Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Friday

23 APR
5:52 AM

The Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Sunday at night, that a young man died from serious wounds he suffered, Friday, in Rafah, in the southern part of the coastal region.

The Ministry said the Palestinian, identified as Abdullah Mohammad Shamali, 20, from al-Barazil neighborhood, in Rafah.

Abdullah shot in the abdomen with a live round fired by an Israeli soldier stationed across the border fence, and died from his wounds at the Gaza European Hospital, in Rafah.

On the same day of his serious injury, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, including one child, and injured 729, including 156 of the wounded were shot with live fire.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, 15, Ahmad Rashad al-Athamna, 24, Ahmad Nabil Aqel, 25, and Sa’ad Abdul-Majid Abu Taha, 29.

At least three of the injured Palestinians suffered life-threatening wounds; 174 were rushed to local hospitals, and 271 others who received treatment in make-shift field clinics.

In related news, the soldiers shot, Sunday, three young Palestinian men with live fire, east of Khan Younis, and Gaza city, after the army attacked nonviolent protesters in the two areas.

(Source / 23.04.2018)

Army Injures Three Palestinians In Southern Gaza

22 APR
10:40 PM

Israeli soldiers shot, Sunday, three young Palestinian men with live fire, east of Khan Younis, and Gaza city, after the army attacked nonviolent protesters in the two areas.

Medical sources at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, said the soldiers shot two Palestinians with live fire east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis.

The sources added that the two Palestinians suffered moderate wounds and are recovering from their surgeries.

In addition, the soldiers opened fire at protesters in Malka Junction area, east of Gaza City, before shooting and moderately wounding a young man in his leg.

Many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to various cuts and bruises.

Also on Sunday, the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has reported that one of its fighters, identified as Tha’er Nayef az-Zare’ey, 30, was killed when a siege-busting tunnel collapsed on him near the border in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

On Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers shot and killed four Palestinians, including one child, and injured more than 729, including 24 children and twelve women, after the army resorted to the excessive use of force against protesters, on their lands, near the border fence, in the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 23.04.2018)

MSF Teams Observe Severe, Devastating Gunshot Injuries in Gaza

22 APR
8:23 PM

Since 1 April, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Gaza have provided post-operative care to more than 500 people injured by Israeli gunshots, during the Great March of Return demonstrations.

The number of patients treated in MSF clinics, over the last three weeks, is more than the number they treated throughout all of 2014, when Israel’s military offensive was launched over the Gaza Strip.

MSF medical staff report receiving patients with devastating injuries of an unusual severity, which are extremely complex to treat. The injuries sustained by patients will leave most with serious, long-term physical disabilities.

Medical teams in Gaza hospitals prepare to face a possible new influx of wounded every Friday until the last 15 May, when the Great March of Return demonstrations reach the peak as planned by organisers.

MSF surgeons in Gaza report devastating gunshot wounds among hundreds of people injured during the protests over recent weeks.

The huge majority of patients – mainly young men, but also some women and children – have unusually severe wounds to the lower extremities.

‘Minced bones’

MSF medical teams note the injuries include an extreme level of destruction to bones and soft tissue, and large exit wounds that can be the size of a fist.

“Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverised the bone”, said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Head of Mission of MSF in Palestine. “These patients will need to have very complex surgical operations and most of them will have disabilities for life.”

Managing these injuries is very difficult. Apart from regular nursing care, patients will often need additional surgery, and undergo a very long process of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

A lot of patients will keep functional deficiencies for the rest of their life. Some patients may yet need amputation if not provided with sufficient care in Gaza and if they do not manage to get the necessary authorisation to be treated outside of the strip.

More staff needed

To face this massive influx of patients, MSF has reinforced its capacities, increased the number of beds in its post-operative clinics and recruited and trained additional medical staff.

A fourth clinic will open soon, in the Middle-Area region of Gaza, to provide patients with the necessary specialised care.

In response to the crisis, MSF has also deployed a team of surgeons, including vascular, orthopedic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as anesthesiologists to operate – or re-operate – on the more severe cases.

This team currently works side-by-side with Palestinian medical staff in Al-Shifa and Al-Aqsa public hospitals.

(Source / 23.04.2018)

Two Gazans die of Israeli gunshot wounds suffered in March of Return

At least 39 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of ‘Great March of Return’ protests on 30 March

Relatives of deaf Palestinian Tahreer Wahba, 17, who died of wounds he stained during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, mourn during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Relatives of Tahrir Said Wehbeh, 18, mourn during his funeral in Khan Younis

Two Palestinians wounded by Israeli gunfire have died since Sunday night in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry said.

Abdullah Shamali, 20, died overnight of “bullet wounds to his abdomen” suffered on Friday in Rafah, near the enclave’s border with Israel, a ministry spokesman said.

Shamali was one of five Palestinian demonstrators, including a 15-year-old, killed or fatally wounded in Gaza on Friday.

On Monday morning, the Gaza Ministry of Health said 18-year-old Tahrir Said Wehbeh from the southern city of Khan Younis died after having been shot in the head in the early days of the “Great March of Return”.

An hour later, the ministry announced that Mohammed Nimr al-Muqadima, 55, had been killed in the northern Gaza Strip, without elaborating on the circumstances surrounding his death.

Palestinian news agency Maan reported that Muqadima was killed and two other Palestinians wounded in an “accidental explosion” east of Beit Lahia, as Israeli military vehicles entered the nearby Gaza “buffer zone”.

The news agency later quoted Hamas as saying that Muqadima was a member of the group, and was killed after being hit by a shell.

An Israeli army spokesman told Middle East Eye they were not aware of the case.

The deaths bring to 40 those Palestinians killed since the start of “Great March of Return” protests on 30 March, 39 of which have been confirmed killed by Israeli army fire during demonstrations.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the coastal enclave, wedged between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean, have gathered at the border since 30 March as part of the march, calling for Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to their former homes now inside Israel.

Israeli army forces have been stationed along the fence separating Gaza from Israel for the past three weeks, using tear gas, snipers firing live ammunition, tank shelling, and air strikes.

Palestinian demonstrators have burned tyres along the border and thrown stones and incendiary devices in the direction of Israeli troops.

The Israeli army says its forces only open fire in self-defence or to stop protestors attempting to breach the barrier separating the territory from Israel.

But more than 5,000 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli forces since the beginning of the demonstrations, including 138 in critical condition, the Gaza Health Ministry said on Monday.

No Israeli casualties have been reported.

The planned six-week protest, which began on 30 March on Palestinian Land Day, is set to end on 15 May – the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), in which more than 700,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced by Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Israel has drawn harsh criticism from rights groups along with calls for investigations by the United Nations or the European Union.

Israel has for more than a decade imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza, fighting three wars with Islamist movement Hamas since 2008.

(Source / 23.04.2018)

Investment in settlements top of Israel’s priorities

Illegal settlement investment

Facts on the ground showed that Israel’s investment in the occupied West Bank is much more than the one inside the occupied 1948 borders. Within this context, the Israeli government allocated NIS 417,000,000 for developing settlements in the Dead Sea area, in order to attract more settlers, expand the settlements outside the Green Line and judaize it.

According to the above information, the budget is not allocated to save the Dead Sea drought, but to strengthen and support the settlement outside the Green Line, within the so-called “Regional Council Megillot north of the Dead Sea, which means expansion under the slogan of development of tourism and maintenance of road no. 90.

In turn, Head of the Tamar Regional Council and a member of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Dov Latinov, said the decision will serve as a lifeline to save the Dead Sea and to further develop the settlements there, as the sea is an irreplaceable national treasure,” after the government decision.

The Jordan Valley region is considered part of the Afro-Asian crater pit, one of the lowest in the world, located at a low of about 380 m below sea level. The Palestinian Jordan Valley stretches along the eastern side of the West Bank from Ein Gedi (the Dead Sea) southward to the so-called “Tal Makhkhoz” on the borders of Bisan northward inside the Green Line. And from the Jordan River in the east to the eastern slopes of the West Bank of the Jordan Valley in the west. This area accounts for 28.5% of the West Bank 2,400 sq km. Settlers’ profits through investment in the northern Jordan Valley amount to $ 650,000,000. annually.

At the same time, the attacks and violations of the “pay the price gangs” against the Palestinians and their properties escalated under the protection of the occupation government, and silent encouragement from the American administration during the past week. Those terrorist groups carried out several attacks, including attacking the eastern village of Luban, attacking citizens’ property and assaulted farmers from the village of Madma during the plowing of their land and forced them to leave using tear gas bombs. Moreover, assaulted the villagers of Al-Tawana in Mafassar Yatta, threw rocks at them, attacking a bus at a school in Yatta, resulted in injuring 13-year-old Ahmed Abu Aram, as well as assaulting students in schools in the Salameh neighborhood in the Old City of Hebron, puncturing 45 vehicles in the village of Burqa east of Ramallah, and cutting down about 100 olive fruitful trees in the village of Burin south of Nablus and 15 others in the Urief village.

For their part, settlers launched a campaign on the “Facebook” calling for the killing of Palestinians and slaughter and burn them, calling hospitals maternity sections to cut heads of the recently born babies recently, another said, “we must revenge for every Jew injured or killed.

Within the context, the occupation attorney general decided to abandon the confessions of the perpetrators of the crime of burning the family of Duabsha, in the village of Duma, south of the city of Nablus, 2 years ago under the pretext that the confessions are illegal because they are obtained in an unusual ways. Moreover, the Israeli Kern Keimet Fund decided not to allow the setting up a memorial of its son Moh’d Abu Khudair, who was killed after he was burned alive in a crime committed by 3 settlers in July 2014, in a forest around Jerusalem.

On the other hand, the 3rd annual report of the Palestinian Center for Israeli Studies (MADAR), on the “Register of racist and supportive laws for the occupation and settlement,” has been escalated and even accelerated by the Israeli right to enact legislation aimed at consecrating Israeli control of as much of the West Bank as possible. During the 3 years of the parliamentary mandate of the Knesset, 185 laws were passed, including 54 laws that were passed or entered into legislation. This clearly implies the involvement of the Knesset in imposing racist legislation aimed at restricting Palestinian citizens and controlling their land and property. Pal Legislation on the Judaization of Jerusalem and legislation on settlement expansion since the beginning of the Knesset’s 20 mandate, it has dealt with 43 laws for the direct and indirect annexation of the occupied West Bank or settlements.

The most important laws that have finally been passed are the Land Grab and Land Privileges Law, the Law for the Consolidation of Jerusalem, the Israeli Higher Education Law on Settlements Institutes, the University in Ariel, and 2 other academic colleges.

The National Bureau said the positions of US officials helped radicalizing the behavior of Israelis in general and settlers in particular, it pointed out that the new escalation in the attacks and violations of the terrorist “paying the price gangs” would not have continued seriously in the last few days and weeks.

(Source / 23.04.2018)

Al-Quds University suspends classes as clashes break out in vicinity of campus

Al Quds University

A number of students were injured Monday morning during clashes that broke out with Israeli occupation forces in the vicinity of Al-Quds University in the town of Abu Dis.

Israeli soldiers prevented students from reaching the university, schools and the municipality by closing the university road in conjunction with the separation wall, which separates the town from Jerusalem.

The university has announced that it has been suspended due to the closure of the West Bank.

The University in a statement said that due to the conditions in the vicinity of the campus the campus, and the inability of buses and public transport to the campus, classes will be suspended.

(Source / 23.04.2018)