Sunday, 7 December 2014

Israeli forces detain 12 fishermen off Gaza coast

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday, sources told Ma'an.

A researcher for the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center For Human Rights told Ma'an Israeli naval forces detained fishermen from four boats near the al-Sudaniyya area.

Forces first detained Mahmoud Zayid and his brother Ahmad from Beit Lahiya.

They then detained three more fishermen from Gaza City and later six more, the researcher said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Israeli gunboats confiscated the four fishing boats, taking them to an unknown destination.

The researcher said the arrests were the largest "detention campaign" against Gaza fishermen since a ceasefire between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces was announced.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that over the course of the night, five fishing boats were apprehended after veering from the permitted fishing zone. more

IDF lets settlers attack Palestinian homes in Hebron, 50 olive trees cut in Nablus

Israeli settlers, on Saturday, attacked Palestinian homes in the Hebron neighborhood of al-Ja‘bari with stones, while Israeli soldiers stood by and watched indifferently, and without taking any actions to stop them, WAFA reports.

Hurling stones at the homes, the extremists cursed the owners and shouted anti-Arab racist slogans, including “Death to the Arabs”, spreading panic and fear among Palestinian locals.

Locals called upon human rights organizations to intervene and provide them with protection.

In the Nablus village of Aqraba, on Friday, Israeli settlers again cut down over 50 olive trees.

Over 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers between January and mid-October in 2012, according to OCHA. more