Friday, 20 March 2015

2 children shot during clashes with PA security forces

Two Palestinian children were injured, one seriously, in clashes with Palestinian security forces near Balata refugee camp in eastern Nablus on Friday.

Locals told Ma'an that Mohammad Rakiz Abu Assab, 10, was shot in the stomach and taken to Rafidia hospital in a serious condition, while Mohammad Raed al-Hajj, 11, was shot in the foot and taken to al-Ittihad hospital.

Security sources told Ma'an that clashes broke out between security forces and dozens of youths on al-Quds street near the refugee camp after the young Palestinians closed the road and began throwing rocks on the street.

Palestinian Legislative Council Member Jamal al-Tirawi told Ma'an that responsibility lay with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to prevent the situation in Balata from deteriorating further. more

Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians near Gaza border

Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians in the town of Absan east of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said Israeli forces shot the two young men in the lower extremities, moderately injuring them near the southern Gaza border.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an she didn't have immediate information on this specific incident but would look into it.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces opened fire on farmers east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, and at farmers near the town of Khuzaa in the southern Gaza Strip. more

Israeli military exercises to take place along Gaza border

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces will conduct military exercises along the border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian liaison officials said.

Israeli officials informed the Palestinian liaison office of the exercises, which will take place from the Erez crossing in the north until Rafah, in southern Gaza.

The exercises will include planes, tanks, jeeps and ground forces. more