Gaza fisherman killed at sea by Egyptian fire: union

People ride boats as Palestinians prepare to sail a ship toward Europe aiming to break Israel's maritime blockade on Gaza, Tuesday. (Reuters)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Gaza fisherman killed at sea by Egyptian fire: union

  • The union said in a statement that he had been killed by “Egyptian fire”
  • A fisherman who had been in the same area said Egyptian forces had opened fire on Abu Awad’s boat when it apparently approached or crossed the border

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian fisherman was killed at sea by Egyptian fire near the Gaza border on Wednesday, the fishermen’s union said.
The health ministry in Gaza confirmed that Mustafa Abu Awda, 32, had died but did not give further details.
The union said in a statement that he had been killed by “Egyptian fire.”
A fisherman who had been in the same area said Egyptian forces had opened fire on Abu Awad’s boat when it apparently approached or crossed the border Wednesday afternoon.
The union announced a one-day strike in protest at the killing.
The heavily populated Gaza Strip is wedged between Egypt, the Mediterranean and Israel, which imposes strict limits on how far Gaza fishermen can venture out to sea.
The enclave’s land border with Egypt had been largely sealed in recent years, but reopened in May as relations improved between the Egyptian government and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.


Bahrain’s King Hamad orders reinstatement of citizenship of 551 convicts

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Bahrain’s King Hamad orders reinstatement of citizenship of 551 convicts

JEDDAH: Bahrain’s King Hamad issued an order on Sunday to reinstate the citizenship of 551 convicts whose nationality had been revoked as per court rulings, reported the state news agency.
The royal decree is in line with the provisions of Article 24 of Law 58/2006 with respect to the Protection of the Community against Terrorist Acts, stipulating that rulings related to citizenship withdrawal will not be effective unless they are approved by the king.
King Hamad had already given directives to the competent authorities to evaluate the situation of convicts whose citizenship was revoked before the final implementation of the court judgment.
“The study and evaluation of the situation of convicts should be based on criteria pertaining to the seriousness, impact and consequences of the crimes, as well as on the danger the convict may pose on national security,” said the Bahrain News Agency.
King Hamad also instructed the minister of interior to study and evaluate the citizenship revocation rulings and to prepare a list of reinstatement beneficiaries.