Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Rafah crossing to operate for 3 days

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Tuesday, officials from Gaza's Interior Ministry said.

Two buses have crossed from the Gaza Strip to Egypt, Gaza officials said.

The crossing will be open until Thursday with priority given to passengers who registered to travel between Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.

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 the State of Israel beginning in 2007. more

Israeli officer killed by friendly fire near Gaza border

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli officer was killed overnight Monday by friendly fire near the northern Gaza border, Israel's army said.

"The IDF confirms an IDF officer was killed overnight following misidentified discharge during routine activity adjacent to the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. The circumstances of the incident are being investigated," an Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an.

An Israeli soldier mistakenly shot the officer after believing he was a "terrorist," Israeli news site Ynet reported. more