Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Israel to build 272 units In West Bank settlements

Israeli Peace Now Movement revealed Monday that Israel is planning the construction of 272 units in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and that the decision was made as U.S. Secretary of State was leaving the country following separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Peace Now said that Tel Aviv is planning to build 250 units in the Ofra illegal settlement, and 22 units in Karnei Shomron illegal settlement.

The official approval was made on Sunday, while an official document at the webpage of the Israeli Military Administration said the construction could start soon.

Peace Now said that Israel is not seeking a two-state solution with the Palestinians, and that by insisting on settlement construction and expansion, Tel Aviv is just placing obstacles to peace, especially since the two settlements are in the heart of the West Bank.

The Israeli government said that the project was first presented in October of last year. more

Egyptian army shoots 2 Palestinians crossing through Gaza tunnel

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian army shot and wounded two Palestinian youths as they exited a tunnel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening.

Security sources told a Ma'an reporter in Cairo that after the two youths exited the tunnel, Egyptian border police chased them and subsequently opened fire.

The youths were taken under heavy guard to the Rafah General Hospital.

A military source said that the two youths were "smugglers" and would be taken for interrogation in order to discern the reasons for their crossing to the Egyptian side.

Until July of this year, tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the territory amidst the otherwise crippling Israeli blockade. more