell that was planning an attack in the coming days. At the moment operations are continuing in that area," Rosenfeld said.

Locals identified the killed Palestinians as Moussa Mohammad Moussa Makhamra, Mahmoud Khalid al-Najjar, and Mohammad Fouad Jamil Nairoukh.

In a statement, the Israeli army said they also planned to target the Palestinian Authority. more

Gaza government attempting to end power crisis

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The government in the Gaza Strip has been consulting local, Arab and international sides to try and bring to an end the power crisis in the coastal enclave, a Hamas official said Monday.

Basim Naim, advisor to Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, told reporters Monday that there were attempts to buy fuel from Israel through the Palestinian Authority.

“Nothing came into existence because the Ramallah government insisted on unreasonable fuel prices.”

The PA, he said, wants to treat the Gaza government as a consumer, and to raise prices unreasonably.

"We have recently been trying to find solutions through other sides, and Turkey expressed readiness to buy fuel for Gaza from Israel. Qatar is ready as well to cover fuel bought from Israel."

Naim added that his government asked UNRWA to play the role of middleman between Israel and the Gaza government.

"The Gaza government is awaiting final answer from UNRWA," he added, highlighting that the answer is likely to be positive. more