Thursday, 19 December 2013

Official: Rafah crossing closed for seventh day in a row

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has been closed seven days in row, a Palestinian official said.

The Gaza government's director of crossings Mahir Abu Sabha told Ma'an Thursday that the Egyptian authorities "promised" to open the crossing next week.

The Egyptians opened the crossing for five days earlier in December to allow people with special cases to travel to Egypt or return to the Gaza Strip.

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 soldiers raid Qalqiliya, kill Palestinian 'in cold blood'

QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- In the second killing of its kind in less than 24 hours early Thursday, Israeli forces raided a northern West Bank neighborhood and shot a Palestinian man dead.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers raided a neighborhood in the center of Qalqiliya and opened fire at 28-year-old Saleh Samir Abd al-Rahman Yasin, leaving him to bleed to death.

The soldiers shot Yasin "in cold blood," locals said.

A statement issued by the Israeli army said that during a "successful overnight ambush" that was "preplanned," a Palestinian who opened fire at Israeli soldiers was killed. more