Thousands of patients at risk as Gaza’s fuel crisis gets worse

1000 at risk

The Palestinian Health Ministry warned on Saturday of an alarming crisis rocking the healthcare system in the besieged Gaza Strip due to the shortage of fuel supplies that provide power for hospitals.

Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman, Ashraf al-Qidrah, said the crisis is expected to take a serious turn for the worse and will severely affect life-saving treatment at Gaza hospitals.

Al-Qidrah urged all concerned authorities to immediately step in and try to work out the crisis by mid February.

Sometime earlier the ministry said it enacted a “Plan B” which involves the redistribution of resources to more critically needed health assets.

Health authorities in Gaza have repeatedly warned of the possibility of delayed or canceled surgeries and inter-hospital transfers if no urgent action is taken. Patients with severe illnesses and those diagnosed with renal failure are at risk of losing their lives as a result of the crisis.

The health system’s fuel reserves will completely run out by mid February and if a solution is not found Gaza’s hospitals will be forced to close essential services.

Over recent years, increasing shortages of fuel have created a real crisis for Gaza’s hospitals, often leading to the closure of vital health services, thus, leaving thousands of patients without access to life-saving treatment.

(Source / 21.01.2018)

IOF storms Silat ad-Dhahr town, seizes surveillance recordings

Stormed Silat ad-Dhar

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday afternoon stormed Silat ad-Dhahr town, south of Jenin in the West Bank, and confiscated a number of security camera recordings.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that soldiers stormed the town, spread on its main street and raided commercial stores near the Jenin-Nablus road.

They added that the soldiers questioned several storekeepers and seized CCTV camera recordings from their stores.

Over the past two weeks, the IOF confiscated many CCTV recordings as part of its recent campaign to capture resistance fighters in the West Bank.

(Source / 21.01.2018)

Two children among 16 Palestinians arrested in West Bank raids

2 Kids arrested WB

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday arrested 16 Palestinians in raids launched in the West Bank for allegedly being involved in anti-occupation activities, according to a statement by the Israeli army.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that the IOF stormed different areas of al-Khalil province, arrested the 15-year-old Nour Abu Sham’a and Jaber al-Badawi in al-Arroub refugee camp and transferred them to Etzion detention center.

The IOF broke into the house of the Palestinian citizen Ayyad Oweidat and arrested him in the same refugee camp, and handed summonses to other citizens named Mohammed Fdeilat and Kamal al-Titi to appear before the Israeli intelligence on Sunday.

The sources added that the IOF launched a search campaign against a number of houses in the area.

The IOF handed a third Palestinian citizen an interrogation summons in Beit Sahour town in Bethlehem province after raiding and searching his house.

(Source / 21.01.2018)

Clashes erupt following IOF raid into Azzun in Qalqilya

Clashes Azzun town

Clashes broke out on Sunday evening between Palestinian youths and the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) after the latter raided Azzun town east of Qalqilya.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that the Palestinian youths threw stones and Molotov cocktails at settler vehicles near the town, adding that the skirmishes developed into violent confrontations with the soldiers stationed at the northern entrance to Azzun.

They reported that a group of IOF soldiers detained a Palestinian youth at Azzun entrance and assaulted him while others were deployed at different crossroads inside the town.

(Source / 21.01.2018)

Bangladesh tells Rohingya refugees they may lose food ration if stay

Young Rohingya Muslim refugees collect drinking water at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on January 8, 2018.  (Photo by AFP)

Young Rohingya Muslim refugees collect drinking water at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on January 8, 2018

Tension mounts at refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh, where thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims are expected to be repatriated to Myanmar, after Bangladesh threatened to cut their food ration if they do not leave the country.

Chanting slogans and holding banners, dozens of refugees protested over the weekend their transfer to Myanmar, where they have faced a bloody crackdown by the military and extremist Buddhists.

United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee visited a Rohingya camp in Bangladesh’s coastal town of Cox’s Bazar on Saturday. Lee talked with refugees and listened to their accounts of violence carried out against them allegedly by Myanmar’s army.

Rohingya elders say Bangladeshi army officials have asked them to prepare lists of families from their camps for repatriation. Four of them said they were among more than 70 leaders who met army officers at Gungdum camp on Saturday.

Musa, a Rohingya refugee leader, said Bangladeshi army officials had threatened to seize their food ration cards if they did not return.

“When we said we cannot provide the lists because people are not ready to return, they asked us to bring their WP cards,” said Musa, referring to relief cards provided by the UN’s World Food Programme.

Rashedul Hasan, a spokesman for the Bangladeshi army, however, said he was not aware of army men threatening to take away the food cards.

Hundreds of refugees queue up at relief centers in the camps every morning to collect food using the cards. These centers are managed by the Bangladeshi army.

Caroline Gluck, a senior protection officer for the UN refugee agency, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had repeatedly said the return of the Rohingya needed to be voluntary.

“UNHCR has not been part of discussions (on repatriation) to date, but has offered support to engage in the process to ensure that the voices of refugees are heard,” Gluck said on Saturday, adding, “The pace of returns should be determined by the refugees themselves.”

Yanghee Lee (2nd L), the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, visits a Rohingya camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar on January 20, 2018

Bangladesh and Myanmar last week finalized an agreement that would facilitate the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees over the next two years.

The refugees refuse to go back unless their safety can be guaranteed and Myanmar heeds their demands for citizenship and inclusion in a list of recognized ethnic minorities.

The UN says nearly 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the state of Rakhine for Bangladesh since violence intensified last August.

Since August 25, 2017, Myanmar’s troops have been committing killings and rapes, making arbitrary arrests, and carrying out mass arson attacks to destroy houses in Rakhine.

Only in its first month, the military clampdown killed some 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including more than 700 children, according to the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders.

(Source / 21.01.2018)

Mossad Assassinated at Least 3,000 People

Israeli soldier raising Israeli flag

A recent book by Israeli researcher and journalist Ronen Bergman revealed that the Israeli intelligence service Mossad killed at least 3,000 people.

“In total, we are talking about at least 3,000 people, not only the targeted people, but the many innocent people who were in the wrong place at the wrong place,” the writer said in the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Bergman’s book, “The Shadow War, Israel and the Mossad’s Secret Killings,” is on the market as of Monday.

According to the author, he spoke in his research with about 1,000 people, “including six former heads of the Mossad and six Israeli prime ministers, such as Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, as well as with current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Bergman said that during the second intifada alone, orders were issued for “targeted killings” of between four to five people, usually those of members of Hamas.

The Mossad is one of the main entities in the Israeli intelligence apparatus, which also includes the Military Intelligence, the Shin Beth security service, and the Shin Bet. The Mossad is responsible for collecting intelligence and conducting secret operations, And the management of espionage operations outside the country.

The Mossad was established on December 13, 1949, at the recommendation of David Ben-Gurion, the former Israeli Prime Minister, and reorganized in 1951 to be directly subordinate to the Prime Minister’s authority and orders.

(Source / 21.01.2018)