Iranian ship sinks off UAE, crew rescued

Updated 29 December 2012
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Iranian ship sinks off UAE, crew rescued

DUBAI: An Iranian cargo ship sank in UAE waters due to rough weather, while its crew of six was airlifted to safety by a rescue helicopter, a newspaper reported yesterday.
The Al-Jasourah went down on Friday some 10 nautical miles off the coast of the northern emirate of Umm Al-Quwain soon after it had left the neighboring emirate of Sharjah, said Gulf News.
Responding to a distress call, the emirati coastguard deployed a helicopter to airlift the all-Iranian crew to safety, it said. The size of the ship and the nature of its cargo were unknown.
The meteorological service in the UAE had previously warned of high winds affecting coastal areas of the Gulf state for several days.


Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: medics

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: medics

Gaza City: A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medical sources said, as demonstrations entered their fourth week along the Gaza-Israel border.
Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesman for the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza, said Ahmad Abu Aqel, 25, died of bullet wounds sustained east of Jabaliya. The Israeli army said it was looking into the incident.
Security sources in Gaza said Abu Aqel was standing near a group of people setting fire to tyres near the border with Israel.
His death brings the number of Gazans killed by Israeli forces in demonstrations and clashes since March 30 to 35, according to Gaza's health ministry.
Thousands of Gazans were gathered on Friday at various locations along the border in the blockaded enclave, calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their former lands in what is now Israel.
Hundreds were clashing with Israeli forces, an AFP correspondent said.
Israel has pledged to stop damage to the fence, infiltrations and attacks, and alleges there have been attempts at all three.
It accuses Palestinian movement Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.