New Israeli military base opens near Egyptian borders

Israeli soldier in full combat gear [file photo] An Israeli military base with training facilities for four brigades dedicated to protect Egypt’s borders is set to be opened in Egypt, Yedioth Ahronoth revealed yesterday. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman will take part in the opening of the base, which will be located on the borders of Sinai. In July National Security Council officials told a Knesset committee that Israel is interested in maintaining good security ties with the Egyptian Army. Read more: Israel discusses reopening its embassy in Egypt The Israeli army has allocated 60 million shekels ($16.5 million) to the base which includes … Continue reading New Israeli military base opens near Egyptian borders

Siege leads Gaza’s Qurbani market to crash

In contrast to past years, there are almost no donations for Qurbani in the Gaza Strip this year due to the economic conditions and severe humanitarian crises in the besieged Strip. A cattle dealer and a government official told the Anadolu Agency that livestock markets are experiencing very low demands in spite of their being large numbers of animals available for slaughter. The power crisis has also reduced people’s abilities to store meat as refrigerators are unable to work. During Eid Al-Adha, which falls at the start of September this year, Muslims will sacrifice an animal and distribute its meat to those … Continue reading Siege leads Gaza’s Qurbani market to crash

NGO: Palestinian territory facing ‘worsening child protection crisis’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, to be marked on August 19th, as the United Nations (UN) prepares a global awareness campaign on the impact of conflict on humanitarian aid workers and the broader civil society, including children and families, the occupied Palestinian territory is facing a “worsening child protection crisis” brought on by 50 years of Israel’s military occupation, according to Jennifer Moorehead, director of Save the Children – Palestine. “Today, there are more than 2 million Palestinian children who face increasing violations of their rights: displacement and forcible transfer, the demolition and destruction of homes and schools, arbitrary arrest and … Continue reading NGO: Palestinian territory facing ‘worsening child protection crisis’

Hamas security officer killed, 1 injured in suicide bombing attack on Gaza-Egypt border

Hamas security officer Nidal al-Jaafari was killed Thursday morning in a suicide bombing attack GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian member of Hamas security forces in Gaza was killed and another was injured when an unidentified assailant blew himself up near the Egypt-Gaza border at dawn on Thursday. Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Interior and National Security Iyad al-Bazm said that a “security incident” occurred early Thursday morning near the southern borders of the Gaza Strip, when two unidentified men, coming from the Egyptian side of the border, approached the two security officers station on the Gaza side of … Continue reading Hamas security officer killed, 1 injured in suicide bombing attack on Gaza-Egypt border

Palestinian shot during Israeli raid on al-Duheisha camp remains in critical condition

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An injured Palestinian detainee who was shot and detained by Israeli forces during a predawn raid last week in the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank, remained in critical condition as of Thursday in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at an Israeli hospital, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs. Committee lawyer Karim Ajweh released a statement Thursday following a visit he paid to the injured detainee, Raed al-Salhi, at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. According to Ajweh, al-Salhi has undergone several surgeries since he was shot and detained on August 7th. Ajweh added that … Continue reading Palestinian shot during Israeli raid on al-Duheisha camp remains in critical condition

Abbas: Gaza to Face Further Cuts if Hamas Refuses PA “Reconciliation” Terms

17 AUG 4:33 AM Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated threats against the Hamas movement, the de facto ruling party in the besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, threatening further repressive measures should Hamas not unconditionally abide by the PA’s demands to resolve the decade-long intra-Palestinian conflict. Numerous attempts have been made in the past to reconcile Hamas and Fateh since they came into violent conflict in 2007, shortly after Hamas’ 2006 victory in general elections held in the Gaza Strip. However, Palestinian leadership has repeatedly failed to follow through on promises of reconciliations, as both movements have frequently blamed … Continue reading Abbas: Gaza to Face Further Cuts if Hamas Refuses PA “Reconciliation” Terms

Japan comes to the rescue of Gaza’s hospitals

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Aug. 3, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awad authorized the installation of solar panels in public hospitals in the Gaza Strip, financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Awad, Takeshi Okubo, the Japanese representative to Palestine, and JICA officials met in Ramallah to discuss the deal. The solar panels are scheduled to be installed in early September. The project aims to secure a power supply to vital units in government-run hospitals in Gaza hit by the electricity crisis that started in 2007 in tandem with the Israeli blockade imposed on the enclave. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Asad Ramlawi told Al-Monitor … Continue reading Japan comes to the rescue of Gaza’s hospitals