Friday, 3 April 2015

Israeli forces shoot, injure 3 Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli forces injured three Palestinians after opening fire on them from the Gazan border east of Khan Younis on Friday.

Witnesses said the three were shot at in the al-Sanati area east of Khan Younis.

One was hit in their lower extremities while the injuries of the other two are not yet known.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was looking into the incident.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian civilians near the border since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

In February alone, there were a total of 26 incidents of shootings, incursions into the Strip, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. more

Israeli source: missing Israeli soldier staged his own “kidnapping”

Israeli sources have reported that the 22-year-old soldier, who was believed to be missing, or “kidnapped," staged his own disappearance, after the soldiers initiated a search campaign and found him, on Friday at dawn, sleeping in Kiryat Arba Jewish settlement in Hebron.

Israeli Ynet News has reported that the army searched the entire area for 10 hours, before locating the soldier, identified as Niv Asraf, 22, with “canned food and a sleeping bag.”

The army later issued a statement, after questioning the soldiers, saying that Asraf fabricated the whole kidnapping allegation.

The Police said it will be investigating the motives behind making up such a claim, and that it will deal with it to the full extent of the law. more

Deaf children in Gaza use art therapy to cope with war trauma

Deaf children traumatized by Israel's 51-day assault on Gaza are receiving therapy at the Atfaluna Society to cope with psychological issues caused by living through such high-intensity conflict.

Fifty days of bloody fighting in and around the war-torn Gaza Strip cost the lives of nearly 500 children, and turned hundreds more into orphans.

With an already severe shortage in facilities to treat both adults and children in Gaza traumatized by war, deaf children face extra hurdles in receiving treatment to help them cope with their experiences of the conflict.

The UN estimates that 373,000 children require psychological support as a result of the conflict. more