Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Meanwhile in Gaza

(Gaza City) Dozens of family members of Palestinians killed during the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip broke into the office of the state-run Palestine TV news network in Gaza City on Tuesday for second time in two weeks. The relatives have been protesting since January against the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) failure to disburse allowances to “martyrs’ families.” The protesters said on Tuesday that they wouldn't leave the offices of Palestine TV until PA President Mahmoud Abbas responded to their demands.

(Gaza Strip)  A Palestinian woman was killed during a family dispute which erupted into a gunfight in the central Gaza Strip on Monday. Palestinian police  stated that N.Sh., 45, was killed and that several other were injured by live bullets in the dispute.

(Gaza) At least two Palestinians have been killed in tunnels in the besieged Gaza Strip, The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, stated that one of its fighters, 22-year-old Ahmad Asaad Shihada al-Barim from the town of Khan Yunis, was killed when a “resistance tunnel” collapsed. (While al-Qassam did not specify where the tunnel was located, the use of the term “resistance tunnel” generally indicates tunnels between Gaza and Israel.)

Separately, the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) site said on Monday that a worker had been killed when Egyptian forces flooded a smuggling tunnel between the North African country and the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

(Gaza) Mohamed Mortaji, Turkey’s official aid agency (TIKA) Gaza representative and a Palestinian citizen, was detained Sunday at the Erez border checkpoint between Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip. The Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv has since been in contact with the Israeli authorities to look into the issue, while TIKA officials have contacted Israel’s embassy in Ankara to inquire about Mortaji's condition and the reasons for his detention,