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Dagelijks archief 9 juli 2017

Arrests, home break-ins reported in West Bank sweep by Israeli army

Break-ins WB

At least six Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation army at daybreak Sunday in abduction sweeps rocking West Bank provinces.

The Israeli army claimed responsibility for the abduction of six Palestinians on allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activities.

The campaign targeted four Palestinians from Tulkarem, including a Hamas activist, and two ex-prisoners—Naser Abu Ayesh, 17, and Faris al-Douda, 18—from al-Khalil’s northern town of Beit Ummar, where the Israeli forces claimed that homemade weapons were detected.

A series of makeshift ambushes and checkpoints were pitched by the occupation soldiers across Tulkarem province.

The Israeli forces rolled into Beit Ummar in five military jeeps at the crack of dawn and wreaked havoc on civilian homes

At the same time, Israeli military troops stormed al-Arroub camp, north of al-Khalil, in seven military jeeps and ransacked the Muslim cemetery before they rummaged into Palestinian homes and commercial shops.

(Source / 09.07.2017)

Syrian Coalition Sets up Two National Commissions to Address Affairs of the Besieged, Displaced & Detainees

The Syrian Coalition took a decision to form two commissions, one managing the affairs in the besieged areas and the forcibly displaced persons, and the other addressing issues to do with detainees and missing persons. The decision was made during the ordinary 34th meeting of the Coalition’s General Assembly which concluded on Saturday.

Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Rahman Mustafa said that the United Nations has so far failed to force the Assad regime and its backers to lift the blockades on the besieged areas in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254. He added that the Assad regime continues with “the mass forced displacement as it has recently issued threats to the residents of eastern Qalamoun to evacuate their homes or their lives will be threatened.”

Mustafa pointed out that members of the General Assembly proposed the formation of a national commission for the affairs of the besieged areas and displaced people and one for the affairs of detainees and missing persons. He noted that the move will enable the Coalition to play a greater role in addressing these two important issues.

Member of the Coalition’s political committee Yasser Farhan said that the issue of detainees will receive greater attention as the move “aims to put pressure on the Assad regime to stop the detention, murdering and burning of the bodies of activists in the dungeons of the security forces away from the eyes of local and international human rights organizations.”

Farhan stressed that the Assad regime and those responsible for arrests and killings will not be able to escape punishment for their crimes; crimes that are condemned under international law and international humanitarian law. Farhan added that accountability for these crimes will be a priority in the full political transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.

Members of the General Assembly also discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria and violations against Syrian refugees in the town of Arsal in Lebanon. They strongly condemned the killing of 19 refugees by units of the Lebanese Army and the Hezbollah militias.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 09.07.2017)

Israeli settler hordes break into Muslims’ 3rd holiest site

Zio's stormed al-Aqsa

Hordes of Israeli settlers stormed on Sunday morning holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in Occupied Jerusalem, via the Maghareba Gate.

Reporting from Occupied Jerusalem, a PIC news correspondent said Israeli cops unbolted the Maghareba Gate and cordoned off the plazas of al-Aqsa Mosque shortly before Israeli settlers showed up at the scene and defiled the site.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation police and authorities continue to prevent dozens of Muslim men and women from performing their prayers at al-Aqsa—the third holiest site in Islam.

The assault makes part of the morning break-in shift carried out by Israeli fanatic settlers at al-Aqsa place of worship that starts almost daily at 07:00 a.m.

(Source / 09.07.2017)

Israeli settler runs over Palestinian girl near Arroub camp

Pal girl hit by car

A Palestinian girl was left wounded on Sunday morning after she was hit by an Israeli settler driving near the main entrance to al-Khalil’s northern refugee camp of al-Arroub, in the southern occupied West Bank.

A PIC news correspondent quoted local sources as stating that an Israeli settler rammed his car into an unidentified Palestinian girl walking near al-Arroub camp, leaving her wounded.

No further details have been revealed on the hit-and-run incident.

Pal girl hit by car1

(Source / 09.07.2017)

Interior Ministry tightens security measures on border with Egypt

Security Forces Gaza border Egypt

Palestinian security forces in Gaza tightened on Saturday its security measures on the border with Egypt in the wake of the terror attack that took place in Sinai on Friday. The attack led to the killing and injury of 26 Egyptian soldiers.

Director General of the Internal Security Forces Major General Tawfiq Abu Naim said, in a press statement on Saturday evening, “Since the first moments of the attacks, security measures were intensified in order to prevent any smuggling operations”.

The press statement followed a security meeting led by Abu Naim and attended by commanders of security and military apparatuses in the southern borders.

The Palestinian security official pointed out that a state of alert and preparedness prevailed among the national security forces along the border line. He extended his condolences to Egypt for the loss of soldiers who were killed in Sinai terror attack.

(Source / 09.07.2017)

PA freezes bank transfers to purchase fuel from Egypt

Fuel Egypt stopped delivery

The Energy Authority in Gaza announced that two power generators have been shut down after Egypt has stopped fuel delivery as the Palestinian Authority (PA) froze all bank transfers to Egypt for the purchase of fuel used to operate the besieged coastal enclave’s sole power plant.

In a brief statement on Saturday, the Energy Authority in Gaza pointed out that the Egyptian fuel has not been entered into the blockaded Gaza Strip over the past two days. This has affected the power plant’s capacity to operate the electricity generators.

The statement revealed that efforts are being exerted for transferring payments via different ways in order to resume importing fuel from Egypt and to re-operate the power plant.

(Source / 09.07.2017)

IOF sets up military barrier at Halhoul Bridge in al-Khalil

Military barrier on Halhoul Bridge

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Saturday afternoon erected a military barrier on Halhoul Bridge at the northern entrance to al-Khalil city and blocked traffic.

The PIC reporter said that IOF soldiers stopped Palestinian cars and checked the IDs of passengers. The makeshift checkpoint lasted for one and a half hour and led to severe traffic congestion. No arrests were reported.

(Source / 09.07.2017)

Palestinian worker injured after being chased by IOF east of Bethlehem

Al-Shiekh chased bij IOF

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Saturday gave chase to the Palestinian worker Hazem Abu al-Shiekh, 41 from al-Khader town south of Bethlehem, while he was heading to his workplace in Occupied Jerusalem. His feet were broken after he fell during the IOF chase.

Local sources said that the IOF troops followed Abu al-Sheikh in Wad al-Hummus area east of Bethlehem. He stumbled and fell from a high place resulting in fractions in his feet. He was transferred to Beit Jala Hospital for treatment.

(Source / 09.07.2017)

IOF arrests Emad Abu al-Haija at military barrier in West Bank

Emad Abu al-Haija

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) rounded up on Saturday afternoon the Palestinian ex-detainee Emad Abu al-Haija, son of the Hamas leader in Jenin Sheikh Jamal Abu al-Haija, at a military barrier in the West Bank.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF soldiers stopped the captive while he was passing through the checkpoint from Ramallah to Jenin and took him to an unknown destination.

A few days ago, IOF troops stormed Sheikh Abu al-Haija’s home in Jenin refugee camp and arrested his other son, Asem. Sheikh Abu al-Haija is serving a life sentence in Israeli jails for nine times.

(Source / 09.07.2017)

Hunger striker Allan moved to hospital

Mohamed Allan to hospital

The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred the imprisoned lawyer Mohamed Allan to Ramla prison hospital after his serious health deterioration as he enters his 31st day of hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Family sources affirmed to the PIC reporter that Allan was moved to hospital last Thursday.

Allan’s father expressed deep concern over his son’s health condition especially that he still suffers from the effects of his previous hunger strike during which he refused food for 65 consecutive days in 2015.

Contacts are made with the Red Cross Society and the PA Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Committee to follow up his case, the father added.

He is expected to be brought to court within two days over incitement charges, he pointed out.

Allan started the hunger strike on June 8 after he was kidnapped from his home during an Israeli dawn raid in the West Bank village of Einabus.

According to Muhjat al-Quds Foundation, he is determined to continue his opened-ended hunger strike until he obtains his freedom.

Allan, 33, earlier conducted a 66-day hunger strike in 2015 when he was imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention, winning his release in November 2015.

(Source / 09.07.2017)