World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli naval forces shelled Rafah port in the south of Gaza Strip, leaving two Palestinians injured and burning two fishing boats, eyewitnesses said.
According to the eyewitnesses, Israeli naval vessels fired several shells into the port in the wee hours of Wednesday after chasing two Palestinian fishing boats.
Two of the boats crew members were moderately injured while six others remain missing, they added.
The Israeli vessels also shelled Al-Sewediya village in the farther south of Gaza, but no injuries were reported.
An Israeli army spokesperson was quoted by Israeli daily Haaretz as saying that the two boats were suspected for being used for smuggling weapons from Egypt into Gaza
Israel seeks to 'torpedo' peace talks
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Israel of attempting to torpedo ongoing Middle East peace talks.
Speaking at the evening session of the 25th Arab summit in Kuwait, Abbas said Israel was pursuing a systematic campaign of settlement building in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
"The occupation government is accelerating its settlement-building activities in Al-Quds," he asserted.
Direct US-brokered peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed in Washington last summer after a nearly three-year hiatus.
The current round of talks is focused on a "framework" proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for an eventual deal addressing so-called "final-status" issues – namely, borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Al-Quds.
Abbas has repeatedly said his PA would neither compromise on unalienable Palestinian rights nor recognize Israel as a "Jewish state."
Palestinians insist that the issue of Jewish settlements be addressed before a comprehensive final-status agreement can be reached.Last Mod: 26 Mart 2014, 13:02