Second Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in Gaza protests on ‘Friday of Tires’

Friday of Tires

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A second Palestinian protester was shot and killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza border, the Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed around 4:30 p.m.The slain Palestinian was identified as Majdi Ramadan Shabat. He was killed in demonstrations taking place east of Gaza City, in the northern coastal enclave.Meanwhile, the ministry reported that over 250 protesters had been injured from across the Gaza Strip, as Israeli planes dropped tear gas on protesters.Shabat’s death brought the death toll in Gaza to 23 since massive demonstrations began on Friday March 30.Earlier on Friday a Palestinian identified as Thaer Rabia from the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabaliya, succumbed to wounds sustained during Friday protests one week ago.Around 3:30 p.m., the ministry reported that Usama Khamis Qudeih, 39, was killed in protests east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.Friday’s protests marked one week since the beginning of the “Great March of Return,” a weeks-long protests in which almost 1.3 million of Gaza’s 2 million inhabitants who are refugees are demanding their right to return to their original homelands.The six-week protest is set to end on May 15th, the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when the state of Israel was created, leaving some 750,000 Palestinians and millions of their descendants as refugees.Palestinians have nicknamed this Friday’s demonstration “Jum’at al-Kawshook”, which translates to “Friday of Tires”, as protesters set fire to thousands of tires along the border, creating huge clouds of black smoke in order to confuse Israeli snipers and prevent them from targeting protesters with live ammunition.Some have also called Friday’s protest “Black Friday.”On the first day of protests last week, Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinians and injured over 1,000 more with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas.Despite widespread outcry from international rights groups who have condemned Israel’s excessive use of forces against the civilian protesters, Israeli has maintained its open-fire rules for the Gaza border.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

Saudi Arabia closes twitter account of Makkah Imam

The Saud Arabian authorities closed the twitter account on Friday morning of Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, one of the Imams in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, has reported.

Al-Shuraim had posted comments about political and social issues in the Kingdom and criticised what he believes are violations of Islamic teachings.

Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, one of the Imams in the Grand Mosque in Makkah

The Imam was born in Riyadh in 1964. He has held several senior academic positions, including the Dean and Specialist Professor at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. He is also a judge at the High Court in the Holy City.

His fellow Imam at the Grand Mosque, which houses the Sacred Kaaba, is Sheikh Abdul Rahman As-Sudais, who is loyal to the policies of the Saudi royal family. While Al-Shuraim has been praised by Muslims within and beyond the Kingdom over his courageous stances, Al-Sudais has been criticised for his “blind” support for the ruling House of Saud, which is regarded by many as irreligious.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

Israeli authorities banned travel of 32 West Bankers last week

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The Israeli occupation authorities last week prevented 32 Palestinians from the West Bank from travelling abroad via al-Karama crossing, the only outlet connecting the West Bank with the outside world through Jordan.

The Palestinian police in Ramallah said in a press statement on Saturday that the passengers were denied travel for unexplained “security reasons”.

According to the police statement, about 44,000 passengers were able to pass through al-Karama crossing in both directions during the reported period.

Israel established al-Karama crossing (Allenby) in 1967 following its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip basically for the travel of West Bank Palestinians.

Another crossing was built for commercial purposes called Sheikh Hussein bridge but it later started to be used for the travel of Israelis, foreign tourists and Palestinians of the 1948 occupied territories who have Israeli IDs.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

Israel to build 1,600 new settlement units in Jerusalem

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Hebrew media sources have unveiled an Israeli plan to build 1,600 settlement units northeast of Jerusalem among several projects that will be launched following Jewish holidays next week.

According to plans published by Israel’s Ministry of Construction and Housing, the project will be implemented in a sensitive area adjacent to Palestinian neighborhoods in the holy city.

Hebrew sources said that the project, in its first phase, involves the construction of 519 housing units in Neve Yaakov settlement. In the following stages, 1,167 housing units will be built in the area located between Neve Yaakov and Geva Binyamin (Adam) settlements close to the road connecting the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.

Settlement expert Khalil al-Tafakji told the PIC reporter that this Israeli scheme is aimed at undermining geographical contiguity in the occupied West Bank, enhancing settlement expansion projects, and making the two-state solution impossible and unattainable.

Al-Tafakji added that this plan is similar to Abu Ghneim neighborhood project which was launched in 1997 and stirred international condemnation back then. However, the project, which involved the construction of 17,000 settlement units, was later approved in blatant disregard for the international opposition.

The Palestinian expert pointed out that most of Adam settlement’s lands are classified within Area C and that there is another plan to expand it to the south-east and north so that its area would be larger than the area of Jerusalem’s old villages and neighborhoods.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

IOF storms Madama town in Nablus

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The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Saturday stormed Madama town, south of Nablus, intensively fired flare bombs.

A hail of flares lit up the night sky in the town after an anonymous civilian car entered and left the town under military escort, according to eyewitnesses.

The noisy movement of military vehicles and the firing of flares in the town caused a disturbance to local residents for several hours.

Madama town is exposed to repeated IOF raids because of its location near an Israeli bypass connecting several illegal settlements in Nablus with each other.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

Israel tightens restrictions in O. J’lem

As Christians celebrate Sabbath

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Israeli police tightened on Saturday morning restrictions in Occupied Jerusalem’s Old City as Orthodox Christian churches celebrate Sabbath, the day before Easter Day.

Several military checkpoints were erected throughout the occupied city, restricting the access of thousands of Christians from home and abroad to the Holy Sepulcher, the PIC reporter said.

Verbal confrontations took place between Israeli police and Christians in protest against Israel’s manhandling of worshipers.

While the Catholic churches marked Easter last Sunday, the orthodox churches that follow the eastern calendar celebrate it this coming Sunday.

Thousands of Christians from the West Bank and Gaza could not be in Jerusalem to celebrate Holy Week this Easter at the crucifixion of Christ place because Israel closed the entire occupied territories to Palestinians while it celebrated the Jewish Passover holiday.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

11 Medics injured during Great Return March events

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Palestinian Health Ministry strongly condemned on Saturday Israeli systematic policy of targeting medics while transferring injured protesters as Israeli forces continue violent suppression of the Great Return March along Gaza eastern borders.

Spokesperson for the ministry Ashraf Qudra said that three medics were moderately injured during the events, while eight others suffered breathing problems after inhaling Israeli teargas.

Two ambulances were also targeted and damaged by Israeli forces, he continued, urging international community to provide protection to medical personnel.

31 Palestinians, including three children, were killed by Israeli gunfire since the start of the Great March of Return on March 30, while 2850 others were injured.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

Press group: 10 journalists wounded during Friday’s protests in Gaza

Attacks on journo's

The Journalist Support Committee said that 10 Palestinian journalists was injured by live ammunition and gas canisters fired at them directly by Israeli soldiers as they were covering Friday’s protests in different Gaza border areas.

In a press release, the committee said that six journalists, working for different news agencies, suffered live bullet injuries on Friday, including Yasser Murtaja who was shot with an explosive bullet in his abdomen and died later on Saturday.

It also noted that dozens of other journalists suffered from their exposure to tear gas fumes after soldiers targeted their crews before they were provided with on-site medical assistance by Palestinian paramedics.

The committee appealed to the International Federation of Journalists to form an urgent commission of inquiry to probe Israel’s recent assaults on journalists in Gaza.

(Source / 07.04.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Kill Seven Palestinians, Including A Child, Injure 922 In Gaza

06 APR
8:14 PM

Updated: The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, seven Palestinians, including one child, and injured 992 others, in several parts of the coastal region.  An eighthPalestinian died from serious wounds suffered last Friday.

Update: The soldiers killed Ala’ Yahya az-Zamily, 17, after shooting him with a live round in his neck, east of Rafah. Ala’ was from Shaboura refugee camp, in Rafah.

It said that Mohammad Sa’id Mousa al-Hajj Saleh, 33, from Rafah, in southern Gaza Strip, was shot with live Israeli army fire in the abdomen and chest,  east of the city, during evening hours.

The Ministry stated that the child, identified as Hussein Mohammad Madhi, 16, was killed by Israeli army fire, on Friday evening, east of Gaza city.

Another Palestinian, identified as Sidqi Faraj Abu ‘Oteiwi, 45, from Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza, was also killed by Israeli army fire.

 Also, the soldiers killed Ibrahim al-‘Orr, 20, in central Gaza.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers shot 1070 Palestinians, 551 of them were rushed to the make-shift clinics on Palestinian lands hundreds of meters away from the border fence.

He added that 442 wounded Palestinians were rushed to governmental hospitals, and 77 to private hospitals. Among the injured are 48 children, and 12 women.

25 Palestinians suffered life-threatening injuries, and 239 suffered moderate wounds,  in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

The soldiers also continued to deliberately target the Palestinian medic, and their ambulance, especially east of Rafah, with Gaza bombs, wounding seven of them.

In addition,  the Health Ministry and the Red Crescent in Gaza have confirmed that the soldiers killed Majdi Ramadan Shbat, 38, east of Gaza city, after shooting him with a live round in the neck, while Osama Khamis Qdeih, 38, from Abasan al-Kabeera town, east of Khan Younis, was also killed by army fire.

On Friday morning, the Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a young man, identified as Tha’er Mohammad Rabe’a, 30, died from serious wounds he suffered when Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire, last Friday March 30th, in northern Gaza.

Palestinian journalist Wa’el Abu Omar told the Maan News Agency that the soldiers fired a new type of gas bombs that cause extreme weakness, and caused the affected to have serious difficulties not only in breathing, but also in moving.

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Army Kills Three Palestinians, Injures At least 252, Including Many Who Suffered Serious Wounds, In Gaza
Apr 6, 2018 @ 18:05

Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, three Palestinians, including a child,  and injured at least 252 others, including may who suffered life-threatening wounds, and moderate injuries, in several parts of the Gaza Strip, after the army resorted to the excessive use of force against nonviolent protesters.

His death brings the number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli army fire today, Friday, to three, in addition to a fourth Palestinians who died from serious wounds suffered last week.

Ten Palestinians were shot with live fire in the head and chest, in Khan Younis alone, the Red Crescent in Gaza has reported.

The Health Ministry and the Red Crescent in Gaza has confirmed that the soldiers killed Majdi Ramadan Shbat, 38, east of Gaza city, after shooting him with a live round in the neck.

In addition that 252 Palestinians were injured by army fire, including many who suffered life-threatening wounds, and serious injuries, in addition to dozens who suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

52 of the wounded suffered severe convulsions and threw up due to the effects of the gas bombs.

The Israeli army is firing long-range gas bombs that reaches the make-shift hospitals.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that the soldiers killed Osama Khamis Qdeih, 38, from Abasan al-Kabeera town, east of Khan Younis.

He added that Qdeih died from serious wounds he suffered after the soldiers shot him with live fire, east of Khan Younis.

The Palestinian Red Crescent in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, said its field hospital provided treatment to more than 50 Palestinians, including many who were shot with live rounds in the head and chest, and dozens who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, in addition to scores who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

In added that the soldiers also fired dozens of gas bombs directly targeting many ambulances, and make-shift field clinics, east of Rafah.

It added that one of the wounded Palestinians is a journalist, identified as Yasser Mortaja, who was shot with a life round in his chest, while a female journalist, identified as Islam Za’noun, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, despite wearing clearly marked press vests; both were injured east of Khan Younis.

The soldiers deliberately fired a barrage of gas bombs, including high velocity, long range bombs, at crowds of protesters, in addition to firing many live rounds at them.

The soldiers also targeted many journalists with live fire and gas bombs, including during live coverage by the al-Mayadeen TV.

Furthermore, the army used planes and drones in firing a barrage of gas bombs at the Palestinians even in areas not close to the border fence.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation and received the needed treatment in make-shift hospitals near the border fence, across the eastern part of the Gaza Strip.

|Israeli Soldiers, Including Sharpshooters, Take Position, As Protests Start In Gaza; Injure Three|

The soldiers also targeted dozens of medics with gas bombs, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, wounding many of them.

The Palestinians burnt dozens of tires near the border fence, in order to obscure the vision of the soldiers, especially the sharpshooters, who barricaded themselves behind huge sand hills across the border fence.

The army also used planes to extinguish the burnt tires, in addition to using water hoses and even fans to send the smoke back to the Palestinian side.

His death  brings the number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli army fire since Friday, March 30th, to twenty-two, including the farmer, Wahid Nasrallah Abu Sammour, who was killed on his land early Friday morning before the Land Day protests began.

In related news, the soldiers shot three Palestinians, including one who suffered a head injury, in Ramallah, in central West Bank.

The soldiers also injured many Palestinians in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

First Published onApr 6, 2018 @ 16:50


(Source / 07.04.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession In Bil’in

06 APR
6:31 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession held by many Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The nonviolent protesters marched from the village heading towards their lands, isolated behind the illegal Annexation Wall, before the soldiers started firing gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers, stationed on military towers, also filmed the protesters, to profile them, a move used to abduct and imprison the nonviolent protesters.

The protesters marched carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting for national unity, steadfastness, the release of all detainees, and the Right of Return of all refugees, and called for steadfastness until liberation and independence.

Video By Haitham Khatib – Bil’in

(Source / 07.04.2018)