Friday, 7 November 2014

Unidentified assailants target Fatah leaders in Gaza

Unidentified assailants targeted the homes and cars of several Fatah leaders in the Gaza Strip with explosives early Friday, officials told Ma'an.

The explosives also targeted a platform set up to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of PLO Chairman and Fatah leader Yasser Arafat in al-Katiba square.

An AFP corespondent said at least 10 explosions were heard overnight.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties from the blasts, which were condemned by both Fatah and its rival Hamas.

Fatah spokesman Usama al-Qawasmi said that the explosions targeted the homes of Gaza Governor Abdullah al-Efranji, Fatah MP Faisal Abu Shahla, Revolutionary Council member Abu Juda al-Nahhal, Fatah spokesman Fayiz Abu Aita, and Fatah leaders Abd al-Rahman Hamad, Abd al-Jawad Ziyada, Sharif Abu Watfeh, Jamal Obeid, and Ziyad Matar.

Al-Qawasmi said the attacks "aimed to sabotage the commemoration of the anniversary of Arafat's death."

He and Fatah Central Committee member Hussein al-Sheikh blamed Hamas for the attacks. more

Israeli media: Sirens sound, rocket lands in Gaza

Rocket warning sirens sounded in Israeli towns near Gaza early Friday, Israeli media reported.

The Israeli news site Ynet said the rocket did not land in Israeli territory but in the Palestinian enclave.

Last Friday, a rocket fired from Gaza fell in Israeli territory, without causing any casualties or damage.

The rocket was the first to hit Israel since Sept. 16, and the second since the end of Israel's devastating 50-day war on Gaza.

Since the ceasefire has been in place, Israeli forces have regularly fired upon Gaza fishermen and occasionally at Palestinians the army says came too close to the border. more