Friday, 21 March 2014

Qassam brigades member killed in 'internal explosion' in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A member of the armed wing of Hamas was killed in "internal explosion" east of Gaza City on Friday, medical sources said.

Spokesperson for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that Ibrahim Rifati, 22, arrived dead to the Shifa Hospital after an explosion in the neighborhood of Tuffah.

Al-Qassam Brigades that Rifati was killed in an "accidental explosion" while carrying out a "jihadist mission" in the corps of engineers. more

Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday shot and injured two Palestinians east of Jabaliya refuge camp in the northern Gaza Strip, medical officials said.

They told Ma'an that two people were taken to nearby hospitals in moderate condition after being shot near the eastern cemetery in the camp.

An Israeli army spokesman said forces identified two hits after firing on two Palestinians who attempted to climb over a security fence and failed to respond to warnings.

In early March, Israeli forces shot and killed 57-year-old Aminah Qudeih east of Khan Younis when she approached the separation barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The woman's relatives told AP she was mentally ill, and assumed she wandered toward the border by mistake. more

Israel forces claim to discover tunnel beneath Gaza border

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces said in a statement on Friday that they had found a tunnel "built by Gaza terrorists" leading hundreds of meters into Israel earlier in the week, a day after Hamas officials downplayed the discovery.

"The exposure of this tunnel was based on intelligence, and boots on the ground in the vicinity of the Gaza security fence," Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in the statement.

The spokesman added that the tunnel "posed a direct link and threat to Israeli territory," and that it potentially could have enabled "Hamas terrorists to reach and harm Israeli civilians."

"In the past Gaza terrorists have utilized such tunnels to Israel for infiltration, detonation and abduction of Israeli citizens," he said.

The statement said that three such tunnels had been discovered by Israeli forces in 2013. more