Monday, 17 November 2014

Minister: Reconstruction material to enter Gaza

The Palestinian minister of civil affairs said Monday that reconstruction material for Qatari construction projects will enter the Gaza Strip upon agreement with the Israeli side.

Hussein al-Sheikh said in a statement that deliveries of reconstruction material to Gaza started on Monday. Some 100 trucks carrying 4,000 tons of supplies for road repairs are expected to enter.

Al-Sheikh added that asphalt will be entering the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

He said that it has been agreed with the Israeli side to allow 100 trucks of road construction materials per day to cover the needs of rebuilding. more

Palestinian driver found hanged in Israeli bus - brother says he was tortured to death

A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged to death at a terminal northwest of Jerusalem late Sunday.

Yusuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, from al-Tur in East Jerusalem was a driver with Israeli company Egged. He was found hanged inside his bus at the Har Hotzvim terminal near Jerusalem.

Witnesses told Ma'an that other drivers saw al-Ramouni's bus parked in the bus terminal during his working hours. A driver checked inside the bus and found al-Ramouni's body hanging from a steel bar in the middle of the bus.

His colleagues cut the body down and he was taken to Hadassah hospital. Medics at the bus station tried to resuscitate him but he was later pronounced dead.

"According to an initial investigation, it appears there is no suspicion of criminal activity, in other words a suicide," Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement, which said there were "no signs of violence on the body."

But fellow bus driver Muatasem Fakeh said he had seen evidence to the contrary.

"We saw signs of violence on his body," he told AFP.

"He was hanged over the steps at the back of the bus in a place where it would be impossible to hang yourself alone," he added.

The victim's brother, Osama al-Ramouni said the family did not accept the verdict of suicide, saying his body "had bruises on it," suggesting he had been "tortured" before his death. more

Israeli fire critically injures Palestinian in Gaza

Israeli soldiers, on Sunday, shot and critically injured a Palestinian to the east of the town of al-Qarara, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

WAFA correspondence reports that soldiers stationed at a watch tower near Israel's Kissufim military base, opened fire at a Palestinian, critically injuring him.

Israeli soldiers open fire at Palestinians along the border areas almost on daily basis, in violation of the declared Egyptian-brokered truce agreement reached, between the Palestinian-Israeli sides, on August 26th of this year.

At least eight Palestinians were abducted, late Saturday night and early Sunday, by the Israeli authorities in occupied East Jerusalem, whereas at least five others in the West Bank were summoned to appear for interrogation before the Israeli intelligence, say local sources.

Six Palestinians, identified as Islam and Rabah Odeh, Sharif Rajabi, Abud Abu Sbeih, Anwar Jamjoum and Kayed Kiswani, were taken during predawn raids across Jerusalem.

Later Sunday, Israeli police arrested two brothers from Bethlehem at their workplace in Jerusalem, under the pretext of ‘entering Israel without a permit.’ The brothers were identified as Adham, 19, and Mohannad Zawahra, 17. more