Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 3 days

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for three days next week, a Palestinian Authority official said Wednesday.

Nathmi Muhanna, general director of border crossings, told Ma'an that Egypt notified his department that the terminal will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in both directions.

Priority will be given to Palestinians with foreign passports, students and patients seeking medical treatment.

Use of the crossing will be based on lists of travelers already registered with Gaza' Ministry of Interior.

Egyptian authorities have done little to alleviate Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, keeping the Rafah crossing -- Gaza's only connection to the outside world -- virtually sealed since October 2014.


Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Jenin camp

Israeli forces shot dead a young Palestinian man in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early Wednesday morning, Palestinian security sources say.

Izz al-Din Walid Bani Gharra, 21, was shot in the chest during clashes with Israeli forces who raided the camp at dawn. He was evacuated to the public hospital in Jenin where he died shortly after, sources told Ma'an.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have information on the incident and an Israeli border police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Gharra is the twelfth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza since the start of 2015, according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, with over 900 injured, not including injuries resulting from settler violence.

One Israeli has been killed in the same time period.