Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Man killed by Israeli strike east of Gaza City


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A man was killed on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip after an Israeli strike targeted the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City, medical sources said.

"A Palestinian militant was killed by an Israeli drone in Shujaiyeh," said Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, referring to a district near the Israeli border with Gaza.

He named the dead man as Muhammad Salamah al-Ijlah, 32, and said his body had been torn apart by the blast, the limbs ripped by shrapnel.

Family sources in the neighborhood said Ijlah was a militant from Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigade and was killed by a drone.

The militant group issued a statement confirming Ijlah was one of its members but said he had been killed "in a Zionist shelling" on the area. more

Fightback: villagers hold settlers 'captive' near Nablus following clashes


NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian villagers from the Nablus town of Qusra on Tuesday held at least 18 settlers captive after they raided their village and tried to uproot olive trees, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Yesh Kodesh tried to uproot olive trees belonging to Qusra residents.

In the nearby village of Jalud, dozens of settlers attempted to uproot olive trees south of the main entrance. Jalud residents quickly mobilized to stop the attacks, leading to clashes.

Daghlas said that Qusra villagers managed to contain 18 settlers for several hours in an area between Qusra and Jalud.

Palestinian security sources told AFP locals had apprehended the settlers, some of whom were masked, after earlier clashes between the sides near Qusra village. more