Category: Middle East Written by Rina and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Cairo, 15 Jumadil Awwal 1435/16 March 2014 (MINA) - The Jamaa al-Islamiya and the Muslim Brotherhood condemned the killing of six military personnel in Musturud saying it violated Sharia and aimed to create chaos.
The Jamaa al-Islamiya has repeatedly warned that resorting to a tough crackdown when dealing with political crises would lead to violence and counter violence and would put the country at risk, according to the group's statement as quoted by Egypt Independent and Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA), Sunday (16/3).
The statement stressed that the security forces should not deal with peaceful demonstrations using unjustified violence in response as they have nothing to do with such incidents, it added. "A political solution for the political crisis in the country must be reached," the statement read.
Six soldiers died on Saturday at 5am when a group of armed assailants shot at a military police checkpoint, according to military spokesperson.
The group opened fire on the soldiers as they prayed at the checkpoint in Musturud at the beginning of the Cairo-Ismailia Road. Ali said the assailants also planted bombs next to the checkpoint to target any troops that would come to the point.
The Muslim Brotherhood denounced as well Musturud incident in a statement Sunday morning denying any links to it. The statement called the fallen soldiers brothers and sons on national duty and described the incident as a criminal aggression and wicked incident. It also called for identifying perpetrators and prosecuting them.
The statement condemned the armed forces' spokesperson Ahmed Ali's statement where he accused the Muslim Brotherhood of killing the soldiers. "This spokesperson wakes up every day to attribute all the crimes and misfortunes to the Muslim Brotherhood without investigation or evidence," the statement read.
The Muslim Brotherhood is keen to preserve the lives of citizens, their property, blood, and freedoms, the statement affirmed. (T/P03/E01)
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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 18:58
Category: Palestine Written by Rina and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Jakarta, 15 Jumadil Awwal 1435/16 March 2014 (MINA) - Indonesian pop music group, Naif Band, shows its solidarity with Palestinian by taking part in a fund raising campaign called "50 thousand rupiah for Palestine" campaign.
On the sidelines of Indonesian Art Festival in Jakarta, Saturday night (15/3), the band shot a video scene for the fund campaign aimed at supporting the procurement of the health equipments in Indonesian Hospital in Gaza for Gazans.
The band formed on October 22, 1995 at the Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ) with its members consisting of David (vocals), Emil (bass), Jarwo / Mr. J (guitar) and Pepeng (drums).
For David, the vocalist, it’s a pleasure to give more than to receive. "Because they (Palestinians) are in lots of needs. Indeed, the purpose of our lives is to fulfill other needs, making them complete, " he said.
"When the war happens, I feel that this will continue," David added.
His partner, Emil said that there is no reason for refusing to get involved in the campaign to support Indonesian Hospital in Gaza.
"It’s for humanitarian aids. Especially in the country which is still under occupation by Israel, 'for saving one man is equal to saving the entire human race'," he said quoting a verse in Al-Quran.
He added that what his band done through this campaign is not a big deal for helping Palestinians.
"Personally, this is just a piece that we can do for the Palestinians and humanity," he said.
Naif itself is a band that has frequently involved in social activities for victims such as natural disasters and environmental conservation.
Indonesia Hospital in Gaza was built by the volunteers from Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C). The Indonesian non-governmental organisation has collected nearly $15 million from Indonesia's poor and rich alike to build the first Indonesian hospital in the Gaza Strip. The hospital, which will serve those Palestinians living in northern Gaza, is nearly finished and still awaiting some equipments before it starts receiving patients. It is due for completion in May.
Indonesian Hospital building has been completed and entered the finishing stage of procurement of medical equipment to be immediately operated.
The Health Ministry of the Hamas-led government in Gaza and Indonesia's MER-C signed a memorandum of understanding on 21 November 2011 stipulating the financing of the hospital. (L/P03/E01)
Mi'raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:12
Category: Palestine Written by Rina Asrina and edited by Widi Kusnadi
Gaza, 15 Jumadil Awwal 1435/16 March 2014 (MINA) - The spokesman of Resources Ministry in the Gaza Strip, Ahmad Abu Al Umrain said the city has been suffering of the lack of power supply that can only meet a third of the total needs of its citizens.
It’s getting worse following the Gaza Strip's power plant shut down Saturday due to the lack of fuel. Israel occupation closed a goods crossing after latest war between Israel and Jihad Islam, an Islamic resistance in Gaza.
"The cause of this electricity distribution cessation due to the closing of Erez border by Israeli occupation forces. The border is the only access of goods enter into the Gaza Strip after the closing of Rafah border by Egypt several months ago," Ahmad Abu Al Umrain told Miraj Islamic News Agency (MINA)'s reporter on Saturday night.
According to him, Gaza’s suffering about 70 percent of its needs, which means the blockade area is currently only has a power supply as much as 30 percent left. It has an impact on the lack of electricity use in the Gaza Strip where Gazans used to get only four to six hours electricity a day.
The 1,8 million populated area rely on three sources of electric power, northern Gaza Strip receive electricity supply from Israel, the Gaza city under the power supply from the local company and the southern Gaza Strip gets power supply from Egyptian government.
Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip do not have any solution to deal with the crisis. The way out believed to be the only solution would be re-opening the borders, wether by Egyptian government as well as Israel.(L/P03/P04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 14:57
Category: Palestine Written by Widi Kusnadi and edited by Rina Asrina
Gaza, 15 Jumadil Awwal 1435/16 March 2014 (MINA) - The spokesman for Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, said on Friday, the number of the Gaza Palestinians killed by Israel since early 2014 up to 18 and 110 injured due to israeli attack.
Qidra pointed out that the 110 Gazans were injured mostly by live ammunition and airstrikes over several areas of the Strip. The majority of the casualties affected by the Israeli violence were in residential districts at the time of shelling or shooting. AlRay News Agency reported as quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
Palestinian premier Ismail Haniya said that the Gaza Strip is exposed to the most ferocious blockade after Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed the tunnels.
In his Friday khutba (sermon), premier Haniya stated that the current blockade considerably affected every citizen in the Gaza Strip and their need for food, medicines, clothing and many vital things.
The premier expressed his belief that the blockade is aimed at subjugating the Palestinian people and forcing their legitimate national leadership to change its political positions and accept the Zionist-American solutions.
He underlined that Gaza is under three types of bombardment, "the blockade, the repeated Israeli military aggression, and the media warfare" that is waged by some Arab parties against the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.
He said that the unjust media campaigns which are launched by some Arab countries against the Palestinian people, their resistance, martyrs and prisoners are more painful than any Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip.
The premier also condemned some Egyptian officials for making accusations against Palestinians martyrs and prisoners in Israeli jails of being involved in Egyptian events and stressed that those martyrs and prisoners are a source of pride for the Palestinian people and the Arab and Muslim nations.
His sermon also highlighted the Zionist-American plans to liquidate the Palestinian cause and prevent any reconciliation between the Palestinian rivals, and reiterated his rejection of the peace talks and the security cooperation with the occupation.
The blockade of the Gaza Strip refers to a land, air, and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip by Egypt and Israel since 2007 up to now. Israel claimed that it relatively eased the blockade for non-military goods in June 2010.
In 2006 Hamas won the Palestinian legislative election, triggering the 2006-2007 economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority by Israel and the Quartet on the Middle East. In March 2007, Hamas and Fatah formed a Palestinian authority national unity government headed by Ismail Haniya.
Shortly after, in June, Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in the course of the Battle of Gaza.
The blockade was criticized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Human Rights Council and other human rights organizations. It has been officially supported by United States administrations. In June 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the situation in Gaza is humanitarian needs. .(T/P04/P03)
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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 05:59