Saturday, 14 January 2017

Israeli forces open fire on fishermen off the coast of Gaza


Israeli naval forces Saturday morning opened live fire at Gazan fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces opened live fire at the fishermen working off the coast of the northern part of the besieged enclave, forcing them to head back to Gaza’s shores.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident.

The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

There have also been intermittent reports of Israeli forces attempting to sink the boats of fishermen as they approach Israel’s unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza. more

Amnesty International: Israel engaged in 'illegal conduct' during demolitions in Qalansawe


In the wake of a demolition campaign carried out by Israeli forces on Palestinian citizens of Israel earlier in the week in the Israeli city of Qalansawe, Amnesty International on Thursday released a statement condemning possible human rights violations that occurred during the demolitions and accused Israeli forces of acting on “political motives.”

On Tuesday, Israeli forces, including hundreds of Israeli police and more than 20 bulldozers, demolished 11 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel, sparking clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police, locals said at the time.

Some of the Palestinian families whose homes were demolished were left homeless after the campaign, according to rights groups. Mayor of Qalansawe, Abd al-Basit Mansour, immediately resigned from his post in reaction to the demolition campaign, underscoring that the city had been fruitlessly waiting for the approval of a master plan for the area for 20 years. more