Despite risk, Gazans maintain rallies near Israel fence

RAFAH, GAZA – Palestinians during a demonstration, on the 8th week of the “Great March of Return”, at Gaza-Israel border in eastern Rafah, Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip have converged on the Gaza-Israel security fence — for the ninth consecutive Friday — to take part in ongoing rallies against the Israeli occupation.

On Thursday, Palestinian political factions and activists called on the people of Gaza to take part in the rallies despite the threat of violence by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the security fence.

“We also urge Palestinians in the [occupied] West Bank and Jerusalem to rise up against the Israeli occupation,” protest organizers said in a statement.

Since 30 March, Palestinians have been staging mass rallies along the security fence to demand the “right of return” to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Protesters also demand an end to Israel’s ongoing blockade of Gaza — by air, land and sea — which has remained in effect since 2007 and which has brought the strip to the verge of humanitarian catastrophe.

Since the rallies began, at least 116 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred — and thousands more injured — by Israeli army gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

(Source / 26.05.2018)

Hunger-striking Palestinian Detainee Transferred to Negev

25 MAY
9:58 PM

Israeli authorities transferred a hunger-striking Palestinian detainee from solitary confinement in the Ashkelon jail to the Negev jail, on Thursday morning.

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said, in a statement, that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred Ibaa Omar al-Barghouthi, aged 40, a resident of the central occupied West Bank village of Kobar, in the Ramallah district.

According to Ma’an News Agency, Al-Barghouthi has been on a hunger strike against the renewal of his administrative detention without charge or trial. He has been held in administrative detention since August 2nd, 2017.

According to the committee, al-Barghouthi has stopped drinking water and refused taking vitamins. He is also boycotting Israeli prison clinics and is refusing to take medical tests.

The committee added that al-Barghouthi’s health has deteriorated and his body has become scrawny, as he also suffers from severe exhaustion, muscle and bone pains, insomnia and severe bloody vomiting.

Al-Barghouthi’s eyesight has also suffered, according to the committee.

(Source / 26.05.2018)

Seriously Injured Palestinian Succumbs To His Wounds

26 MAY
10:13 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that a Palestinian man died, on Saturday at dawn, from serious wounds he suffered after Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire, several days ago.

The Ministry identified the slain Palestinian as Hussein Salem Abu ‘Oweida, 41, and added that he was shot by the army hundreds of meters away from the border fence, east of Gaza city.

The Palestinian became paralyzed after an Israeli army bullet struck him in his spine, before he was moved to the Shifa Medical Center, in Gaza City, but died from his wounds and serious complications.

In a video message before his death, Hussein said that he was just selling ice cream and refreshment near the protest tent, hundreds of meters away from the “border fence” to provide for his children in the besieged and imprisoned coastal region.

He also voiced an appeal to President Mahmoud Abbas, and various officials, to help him out, and provide him with medical treatment.

“I call on the entire world, and President Mahmoud Abbas, to have mercy on me; I want to walk again” he said, “Am here at the Shifa hospital, I am paralyzed man. I pray for help, pleading for help – calling on them to see my difficult condition… and nothing more.”

On Friday, the Health Ministry said a young man, identified as Yasser Sami Habib, 24, succumbed to wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire during the protests on May 14.

Habib suffered a very serious injury before he was rushed to a hospital in Gaza, and was later transferred to Sr. Joseph Hospital, in occupied Jerusalem, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Two other Palestinians who were injured, during the protests on May 14, also succumbed to their wounds on Thursday evening. They have been identified as Ahmad Ali Qattoush, 23 Mohannad Bakr Abu Tahoun, 21.

Their deaths bring the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli army fire since the Great Return March procession started on Palestinian Land Day, on March 30th, 2018, to 116 Palestinians, while more than 13.000 Palestinians have been injured, including 332 who suffered life-threatening wounds.

Gaza Strip hospital and medical centers lack basic supplies and equipment due to the lengthy and deadly siege on the Gaza Strip, and the repeated military offensives.

(Source / 26.05.2018)

Updated: “115 Injured by Israeli Gunfire on Gaza Border, Palestinian Succumbs to Earlier Wounds”

26 MAY
4:20 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers injured 115 Palestinians, including seven children and four women, after the army attacked the protesters with live fire and gas bombs, across the border area in the eastern parts of the coastal region.

Thousands of Palestinians participated in the protests, which started after evening prayers in various mosques of the coastal region, before they boarded buses that took them to protest tents, hundreds of meters away from the border fence.

Media sources said Palestinian protesters, using slingshots, managed to down an Israeli military drone, east of Abu Safiyya area, in northern Gaza.

Also on Friday, the Health Ministry said a young man, identified as Yasser Sami Habib, 24, succumbed to wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire during the protests on May 14.

Habib suffered a very serious injury before he was rushed to a hospital in Gaza, and was later transferred to Sr. Joseph Hospital, in occupied Jerusalem, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Two other Palestinians who were injured, during the protests on May 14, also succumbed to their wounds on Thursday evening. They have been identified as Ahmad Ali Qattoush, 23 Mohannad Bakr Abu Tahoun, 21.

The Health Ministry said the army killed 115 Palestinians, and injured more than 13.000, including 332 who suffered life-threatening wounds, since the Great Return March procession started on Palestinian Land Day, on March 30th, 2018.

Updated From:
109 Injured by Israeli Gunfire on Gaza Border, Palestinian Succumbs to Earlier Wounds
May 25, 2018 @ 21:52

At least 109 Palestinians, including four children and nine women, were injured by gunfire and others suffocated from teargas, after Israeli soldiers attacked them, while partaking in the continuing Great March of Return protests along the Gaza-Israel border, WAFA medical sources said.

Among the wounded, three were critically injured by gunshots in the head, while the remaining others sustained various bodily injuries.

Other protesters also suffocated when Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters at them, who, despite a hot Ramadan day, continued to protest peacefully along the eastern border of the Strip, demanding the right of return to their pre-1948 homes in historical Palestine.

The protesters burned damaged tires near the border, to disrupt the visibility of the Israeli soldiers, who opened fire at the protesters, despite the fact that they did not pose a life threat to the soldiers.

Over 120 Palestinians were killed and thousands have been injured since the outbreak of the Great March of Return protests, on March 30.

Also on Friday, a young Palestinian man succumbed to wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire during the protests on May 14, according to medical sources.

Yasser Sami Habib, 24, died of his wounds at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem, where he had been moved for medical treatment.

Habib was shot and critically injured during the protests against relocating the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Two other Palestinians who were injured, during the protests on May 14, also succumbed to their wounds on Thursday evening.

(Source / 26.05.2018)

Syrian Coalition Slams Assad Regime’s Presidency of UN-backed Conference on Disarmament & Urges Boycott

The Syrian Coalition denounced the Assad regime’s presidency of the UN-backed disarmament forum on chemical & nuclear weapons, saying it would will be “a shock for the conscience of humanity and a betrayal for the victims of these chemical attacks” numbering over 200.

In a letter sent Saturday to 18 countries, President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa called for a boycott of the forum during the four weeks of Assad’s presidency. The letter was sent to the governments of the United States, Britain, Turkey, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Switzerland, Finland, New Zealand and the Ukraine.

President Mustafa warned that allowing the Assad regime’s to chair such conference risks “undermining the UN’s credibility and the integrity of disarmament framework.” He underscored that “the Assad regime’s use of deadly chemical and unconventional weapons and its illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons is a breach of its disarmament obligations and run counter to the objectives and fundamental principles of the Conference on Disarmament.”

“The Assad regime has flagrantly violated the chemical weapons convention and the UNSC resolutions. It was documented by the OPCW – UN Joint Investigative Mechanism in its report submitted to the UN Security Council on 25th October 2017. This regime has gassed the Syrian people to death on 21st August 2013 for the first time, and least but not last on 7th April 2018.”

The letter added: “Indeed, ‘having the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist (Jack the Ripper) in charge of a women’s shelter,’ as said by Mr. Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the United National Watch.”

“We count on our good friends to spare no effort to ensure an end is put to the suffering of the Syrian people, to hold the perpetrators accountable, and to finally fulfill their just demands of freedom, dignity and justice,” President Mustafa added.

The Conference on Disarmament was established in 1979 during a special session of the UN General Assembly. It comprised 65 states that have been divided according to four core issues in recent years. With three sessions usually held each year, the chair of the Conference rotates every four working weeks following the English alphabetical list of membership. Decisions are made by consensus.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 26.05.2018)