Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Israel reopens Gaza border crossings

Israel will reopen two border crossings with Gaza that it had ordered shut over the weekend, an Israeli army spokeswoman said late Monday.

"The crossing points of Erez and Kerem Shalom will be open as normal on Tuesday morning," the spokeswoman told AFP, without giving details.

A Palestinian official who coordinates the entry of goods into Gaza confirmed the reopening of crossings, adding that 330 truckloads of goods would be allowed into the besieged Strip, in addition to one truckload of cement.

Erez crossing will operate in both directions, added Raed Fattouh.

The two crossings had been ordered shut after a rocket fired from Gaza fell in Israeli territory on Friday, without causing any casualties or damage. more

ISM activist shot in the head with rubber-coated steel bullet

Today during a protest at Qalandia checkpoint, an Italian ISM volunteer was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

The injury is just two centimetres above her left eye.

Giulia, the ISMer, stated, “I was just standing on the side of a street, and the military was firing tear gas at the protesters. I was photographing the army when I felt the bullets strike me, one in the head, and another in my leg, and then all I could see was blood.”

At least one other Palestinian teen was hospitalized after being shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Giulia was immediately transferred to Ramallah Hospital for medical treatment, requiring stitches for her injury.

Approximately 100 people attended the demonstration, where Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The protest was called today to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. more