Monday, 27 April 2015

Palestinian dies in Gaza tunnel collapse

A Palestinian worker died on Monday when a tunnel collapsed in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, a health official said.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that Muhammad Khalid al-Najjar, 27, was killed in the incident.

His body has been taken to the Abu Youssef al-Najjar hospital.

Last week, Ahmad Majed Salim al-Saqqa, 19, from Khan Younis died after he was electrocuted in a tunnel beneath Rafah, while another Palestinian from Khan Younis, Ibrahim Fathi Isleih, 21, died a week before in similar circumstances.

The smuggling tunnels are notoriously dangerous, and workers are frequently killed working inside them.

The Institute for Palestine Studies reported in 2012 that Hamas authorities had counted 160 deaths inside the tunnels since the Israeli blockade began. more

Hundreds attend funeral of Jerusalem teen killed at checkpoint

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the Jerusalem funeral of teenager Muhammad Abu Ghannam, 17, on Monday, defying restrictions imposed by Israel authorities.

Israel had previously said they would only allow 70 people to attend his burial at a cemetery close to his home in al-Tur, but hundreds turned out waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans in support of protecting Jerusalem.

Israel had delayed delivering the body of the slain teenager until 2 a.m. on Monday in a bid to impose size restrictions on the funeral.

Clashes broke out at the burial between mourners and Israeli forces and spread to al-Tur's main streets, where soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Abu Ghannam was shot dead by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem after allegedly attempting to stab checkpoint officers just before midnight on Friday. more