Thursday, May 31, 2007

Al-Aqsa Brigade "Deters" Collaborators

Al-Aqsa Brigades shoot two "collaborators" in the legs in NablusDate: 30 / 05 / 2007 Time: 10:41

Photo Credit: Maan News

Nablus - Ma'an - The Al-Aqsa Brigades, the main armed wing of Fatah, shot two alleged "collaborators" in the legs in the centre of Nablus in the northern West Bank very early on Wednesday morning. The two Palestinians are accused of collaborating with the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank.

A spokesperson of the brigades told Ma'an via telephone that the collaborators admitted to the charges against them during interrogation.

The incident took place in a square in the centre of the city in the very early morning, soon after midnight. The brigades' spokesperson explained that the incident was meant to deter other people who might even think of collaboration with the Israeli military occupation.

The brigades threatened that they would strike anyone who might be proved to be cooperating with the Israeli occupation because, according to the brigades, the collaborators played a major role in the recent Israeli targeted killing campaign against Palestinian activists.

The spokesperson of the brigades pledged to distribute to media outlets a cassette containing the collaborators' confession to the charges.


Brigades launch ten mortars at Kfar Aza
Date: 30 / 05 / 2007 Time: 20:38


Gaza - Ma'an – The An Nasser Salah Addin Brigades of the Popular Resistance Committees, along with the Islamic and national resistance brigades, have declared their responsibility for the launching of ten mortar projectiles at Kfar 'Aza on Wednesday.

A joint statement issued declared that the brigades launched the projectiles "as retaliation for the Israeli killing and assassination operations in the territories."


Islamic Jihad's military wing fire projectiles at Sderot and other targets
Date: 30 / 05 / 2007 Time: 14:33

Gaza - Ma'an - The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility on Wednesday for launching 4 homemade projectiles at the southern Israeli town of Sderot and other residential compounds east of the southern Gaza Strip.

The brigades said in a statement that the shelling was part of a series of operations to come in retaliation for the Israeli policy of "targeted killings" against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.


Brigades linked to Fatah and the Popular Resistance Committees fire projectiles at Netiv Ha'asarah and Sderot
Date: 30 / 05 / 2007 Time: 09:31

Gaza - Ma'an - The An Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, and the Al-Aqsa Brigades, the main armed wing of Fatah, claimed responsibility on Tuesday night for launching one homemade projectile at the Israeli village of Netiv Ha'asarah, located just north of the Gaza Strip.

The Al-Aqsa Brigades also claimed responsibility on Wednesday morning for firing four homemade projectiles at the southern Israeli towns of Sderot and Netiv Ha'asarah.

The brigades said in a joint statement that the joint operation on Tuesday night came in retaliation for the assassination of the leader of the Fatah-affiliated Abu Ammar Brigades in Jenin, Muhammad Mer'i, on Tuesday evening, and the killing of two of Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades' activists, Abdul Karim Sha'ath and Muhammad Mu'ammar, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning.


Al Quds Brigades fire three mortar projectiles at an Israeli military post in central Gaza Strip
Date: 30 / 05 / 2007 Time: 16:25

Gaza - Ma'an - The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, have claimed responsibility for launching three mortar projectiles on Wednesday at noon at an Israeli military post located east of Juhor Ad-Dik in the central Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the brigades said that "the operation came as part of their retaliation for the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the territories."


Palestinian NGOs reveal rising rates of so-called 'honour killings'
Date: 28 / 05 / 2007 Time: 18:43


Ramallah - Ma'an - A forum of Palestinian organizations which fight anti-women violence published on Monday a report about killing Palestinian women under the guise of so-called family honour. The report covered 3 years from 2004 to 2006.

The report shows that the average number of women killed for challenging patriarchal norms increased from 14 incidents to 32 in one year. The organisation reported that the youngest case which they dealt with was that of a 12 year old girl and the oldest was that of an 85 year old woman. 32 out of 48 reported cases were documented formally as murder on the basis of family honour.

According to the report, from these 32 reported cases of 'honour killing', 30 of the murdered girls were Muslim. Of these 30 Muslim victims, 14 were unmarried, 8 were married, 6 were divorced and 2 were widows. Half of the victims were in the Gaza Strip and the rest were in the West Bank. Villages recorded the highest rate of murder of women.

The report also shows that the murder of 'dishonourable' women was committed in numerous ways ranging from stabbing to suffocating to poisoning.

In 17 cases, the perpetrators were brothers, while in 5 cases the fathers killed their own daughters.

The report also affirmed that real figures are very hard to attain for several reasons: the lack of formal statistics; the lack of reporting of such cases and the legal closure of many cases in the name of fate and destiny.


Al-Buraq Army shoot at settlers near Nablus
Date: 28 / 05 / 2007 Time: 16:28


Nablus – Ma'an – The Al-Buraq Army, which is affiliated to the Al-Aqsa Brigades of Fatah, on Monday morning claimed responsibility for shooting at an Israeli settler car near Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

The spokesperson of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, Abu Fuad, told Ma'an via telephone that a group of activists from the Buraq Army opened fire at a settler car near the Israeli settlement of Shave Shomeron.

The Al-Buraq Army announced in a statement that their fighters hit the car occupants directly.

They also stated that the operation is "a natural retaliation to Israeli atrocities."