#PalestineHotline – Jan. 9th, 2016
1. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested three Palestinians at dawn Friday and summoned another citizen for investigation.
2. The Israeli authorities on Friday released the bodies of four Palestinian youths shot dead following alleged stabbing attempts in the southern occupied West Bank the night before, local officials said. The bodies were released to the district coordination office in Hebron in the presence of Palestinian liaison officials and representatives of the slain Palestinians’ families.
3. Israeli forces shot at least 21 Palestinians with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the latest clashes to shake the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, medical sources said. Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesperson for Gaza’s Ministry of Health, told Ma’an that 14 Palestinians were shot with live fire in separate clashes that erupted along the Gazan border.
4. The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) accused on Friday the International Criminal Court (ICC) of pro-Israel bias in its new report on Preliminary Examination Activities published on November 12th, 2015. The ICC’s Report on Preliminary Examination Activities provides a section on Gaza in the “Contextual Background” to the alleged crimes that casts doubts on the neutrality of the approach, the PRC said in its report issued on Friday.
5. A 12-year-old Palestinian boy remains in critical condition on Friday evening, nearly two days after he sustained a severe head injury during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, medical sources said. A spokesperson for Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem told Ma’an that Ahmad Abu Hummus, after undergoing surgery on Wednesday night, was “still in the intensive care unit and breathing with a machine.”
6. Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian youths at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank over alleged stabbing attempts. The fatal shootings occurred near the Baghut settlement near the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank. The two Palestinians are identified as Ali Muhammad and Sa’eed Judeh.
7. Israeli forces have reportedly demolished a number of Palestinian homes and detained more than a dozen people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) over the past few days. Israeli bulldozers demolished Thursday, three homes in East al-Quds’ (Jerusalem) neighborhoods of Beit Safafa and Silwan, which has seen an influx of Israeli settlers over the past years. Some 14 Palestinian were detained in raids by Israeli troops overnight Thursday, including nine in Ramallah, three in Bethlehem and one in Qalqiliya.
8. Israel has approved the construction of a new town on the site of two Palestinian villages that were razed by the Tel Aviv regime. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Wednesday that the new town “will advance the Druze population economically and socially.” He said it will be the first town for Druze community built in Israel since 1948.
9. A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday night near Beit Einoun junction, east of al-Khalil city. According to the Hebrew website 0404, Israeli soldiers opened fire at a Palestinian and killed him immediately after he “attempted to stab an officer” from the Givati brigade on road 60 near Beit Einoun junction, south of Sa’ir town.
10. Israeli forces shot dead four Palestinians from the town of Sair on Thursday night after they allegedly carried out two separate stabbing attempts in the southern West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
11. Israeli bulldozers under army escort on Thursday demolished three Palestinian structures built without construction permits in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Beit Safafa.