Israeli forces shoot Palestinian teenager in the neck in Nablus-area village

Muhyi al-Din Abed al-Rahman Salah

Muhyi al-Din Abed al-Rahman Salah

NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was injured in the neck on Wednesday evening when Israeli soldiers opened fire at him at the entrance of Burqa in northwestern Nablus.An official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma’an that Muhyi al-Din Abed al-Rahman Salah, 16, was injured with a live bullet in the neck at the entrance of the village as Israeli soldiers “ambushed youths” in the area.Daghlas added that Salah was transferred to the Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus City for treatment where his injuries were reported as moderate.

Israeli forces have long been criticized for their use of excessive force against Palestinians who did not pose a grave threat to soldiers when they were shot or killed, and who could have possibly been suppressed or detained in a non-lethal manner.
(Source / 26.01.2018)

Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession In Kufur Qaddoum

26 JAN
9:10 PM

Despite the heavy rain, dozens of Palestinians, and international peace activists, marched in the town of Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and chanted for against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, and for the release of the detainees, especially those facing serious conditions and are deprived from the needed medical treatment.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the protesters marched after Friday prayers, and headed toward their lands, close to the illegal Kedumim Israeli colony, which was built on illegally-confiscated lands.

He added that the protesters chanted for the liberation of Palestine, including its occupied capital Jerusalem, and called for the release of all political prisoners, especially those who are facing serious and deteriorating health conditions, but are denied the needed specialized care.

They chanted for the release of detainee Israa’ Ja’abis, who was abducted in October of 2015, after a gas cylinder she was taking back home, exploded in her car, near a military checkpoint to the east of Jerusalem. She was sentenced to 11 years in jail after being charged with “attempting to carry out an attack against the soldiers.”

The protesters also condemned the death of detainee Hussein Hosni Atallah, 57, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, who died at Assaf Harofeh Israeli medical center; he suffered from cancer in his lungs, spine, liver, pancreas and brain, but was denied the needed medical treatment until it was too late.

Eshteiwi said that the protesters denounced the illegal Israeli policies of depriving the detainees from the needed medical care, especially specialized treatment, an issue that caused many to suffer serious complications, and led to the death of several detainees.

(Source / 26.01.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Nine Palestinians In Gaza

26 JAN
8:39 PM

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, nine Palestinians, after the army, stationed across the border fence, fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, at Palestinian protesters, marching in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers shot three young men with live rounds, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the coastal region.

He added that the soldiers also shot three Palestinians with live rounds, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

In addition, the soldiers, stationed in Nahal Oz military base across the border fence, fired many live rounds and gas bombs at protesters, east of Gaza city, wounding three with live fire, and causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 26.01.2018)

IOF besieges Kafr ad-Dik town, closes roads

Kafr ad-Dik

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday evening laid siege to Kafr ad-Dik town, west of Salfit in the West Bank.

According to local sources, a large number of Israeli troops aboard military vehicles closed all roads at the eastern, western and southern entrances of the town and prevented Palestinian citizens from leaving or entering it.

The road closures raised the ire of the town’s residents and prompted drivers to use alternative unpaved routes.

(Source / 26.01.2018)

9 Injuries reported in clashes with IOF at Gaza border

Clashes IOF GAZA

Nine Palestinians were moderately injured on Friday during clashes that broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in different locations east of Gaza Strip.

The clashes erupted in protest at the US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The spokesman of the Health Ministry said that the injuries included three wounded men east of Jabalya, three east of Gaza city and three others east of Khan Younis.

According to PIC reporters, the clashes flared east of Khan Younis, al-Buraij, Gaza and Jabalya.

(Source / 26.01.2018)

After long years in jail, Israel releases prisoner Yehya Ashour

Yehya Ashour

After over 10 years in Israeli jails, the Israeli security authorities released Palestinian prisoner Yehya Ashour, a senior member of al-Aqsa Brigades, the dissolved armed wing of Fatah.

According to a reporter for the Palestinian Information Center  (PIC) in al-Khalil, the Israeli occupation authority released 42-year-old Yehya Ashour from Negev jail after he completed his prison term, which lasted for 10 and a half years.

Relatives along with scores of national figures and citizens received him upon his release.

The Israeli occupation forces kidnapped Ashour in 2007 and accused him of being affiliated with al-Aqsa Brigades and being involved in armed activities against Israel.

(Source / 26.01.2018)

Prisoner Naser Abu Khdeir sentenced to 16 months in Israeli jails

Naser Abu Khdeir

The Israeli Jerusalem District Court on Thursday sentenced the Palestinian prisoner Naser Abu Khdeir to 16 months in prison and 10 months suspended.

Abu Khdeir’s wife described the court’s decision as unjust saying that no charge was leveled against her husband.

She told the PIC reporter that Naser has been held in Raymond jail in Negev desert since 21st May 2017, pointing out that her husband is in a difficult health condition as he is suffering from severe backaches.

Abu Khdeir’s wife said that Naser spent more than 15 years in Israeli jails and that the last time he was imprisoned by the Israeli authorities he spent five years and a half. Only seven months following his release, Naser was re-arrested without charge.

Abu Khdeir is a prominent leader of national action in Occupied Jerusalem. A father of five, he has a master’s degree in Zionist studies and had worked as a lecturer at al-Quds University (Abu Dis).

(Source / 26.01.2018)

Palestinian commission deplores Israel’s persecution of Sheikh Khatib

Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib persecuting

A commission for supporting the Palestinians inside the Green Line has strongly denounced the Israeli security authorities for persisting in persecuting Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib, a senior official of the high follow-up committee for Arab citizens of Israel and head of its committee of freedoms, prisoners and martyrs.

“What Sheikh Khatib is being exposed to is a continuation of the aggressive policy that aims to obliterate our political, social and human existence in our occupied land,” head of the commission Helmi al-Balbisi, said in a press release on Thursday.

Balbisi expressed his belief that “Israel’s hostile attitude towards the symbols of the Palestinian national action in occupied Palestine is a prelude to declaring itself as a Jewish state.”

The Israeli police last Tuesday raided the house of Sheikh Khatib in Kafr Kanna town (Galilee) and arrested him to interrogate him about communicating with what they called banned groups before releasing him on the same day.

Sheikh Khatib had been detained and summoned arbitrarily by the police several times before, and there is a ban on his travel.

(Source / 26.01.2018)

Abu Zuhri: Unity is the only way to prevent liquidating Pal. Question

Sami abu Zuhri and unity

Senior Hamas leader, Sami Abu Zuhri, said that national unity is the only way to put an end to the ongoing plans aiming at the liquidation of the Palestinian question.

In a tweet on Friday, Abu Zuhri stressed the necessity to exert serious efforts and to take all necessary measures for achieving unity; most primarily halting the security coordination with Israel and supporting resistance in the West Bank.

He also called for lifting the sanctions which have been imposed by the Palestinian Authority on Gaza Strip since last April.

(Source / 26.01.2018)

Syrian Negotiations Commission Urges UN to Immediately Stop Assad Regime’s Atrocities in Eastern Ghouta

Officials in the Syrian Negotiations Commission said that the war crimes being committed against civilians in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta must be stopped immediately. They held the United Nations responsible for the deteriorating situation in eastern Ghouta because of its failure to take firm stance forcing the Assad regime to stop its ongoing onslaught on the besieged area.

The Commission officials made these remarks at a teleconference with civic leading figures in eastern Ghouta on Thursday.

Member of the Commission Abdul Ilah Fahad said that the Commission is keen to continue to communicate with all revolutionary bodies across Syria to keep them informed about the latest information, initiatives and dialogues with the United Nations and about developments in the negotiating process.

Member of the Commission Firas al-Khalidi pointed out that the political process is in danger because of attempts to undermine the Geneva process and impose a Russian-made solution on Syrians during the conference to be held at the end of this month in Sochi. He stressed that this revolution will not abandon its principles and goals in repelling aggression and the prosecution of criminals.

Member of the Commission Ahmed Al-Asrawi said that Russian officials did not provide complete answers to questions about the planned Sochi conference during a visit by a delegation of the Commission to Moscow last week. He noted that the delegation told the Russian side that they were committed to a political solution in Syria and the full implementation of UN resolutions on Syria, which cannot be achieved as long as the Assad regime survives in power.

The leading figures in eastern Ghouta stressed that the humanitarian situation continues to worsen because of the continued onslaught by the Assad regime and the tightened siege on the entire area as well as the blocking of the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.

They pointed out that Russia did not abide by the terms of the de-escalation zones’ agreement. They added that while the Commissions’ delegation was in Moscow, regime forces were dropping toxic chlorine-filled bombs on the district of Douma, causing dozens of asphyxiation among civilians, including women and children.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 26.01.2018)