Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
|An Israeli army spokesman said that deliveries of fuel had been|
stopped for security reasons [AFP]
The electricity company said earlier on Friday that it will cut production by 6:00 pm (1500 GMT).
"We are forced to stop three out of the station's four generators," Rafiq Maliha, the director of the electricity company, said.
Gaza has a single 140-megawatt power plant that provides some three quarters of the territory's needs. All of the fuel for the plant comes from Israel.
The rest of Gaza's electricity needs is supplied by Israel, Egypt and private electricity generators.
Several districts in Gaza City and in the north of the strip lost their power after 6:00 pm, but witnesses said the current continued to flow in the south.
"We have not received fuel since Thursday morning," Maliha said. "We didn't receive any today and tomorrow is Shabat [Saturday] for the Israelis, so there won't be any. The situation is difficult."
He warned that if fuel was not delivered to the impoverished territory before Sunday morning, "electricity production will stop entirely".
Maliha said Israel had stopped fuel deliveries because of security conditions at the Nahal Oz crossing between the coastal strip and the Jewish state.
An Israeli army spokesman confirmed to AFP that deliveries of fuel had been stopped "for security reasons".
"More than 1.4 million litres of fuel crossed from Israel into the Gaza Strip through Nahal Oz" between Sunday and Wednesday, the spokesman said.
Maliha urged "the European Union and the Palestinian Authority to intervene quickly as this will have negative consequences for Gaza, especially for hospitals."
Home to some 1.5 million people, Gaza is one of the world's most densely populated cities.
Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and wounded six others during a raid near the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday, Palestinian sources said.
Palestinian security officials said that a gun battle broke out between Israeli troops and local gunmen in the village of Kafr Dan. Nour Marey, a 16-year-old boy and one gunman were killed in the attack.
An Israeli army spokesman said that "several gunmen were identified during an activity against terror infrastructure. The troops fired at them and identified hitting them."
The Abu Amar Brigades, an armed group linked to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President's Fatah faction, said that the gunman killed was one of its leaders.
Meanwhile and in a separate raid, Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at Palestinian rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas forces said on Friday.
The missiles missed the launching squad that was on its way back from firing rockets toward Israel and caused no injuries, the forces said.
The army confirmed that aircraft had fired at Palestinian fighters who launched rockets.
More than 15 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Friday, some from the area of the air strike, the army said.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
|Marines cleared in Haditha massacre|
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Israeli security forces have removed about two dozen Jewish settlers and supporters from two Palestinian properties they took over last year in an abandoned Palestinian market in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
A US soldier convicted of taking part in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her family has been sentenced to 110 years in prison.
Private Jesse Spielman was jailed on Saturday after he was found guilty of rape, conspiracy to commit rape, housebreaking with the intent to rape and four counts of felony murder.
The military court in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, said that Spielman was among a group of soldiers who assaulted Abeer Kassem al-Janabi, murdered her parents and sister and set fire to the family home in Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad.
Prosecutors did not say Spielman took part in the rape or murders, but said he went to the house knowing what the others intended to do and served as a lookout.
"I hate the government," Paige Gerlach, Spielman's sister, screamed as the sentence was announced. "You people put him [in Iraq] and now, this happened."
Spielman, 23, received the longest sentence of any of the four soldiers who have been convicted of the attack.
He also received a dishonorable discharge, lost all pay and allowances and was demoted to the rank of enlisted man.
The three other soldiers pleaded guilty under agreements with prosecutors and were given sentences ranging from five to 100 years.
The 110-year sentence was part of a plea bargain Spielman's defence had made with prosecutors restricting the number of years Spielman could serve in prison regardless of the jury's verdict.
He had pleaded guilty on Monday to lesser charges of conspiracy to obstructing justice, arson, wrongfully touching a corpse and drinking.
Steven Green, the alleged leader of the group during the attack, will face a civilian court because he was discharged from the army before the crime came to light.
Federal prosecutors have said they will be seeking the death penalty in Green's case.
Earlier this year, Sergeant Paul Cortez and Specialist James Barker received life sentences after pleading guilty to raping al-Janabi.
Private Bryan Howard, who stood on guard during the attack, was sentenced to 27 months in jail for acting as an accessory as a lookout and obstructing justice.
Prosecutors rested their case against Spielman on Thursday to address Barker's story that Spielman acted as a lookout during the attack.
He had earlier testified that he had allowed investigators to draft sworn statements for him that implicated Spielman in the crime.
On Wednesday, Barker testified that parts of the document were untrue, including references to Spielman's role in the conspiracy to attack the family and his knowledge of plans to rape al-Janabi.
However, Cortez testified that Spielman stood guard as his fellow soldiers raped the girl a few feet away, and did nothing to stop the assault.
During their courts-martial, Barker and Cortez testified that they took turns raping the girl while Green shot and killed her mother, father and younger sister.
Green shot the girl in the head after raping her, they said. Her body was set on fire with kerosene to destroy any evidence, according to previous testimony.
Friday, August 3, 2007
|'Civilians dead' in Nato air raids|
|The Bridge had..."Cracks" |
Thursday, August 2, 2007
2. Drop a bomb on his house while he is at work.
3. Tell this man his wife and kids are dead.
4. Let him see what remains of his house and family.
5. Bomb his workplace.
6. Destroy the infrastructure around him.
7. Give him some time to contemplate the circumstances of his life.
The “War on Terror”, by its design, will exponentially create “terrorists”.