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Dagelijks archief 16 maart 2017

Syrian Coalition Calls for Emergency UNSC Meeting on Regime and Russia Crimes Cited in UN CoI Report

The Syrian Coalition called for an emergency UN Security Council session to discuss the serious findings of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

A report by the Commission concluded that the Assad regime forces were responsible for the bombing of Ayn Alfija water facility in the Wadi Barada valley in late 2016.

The report, which was released on Monday, stressed that airstrikes on the facility amounted to the war crime of attacking objects indispensable for the survival of the civilian population as 5.5 million people in Damascus and its suburbs were left without regular access to water.

The report indicated that either the Assad regime or Russian forces were responsible for the bombing of the permanent headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in the city of Idlib in February. It also concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine gas in multiple attacks on the Damascus suburbs and rural Idlib as well as bombed UN aid convoys near Aleppo in September 2016.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Coalition called on the UN Security Council to put pressure on Russia to shoulder its responsibilities as a permanent member of the Council and as an alleged sponsor of the negotiations and a supporter of the Assad regime.

In addition to carrying out the heinous crime of intentionally targeting the water facility, the Assad regime used it as a pretext to force residents of the Wadi Barada valley from their homes with the backing of its allied Iranian militias, the Coalition added.

The Assad regime took advantage of political and military cover from Russia which continues to fail to assume its responsibilities as a guarantor of the ceasefire agreement signed in the Turkish capital Ankara on December 29.

The Coalition went on: “Russia continues to encourage the Assad regime to carry on with its massacres and mass forced displacement, which makes Russia a partner in these crimes and violations of international law and the ceasefire agreement.”

“By failing to shoulder its responsibility as a guarantor of the cease-fire agreement, Russia has so far undermined all chances of reaching a political solution.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 16.03.2017)

Female journalist released from Israeli detention center

Samah Dweik

Palestinian journalist Samah Dweik was released from an Israeli detention center on Wednesday evening, following hours of intensive questioning.

Palestinian journalist Dweik had been subjected to exhaustive questioning by the Israeli forces and was released hours after she was kidnapped from her family home in Occupied Jerusalem.

Dweik was kidnapped by the Israeli forces on Wednesday evening from her home in Silwan’s neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, south of al-Aqsa Mosque.

The journalist was dragged to an Israeli detention center, where she had been exhaustively questioned.

Earlier, Dweik had faced other arrests by the Israeli forces on allegations of inciting anti-occupation activism on social media networks.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Settlers assault Palestinian driver south of Occupied Jerusalem

Fadi Abed

Fanatic Jewish settlers assaulted at dawn Thursday a Palestinian man working as a driver south of Occupied Jerusalem.

The Jerusalemite driver Fadi Abed, 42, said that he was on his way home located in Beit Safafa in southern Jerusalem when two extremist settlers stopped him for a ride.

“Once I dropped them off, one of the two settlers approached me and hit my head with a bottle, then the other man beat me brutally. I could not defend myself because of continuous beating which made me bleed”, he said.

Abed who is receiving treatment at hospital pointed out that another driver, who witnessed the attack, managed to capture and hold one of the settlers who was trying to escape until the police came and arrested both of the attackers.

Israeli police, however, did not open an investigation into the incident until the moment, Abed said. “It was not the first time that I was attacked by Jewish settlers”, Abed added.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into Various Areas In Gaza

16 MAR
5:33 AM

After alleging a “rocket” was fired from Gaza, and struck an open area in an Israeli settlement in the Negev, that Israeli Air Force fired missiles into grounds run by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, and into Palestinian lands, causing damage.

Media sources in Gaza said an Israeli drone fired a missile into a Qassam site, and almost instantly, followed by a missile from an Israeli fighter jet, destroying an entire building, without causing casualties.

The sources added that another missile struck vacant lands in the Zeitoun neighborhood, in Gaza Strip, and close to Karni cargo crossing, east of Gaza, causing damage.

The Israeli army claimed it fired missiles into Gaza in retaliation to a shell, fired on Wednesday at dawn, into an open area in the Sdot HaNegev regional council of settlements, causing no damage or injuries.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Syrian Coalition’s Political Committee Discusses Ways to Support Opposition’s Delegation to Geneva Talks

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee met with members of the oppositions’ High Negotiations Committee’s (HNC) as well as advisory and media delegations to Geneva 4 talks to discuss preparations for the next round to be held on March 23.

The meeting was held in the headquarters of the Syrian Coalition in Istanbul, Turkey, on 15-16 March.

Secretary of the political committee Riyad Hasan said that the meeting discussed a number of papers, including most notably the agenda of the upcoming round set out by the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.

The papers included issues related to the establishment of a new governing body, the constitution, elections, the fight against terrorism, and confidence-building measures, Hasan added.

Hasan pointed out that the participants laid out their reservations about the “non-paper” presented by de Mistura in the latest round of negotiations.

These preparations came as part of the Coalition’s efforts to support the HNC delegation in order to ensure a comprehensive political transition that meets the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 16.03.2017)

UN: Israel imposes ‘apartheid regime’ on Palestinians

Israel has started to prevent activists from visiting the occupied territories because they started to report the Israeli apartheid actions against Palestinians to the world

Israeli occupation state imposes “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, UN report announced on Wednesday.

The report said it had established on the “basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid”

Israeli occupation state imposes “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, UN report announced on Wednesday.

The report commissioned by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) concluded that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.”

UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said the report was the “first of its type” from a UN body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people.”

Khalaf was speaking at an event to launch the report at ESCWA’s Beirut headquarters.

ESCWA comprises 18 Arab states in Western Asia, according to its website. Its aims include to support economic and social development in member states. The report was prepared at the request of member states, Khalaf said.

The report said it had established on the “basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid.”

“However, only a ruling by an international tribunal in that sense would make such an assessment truly authoritative,” it added.

The report said the “strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people” was the main method through which Israel imposes apartheid, with Palestinians divided into four groups oppressed through “distinct laws, policies and practices.”

It identified the four sets of Palestinians as: Palestinian citizens of Israel, Palestinians in east Jerusalem, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and Palestinians living as refugees or in exile.

The report was authored by Richard Falk, a former UN human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories and an outspoken critic of Israel, and Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University.

Before leaving his post as UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories in 2014, Falk said Israeli policies bore unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon harshly attacked the report. “The attempts to discredit the only democracy in the Middle East are shameful and shocking,” he said.

To Danon, this is not an attempt to discredit the only democracy in the Middle East, but this is a factual report based on the reality on the ground which the Palestinian live every day. Otherwise, why has the only democracy in the Middle East started to ban activists to visit the occupied territories?

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Israeli airstrikes hit two areas in Gaza, damaging electricity infrastructure


A construction site in the Shujaaiya neighborhood of Gaza City in March 2016

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces conducted two airstrikes in the besieged Gaza Strip late Wednesday night, damaging the coastal enclave’s already tenuous electricity infrastructure.

The Israeli army said in a statement that in response to a projectile being fired from Gaza and landing in an open area in southern Israel, causing no injuries, Israeli air forces had “targeted two Hamas terror organization positions in the northern Gaza Strip.”
Local sources reported that two Israeli missiles hit a training post of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades — the Hamas movement’s military wing — west of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, sparking a fire.
Two more missiles landed east of the Shujaaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, cutting off the electricity supply in the area.
No injuries were reported in either airstrike.
The electricity company in Gaza said that three power lines were damaged by the airstrikes across the blockaded Palestinian territory, with spokesman Muhammad Thabet stating that it wasn’t clear how long it would take to reinstate electricity access to the affected neighborhoods.
Shells have been fired from the blockaded coastal territory into Israel a number of times since the beginning of the year, without causing any casualties.
Israeli forces have launched airstrikes in retaliation, injuring at least seven Palestinians during the same time frame.
In February, Gaza’s Ministry of Health claimed that two Palestinians were killed and five were injured as a result of an airstrike on a smuggling tunnel between Egypt and Gaza, though an Israeli army spokesperson denied involvement in the incident.
Israeli officials have accused Hamas, Gaza’s de facto leaders, of “preparing” for another war with Israel and have threatened retaliatory measures against the Gaza Strip as a whole, while Israeli authorities hold Hamas responsible for all attacks against Israeli targets coming from the Gaza Strip.
However, Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any rocket attacks since a ceasefire was declared after Israel’s devastating war in Gaza in 2014, and the movement has attempted to clamp down on armed activity by smaller political groups that do launch rockets from the territory.
On Tuesday, senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said that the Hamas movement was “not seeking new military confrontations with the Israeli occupation,” but that “if the Israeli occupation wages war against us, our lions will respond in the fields.”
“We are not war fanatics, but we are a bereaved and oppressed people who resist occupation,” al-Hayya said.
The al-Mezan Center for Human Rights expressed concern in February that Israel could be leading up to a wide-scale military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The rights group called on the international community to “act promptly against Israel’s military escalation, to fulfill their obligations to protect civilians, and ensure respect for the rules of international law,” stressing that “acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched is crucial to ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.”
(Source / 16.03.2017)

Israeli forces detain 37 Palestinians in East Jerusalem, West Bank raids

37 Palestijnen opgepakt WB

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 37 Palestinians during predawn raids across the occupied territory Wednesday, with a local prisoners group saying that raids in East Jerusalem targeted the family members of a Palestinian man slain by Israeli police two days prior while allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack.

The Palestinian community in occupied East Jerusalem has been subjected to what critics have called a “policy of reprisal” in recent months, referring to Israeli collective punishment measures in response to attacks or alleged attacks — measures that rights groups say are illegal under international law.
The crackdown on Palestinian Jerusalemites has seen the escalation of violent night raids by Israeli police, carried out in breach of protocol and without proper search warrants.
Meanwhile, the UN recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 73 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, 53 of whom were women and 300 of them minors. Some 420 Palestinians were detained throughout the month of February alone — including 70 minors and 22 women and girls.
East Jerusalem
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that at least 11 Palestinians were detained in occupied East Jerusalem, the majority of whom were relatives of a resident of the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood who was shot and killed and two days ago in the Old City by Israeli police who claimed the man carried out a stabbing attack.
The Silwan-based watchdog Wadi Hilweh information Center quoted lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud as saying that Israeli forces detained six young men and one minor from Jabal al-Mukabbir in predawn raids.
They were identified as Wajdi Khalil Shqeirat, 33, Mithqal Khalid Shqeirat, 21, Ahmad Amin Mashahra, 31, Hussein Bassam Shqeirat, 29, Muhammad Issam Shqeirat, 19, Bashar Bassam Shqeirat, 17, and Rias Ibrahim Shqeirat, 29.
In Issawiya, local follow-up committee member Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Raafat Dari, Ahmad Abu Rmeila, and Ismail Muheisin.
In Silwan, locals told the center that Israeli forces detained 20-year-old Omar Firas al-Awar.
An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment on the raids.
Central West Bank
In the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, the Israeli army said they detained three Palestinians in the town of Anata and one in al-Eizariya.
Meanwhile in the Ramallah district, PPS said that Amr Mahmoud Barghouthi was detained in the village Deir Ghassana, Yousif Muhammad Odeh was detained in Deir Ammar, Uday al-Tamimi and Mahmoud al-Ashweh in Nabi Saleh, Muhammad Salameh Khasib in Arura — confirmed by the Israeli army who claimed Khasib was a Hamas operative — and Laith al-Barghouthi in Deir Abu Mashaal.
In Qarawat Bani Hassan west of Salfit, PPS said that 22-year-old Yahya Abd al-Aziz Assi was detained, who the Israeli army also said was a Hamas operative.
Southern West Bank
PPS said that six Palestinians were detained from the Hebron district, identified in the statement as Musab Nidal Zghayyar, Khabab Munther Abu Sneineh, Abdullah Ahmad Zghayyar, Wael Yousif Abu Ayyash, Ibrahim Muhammad Awwad and Ali Muhammad al-Zaaqiq.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed six Palestinians were detained in the Hebron area, saying three were detained in Beit Ummar, two alleged Hamas operatives in Hebron city, and one alleged Hamas operative in Rabud.
During a violent detention raid south of Bethlehem in Duheisha refugee camp, which erupted into clashes leaving five locals injured by Israeli live fire, Israeli forces detained Murad Zghari and Bahaa Maslat. An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed one detention in Duheisha.
Elsewhere in the Bethlehem area, one Palestinian was detained in Husan, one in Bethlehem city, and one in Beit Jala, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.
Northern West Bank
According to PPS, two Palestinians were detained in the village of Tell southwest of Nablus, identified as Yasser Bilal Yamin, a student at the al-Najah University, and Musab al-Hindi.
In the village of Rummana north of Jenin, Israeli forces detained 45-year-old Ahmad Fayyad Bushnaq and his 38-year-old brother Hussam Fayyad Bushnaq — both former prisoners — after their homes were raided.
Locals in Rummana said that Israeli forces prevented them from heading to their workplaces after declaring the village a closed military zone.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the four detentions in Tell and Rummana.
(Source / 16.03.2017)

Reports: IOF continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory

Systematische crimes

  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 11 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip, and no arrests were reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 80 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one was conducted in the central Gaza Strip.
  • 80 civilians, including 9 children and 4 women, one of whom is a PLC Member, Samira al- Halyqa, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 35 of them, including 5 children and 2 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.
  • 3 children were arrested while sneaking through the border fence into Israel to look for work and were then released after interrogation.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Two houses were demolished and a civilian was obliged to self-demolish his house.
  • Closure of Arab Studies Society’s Mapping and arresting its director.
  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • A mobile house was confiscated in Farosh Beit Dajan village, while a vegetable stall was demolished.
  • Israeli settlers uprooted and stole (143) olive trees, south of Nablus.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.


Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (09-15 March 2017).


During the reporting period, Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian civilian in occupied Jerusalem.  Meanwhile, the Israeli forces wounded 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank. The Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas.

In the West Bank, in new crime of using excessive force, on Monday, 13 February 2017, Israeli officers killed Ibrahim Mahmoud Matar (25), from al-Mukaber Mount, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli forces claimed that Ibrahim entered the Israeli police office in Lions Gate (al-Asbat), took a knife out and then stabbed 2 Israeli soldiers. After that, Ibrahim was shot dead by another Israeli soldier.

On 10 March 2017, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian civilians, who were at the western entrance to Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, and wounded 2 of them.

On 11 March 2017, a 16-year-old male was hit with a tear gas canister at his head, when Israeli forces raided Birzeit, north of Ramallah. Moreover, the Israeli forces fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians.

On 11 March 2017, a Palestinian civilian was hit with a live bullet to the leg, when Israeli forces moved into Sabastiyia village, northwest of Nablus. During which, a number of Palestinian young men protested against them.

On 15 March 2017, 5 civilians, including 2 siblings, were wounded, when Israeli forces moved into al-Duhaisha refugee camp and al-Dawha village nearby, south of Bethlehem. One of whom was wounded as he was at the roof of his house in al-Dawhah village. when the wounded’s brother along with his 3 friends rushed to take him to the hospital, the Israeli forces opened fire at the car carrying them. As a result, 4 other civilians were wounded.

On the same day, a Palestinian worker, from al-‘Obaidiya village, east of Behtlthem, was wounded while he was near ” Mazmouriya” checkpoint, east of the city, attempting to go to his work in occupied Jerusalem.

On the same day, Fatmah Jabrin ‘Aye Abdul ‘Aziz Taqatqah (16) from Sahlet ‘Eid neighborhood in al-Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, was shot by the Israeli forces. The Israeli forces claimed she attempted to carry out a ran-over attack in the intersection of “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city, but she was arrested.  After that, Fatama was taken to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Centre in Jerusalem. Fatmah’s family refused the Israeli claims and said that she lost control of her vehicle.

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting border areas, On 09 March 2017, ,  Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of “Kissufim” military site established along the border fence between the Gaza Strip an Israel, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired several artillery shells and opened fire at agricultural lands in al-Qararah and al-Salqa Valley areas, west of the abovementioned border fence amidst firing several flare bombs, but no arrests were reported.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, On 14 March 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.


During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 80 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and its suburbs, and conducted 11 raids in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 80 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and 4 women. Thirty five of them, including 5 children and 2 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem. Among those arrested was a Member representing Hamas in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) identified as Samira al-Halyqa (53).

In the Gaza Strip, on 15 March 2017, Israeli forces moved into the east of Gaza Valley (Johr al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip. They leveled the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel after which they re-deployed along the border fence.

Creating Jewish Majority in Occupied East Jerusalem:

Concerning house demolitions, on Saturday, 11 March 2017, the Israeli Municipality obliged ‘Arafat Qara’een to self-demolish part of his family house in Wadi Helwa neighborhood, south of the Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Qara’een said that the part, which was demolished comprised of a 20-square-meter room used as a store built 2 years ago.

On 14 March 2017, Israeli forces accompanied demolished an under-construction residential building in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. The 250-square-meters building, which was comprised of 2 floors, belongs to Majdi Mostafa.

On the same day, Israeli forces demolished a house in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City. The house belongs to Mohamed Abu Saleh and was comprised of 2 rooms built in an area of 50 square meters. It should be noted that Mohamed along with his family comprised of 3 members, were intending to live in the house soon.

In the context of imposing restrictions on Palestinian associations, on 14 March 2017, Israeli forces raided the Mapping and Survey Office of the Arab Studies Society- Orient House in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem.  The police officers arrested the Office Director and maps and settlement expert, Khalil Tufakji, and took him to an unknown destination after confiscating his cell phone and some contents of the office.  The Israeli police closed the office for 6 months upon an order from the Israeli Interior Minister, Gelad Ardan.

Settlement Activities and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

On 14 March 2017, Israeli forces confiscated a mobile house in Farosh Beit Dajan village. The house belongs to Tawfiq Abed al-Raheem Haj Mohamed, who works as Headmaster of the village’s school. The abovementioned house was built on an area of 25 square meters and shelters 8 members, including 3 children. Moreover, the bulldozer demolished a vegetable stall located in the village’s main street. The 30-square-meter stall belongs to Yaser Ibrahim Aub Murtada.

In the same context, on 10 March 2017, Israeli settlers, from “Rhalim” settlement, uprooted 143 olive trees from al-Sawiyia villages’ lands, south of Nablus. The land belongs to Haytham Ahmed Mohamed Abu Kafanah and Suhail Abed al-Raheem Suliman. Both of them are from the abovementioned village.

Restrictions on movement:

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

(Source / 16.03.2017)

Jewish settlers open fire at Burin high school

Burin school aangevallen

Dozens of armed Jewish settlers on Thursday afternoon attacked the high school in Burin village, south of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.

Local official Khitam an-Najjar told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that settlers opened fire at the Burin high school, causing extreme panic among its students.

Najjar added that Israeli soldiers entered the village and backed up the settlers as local residents rushed to the school to protect its students and employees.

She also said that young men clashed with the settlers and soldiers and forced them to withdraw from the village, affirming that no one was injured during that attack.

(Source / 16.03.2017)