Friday, 23 January 2015

Fifth child dies from exposure to freezing temperatures in war-torn Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A grieving father has recounted to NBC News how his five-month-old son froze to death after the family's Gaza home was bombed by Israel. Sami Abu Khesi is among the Palestinians who have yet to rebuild in the wake of last summer's conflict which left more than 2,100 people dead.

His son, Wadie, was born in Gaza's Nasser Hospital as fighting raged between Hamas militants and Israeli forces on August 15. After the cease-fire, Wadie was brought home. But amid the worst winter weather in years, Wadie was found dead on January 15. "His mother was nudging but there was no life," Khesi said in what remains of his home in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, some walls nothing more than scrap metal and nylon sheets. "So I looked at the boy and he was frozen. She woke me up and I found that he was frozen."

The Gaza Ministry of Health has not issued an official cause of death, but the family believes it was hypothermia. Relatives say he had previously been in good health. The ministry has confirmed four children have died as a result of hypothermia this winter.

According to the United Nations, more than 18,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the summer conflict in densely populated 139-mile-square Gaza. More than 100,000 people were left homeless, the U.N. said, and countless more continue to live without heating or running water. more

Egyptian navy shoots, injures Gaza fisherman

Egyptian naval forces on Friday shot and injured a Palestinian fisherman that allegedly entered Egyptian waters south of Gaza, officials in Egypt said.

Egypt's navy spotted a Palestinian boat with two fishermen crossing into its territorial waters off the coast near Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai.

Naval forces demanded that it stop, but the fishermen continued to flee the area and Egyptian forces opened fire.

Ihab Zuhei Hassan al-Amuri, 35, was shot in the stomach while the other unidentified fisherman was arrested and taken for interrogation.

In December, Israeli media claimed that a fisherman it detained from Gaza was smuggling weapons to Hamas from Sinai using his fishing boat. more