Saturday, 4 April 2015

Hamas holds Gaza march for besieged Yarmouk refugees

Hundreds rallied Saturday in the Gaza Strip in support of thousands of fellow Palestinians trapped in Syria's Yarmouk camp, which has been largely overrun by fundamentalist militants.

Hundreds, many waving Hamas flags, took to the streets in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis in a march organised by the Islamic movement, the de facto power in the coastal enclave.

"We say it for the thousandth time: hands off the Yarmouk camp, hands off our people, hands off the slaughtered, killed and starved," senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil told them.

He called on the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA to use all the influence at its disposal. more

Israel cuts off power to sick prisoners

Israeli prison services cut off the power supply to sick prisoners' wards in Al-Ramla Prison on Saturday, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Committee said.

Hanan al-Khatib, a committee lawyer, said that the power was cut for more than 12 hours as a punitive measure, adding that Israeli authorities were claiming the power cut was carried out for maintenance purposes.

She said that the cut was "immoral and inhumane" and was aimed at breaking down the determination of sick detainees.

Sick prisoners in the al-Ramla jail suffer from illnesses including paralysis, cancer and liver diseases. more