Friday, 13 December 2013

Storm tears through roofs, injures dozens across Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Over 30 people have been injured in Gaza in the last 24 hours as a region-wide storm tears though the roofs of meager housing in refugee camps.

A spokesman for Gaza's Ministry of Health told Ma'an that at least 18 of those injured suffered serious to moderate wounds, and were taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

A five-year-old boy was badly hurt by a rock that fell from a house's roof in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday, witnesses said.

He was rushed to Nasser Hospital nearby, locals told Ma'an.

Meanwhile, nine of the injured were brought to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, also in the southern Gaza Strip. more

Hamas prevents Fatah official from leaving Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas security forces prevented a Fatah official from leaving the Gaza Strip to attend a meeting in Ramallah on Thursday.

Amal Hamad, a member of Fatah's central committee, said Hamas security forces prevented her from traveling despite having previously coordinated with Hamas through a Fatah official.

Hamad said she considers this a blatant violation of her human rights, and against Palestinian ethics and values given the Palestinian people's long history of struggling to achieve freedom and independence. more