Sunday, 18 January 2015

Israeli navy vessels open fire at Palestinian fishing boats

GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli navy vessels opened heavy machinegun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza Strip on Sunday.

Nizar Ayyash, head of the Palestinian fishermen syndicate in Gaza, said Israeli naval boats targeted Palestinian fishermen while sailing off the shores of Gaza. No casualties were reported.

He added the Israeli navy claimed that the fishermen exceeded the allowed six-nautical-mile fishing zone in accordance with the ceasefire agreement reached with Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza under Egyptian mediation.

No immediate comment on the incident has been issued yet by the Israeli army. more

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 3 days starting Tuesday

Egypt has decided to open the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in both directions for three days starting Tuesday, the Embassy of Palestine in Cairo said Sunday.

The embassy said that the decision came at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his recent visit to Cairo.

The crossing has been closed almost completely -- save for a few days -- since it was closed in October after an attack on Egyptian police by militants in Sinai.

The Palestinian Ministry of Internal Affairs says over 25,000 humanitarian cases are on a waiting list to use the crossing for medical treatment and to continue their studies abroad.