Tuesday, 2 June 2015

ISIS-supporters give Hamas 48 hours to stop crackdown

Proponents of ISIS in the Gaza Strip have issued Hamas a 48-hour deadline to stop its crackdown on them, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

In a statement sent to the media, the ISIS supporters claimed responsibility for a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza, last week. The claim could not be independently verified.

PNN reports that Hamas, which has ruled over Gaza since 2007, has clamped down on radical Islamists after a series of unclaimed bombings, arresting activists and seizing arms.

The ISIS-supporters accuse Hamas of being soft on Israel and failing to impose religious law. It’s unclear how many ISIS supporters are in Gaza, or if any have operational links to the group.

On Tuesday, Hamas security forces killed an activist of a rival Islamist militant group in a shoot-out at his Gaza home, witnesses said.

A spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry identified the man, Younis al-Honnor, only as a “lawbreaker”, and said he was shot dead after firing at security officers who came to arrest him, according to Haaretz.

Local residents who witnessed the incident said Honnor was an activist in a Salafi group.

Hamas has mounted occasional crackdowns on rival and more radical Salafi groups that support global holy war endorsed by Islamic State and Al-Qaida.

The current tensions between the two groups began on May 3, when Hamas destroyed a mosque belonging to a group known as the “Supporters of the Islamic State in Jerusalem.” more

3 Gaza fishermen shot, injured by Israeli navy

Three Palestinian fishermen were injured on Tuesday morning after Israeli naval forces opened fire on fishing boats off the coast of al-Sudaniyya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Speaker of the union of Gaza fishermen, Nizar Ayyash, told Ma'an that three fishermen from al-Shati refugee camp in the northwestern Gaza Strip had been moved to a hospital.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed two fishermen had been shot by Israeli forces.

She said that after their vessel "deviated from the designated fishing zone," Israeli naval forces called on them to halt, firing warning shots into the air, then into the water, and then "at the body of the vessel."

Still "refusing" to halt, she said that forces fired on their "lower extremities," and "two suspects" had been confirmed hit.

She had no information on a third fisherman. more