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One Palestinian killed, at least 29 injured in night strikes on Gaza
by IMEMC Staff - IMEMC News
Friday June 06, 2008 10:59

Palestinian sources said that a Palestinian man was killed and at least 29 others were injured during several Israeli air raids targeting the Gaza Strip on Thursday night.

Medical sources said that among those injured was a three- month old baby.

Khalil Sokkar 27, was killed when Israeli troops attacked the Al Shuja’iya neighborhood in Gaza City in the north the Gaza Strip, late on Thursday night . Eyewitnesses said that Sokkar was on his way to rescue two injured civilians when the Israeli army shot him dead and opened fire on civilians in the area.

Israeli warplanes targeted a Palestinian security post, north of Beit Lahyia, belonging to the Palestinian Hamas run government in Gaza.

Nine civilians were injured in the attack. The post nearby houses suffered damage.

Meanwhile an Israeli soldier was mildly injured during an Israeli army attack in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Al Qassam brigades the armed wing of the Hamas Movement said that army tanks and bulldozers invaded areas near Khan Younis town, the group added that its fighters clashed with the invading troops and injured one soldier. Israeli army sources confirmed the injury of the soldiers and said that he was moved to an army hospital for treatment.


Abbas asks Mubarak to sponsor indirect reconciliation talks with Hamas
Date: 07 / 06 / 2008 Time: 11:35

Bethlehem – Ma`an – Press sources reported on Saturday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Friday evening and asked him `to sponsor a comprehensive Palestinian dialogue to achieve reconciliation among the Palestinian factions.`

Quoting an unnamed senior Palestinian official, the Al-Hayat daily newspaper published from London stated that `President Abbas is looking for an Arab sponsor to play a central role in the dialogue.` The official clarified that Fatah and Hamas will not sit at the same table for negotiations at this stage. Instead the dialogue will be conducted through Arab intermediaries.

The official explained that the Arab mediators will discuss with Hamas how to distance itself from the `coup` in Gaza, as well as playing a main role in rebuilding the security departments on a professional and non-partisan basis. He added that the dialogue will become operational when Hamas shows its readiness to hand over the security departments in the Gaza Strip to the Arab side.

In a separate report, French news agency AFP quoted Sean McCormack, spokesperson for the US State Department, as saying that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had received confirmation from President Abbas on Thursday that `the preconditions for any talks with Hamas have not changed.`


Hamas detainees welcome recent developments for national unity
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Friday June 06, 2008 22:30

Hamas detainees imprisoned by Israel issued a press release welcoming that recent developments between Fateh and Hamas movements, especially after president Mahmoud Abbas said that he decided to hold a comprehensive national dialogue.

Ismail Haniyya of Hamas, the prime minister of the dissolved government in Gaza, also welcomed the statements of Abbas.

The detainees said that they welcome all efforts to restore national unity among the Palestinian people and their factions.

“We were very pleased to hear the news about coincidence between our brothers in Hamas and Fateh, and the declaration of president Abbas to hold comprehensive national dialogue”, the detainees stated, “We also welcome the positive response from Brother Ismail Haniyya”.

The detainees also said that they fully support all unity efforts which would end the current internal divisions and restore national unity.

“Our priority is the struggle against the occupation”, they added, “Our priority is liberating our land and achieving independence”.


Peace activists protest settlers’ attempts to retake a vacated military camp near Bethlehem
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Saturday June 07, 2008 03:55

Dozens of peace activists and representatives of several factions and institutions in Bethlehem organized on Friday a protest at the location of an evacuated military camp east of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, as Israeli settlers are attempting to occupy the space and turn it into an outpost.

Since more than four weeks, dozens of extremist settlers and members of Knesset of the Mafdal and Yisrael Betenu parties broke into the site every Friday in an attempt to place the cornerstone of an illegal outpost.

The protesters, including the Mayor of Beit Sahour, Mr. Hani Al Hayek, expressed their rejection to these violations and expressed their determination to stop the settlers and their plans.

The location of the evacuated camp is approximately 1000 Dunams, it was used as a military base for the Israeli army until the army evacuated the camp nearly two years ago. The lands in questioned are originally owned by Palestinian residents.

After the camp was evacuated, several institutions including the American Development Agency started constructing vital projects on the site, including a hospital for children, a public park and other public facilities.

After the implementation of these projects was initiated, Israeli settlers carried repeated attempts to reoccupy the area which is totally surrounded by Palestinians neighborhoods. The army did not carry decisive measures to stop the settlers which encouraged them o repeat their attempt to control the area.

Palestinian residents who live near the area in question said that they fear that the settlers are planning to create an outpost which will act as the hub which links it with Abu Ghneim (Har Homa) illegal settlement, and other settlements in the area such as Efrat, Maali Amous, Tiqoua, and Nikudim.


EU VIPs hurt at West Bank protest
BBC News
June 6, 2008

European Parliament Vice-President Luisa Morgantini and the Irish Nobel laureate, Mairead Corrigan, have been injured at a protest in the West Bank.

An Italian judge, Julio Toscano, was also hurt when Israeli troops fired tear gas to disperse the demonstration against the West Bank barrier in Bilin.

He suffered head wounds when he was hit by one of the tear-gas canisters.

The incidents came on the last day of an international conference supporting local protests against the barrier.

In September, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the government to redraw its route near Bilin, accepting an appeal by residents, who had argued it prevented them from reaching 50% of their agricultural land.

The International Court of Justice issued an advisory ruling in 2004 that the barrier breached international law where it is built on occupied Palestinian territory and should be dismantled.

`Dazzling` barrage

Despite the supreme court`s ruling last year, the Israeli authorities have not yet begun to implement it, meaning Bilin`s residents continue to be prevented from accessing around 200 hectares (500 acres) of their farmland.

The international Conference on Non-violent Resistance held in the village over the past week sought to show solidarity with the continuing protests demanding the structure be dismantled. Ms Morgantini addressed its opening session.

On the last day of the meeting, 300 Israelis, Palestinians and foreign nationals participated in the village`s weekly demonstration.

According to the protesters, dozens of people were hurt by the tear gas fired by Israeli troops deployed along the barrier, while several were also hit by canisters, including Mr Toscano. He was later taken to hospital in Ramallah.

One of the protest`s organisers, Yonatan Pollak said that the troops had fired a `dazzling amount` of gas canisters, `about 30-40 per barrage`.

The Israel Defence Force said protesters had hurled stones at security forces, who used crowd-dispersal methods in response.

`Those who take part in such protests and violate a closed military zone order should not be surprised to see the IDF respond with tear gas,` it said.

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