Thursday, 30 April 2015

700 truckloads of goods allowed into Gaza Strip

Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing into the Gaza Strip Thursday, allowing 700 truckloads of goods to enter the besieged enclave.

Head of the Commission for the Coordination of Goods into Gaza Strip Raed Fattouh said that among the good entering the strip were construction materials for internationally-funded projects, fuel, and materials to improve the strip's infrastructure, particularly roads.

Thursday's entrance of diesel, building materials, aid, and supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing came after a series of closures due to Israeli national holidays.

The crossing is scheduled to be closed again Friday and Saturday for the weekend.

Severe border restrictions on imports and exports into Gaza by Israel and Egypt over the past eight years have led to a collapse of the tiny coastal enclave's economy, but small amounts of goods are allowed in through Kerem Shalom. more

Israeli police detain, interrogate 7-year-old in Jerusalem

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Undercover Israeli operatives detained and interrogated a 7-year-old Palestinian boy and his twelve-year-old brother in occupied East Jerusalem Tuesday.

The boy and his older brother, from the Zaatari family in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, were detained by the operatives while walking in the street around 7:30 p.m., Israeli media Haaretz reported.

The Zaatari family has had four children deatined this week, Ihab Ahmed Zaatari, 7, and Muhammad Mahdi Zaatari 12, detained on Tuesday just one day after Alaa Magdy Zaatari, Mehdi Barakat Zaatari, both 15, were detained Monday.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately return Ma'an's request for information on the incident, but told Israeli media the children were detained after throwing rocks at a bus.

The 7-year-old was reportedly interrogated for nearly eight hours.

The children were taken in a squad car to National Police Headquarters, where family members saw them in the vehicle in the parking lot. At 11:30 p.m. the children were taken to the Shalem police station and the 6-year-old was not released to his parents until 3:30 a.m, Haaretz reported.

In response to Tuesday's events, Defense for Children International- Palestine advocate Olivia Watson told Ma'an that "In East Jerusalem, Palestinian children are being detained arbitrarily and, in this case, illegally, since children under 12 years of age are below the age of criminal responsibility." more