Abu Ali Brigades, Al-Quds en Al-Aqsa reageren op zionistische agressie

De Martelaar Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, de gewapende vleugel van het Volksfront voor de Bevrijding van Palestina, en de Al-Quds Brigades, de gewapende vleugel van de Islamitische Jihad Beweging in Palestina, hebben de verantwoordelijkheid opgeëist voor de raketaanval als vergelding uitgevoerd op de recente moorden op drie leden van de Al-Quds Brigades en een van de PFLP.

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Het zionistische leger heeft 30 verschillende doelen getroffen , waaronder een militaire basis van Al-Quds Brigades. De Al Aqsa Martelaren Brigades zijn toegetreden tot de PFLP en de Islamitische Jihad en de Al Qassam Brigades hebben nog niet deelgenomen aan een actie en worden waarschijnlijk niet beschuldigd dat ze de wapenstilstand te hebben gebroken.

Opgemerkt dient te worden dat deze twee bewegingen een van de weinigen zijn geweest die krachtig stelling hebben genomen tegen pogingen om Syrië te vernietigen door de imperialistische machten.

Eer de weerstand van de massa’s van het Palestijnse volk.

Tot de Overwinning.

(vertaling vanuit http://kanafani.it/?p=534 )

Palestinian fighters respond to Israeli aggression with rockets

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    Militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) participate in a rally in Jabaliya Refugee Camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, in this March 7, 2014 photo.

GAZA CITY: Gaza militants fired a salvo of more than two dozen rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday, prompting a sharp warning from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The rocket fire was claimed by the armed wing of Islamic Jihad movement a day after three of its fighters were killed in an Israeli airstrike on southern Gaza.
An Israeli security source told AFP militants had fired 25 rockets “in close succession all over the south” while the army put the number at “more than 20 rockets” saying that another three were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
Israel public radio put the number of rockets fired at 55.
Netanyahu linked the attacks to Tuesday’s airstrike and pledged to act against those seeking to harm Israel “with great force,” a statement from his office said.
“We will continue to strike those who want to harm us, we’ll act against them very forcefully,” he was quoted as saying by his spokesman Ofir Gendelman on Twitter.
Israeli police said the rocket fire fell in several waves along the length of Israel’s border with Gaza and that one struck near a public library in the town of Sderot, while another hit near a petrol station in another area.
“This is the biggest attack on Israel since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense,” the military said on Twitter, referring to a major eight-day confrontation in November 2012 which claimed the lives of 177 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and six Israelis.
In Gaza, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, said the salvo was in response to Israel’s “aggression.”

(Source / 12.03.2014)

Syrian Coalition: Assad Regime’s Exchange of Nuns for Women and Children Exposes the Lies They Told During Geneva Talks

Hisham Marwa, member of the legal committee, demands special protection for the released nuns and holds the Assad regime responsible for their safety after the systematic provocation by the regime-owned media against the nuns who declined to make statements synonymous with the regime’s narrative. “The regime’s swapping of the detained children and women inside its prisons for the nuns lays bare its claims about protecting of minorities on the one hand, and exposes its political maneuvers on the other, as it repeatedly denied during Geneva II talks it detain Syrian women,” Marwa stresses. Marwa also said that “this prisoner exchange indicates that the Assad regime is indifferent to the protection of minorities or the majority alike. The regime’s only concern is using all components of Syrian society as political cards to cling to power.” The nun’s affirmation that they were treated well stands in stark contrast to compelling evidence of Assad’s brutality, especially the thousands of leaked photos of torture victims in Assad’s prison. “All this confirms to the international community that the most dangerous and terrorist threat to the security of the region is the Assad regime.” Marwa concluded his remarks stressing that the Syrian Coalition “does not accept kidnapping of civilians from any side, a tactic that the Assad regime has been using since the early days of the revolution.”
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 12.03.2014)

Egypt prosecutor: Two MB members arrested in Gulf

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and the interior.

Egypt’s top prosecutor said he was informed on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have arrested two members of the Muslim Brotherhood, one a leading figure, after Cairo put an international arrest warrant on them on terrorism related charges.

This is the first reported case of Cairo’s Gulf allies arresting members of the group on Egypt’s behalf. Egypt declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group late last year and Saudi Arabia followed suit last week. Kuwait has not listed the Brotherhood as terrorist.

Egypt has accused the Brotherhood of orchestrating a wave of violence in the wake of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, himself a member of the group. The group denies the charges, and says it is pursuing peaceful protests against Mursi’s ouster. Most of the deadly bombings have been claimed by another, more radical group, and authorities in Cairo have out forward little evidence linking the Brotherhood to the attacks.

Egypt said Interpol informed it of the arrests, but the international police organization, which is not required to accept requests to help in finding suspects, did not confirm that it had cooperated with Cairo. An Interpol spokeswoman said the group had no public notices for those names, but in some cases countries ask that they not be public.

Saudi and Kuwait authorities could not be reached for comment.

On Sunday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy called on countries in the region during an Arab League meeting to implement a joint Arab agreement to combat terrorism, by refusing to host members of the group and to hand over those wanted. The Brotherhood has branches throughout Arab countries, and many members in the Egyptian branch also live in the Gulf.

The Muslim Brotherhood rose to power following the ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the Brotherhood since the army overthrew Mursi in July after mass protests against him.

On Wednesday, a statement from Egypt’s top prosecutor said Interpol informed him that ex-parliamentarian Akram el-Shaer was arrested in Saudi Arabia and Mohammed el-Qabouti was arrested in Kuwait. The statement said the two were wanted for inciting violence in their hometown, the port city of Port Said, following an August crackdown on two pro-Mursi sit-ins in Cairo that left hundreds dead.

In a backlash over the next few days, crowds and in some cases gunmen targeted police stations, churches and government installations. Hundreds died. The authorities accuse Brotherhood members of organizing some of those attacks.

Hundreds of Brotherhood members, including Mursi, are already facing trials on various charges including inciting violence, conspiring with foreign groups to spread chaos, holding illegal protests and belonging to an illegal group.

Also on Wednesday, a prosecutor’s statement said 12 members of the Brotherhood and a Palestinian were referred to trial on charges of taking military training in camps that belong to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, going to neighboring Gaza through illegal tunnels, acquiring weapons.

The defendants are accused of forming an organized militia called the “security and deterrent unit,” holding it responsible for the killing of six in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura during clashes there. Only four of the accused are in detention, the statement said. They did not give a date for the clashes.

(Source / 12.03.2014)

Multiple Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli air forces launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip late Wednesday, with no immediate reports of injuries.

The Israeli air strikes came after Islamic Jihad said that it launched 130 rockets into southern Israel in response to Israel’s killing of three of its members on Tuesday.

Israeli air strikes hit a number of military targets across the besieged coastal enclave, as well as a number of open areas.

Strikes hit a site belonging the military wing of Islamic Jihad in Rafah as well as an open area in the southern Gaza Strip.

The empty land that was hit by the air strike was in al-Nasser neighborhood, while it was not clear where in Rafah the military site belonging to the al-Quds Brigades was.

Three rockets were also fired at the Huttein military site belonging to the al-Quds Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, and no injuries were reported in that strike.

The Israeli air forces also launched a strike on al-Quds Brigades in al-Qara neighborhood in Khan Younis, and another site belonging to the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing on Hamas, west of Rafah.

Israeli air forces also launched four air strikes against a site belonging to the al-Qassam Brigades site Areen-2 west of Rafah.

Earlier, Israeli air forces bombed a target north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

Local sources said an Israeli drone fired a rocket at an empty land near a residential area in the northern Gaza Strip neighborhood.

No injuries were reported in any of the strikes.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

‘Breaking the Silence’ 

The al-Quds Brigades, the group’s armed wing, claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks earlier in the day, which it named “Breaking the Silence.”

A spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades said that the group was not breaking the truce between Israel and Hamas, but was merely “responding” to Israeli killings of seven Palestinians in the last two days, including three in Gaza on Tuesday.

Three other Palestinian militant groups also claimed to have participated in the attacks on Israel, including the National Resistance Brigades, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade.

Spokesman for the Gaza Strip government Ihab al-Ghussein said that Israel is “responsible for any escalation,” warning of the “consequences of any escalation” and reiterating that “resistance is the right of the Palestinian people to defend itself.”

Hamas is in control of the Gaza Strip government and maintains a fragile ceasefire with Israel, but other groups occasionally launch attacks.

Israel has repeatedly violated the ceasefire in the last year by launching attacks into the Strip and opening fire on civilians near the border, and militant groups often respond with rocket fire, which mostly falls in open areas.

Israel has also maintained a severe economic blockade on the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million residents since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.

The escalation came just hours after British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived on his first official visit to the region since taking over as premier in 2010.

It was the heaviest barrage of cross-border rocket fire since a major eight-day confrontation in November 2012 between Israel and militants from Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement.

An Israeli security source told AFP that militants had fired more than 50 rockets “in close succession,” targeting areas all over the south.

Police said the rocket fire fell in several waves along the length of Israel’s border with Gaza and that one struck near a public library in the town of Sderot, while another hit near a petrol station in another area.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

We will respond ‘with great force’ 

The attack began shortly after Netanyahu and Cameron addressed the parliament, and prompted a stern warning from the Israeli leader who pledged to act “with great force” against those seeking to harm Israel, a statement from his office said.

“We will continue to strike those who want to harm us, we’ll act against them very forcefully,” he was quoted as saying in a separate statement communicated by his spokesman Ofir Gendelman.

“This is the biggest attack on Israel since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense,” the military said on its Twitter feed, referring to the 2012 confrontation which claimed the lives of 177 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and six Israelis.

Speaking to Israel’s private Channel 2 television, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel would have no choice but to reoccupy Gaza, from which it withdrew all troops and settlers in summer 2005.

“Following an attack like this — a barrage of more than 50 rockets — there is no alternative to a full reoccupation of the entire Gaza Strip,” he said.

A day earlier, an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said.

The three resistance fighters were killed by the airstrike in southeast Khan Younis near the Sufa crossing.

The al-Quds Brigades said at the time that the militants were affiliated to the group.

“They were in confrontation with the occupation trying to stop the progress of Israeli military vehicles which were approaching the area,” the statement said.

The Israeli army said in a statement that “terrorists affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the southern Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell at IDF forces.”

“An IAF aircraft responded immediately in order to prevent further attacks on Israeli civilians and targeted the terrorist squad. Direct hits were confirmed, the army statement said.

The airstrikes came after Israeli forces killed three Palestinian civilians in separate incidents across the West Bank on Monday, leading to widespread anger.

(Source / 12.03.2014)

Israel closes Gaza crossings, vows ‘tough attack’

The Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza. Photograph: Harriet Sherwood for the Guardian

The Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza. Photograph: Harriet Sherwood for the Guardian

Gaza, ALRAY – The Israeli occupation on Wednesday evening decided to close the two lone border crossings with the Gaza Strip.

Director of Borders Directorate in the Palestinian Authority Nazmi Muhanna told Safa Press Agency that “the Israeli authorities informed that the Erez and Karm Abu Salem crossing will be closed as from Thursday until further notice.”

The decision came four hours after Islamic Jihad’s armed wing Saraya Al Quds announced the firing of some 130 rockets on Israel in retaliation for Israel’s killing of three of its military wing.

Spokesman for the Palestinian government in Gaza warned Israel against any escalations.

“We hold the occupation accountable and warn of the consequences of any escalatory acts,” Mr Ihab al-Gusain said.

He reiterated the Palestinian resistance’s right to defend the Palestinian people against any aggressions.

In a related context, the Israeli occupation army approved ‘a tough response’ to the Islamic Jihad rocket attack, reported Israel Channel 10.

Gaza has been under severe economic Israeli blockade since 2007 where the imports and exports are severely restricted.

(Source / 12.03.2014)

Israeli Naval Forces Opens Fire at Gaza Fishermen, 2 Held for Interrogation

On Tuesday, March 12, 2014, Israeli naval boats opened fire at Palestinian fishermen from Gaza, official Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reports.

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(PNN/WAFA) The incident happened off the coast of As-Sudaniya, reportedly inside the six mile fishing zone, which is officially allowed by the Israeli authority. The boats were severely damaged by an artillery shell and additional gunfire.

The fishermen manged to flee, and there were no injuries reported among them. According to WAFA, these incidents happens on a regular basis even in the legal six-mile fishing zone.

The Israeli navy, on Tuesday night, abducted and interrogated two Palestinian fishermen sailing along the coast of Gaza, on claims that they were sailing out of the Gaza allowed fishing range.

(Source / 12.03.2014)

Saudi Arabia says will block Qatar borders

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

Saudi Arabia has threatened to block Qatar by land and sea amid a simmering row between the two Arab states over Doha’s links with the Muslim Brotherhood and the role of al-Jazeera television station.

According to a report published by US-based newspaperHuffington Post, the threats were made during a private meeting between the foreign ministers of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council states in Riyadh last week before Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain announced the withdrawal of their ambassadors from Qatar.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal reportedly said only the severance of ties with the Brotherhood, closure of al-Jazeera broadcaster and expulsion of two US think tanks – identified as Brookings Doha Center and the Rand Qatar Policy Institute — would be sufficient to prevent Qatar from “being punished.”

Qatar is reportedly not taking the threat of a sea blockade seriously, but its land border with Saudi Arabia could easily be closed by Saudi forces.

On March 7, Saudi Arabia listed Muslim Brotherhood along with several other groups as terrorist organizations. According to the new law, those who join or back the groups could face five to 30 years in jail.

The Saudi move, which was slammed by the Brotherhood, came after Egypt’s military-backed interim government decided to label the group a terrorist organization last December after the ouster of the country’s Brotherhood-backed president, Mohamed Morsi, in July.

Egypt has accused the Muslim Brotherhood of being responsible for a deadly bomb attack on a police headquarters building in the Delta Nile city of Mansoura in December 2013, which left at least 15 people dead. The group has condemned the attack and denied involvement in the incident.

Following the example of neighboring Saudi Arabia, the UAE labeled Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization on March 8.

Some Arab states accuse Doha-based al-Jazeera television network of taking a pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance.

(Source / 12.03.2014)

Syria’s Assad leaves stronghold to see displaced groups outside Damascus

A picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on March 11, 2014, shows President Bashar al-Assad (L) visiting the Dweir shelter for displaced people in Adra, northeast of Damascus

A picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on March 11, 2014, shows President Bashar al-Assad (L) visiting the Dweir shelter for displaced people in Adra, northeast of Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is making a rare trip outside the capital to meet people displaced by the country’s three-year-old civil war, state media reported on Wednesday.

“President Assad is inspecting conditions for the displaced in Damascus province,” state television said.

“President Assad is touring shelters for the displaced… and listening to their needs.

“The state continues to secure basic necessities for the displaced until they can return to their homes in Adra and elsewhere,” state television quoted Assad as saying.

State news agency SANA later said Assad added: “The state is continuing to fight terrorism and the terrorists who forced citizens out of their homes and committed ugly crimes against them.”

The government refers to rebels fighting Assad’s rule as terrorists.

SANA said Assad was visiting Adra northeast of the capital, and his office’s official Twitter account released a photograph of him talking to women and children at the town’s Dweir shelter.

In pictures published by SANA, Assad is shown standing next to his bodyguards, talking to children and hugging them.

Another picture shows Assad, wearing a suit, white shirt and no tie, shaking hands with an elderly woman in a headscarf, while another shows him along with a man, four children and two veiled women.

Adra, considered a strategic gateway to Damascus, has seen frequent clashes between the army and rebels.

Control of the town and its adjacent industrial park remain contested, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Assad rarely makes public appearances, and most of those have been within the confines of the capital.

He was last reported at a public event in January, when he attended prayers at a Damascus mosque.

Assad is expected to seek a new term in a presidential election planned for the middle of the year, despite the raging conflict that the Observatory says has killed more than 140,000 people since March 2011.

(Source / 12.03.2014)

Thousands protest after teen’s funeral in Turkey

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Turkey after the funeral of a teenager who died from injuries he sustained in police confrontation last year.

On Wednesday, riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse protesters who marched in Istanbul after the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan.

Clashes broke out as police forces attempted to prevent protesters from gathering at the city’s iconic Taksim Square.

Police forces also clashed with demonstrators who had gathered to pay respects to the teenager in the Turkish capital, Ankara. They also called for the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Elvan died on March 11, nine months after he was hit by a police tear gas canister during anti-government protests. The teenager had been in a coma since last June.

Following his death, clashes broke out between protesters and riot police in Istanbul.

Clashes also took place in Ankara where police fired tear gas and used water cannons to break up crowds of demonstrators.

Anti-government protests started in mid-2013, when Turkish police broke up a sit-in held at Istanbul’s Taksim Square against a proposal to demolish Gezi Park.

The violence turned into nationwide demonstrations against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) and Erdogan, with police using water cannons, teargas, and rubber bullets against the demonstrators.

Berkin’s death raised the number of fatalities from last summer’s anti-government protests in Turkey to at least eight, including a police officer. Thousands of others have also been injured.

After nearly a year of anti-government protests, Erdogan announced on March 5 that he would be willing to step down from power if his ruling AK party fails to win the upcoming local elections.

(Source / 12.03.2014)