Friday, 29 November 2013

Activists: 2 Palestinians hurt by live fire in clashes near Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians at a demonstration near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank late Friday, activists said.

The protesters were demonstrating in the al-Ezeriya and Abu Dis villages against the death of Nour Mohammad Afaneh, who died in an ambulance while it was held up near a checkpoint.

Popular Committee spokesman Hani Halbiya said that clashes broke out in the Ras Kabs area and in Abu Dis village. Habliya said that snipers fired live bullets at protesters, injuring one in the chest and leg, and a second with three bullets in the lower extremities.

They were taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition, he added.

Palestinians responded by throwing rocks and closing roads with burned tires. more

Palestinian dies of injuries sustained during clashes at Qalandia checkpoint

Palestinian medical sources said that the 22-year-old Mahmoud Wajeeh Awwad died Thursday night, of injuries sustained seven months ago during clashes that erupted with the Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint near Ramallah.

Relative of the martyr said that Awwad has been shot in the head and entered into a coma, adding that Awwad was getting treatment in Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem since his injury. more

Israeli army opens fire at farmers again, east of Khan Younis

[Friday Morning November 29, 2013] Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border with Gaza, opened fire at Palestinian farmers working in their lands, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources have reported that the farmers were only working on their lands when the soldiers fired several rounds of live ammunition at them. Fearing additional fire, the workings ran out of their lands.

They stated that the army frequently carries out invasions targeting border areas, and repeatedly opens fire at the workers and farmers.

A few days ago, a resident of Khan Younis was shot and injured after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him as he worked in his land close to the border fence. more

UN begins distributing fuel to counter Gaza crisis

GAZA CITY (AFP) -- The United Nations on Thursday began distributing fuel in Gaza to keep critical infrastructure running as fears of a health crisis grow over accumulating rubbish and sewage, a UN official said.

"Fuel is actually coming in, as of today, through the Kerem Shalom (goods crossing with Israel), purchased by UNRWA and distributed by the UN," the organization's Middle East special coordinator Robert Serry told a news conference in northern Gaza.

"That doesn't resolve the fuel crisis in Gaza, but it does provide a safety net, we hope, for the coming two to three months for those critical installations here," he added.

Serry's announcement came as the Islamist Hamas-run Palestinian territory suffers the most serious fuel crisis in its history, with daily power outages of up to 16 hours.

Hospitals, water and sanitation plants, businesses and private homes are all being hit. more