The sense of joy was palpable in the streets of Gaza on Tuesday as released prisoners were greeted by celebratory crowds. The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari was there when the first prisoners arrived.
Families in Gaza wait to hear if their loved ones, imprisoned in Israeli jail cells, will be on the list as part of a prisoner swap deal that includes the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
A women’s tennis table team is set to leave Gaza for Jordan to participate in an international Arab table tennis tournament in October. The four-strong team is traveling for the first time since Israel imposed tightened closure measures on Gaza in 2007.
In a special ceremony at the French Cultural Center in Gaza City earlier this month, a representative of the French consulate in Jerusalem presented the highest award bestowed on non-French citizens to Reem Abu Jaber, head of the Qattan Centre for the Child in Gaza.
In the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a team of vocational college students, with the help of two mechanical engineers, built a racing car — the first of its kind in the besieged coastal territory.
Abdelhai al-Khaldi and his family were among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by the 1967 war, or who emigrated afterwards in search of work. Al-Khaldi and his wife spoke of their life of displacement to The Electronic Intifada contributor Rami Almeghari.