Saturday, 7 February 2015

Blast hits Hamas official's car in Gaza

GAZA CITY: A bomb blew up the car of an official with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Gaza, the second such attack in recent weeks, a security source said Saturday.

The blast, which occurred late on Friday night but caused no casualties, comes as political tensions mount in the Palestinian territory.

"Police have opened an investigation after a makeshift bomb blew up the car of Sheikh Sami Hams in Nuseirat refugee camp" south of Gaza City, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The vehicle had been parked outside and was completely destroyed, according to witnesses.


UN and Arab League urgently appeal to Gaza donors

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- The leaders of the United Nations and the Arab League made an urgent appeal to international donors Friday to expedite aid promised to the people of Gaza, following last year's devastating war.

In a joint statement, Ban Ki-moon and Nabil al-Arabi expressed their "deep concern" over limited resources to improve the situation in Gaza.

They "urgently appeal to donors to honor and disburse as soon as possible their financial commitments made at the October 2014 Cairo Conference," the statement said.

Those funds include money for UN agencies in Gaza to "prevent a further deterioration in the already dire humanitarian situation."

The international community promised $5.4 billion to the Palestinians, half of which is to help rebuild Gaza after devastating Israeli bombing in July and August last year.

The Israeli assault killed around 2,200 people and left nearly 110,000 homeless, with more than 11,000 more left injured. more