Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Israeli demolitions leave 5 homeless in East Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian family's home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina as well as several rooms of a nearby house being used to store aid supplies for Gaza on Wednesday, the owner of the property told Ma'an.

Israeli bulldozers arrived in Beit Hanina and demolished two 60-meter rooms belonging to Hajj Izz Abu Nijma, in what he said was the fifth time that part of his property had been demolished by Israeli authorities.

At the time to the demolition, the rooms were being used to collect food supplies to send to the Gaza Strip. All of the supplies, including rice, sugar, pasta, and canned goods, were destroyed during the demolition.

Abu Nijma said he has been trying to obtain the necessary building permits from Jerusalem's municipality since 1996, but has been rejected every time. more

Gazan succumbs to wounds from Israeli offensive, total dead hits 2,152


A Palestinian died Wednesday of injuries sustained during the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip over the last two months.

Medical sources said Nasir Abu Marahil, 40, passed away in a Jerusalem hospital as a result of injuries he sustained in al-Nusairat refugee camp on July 25.

Gaza medical authorities said the death toll in Gaza had risen to 2,152 as a result of the Israeli offensive.

The offensive lasted more than 50 days and left more than 11,000 injured, as well as more than 100,000 Gazans homeless.

Despite the high death toll in Gaza, many Palestinians hailed the ceasefire that brought the end of the offensive as a major victory for Palestinians. more

Israeli forces shoot, detain Fatah activist in Nablus


Israeli forces detained a Fatah activist in Nablus on Wednesday after shooting him in the foot following a two-hour stand off, Palestinian security sources said.

Israeli forces surrounded Sama Sports Club in Nablus after attempting to detain Husam al-Din Abu Riyala, 26, who was issued a summons order last month.

A two-hour standoff followed as Abu Riyala refused to turn himself in to Israeli forces.

Israeli soldiers then raided the building and shot him in the foot before detaining him. more

Israel navy detains 2 Gaza fishermen off coast of Beit Lahiya


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, an employee of a Gaza-based human rights organization told Ma'an.

Israeli warships obstructed Muhammad Zayid and Mousa al-Sultan while they were fishing off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip before arresting them and confiscating their boat, the employee said, requesting anonymity.

The Israeli forces took the two men to an unknown location, he added.

He noted that the Israeli navy had in two instances fired at Gaza fishermen on Tuesday under the pretext that they had surpassed fishing zone limits.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the fishermen "entered the prohibited fishing zone" near the northern Gaza Strip, and that soldiers told the fishermen to back away, fired warning shots into the air, and then "transferred the suspects" to an interrogation center. more