Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Israeli gunboats open fire at Gazan fishermen

GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli gunboats opened heavy fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip at the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Local sources said that Israeli navy forces shot at the boats off the shores of Beit Lahia town to the north of the Strip.

No injuries were reported during the attack, as the fishing boats were forced to escape under heavy fire.

A similar attack was reported on Tuesday night in the same area with no injuries suffered.

Two months on from the ceasefire that ended a 51-day Israeli bombardment of Gaza, human rights defenders have accused Israel of routinely violating the terms of the agreement that ended the hostilities including 18 shooting incidents and four others in which fishermen were chased and arrested.

As part of the 26 August ceasefire agreement, Palestinian fishermen were to be permitted to work up to 6 nautical miles from shore. Yet, according to a human rights center, all the documented attacks in September "took place within the distance of 6 nautical miles." more

Israeli settlers torch mosque in Ramallah-area village

A group of Israeli settlers set fire inside a mosque in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayyir near Ramallah early Wednesday, locals told Ma'an.

Worshipers said that when they went to the mosque to perform dawn prayer around 4:30 a.m., they saw smoke smoke and flames coming from the first floor of the two-story building.

The first floor was seriously damaged, and the second floor was lightly damaged, they said.

They said the settlers left behind racist slogans in Hebrew on the outer walls of the mosque.

The same mosque has been targeted by Israeli settlers before, locals told Ma'an.

"Every time the mosque is torched, the (Israeli) occupation police conduct an investigation just for show, and never arrest a single settler," one resident said. more