Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Israel to release 26 Palestinian prisoners

It is expected that Israel will go ahead and release a group of Palestinian prisoners which have all been jailed since before 1994. The release should take place during next week.

The releases are meant as a confidence-building gesture as a part of the ongoing peace talks the Jerusalem Post reports.

Based on the agreement a total of 104 Palestinians will be released in four groups. 52 have already been taken from prison and 26 more will thus be released during next week. more

Gaza lays to rest 3-year-old Palestinian girl killed by Israeli strike

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of mourners in Gaza Wednesday attended the funeral of a 3-year-old girl who was killed by Israeli forces the day before.

Hala Abu Sbeikha, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike Tuesday, was buried in al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Hala's father carried her body to his house, where family members bid her a final farewell, then brought her to the refugee camp's cemetery amid hundreds of mourners.

Her mother told Ma'an: "I was busy teaching my children while Hala was playing in the courtyard, and suddenly a missile came and I couldn't rescue her."

"The area was quiet before the missile landed," she said. more