Saturday, 22 February 2014

Rafah crossing to open on Sunday for 2 days

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Strip Ministry of the Interior said on Saturday that Egyptian authorities had agreed to open the Rafah crossing on Sunday morning in order to allow pilgrims and those stranded in Egypt to travel over the next two days.

The ministry said in a statement that the Egyptian side had informed them of their intention to open the crossing to allow the first batch of three groups of pilgrims to cross en route to Mecca as well as to allow the return of another group of pilgrims.

The crossing, which is the sole connection between the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million inhabitants and outside world, would also open to allow Palestinians currently stuck inside Egypt to return home.

However, there was no indication as to whether Egypt would allow humanitarian cases from the Gaza Strip to cross into Egypt. more

Palestinian-Israeli collaborator killed in Rehovot

A Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by unknown assailants at a construction site in central Israel, early Saturday.

The victim was a 34-year-old Palestinian who had acquired Israeli citizenship after serving as a collaborator with Israeli intelligence service Shin Bet, and was a resident of Gedera in central Israel, a Ma'an reporter said.

The victim's name, however, was not immediately made public.

Paramedic Yousef Ismail told Ma'an that the body of a Palestinian-Israeli security guard was found at a construction site in Rehovot. more