Monday, 17 February 2014

Reports: US-made robot to be deployed in tunnel fighting operations

By Hazen Hussain
Hebrew-language newspaper “Yedioth Ahronoth” said on Monday that the Occupation army will deploy a new US-made robot “Talon 4” to be used by “Yahloam” special military unit to fight the alleged tunnels on the border with Gaza Strip The robot will precede the occupation soldiers in entering the discovered tunnels for bombs presence fear.

“The new robot progressed well during the last year including discovering and fighting Gaza tunnels and was first used to inspect the recently discovered tunnel, east of Khan Younis in late 2013” the newspaper quoted occupation officers as saying.

The new robot has the ability save the soldiers’ lives where its absence caused injured to dozens of soldiers and officers during the operation of bombing the discovered tunnel.

Among the robots specifications, neutralize the bombs inside tunnels and in complete darkness using its long arm, catcher and a “Zig Zaor” pistol that could be activated remotely by the robot’s operators. The robot can take, record and send 4D high-quality pictures and dealing with different obstacles inside tunnels.

The occupation mechanic battalion praised the new robot saying “It can carry up to 30 KGs, endure low and high temperatures, self-destruction and working along long distances underground. more

Witnesses: Israeli forces open fire at farmers in southern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday opened fire at farmers in an agricultural area in southern Gaza, locals said.

Witnesses said gunfire came from Israeli military watchtowers north of Khan Younis, causing farmers to flee the area.

An Israeli army spokesperson said she was not familiar with the incident. more

Rafah crossing closed for 5 days in a row

Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah crossing for five days in a row, now, says Director General of Borders and Crossings in Gaza Maher, Abu Sabha.

He has called on Egypt to open the crossing permanently, to reduce the suffering of Palestinian people in Gaza, reports Al Ray News Agency.

Abu Sabha confirmed, in a statement, that he contacted the Egyptian side, demanding them to open the crossing for humanitarian cases.

Rafah crossing is considered the main crossing for 1.8 million Gazans. more