Monday, 9 May 2016

Israeli forces fire at Palestinian farmers in southern Gaza


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers tending to their fields in the outskirts of the village of Khuzaa east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma’an that the Israeli soldiers fired from machine guns prompting the farmers to leave their fields. No injuries were reported. An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

The incident marked the third consecutive day live fire was reportedly opened on agricultural lands in the southern Gaza Strip, and follows four days of airstrikes by Israeli forces that targeted the area last week.

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Turkish official: PA undermining solutions for Gaza electricity crisis


The Palestinian Authority (PA) has “sought to undermine Turkish efforts aiming to lift the siege on Gaza”, Al-Resalah newspaper reported a senior member of the Turkish Development and Justice Party saying yesterday.

Ahmed Farol told the paper: “The PA adopts a hostile position towards Gaza for political reasons which are known, ignoring the humanitarian repercussions for what it is doing.”

“Turkey offered several proposals, throughout its current discussions with Israel, to alleviate the siege on Gaza and sort out its problems, mainly electricity. However, the PA never supported any of them.”

He added that there were many attempts by the PA to undermine Turkey’s efforts. more