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PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Palestinians injured, 23 abducted this week

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, during the week of 09 – 16 April 2009, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank. Israeli forces abducted 23 Palestinians, including 3 children. 18 were abducted during military invasions in the West Bank, and 5 were abducted at Israeli checkpoints within the West Bank.

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Aid Rots outside Gaza

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of aid intended for the Gaza Strip is piling up in cities across Egypt’s North Sinai region, despite recent calls from the United Nations to ease aid flow restrictions to the embattled territory in the wake of Operation Cast Lead.

Food, medicine, blankets, infant food and other supplies for Gaza’s 1.5 million people, coming from governments and non-governmental agencies around the world, are being stored in warehouses, parking lots, stadiums and on airport runways across Egypt’s North Sinai governorate.

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Rafah crossing to open for patients, students and residents on Sunday

Posted in The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

The Crossings Authority is “fully prepared to allow those stranded to leave within these two days,” said Ghazi Hamad, an authority spokesperson, who added that “they will work on overcoming the obstacles” related to “coordinating an extension for a third day.”

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Stranded patients, frustrated medical workers protest Rafah closure

Egypt insists that it will only open the crossing if Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reach an agreement to operate the crossing in accordance with the 2005 agreement.

The demonstrators waved flags and held banners of “we call on Egypt to save our lives,” “we call on all parties to avoid Rafah crossing from the political disputes,” “please help us to get our proper medical treatment.”

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Local sources said people carried banners calling for Egypt to open the crossing and  to keep it free of politics. The patients demanded that they be allowed to travel for treatment outside the Gaza Strip since the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza have left the hospitals there unable to treat many illnesses. According to the Department responsible for Borders and Crossings at least 700 Palestinian patients are waiting for the opening of the Rafah border crossing in order to access treatment outside the Strip.

Source: http://www.imemc.org/article/59984

De facto government police arrest Fatah Youth planning Prisoners Day events

Posted in Arrests and Detentions, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

Repressive actions are being carried out by de facto government forces in the Gaza Strip against Fatah Youth members preparing to mark Prisoners Day in Rafah, head of the youth council in the Gaza Strip Mahmoud Qanan said Thursday.

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Palestinian Agriculture Ministry: Gaza fishing boat was not booby-trapped

Posted in Attacks on Fishermen, Attacks on Israelis by Palestinians, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 15, 2009

The ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Israel’s account of Monday’s events was a “trumped up story aimed at escalating aggression against fishermen” and “an excuse for piracy and destruction.”

The Agriculture Ministry said it spoke with eyewitnesses who swore the boat contained no explosives, and that it exploded only when an Israeli warship shelled it.

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Gaza: Boat explodes near Israeli warship

Posted in Attacks on Israelis by Palestinians, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 15, 2009

A previously unknown Palestinian group blew up a small boat near an Israeli warship off the coast of Gaza on Tuesday evening.

Al-Jazeera satellite TV broadcasted a video showing a small boat exploding near the Israeli ship.

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Al Jazeera stated that a previously unknown group calling itself “The Secret Special Units” claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group said that it used a remote control to detonate the explosives while an Israeli Navy boat approached the wired boat.

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Israel shuts down Gaza crossings

Posted in The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 15, 2009

The Israeli military decided to close three key crossing points into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, blocking deliveries of food, fuel, and other vital goods.

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Egypt confiscates fuel meant to be smuggled into Gaza

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 15, 2009

Egyptian sources reported on Tuesday that Egyptian border policemen located and confiscated 19.000 liters of fuel that were meant to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.

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Booby-trapped boat explodes near Israeli ship

Posted in Attacks on Israelis by Palestinians, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009

A booby-trapped fishing boat yesterday exploded near an Israel Navy vessel off the northern Gaza coast, in a failed terror attack.

No one was wounded in the blast, which occurred about 300 meters from the Gaza coast, near the Israeli border.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078390.html

According to Gaza fisherman Nizar Ayyash, the small boat exploded after Israeli forces opened fire on it at sea; no injuries were reported in the strike.

Others in Gaza earlier said they had heard a “massive explosion” out at sea, but did not immediately know the cause.

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