Friday, 5 December 2014

Gaza teen seriously injured as Israeli ordnance explodes

A Palestinian teenager in Gaza was injured on Friday after an Israeli ordnance exploded near Rafah, a health ministry official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of the Ministry of Health, told Ma'an that the unidentified 14-year-old had surgery to amputate the fingers on his right hand following the explosion.

He is now in a stable condition at hospital.

In October, Muhammad Sami Abu Jrad, four, was killed after touching an unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the summer military offensive.

A month earlier, three Palestinians were killed and two were injured when an unexploded Israeli bomb blew up in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of eastern Gaza City. more

Palestinian girl, 14, arrested at Qalandiya checkpoint

Israeli forces arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian girl at Qalandiya checkpoint on Thursday evening after allegedly wielding a knife at border police.

Yathrib Salah Rayyan, 14, from Beit Duqqu village northwest of Jerusalem, was overpowered by Israeli forces as she walked in the car lane leading to the military checkpoint.

Witnesses initially said that the girl had been shot twice by Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that a "female Palestinian suspect" approached a "civilian security guard" at Qalandiya carrying a knife.

Israeli border police fired shots in the air and then detained the girl, she said. The suspect is currently being interrogated, she added.

Witnesses at the scene refute claims that she attempted to stab a soldier. more