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August 29, 2015 / 14 Elul, 5775
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Posts Tagged ‘Gaza Strip’

Family of Ethiopian hostage Held by Hamas Blocked Gaza Crossing

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Approximately 20 relatives of Avraham Mengisto, an Israeli with a mental condition and who crossed into Gaza last year, blocked the Erez Crossing Thursday morning to try to raise awareness of his captivity.

Mengisto, who is of Ethiopian origin, crossed into Gaza on a Friday last September. Perhaps because of his color, soldiers who spotted him entering Gaza figured he was a Gaza Arab.

After troops arrived at the scene to double-check, they found a knapsack he left behind. Inside was a Bible, which made it obvious that an Israeli Jew now was in the hands of Hamas.

The family is frustrated by the lack of information concerning their relative’s continued captivity, assuming he still is alive,

The brother said this morning at Erez Crossing::

We respect freedom of travel for everyone, Palestinians and Israelis alike, and we…demand that Hamas free my brother immediately.

Hamas, of course, could not care less what Mengisto’s relatives say, and the family is concerned that the hostage is not receiving the necessary treatment for his mental condition.

 

PA Terror Cell Arrested for Plotting to Shoot Jews at Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Israel security forces have arrested an Islamic Jihad in Samaria terror cell for plotting to plant bombs and shoot at Israeli civilians at Joseph Tomb (Kever Yosef).

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF arrested the cell earlier this week and lifted a gag order on the operation Tuesday afternoon.

The cell received directives from Rafat Mohamed Darwish, an Islamic Jihad terrorist operating in Gaza and who is responsible for connecting the terrorist organization with operatives in Judaea and Samaria Region.

Darwish was in charge of arming the cell in order to execute the attack.

Members of the cell arrested are:

Nisim Mohammed Ramdan Rashid Damiri, 30, is of Tulkarm, located east of Netanya. Damiri has been previously arrested on multiple occasions and associated with the Tanzim terrorist group;

Mohammed Mufak Rafik Damiri, 23, also from Tulkarm (’92) and who served as a Palestinian policeman;

Yasir Gaudet Abed Zaruri, 35, a former Hamas terrorist from Shechem and who previously has been arrested; and

Aduen Padel Hassan Nazel, 24, from the village of Qabatiya, south of Jenin in northern Samaria. .

The investigation revealed that each member of the cell held a specific position, such as acquiring weapons, gathering intelligence and executing the attack.

The residents of Nablus and Qabatiya were in charge acquiring the weapons, training and logistics, while the residents of Tulkarm were responsible for executing the attack. Nisim Damiri was planning to execute the attack, and Mohammed Damiri gathered intelligence information regarding the worshipers’ activities in Joseph’s Tomb.

Zaruri admitted to agreeing to teach Nisim Damiri how to prepare an improvised explosive device (IED).

Nazel revealed he was contacted by Darwish from Gaza, who asked him to supply the cell with weapons for the attack.

The case has been transferred to the Military Court in the in the Samaria Region in order to indict the four terrorists.

IDF spokesmen added:

The investigation revealed the clear and continued intent of operatives in the Gaza Strip to recruit terrorists as well as direct and lead terror activities in the Judea and Samaria Region.

Hamas Doesn’t Discriminate by Age or Gender

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

If there’s one you can’t accuse Hamas of, it’s discrimination.

Whether your a female, or a child, or a female child, Hamas is happy to dress you up in uniform and give you a rifle.

The photo is from a “military” parade on August 21, marking the first anniversary of the killing of Hamas’s terror commanders Mohammed Abu Shammala and Raed al-Attar, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Egypt Re-Imposes Blockade on Gaza Crossing

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Egypt again has shut down the crossing at the city of Rafah, which straddles the border between Gaza and the northern Sinai, after having re-opened it four days for emergency cases.

Egyptian officials said they prevented nearly 150 Arabs from leaving Gaza for the Sinai on Friday. The crossing has been closed since last October, except for brief periods, as part of the al-Sisi regime’s campaign against Hamas.

Israel also has restricted passage, primarily to bar three Be’er Sheba area-based sisters of Hamas’ de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh from attending their nephew’s wedding because Hamas continues to hold two Israelis as captives.

One of them is a Bedouin from the northern Negev city of Hura, and the second man is Avera Mengistu, who has a mental condition and crossed the security fence in Gaza last year.

Israel has not commented on the Bedouin, but he reportedly has had previous contact with Gaza Arabs and may be involved in crime.

 

IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Terror Rocket Fire

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

IAF fighter pilots retaliated against Gaza terrorists who attacked southern Israel late Friday.

Military jets scored “a direct hit” against the intended target, the IDF said.

“Israeli air force aircraft attacked the Hamas terror organization’s infrastructure in central Gaza a short time ago,” announced the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit late Friday night.

“The attack was carried out in response to the rocket fire aimed at Israeli territory earlier in the afternoon,” said the IDF statement. “Hamas is the entity responsible for actions that emanate from Gaza.”

On Friday afternoon, Gaza terrorists launched at least two rockets and a mortar shell at southern Israel. One of the projectiles exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district, about half a mile from the southern border with Gaza near Kissufim. The other projectiles apparently landed within Gaza.

The Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were not activated in southern Israel, thus giving local residents no warning of the impending attack.

No property damage and no physical injuries were reported in Israel. It is not clear whether there were any injuries or damage in Gaza.

Security sources believe a Salafi terrorist group was responsible for the attack. Nevertheless, Israel holds Hamas responsible for any activity emanating from Gaza inasmuch as Hamas is in complete administrative and military control of the enclave.

Hamas to Hang ‘Collaborator’ who Helped Israel

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Hamas is becoming more democratic. Instead of carrying out a summary street execution of criminals” who help Israel, this time the terrorist organization let its courts sentence a “collaborator” to death.

If the sentence is carried out, it will be the second execution that Hamas courts have approved this year, not counting several public killings carried out by the terrorist organization. Last year, a Hamas firing squad shot and killed six people in public, in front of a Gaza City mosque.

The latest victim was identified as “A.S.,” but no details of his collaboration were released.

Palestinian Authority law allows the death penalty for three types of crimes: drug trafficking, murder and helping the “Zionist enemy,” including selling property to a Jews.

Gaza informants help the IDF fight the Hamas terrorist regime and have been invaluable by tipping off authorities on planned terrorist attacks and locations of missile launchers.

IDF Shoots to Scare Gaza Arabs Away from Security Fence

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Israeli soldiers deployed at the Gaza security fence shot over the heads of Arabs who had approached the no-go zone Monday, Palestinian Authority media reported. No one was injured.

Arabs frequently approached the security fence, usually with intentions to infiltrate into Israel or to carry out a terrorist attack on the spot.

Palestinian Authority media usually report that Arabs at the fence are “playing soccer “or looking for metal.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-shoots-to-scare-gaza-arabs-away-from-security-fence/2015/08/03/

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