Gaza schools closed, heavy rains hit fishermen / PHOTO

Gaza announced all schools in the coastal enclave will be closed Monday due to weather conditions.

Gaza schools closed, heavy rains hit fishermen / PHOTO

Gaza announced all schools in the coastal enclave will be closed Monday due to weather conditions.

In the Gaza Strip, strong winds and lashing rains caused cracks in the pier and the breakfront at the harbor local fishermen use.

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No one was hurt, but civil defense workers and the Gaza maritime police were hauling boats out of the water and moving them and other fishing equipment to safer ground.

Al-Azhar University will close on Monday and Tuesday, a Palestinian news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

In the West Bank, governors of Nablus, Jenin, Salfit, Ramallah, Al-Bireh and Tulkarem also said schools would close Monday throughout the governorates.

"Damages of fishermen

Fishermen said they struggled for more than fifteen hours trying to save their property, but that efforts were in vain.

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Hundreds of sheds used to store equipment disappeared as rough waves engulfed the main street off the shore with water.

Around 400 fishermen from the northern Gaza Strip depend on fishing as the main source of income for their families.

They estimated their loss on Sunday at $1 million, and appealed to the Gaza government and civil society organizations to help recover from the "disaster."

"Palestinians in Israeli prison at risk"

Palestinian detainees held in Israel's Negev desert prison said strong winds had ripped apart a tent in the facility, a prisoners' center told Maan news agency.

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The prison facilities are not capable of protecting detainees, and inadequate shelter posed a real threat to sick prisoners in particular, the center added.

The center said detainees with from asthma, respiratory problems and allergies were suffering from sand storms, as sand has covered prisoners' personal possessions.


Agencies

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