Israeli army launches limited incursion into besieged Gaza

Bulldozers moved in Gaza

Four Israeli military bulldozers on Wednesday morning moved dozens of meters into eastern Jabaliya in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Four Israeli military bulldozers crept into the eastern corners of Jabaliya, on way to the southern Gaza borders.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the border fence have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural harvest of the blockaded coastal enclave.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

Preparations for relocating US embassy finished

Embassy US

Preparations necessary to move the US embassy on May 14 from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem have completed.

Among the preparations are road signs, as well as an access road for an embassy building being built behind the current US consulate.

According to the Hebrew media, the new embassy will be an interim embassy facility in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, partially converting what is currently used as a US consulate into a temporary embassy. It will house US Ambassador David Friedman’s office, and a small portion of the staff currently located at the embassy in Tel Aviv.

The Arnona compound will be expanded, with the addition of a new annex, likely by the end of 2019.

The Hebrew media also claimed that US president Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner would represent the administration at the Embassy’s opening ceremony.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

Israel’s Price Tag gangs set fire to Palestinian vehicles

Price tag gangs

Members of the Israeli terror organization, Price Tag, set fire on Wednesday to two Palestinian-owned vehicles in the village of Iksal, in Nazareth, in territories occupied in 1948.

Israeli police reportedly arrived at the scene, collected evidence, and interviewed witnesses, but did not make any arrests.

The arson-attack was carried out at dawn time. The settlers also spray-painted graffiti reading “oh Jews let’s make it”.

Price Tag and other similar Israeli terror groups regularly carry out terror attacks against Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territories.

Over recent months, Israeli terrorists have increasingly vandalized dozens of Palestinian vehicles in the occupied West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

PA security kidnaps citizen, persists in detaining others illegally

PA kidnapped citizen

The Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces have kidnapped one Palestinian citizen and summoned another, while continuing to detain others illegally.

According to a statement released by Hamas on Wednesday, the PA preventive security forces in Tulkarem kidnapped Muaad al-Khaseeb, the son of senior Hamas official Fathi al-Khaseeb, from his home at night.

The same security apparatus also summoned Sheikh Ibrahim Abdul-Razaq for interrogation next Thursday.

In another context, the PA security services refuse to release several citizens detained illegally in their jails in the West Bank, including a young man called Hasan Shawahneh, who has been in detention with no indictment or trial for 17 days. He is also deprived of seeing his family.

The security apparatuses in al-Khalil also transferred prisoner Aws Abu Arqoub to Jericho jail despite a court verdict ordering his release, and extended the detention of Mahmoud Abu Dawoud and Ahmed al-Awiwi for 48 hours, with no guilt.

Awiwi has gone on hunger strike in protest at his illegal detention, according to Hamas’s statement.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

Updated: Army Injures Nineteen Palestinians In The Gaza Strip

25 APR
1:43 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers injured, Tuesday, nineteen Palestinians in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

It said the Palestinians were participating in the nonviolent “Great March of Return” which started on Palestinian Lad Day, on March 30, 2018.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers shot four Palestinians with live fire; two in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, and two in northern Gaza.

It added that fifteen Palestinians suffered cuts and bruises, in addition to the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

On Monday evening, the soldiers shot one Palestinian east of Khan Younis, and abducted four teenage boys, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Also on Monday, the Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a Palestinian teenager died from very serious wounds he suffered, on April 1st, after Israeli soldiers shot him during a nonviolent protest near the border fence, in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Younis.

The slain Palestinian, identified as Tahrir Mahmoud Wahba, 18, was shot in the head during a nonviolent procession, and remained in a very serious condition until his death at the European Hospital, in Khan Younis.

Updated From: Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians In Gaza
Apr 24, 2018 @ 23:43

Israeli soldiers injured, Tuesday, three young Palestinian men with live fire, and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in the northern and southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot two young men with live fire, during a protest on Palestinian lands east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza.

They added that the soldiers shot another Palestinian with a live round in his leg, and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

Soldiers Detonate A Home Of A Detainee In Jenin

24 APR
10:40 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, including military engineering corps, invaded at dawn Tuesday, the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and wired the family home of a Palestinian detainee, before detonating and turning it into rubble, in addition to causing damage to surrounding homes.

Media sources in Jenin said the soldiers surrounded the area and forced the family of detainee Ahmad al-Qonba’ out of their home, before wiring and detonating the property.

The explosion destroyed the property and leveled it to the ground, in addition to causing damage to four surrounding homes.

The demolished home was 160 square/meters and provided shelter to eight Palestinians.

The family received the demolition order from the military on April 12th, informing him that the demolition of their home will be carried out on April 17th, for what the army called “participating in the killing of a settler near Nablus.”

Video By The Israeli Army

They filed three appeals with the Israeli High Court, but the judges denied the appeals, basing the rulings on what the court called “insufficient documentation,” and because Ahmad was involved in “various security violations.”

Ahmad’s father. Jamal al-Qonba’, said the demolished property is owned by his disabled brother, and added that the family provided the army and the court with all legal documents.

The invasion and demolition led to clashes between the soldiers and local youngsters, who hurled stones at the soldiers.

Some fighters exchanged fire with the army and hurled pipe-bombs at the military vehicles, and the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds.

In addition, the army soldiers abducted nine Palestinians, mainly children, from their homes in various parts of occupied East Jerusalem. The army also injured several Palestinians near Qalqilia.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted on Tuesday two Palestinian teenagers in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, and a young man in ‘Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

Due To Large Number Of Injuries, P.A Health Ministry Delays 4000 Scheduled Surgeries

25 APR
5:31 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has announced delaying 4000 scheduled surgeries for patients in the coastal region due to the excessively high number of Palestinians who were shot by the Israeli army during the “Great March of Return Protests.”

The Ministry said the patients who have scheduled surgeries were official informed of postponing their medical procedures due to the large number of Palestinians, injured by Israeli army fire.

The head of the General Administration of Gaza hospitals, Abdul-Latif al-Haj, said the wounded Palestinians, and due to the varying nature of their injuries, consume more medical supplies than ordinary patients, especially sterilized bandages, stitches, and surgery tools, in addition to various sorts of antibiotics, IV solutions, and anti-coagulants.

He said that the number of external bone fixation devices used on patients who suffered gunshot wounds, since March 30th, is more than the average amount for an entire year.

It is worth mentioning that the army have killed 39 Palestinians, and shot more than 25000 others, since the nonviolent protests started in the Gaza Strip on Palestinian Land Day, March 30 2018.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

Israeli Policeman Who Murdered Palestinian Teen Sentenced to Nine Months

25 APR
7:18 PM

An Israeli border policeman who murdered a 16-year-old Palestinian teen on Nakba Day, four years ago, was sentenced to only nine months in prison, on Wednesday.

The Jerusalem District Court sentenced Israeli border policeman Ben Deri to nine months in prison, after being convicted of negligent homicide, upon killing Nadim Nuwara in Ramallah, four years ago.

Nuwara and another Palestinian teenager, Mohammad Abu Daher, 17, were deliberately shot dead during a protest commemorating the anniversary of the Nakba on May 15, 2014, in Beitunia town, near Ramallah. Neither one had posed any threat to Israeli forces in the area.

Under a plea deal, Deri was fined 50,000 shekels (approximately $14,000) in compensation for Nuwara’s death and would only serve seven months in prison, as the sentence includes time served.

Earlier this year, Ben Deri was cleared of the charge of manslaughter and convicted, instead, of negligent homicide. According to WAFA, he admitted to firing at Nuwara’s chest, but claimed he did not realize it was live ammunition, as opposed to a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Slamming the lenient verdict, Nuwara’s father, Siam, described the sentence as “ludicrous.”

He has called for an international probe into the killing of his son.

(Source / 25.04.2018)

People Displaced from Eastern Ghouta Suffer Dire Humanitarian Conditions

The humanitarian situation in Syria’s north has further worsened following the arrival of the people who were forcibly displaced from eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus. The overpopulated Idlib province suffers lack of adequate housing and shortages of foodstuffs as well as lack of enough health facilities to treat victims of the barbaric bombardment by the Assad and Russian forces.

According to figures compiled by the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), nearly three million people live in Idlib province, many of whom were forcibly displaced from various areas across Syria by the Assad regime. The Syrian Coalition said that the mass forced displacement, which is aimed at bringing about a demographic change in Syria, constituted war crimes.

According to a new report by the emergency response coordinators in northern Syria, the people who were displaced from eastern Ghouta were distributed to 201 locations in Idlib province and western rural Aleppo. They noted that there was great difficulty in sheltering all the displaced people because of lack of adequate housing.

Sheltering centers in the province can accommodate only a limited number of displaced persons, let alone that they are not equipped to accommodate all the new arrivals, the report added.

According to the report, the people who were displaced from eastern Ghouta include around 20,000 who are sick and injured. It noted that the illness and injuries were caused by bombardment and undernourishment resulting from the siege and chronic diseases. The figure does not include the people who were displaced from the town of Douma, the report added.

The Syrian Coalition earlier called on the United Nations to provide support for the forcibly displaced persons and to develop an international emergency response program to alleviate their suffering.

Just like in all rebel-held areas, the Assad regime had adopted policies aimed at putting the civilian population of eastern Ghouta in front of two choices: surrender or leave.

The Coalition stressed that allowing war criminals in Syria to escape punishment and the United Nation’s failure to establish an effective mechanism to hold accountable violators of international resolutions have further aggravated the humanitarian situation in Syria.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 25.04.2018)

Palestinian medic in Gaza recounts being shot in the leg by Israeli sniper

A medical staff lies on the ground after he was affected by tear gas as Palestinians stage a demonstration demanding the right of return and removal of the blockade following the "Great March of Return" in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 1 April, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

KHAN YUNIS, GAZA – APRIL 01: A medical staff lies on the ground after he was affected by tear gas as Palestinians stage a demonstration demanding the right of return and removal of the blockade following the “Great March of Return” in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 01, 2018

A Palestinian medic has recounted being shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper, during the ongoing ‘Great March of Return’ protests in the occupied Gaza Strip.

The testimony, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), gives an insight into Israeli forces’ crackdown on Palestinian protesters, which has included widespread use of live fire against demonstrators, journalists, and medics.

On 9 April, Imad, who is 34 and has been volunteering as a first responder with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) since 2006, was posted near al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.


According to the WHO, Imad “was waiting as part of the PRCS team, sitting in the front passenger seat of an ambulance” more than 300 metres from the Gaza perimeter fence.

“Just after 5 o’clock there was suddenly shooting from the barrier and I was hit in my right leg”, Imad related. “We got out of the ambulance straight away and went to hide behind it”.

Palestinians along the Gaza-Israel border reaffirm the ‘Right of Return’ and get shot by IOF - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

“At this point the paramedics who were with me put a bandage on my leg to stem the bleeding”, Imad continued, and explained how he was taken to two different hospitals before being transferred to Shifa Hospital after being diagnosed “with compartment syndrome [bleeding into the calf of the leg that then cuts off the blood supply to the leg]”.

“In Shifa I had surgery”, Imad told the WHO. “Doctors told me that if I hadn’t been able to have this surgery I would have lost my leg”.

The WHO report notes how, despite the risks, Imad “remains committed to volunteering with the ambulances and first responders”.

READ: Palestinians’ legs amputated after Israel denies passage for medical treatment

“We need humanitarian workers in this difficult situation”, he said. “Gaza has been exposed to three wars in 6 years.  Life here is a constant emergency. Working with PRCS to help the sick and injured, you feel at least that you are able to improve things in some small way”.

According to the WHO, Imad is “due for a second operation to remove the bullet, which is still lodged in his right calf muscle, and to fix a fracture”.

“After I complete my treatment and get better, I’m aiming to go back to working with the ambulances”, Imad said. “For me, it’s a duty that I feel to our patients and to Gaza”.

(Source / 25.04.2018)