Cyprus: Iranian Ship Violates UN Sanctions
(IsraelNN.com) Sources in Cyrus said Saturday that an Iranian ship detained there since January 29 is carrying weapons-related cargo. U.N. naval personnel had earlier boarded the same ship at the entrance to the Suez Canal and found weapons on board, but was unable to confiscate them for legal reasons.
Cypriot authorities submitted a list of their findings to the United Nations following two exhaustive searches of the ship, which was sailing under the Cyprus flag. Sources quoted by the Reuters news agency said, "on the basis of evidence provided the shipment is in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions."
It is believed the ship was heading to Gaza to replenish the arsenal of Hamas and allied terrorists.
Hamas Seizes Gaza Hospitals, Expels Medical Staff
(IsraelNN.com) Hamas terrorists seized three hospitals and expelled entire medical teams from the facilities on Saturday, according to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, which was quoted in a report by the Ma'an news agency. The report said that Health Ministry officials were ejected from Shifa Hospital, al-Nasser Hospital and Gaza's psychiatric facility, along with doctors and other medical staff.
A statement issued by the ministry said Hamas terrorists had "returned to their old ways," adding that Hamas had taken over the medical centers and was "converting them into centers for interrogation, torture and imprisonment."
Iran Sending Money to Gaza
(IsraelNN.com) Iran managed to send millions of dollars worth of cash into Gaza last week, according to an Egyptian official quoted in a report published Saturday in the Al-Ahram newspaper. Egyptian authorities discovered some of it in suitcases in the car of Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha, who was intending to drive it into Gaza. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was believed that much more had nevertheless managed to reach Gaza.
Taha was forced to leave some $9 million in US dollars and 2 million Euros in the state-owned National Bank of Egypt in El Arish last Thursday and proceed into Gaza without the funds. The money was deposited in the name of an Egyptian government body, according to the report.
UNRWA Suspends Aid to Gaza Over Hamas Raid
(IsraelNN.com) The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) announced Friday it will suspend its humanitarian aid to Gaza until further notice over a raid on the agency's distribution center and a subsequent attack on an aid convoy.
Hamas police attacked a convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid supplies from the agency's warehouse in Israel to its distribution center in Gaza on Thursday, stealing 200 tons of food, according to IDF Major Peter Lerner, spokesman for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).
A prior robbery from a UNRWA distribution center on Tuesday netted 3,500 blankets and 407 food parcels. Lerner confirmed the report that UNRWA had decided to suspend its aid to the region till further notice due to the thefts, both of which were carried out at gunpoint.