Monday, 7 July 2014

Gaza groups claim responsibility for rocket fire - doesn't include Hamas

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The militant wings of four Palestinian political groups claimed responsibility for rocket fire at southern Israel overnight Sunday.

The National Resistance Brigades, the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said that its fighters fired four "107 missiles" at the Negev on Monday.

Fatah's military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, said that fighters from the al-Asifa army have fired 35 rockets at southern Israel since Sunday.

An independent military wing, the al-Mujahadin Brigades, claimed to have fired three rockets, while the PRC's military wing, the al-Nasser Saladin Brigades, said it fired two rockets late Sunday. more

4-year-old boy injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes struck the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, injuring a young boy, medics said.

Airstrikes hit agricultural areas in Beit Lahiya, with medical sources saying a four-year-old boy sustained moderate injuries.

Two airstrikes also hit nearby Jabaliya, with no injuries reported. more

Video: Israeli lynch mob on the rampage chanting 'Death to Arabs'

The video was shot last night by Ronnie Barkan in Jerusalem.

Palestinian-American teen walks, others 'rot in jail'

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The mother of a 15-year-old Palestinian who was released on bail Sunday after being beaten by Israeli police said that if her son were not a US citizen, he would likely still be held in Israeli jail.

If Tarek were not American, "he would just be pushed to the side like a dog," Suha Abu Khdeir told reporters following Tarek's hearing at Jerusalem District court.

"He would have been left to rot in jail," she said.

Instead, Tarek was sentenced to nine days house arrest outside the Shufat neighborhood. He and his family plan to return to the US on July 16.

The teen was arrested Thursday after being beaten severely by Israeli police officers in the Shufat neighborhood of Jerusalem amid clashes following news that his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and burned alive, apparently by Jewish extremists.

Video footage capturing the beating emerged later that evening and went viral as word spread that Tarek was an American citizen.

The video, in addition to pictures of the youth before and after the beating, led to a social media outcry and eventually US state department condemnation of the attack.

Suha Abu Khdeir said that the US consulate in Jerusalem had been very helpful throughout the case. more

Total of 9 Palestinian fighters killed in airstrikes - civilians injured

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The death toll in Gaza rose to 9 early Monday following overnight Israeli airstrikes on the besieged enclave, a Hamas spokesman said.

Sami Abu Zuhri told Ma'an that six Hamas fighters were killed by Israeli airstrikes on a tunnel in Rafah overnight. The victims were buried under the debris and only found early Monday.

Israeli media said the fighters were killed in a tunnel collapse, and not as a result of an Israeli airstrike.

The fighters were identified as Ibrahim Balawi, 24, Abdul-Rahman al-Zamili, 22, Mustafa Abu Mur, 22, his twin brother Khalid, Sharaf Ghannam, 22, and Juma Abu Shalouf, 24.

Another militant affiliated with the al-Qassam Brigades succumbed to wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike which targeted a military training base east of Rafah, Hamas said.

"The enemy's assassination of a number of fighters affiliated to the al-Qassam Brigades is a dangerous escalation for which the enemy will pay a toll," Abu Zuhri said.

A child, two teenage girls and two men were injured by an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun, a Palestinian medical official said. more