Thursday, 13 February 2014

Man killed, another injured by Israeli forces in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot dead and another injured on Thursday by Israeli forces east of Gaza city.

Spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said that Ibrahim Suleiman Mansour, 26, from an area east of al-Shujaiyeh died from injuries sustained after Israeli forces shot him in the head in nearby al-Montar east of Gaza City.

Al-Qidra added that another man, 21, was moderately injured after being shot in the foot.

Medics told Ma'an earlier that two people were taken to a hospital after the shooting at the border.

A Ma'an reporter said that the two men were collecting pebbles near the border when they were shot.

An Israeli army spokesman, however, told Ma'an that "several Palestinians approached the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip and began tampering with (the) fence."

"The soldiers operated in order to distance the suspects and after exhausting all possible means to do so fired at the main instigator," he added. more

Gaza patients forced to cover 'Palestine logo' to cross Erez

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian and Israeli civil liaison departments reached a deal on Thursday to allow patients from Gaza to enter Israel for medical treatment after earlier being denied access because their referral letters contained the "State of Palestine" logo.

Palestinian officials told Ma'an that the officials met Wednesday afternoon at the Erez crossing to try to find a temporary solution for patients seeking medical care.

A deal was reached to cross out the words "State of Palestine" on all official referral letters in order to allow patients entry to Israel, the officials said.

Over 190 patients were eventually allowed to cross into Israel and travel to the West Bank for medical treatment after the logo was blurred out.

On Wednesday, 70 patients who were scheduled to travel to the West Bank via the Erez crossing for treatment were denied entry because they presented documents including the "State of Palestine" on the letterheads. more