Wednesday, 16 April 2014

New aid convoy to arrive in Gaza Sunday

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A humanitarian aid convoy is scheduled to arrive in the besieged Gaza Strip next week via Egypt’s Rafah crossing, coordinator Issam Yousuf said Tuesday.

He said the convoy known as “Miles of Smiles 26” would arrive in Gaza City on Sunday.

Yousuf highlighted that the convoy is a continuation of the "Miles of Smiles" humanitarian aid to Gaza “which will continue until the oppressive siege comes to an end.” more

Medics: Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas

BETHLEHEM (AFP) -- A Palestinian woman died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday.

Late on Monday the army "fired tear gas near the home of the woman, who was suffering from health problems," the medical official told AFP.

The woman, in her 40s, "died after arriving at hospital," the official said.

The incident took place in Aida refugee camp northwest of Bethlehem.

"The death was not linked to the use of riot dispersal means by the army, including tear gas," an army spokeswoman said, confirming the clashes but giving no further details.

In a similar incident in January, an 85-year-old Palestinian man died in his own home after breathing in tear gas fired by Israeli security forces near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. more