Category Archives: From Gaza
Palestinian fishermen say they cannot meet demand in Gaza due to Israel's naval blockade on the territory and limit of six nautical miles (11 km) in which they can take out their boats off shore. Israel eased the blockade somewhat in 2010 after an Israeli commando raid on a ship in an activist flotilla bent on reaching Gaza left nine Turks dead and raised an international uproar, but Palestinians say the gestures were not enough. On Monday, Gaza's Coalition Intifada group said about 200 youths boarded fishing boats heading out of Gaza City toward the fishing zone boundary, before returning to shore. Organizers said some boats crossed the six-mile maritime limit. “We have sent a message of solidarity with the fishermen and a message to the world that they must act to end the Gaza blockade,” said Shorouq Mahmoud, the group's spokeswoman.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said none of the boats breached the fishing zone limit. Israeli forces have regularly shot at Gaza boats seen as trying to breach the blockade. Israel tightened its land blockade on Gaza after Hamas took control of the enclave in 2007. http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=332938
Similar story: http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201312022152-0023226
The action on November 30 with the launching of about 200 mini Arks by Palestinian children of Gaza was a great success in bringing joy and hope to those children and all who participated. Here are some videos:
This video is in Arabic with interviews to children and showing mini Arks at sea.
The following is a video report from KTV2 in English
The following video posted in Italian reports that 190 mini boats 40 cm long have been launched into the sea of Gaza to symbolically break the siege in advance of the sailing of Gaza's Ark next Spring.
This is from Rosa Schiano in Gaza
GENEVA (26 November 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk today called for urgent action to address the power shortage in occupied Palestine that has left 1.7 million residents of the Gaza Strip in a dire situation. More than three weeks after the only power plant shut down due to a critical fuel shortage, power supply has been limited to six hours a day.
“The situation in Gaza is at a point of near catastrophe,” warned the independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.
Palestinian families seek justice after 2012 assault on the Gaza Strip killed more than 100 civilians.
Jillian Kestler-D'Amours Last updated: 16 Nov 2013 13:57
In the Gaza Strip, 1.7 million people are packed in an area of 365 square kilometres [Reuters]
Ahmed Jamal al-Dalu's life changed in an instant last November. Nothing has been the same for the 29-year-old since an Israeli warplane dropped a bomb on his family's three-storey home in Gaza City, killing ten members of his family.
Israeli military vehicles penetrated into the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, witnesses said, while the Palestinian resistance fired mortar shells in response without causing any casualties.
"Six military bulldozers accompanied by several tanks incurred about 200 meters from the border into farmland, as helicopters and spy planes circled above near the village of Khuzaa," east of the town of Khan Yunis, the witnesses said.
"Resistance fighters fired several mortar rounds at the Israeli forces and explosions were heard in the area," they added.
Similar incursions take place almost on a daily basis in the eastern and northern borders of the Gaza Strip in clear violation of the cease-fire- agreement that Israel signed with the Palestinian resistance brokered by Egypt in Cairo in the last November.
Palestinian Ministry of Interior
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses in a press release, deep concern over the deterioration of humanitarian conditions of the civilian population due to the aggravation of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip. photo.jpg
On Friday morning, 01 November 2013, the operation of the Gaza power plant was totally stopped due to the lack of fuel required for its operation. PCHR is deeply concerned that the current crisis may impact the access of 1.7 million Palestinians to vital services, including the supply of drinking water, and that this crisis may result in the suspension of work in some vital sectors, such as health, sanitation and education.