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Dagelijks archief 15 juli 2017

Israel closes occupied Jerusalem for 2nd day in a row

Occupied Jerusalem Old City

Israeli police forces continued on Saturday to close occupied Jerusalem’s Old City for the second consecutive day following Friday’s shooting in al-Aqsa.

The Israeli border guards and police forces have intensified their presence throughout the city since the morning hours.

All vehicles’ access into the Old City is also banned except of those living in it, while no one has been able to enter into al-Aqsa Mosque since the incident including its guards and employees.

Israeli police declared that the military restrictions will continue pending investigation.

Earlier Friday, three Palestinian young men were killed in a shootout with Israeli police officers at the Mosque. Two Israeli police officers were pronounced dead.

In the wake of the anti-occupation shooting, Israeli authorities banned Friday prayer at al-Aqsa and imposed a complete closure on the Old City.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

Several Palestinians injured after IOF storms Abu Dis in J’lem

Abu Dis clashes

About 25 Palestinian young men suffered different injuries during clashes on Friday evening with Israeli border soldiers in Abu Dis town, east of Occupied Jerusalem.

Red Crescent sources said that six young men suffered injuries from rubber bullets, three from concussion or stun grenades, and 16 others from inhaling tear gas.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli troops violently dealt with local young men, who protested their presence in the town by hurling stones and blocking roads with burning tires.

The IOF often storms Abu Dis town to kidnap citizens from their homes or to perform military drills, and such Israeli practices provoke clashes with the local residents.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

Injuries reported during IOF pre-dawn raid into Qalqilia

Qalqilia clashes

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Saturday the northern West Bank province of Qalqilia and broke into a number of local houses which led to the outbreak of violent clashes.

Several locals suffered breathing problems during the clashes as teargas bombs were heavily used, local sources reported.

Houses belonging to al-Jaidi family were violently stormed amid large presence of Israeli soldiers near Abu Baker Mosque, the sources added.

The IOF violently assaulted the houses’ owners during the raids.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

IOF sets up roadblock north of al-Khalil

Checkpoint al-Khalil

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday afternoon set up a makeshift checkpoint on a road north of al-Khalil city and restricted the movement of Palestinian vehicles.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli soldiers established a roadblock at the junction of Beit Einun village (northeast of al-Khalil) and embarked on intercepting and searching passing vehicles.

They added that the soldiers forced Palestinian citizens to stay for hours under the scorching sun before letting them go.

Every once in a while, the Israeli army imposes movement restrictions on the Palestinians in Beit Einun area.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

IOF quells Kafr Qaddoum weekly march

Kafr Qaddoum weekly march

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) quelled on Friday Kafr Qaddoum anti-settlement weekly march which demands opening the village’s road that has been closed for more than 14 years.

A number of foreign peace activists took part in the march alongside hundreds of Kafr Qaddoum residents. The IOF soldiers attacked the marchers with rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters, and sound bombs, but no injuries were reported.

Coordinator of the popular resistance in Kafr Qaddoum, Murad Shtewi, said that the IOF soldiers broke into a public park east of the village and turned it into a military barracks.

Shtewi reported that violent confrontations flared up between the Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths who threw stones and burned tires near Kedumim settlement built on the village’s lands.

He affirmed that targeting children with arrests will not deter the village’s residents of various age categories from participating in the march every week until they achieve their goals.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

Israeli authorities extend closure of al-Aqsa Mosque to Sunday

Al Aqsa closure until Sunday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced on Friday, after an evaluation session held by the Israeli security apparatuses, that the closure of al-Aqsa Mosque will continue until Sunday.

In a first response to a Palestinian shooting attack that led to killing two Israeli police officers near al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday morning, the Israeli authorities closed al-Aqsa Mosque and banned prayer there for the first time since 1969.

The Israeli police extended on Friday evening the detention of three guards of al-Aqsa Mosque to next Sunday.

A local source reported that the Israeli police released most of the staff of the Islamic Awqaf (endowment) Department who were detained in the morning but extended the detention of the three guards.

Earlier, the Islamic Awqaf Department affirmed that the Israeli police arrested 58 of its employees working at al-Aqsa Mosque and took them to al-Maskubiya detention center after confiscating their mobile phones and beating them.

The Public Relations Department in al-Aqsa Mosque said that a special Israeli force broke into the Mosque’s toilets and wreaked havoc in them.

Because of the ban, thousands of Palestinian worshipers were forced to pray outside al-Aqsa Mosque, while the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, was arrested immediately after delivering his Friday sermon.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

IOA renews administrative term of Palestinian MP Mubarek without trial

MP Ahmed Mubarak

The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) extended the administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial, of the Palestinian MP Ahmed Mubarak for six additional months.

MP Mubarak was kidnapped by the occupation forces on January 16, 2017 and sentenced to a six-month administrative term, with neither charge nor trial.

Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Mubarak was arrested six times by the occupation soldiers and has spent a total of over six years in Israeli jails.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

Palestinian ex-prisoner kidnapped, his family attacked by Israeli army

Ex-prisoner kidnapped

The Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Friday stormed the northern occupied West Bank province of Jenin and kidnapped an ex-prisoner after they aggressively assaulted his family.

According to local sources, dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed Jenin’s southern town of Kafr Ra’i and kidnapped the Palestinian ex-prisoner Bilal Diab, aged 33.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation soldiers attacked Diab’s family members and wreaked havoc on his home.

While in Israeli captivity sometime earlier, Diab had gone on an 87-day hunger strike.

The Israeli patrols further broke into the nearby Fahma and Araba towns and sealed off their main access roads with makeshift checkpoints.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

Israeli police kill 3 Palestinians inside Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli occupation forces always claim that Palestinians attack them in order to have a pretext to carry out ethnic cleansing against against them and their property

Israeli occupation police killed on Friday three Palestinian citizens inside the third holiest place for all Muslims all over the world over allegedly killing two Israeli policemen.

The footages show a number of people attacking the Israeli policemen, but did not show that they were Palestinians or where did they flee after the attack

Israeli occupation police killed on Friday three Palestinian citizens inside the third holiest place for all Muslims all over the world over allegedly killing two Israeli policemen.

A group of the Israeli policemen were seen tracing the three Palestinians, who rushed into the Sanctuary Yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The killing followed an attack on the Israeli police near one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Muslim worshipers are dehumanised in their way to perform their prayers five times a day.

Israeli sources claimed that the three Palestinians, who were violently killed by the Israeli policemen, were the attackers.

However, there has been no proof that the three Palestinian citizens were the attackers except CCTV camera footages published by the Israeli media.

The footages show a number of people attacking the Israeli policemen, but did not show that they were Palestinians or where did they flee after the attack.

Following the killing of the three Palestinians, the Israeli occupation announced the death of two of its police, who originally were Palestinian Druze.

All the three Palestinians, who were killed by the Israeli occupation police inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, were from the same family.

To incite Palestinians to take part in violence against the Israeli occupation, the Israeli occupation authorities ordered Al-Aqsa Mosque to be closed for Muslims immediately after killing the Palestinians.

(Source / 15.07.2017)

Israeli police arrest two Palestinians in OJ after shooting them

2 Palestinians arrested OJ

The Israeli police arrested two Jerusalemite youths after shooting and injuring one of them in Jabal al-Mukaber area to the southeast of Occupied Jerusalem on Friday.

According to Quds Press, an Israeli police force broke into al-Farouq neighborhood, arrested a Palestinian youth and chased another who escaped from the scene.

Eyewitnesses said that the policemen tracked the fleeing youth and arrested him after shooting him in the foot.

Later, the Israeli police withdrew from the area and took the two youths to an unknown destination, they reported.

Tension has prevailed in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas since the morning hours amid tightened military restrictions imposed by the Israeli police in the wake of an anti-occupation shooting attack carried out by three Palestinian youths near al-Aqsa Mosque.

The three Palestinian young men were killed while two Israeli policemen were later pronounced dead.

Following the attack, the Israeli police prevented Palestinian worshipers from performing Friday prayer at al-Aqsa Mosque, closed its gates and announced it, along with the Old City and the surrounding area, a “closed military zone”.

(Source / 15.07.2017)