Monday, 27 January 2014

Israeli forces shoot, injure man in central Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers on Monday shot and injured a Palestinian man east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Spokesman for Gaza's Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma'an that a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest by Israeli fire.

The man, who was not identified, is in a critical condition.

Shortly before the man was shot Israeli forces opened fire indiscriminately after an explosion rocked the central border area as an Israeli military jeep was passing by.

A large group of Israeli troops were seen in the area and fired smoke bombs in order to evacuate the jeep, witnesses said. more

Israeli forces demolish 3-storey building in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a 3-storey building under construction in East Jerusalem on Monday, a local official said.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a local committee official, told Ma'an that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers to the al-Isawiya neighborhood at around 6 a.m. and demolished a three-floor building belonging to Abdul-Hayy Dari.

Israeli forces closed the main roads in the neighborhood during the demolition, preventing students and employees access to their schools and work places.

Inspectors from Israel's Jerusalem municipality toured the neighborhood last week and took photos of several buildings.

Israel destroyed more than 500 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing over 850 people, according to UN figures. more