Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Five Palestinians wounded in IOF artillery shelling and Hamas slams PA's persistence in talks despite Beit Hanoun massacre

Five Palestinians wounded in IOF artillery shelling

[ 14/09/2010 - 04:14 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Two Palestinian men were seriously wounded in artillery shelling by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday evening southeast of Gaza city.

Adham Abu Salmiya, the military services coordinator, told the PIC that one of them was carried to Shifa hospital, adding that contacts were underway with the Red Cross to facilitate entry of ambulance vehicles to Juhr Al-Deek to evacuate the other casualty.

Security sources told the PIC reporter that three other citizens were injured in the area including one in serious condition.

IOF troops advanced 400 meters into the area earlier on Tuesday in six army tanks and four tractors and bulldozed land lots as the IOF artillery fired a number of shells.

IOF soldiers almost daily raid border areas in the Gaza Strip to bulldoze land amidst random firing.

Hamas slams PA's persistence in talks despite Beit Hanoun massacre

[ 14/09/2010 - 10:05 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Hamas Movement deplored the Palestinian Authority (PA) for insisting on entering into the second round of its talks with the Israeli government despite the Israeli bombing of Beit Hanoun district on Sunday evening and the killing of three civilians there.

Three Palestinian farmers including an elderly man and his grandson were killed during a random Israeli shelling of their homes and agricultural lands located in Al Sharab area in Beit Hanoun. Israel claimed its shelling of this civilian area in Gaza was in retaliation to a failed rocket attack on the western side of Negev region.

Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan said in a statement that his Movement condemns the PA's insistence on liquidating the Palestinian cause and engaging in talks with Israelis in light of the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people.

Radwan expressed his strong belief that the PA and its negotiation team only seek their personal interests at the expense of the Palestinian rights and constants.

In a related incident, the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) said it intensified the police presence all over Israel in order to prevent any attacks or angry acts during the direct talks between the PA and the Israeli government.

The Hebrew radio stated Monday that this security measure was taken following a meeting attended by senior police officers including chief of the Israeli police Dudi Cohen.

This measure coincides with the Jewish holiday season during which Israel every year tightens its restrictions on the Palestinians and commits further violations against them.

For his part, specialist in prisoners' affairs Abdelnasser Farwana warned of repeating the mistakes of Oslo agreements and undermining the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and called on the PA to draw lessons from its previous talks with Israelis.

In a statement, Farwana emphasized that the Palestinian people would never condone seeing the Palestinian negotiator repeat the mistakes of Oslo agreements which killed the prisoners' hope for freedom and adversely affected their issue in general making it in a state of sag.

He expressed his fears that Israel could manage to turn the release of prisoners from a humanitarian and national issue into an issue dependent on gestures of goodwill.

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