Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hamas launches #AskHamas informational Twitter campaign

Hamas launched a campaign on Twitter Friday aimed at improving transparency and reaching out to English social media users.

The movement said its English-language initiative #AskHamas was designed so officials could answer questions from social media users.

The campaign was timed to coincide with the deadline for a European Union appeal against removing the group from the EU's terror list, Hamas said.

A European court in December ordered the removal of Hamas from the bloc's terror list, but the European Union said it would appeal the decision within three months. more

Israeli forces open fire at fishermen off Gaza coast

Israeli warships on Saturday morning opened fire at a group of Palestinians fishing in boats off the northwest coast of Gaza City, only a week after killing a fisherman in a similar incident.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces opened fire at the fishermen when they were at a distance of four miles off the coast of the al-Sudaniya area.

One of the vessels suffered damage as a result of the attack, though no injuries were reported.

The eyewitnesses said that the attack appeared to be intended to force the fishermen to come closer to shore.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment. more