Israel raid hits Gaza high school during exam

A man inspects the wreckage caused by air strikes carried out by Israel in Gaza on 30 May 2018

A Gaza school has been hit during Israeli bombing of the eastern part of the city, the Palestinian Ministry of Education said in a statement yesterday.

The ministry pointed out that the shelling came while high school students at Abdullah Bin Rawahah school, east of Deir El-Balah, were sitting their exams, no students were hurt.

The ministry has condemned the bombing, adding that Israel does not hesitate to target educational institutions in violation of international conventions.

It called on international agencies and human rights organisations to condemn the attack and punish Israel for its repeated crimes.

The exams committee at both the school and the ministry followed up on the matter and ensured the exams were completed as required.

Read: Israeli forces demolish a primary school in West Bank

(Source / 30.05.2018)

Een boodschap vanuit de hemel!

Dat de maand Ramadan gezegend is, weten we allemaal. En dat deze maand vele verdiensten heeft, is ook bekend. Maar heb je weleens gehoord van de dagelijkse boodschap vanuit de hemel?

Een boodschap die dagelijks vanuit de hemel aan ons wordt verkondigd gedurende deze maand, maar waar velen niet van op de hoogte zijn.

Het is niet zomaar een boodschap. Het is een boodschap van een engel die op het bevel van Allah elke nacht gedurende de Ramadan vanuit de hemel roept (betekenis):

O jij die op zoek is naar het goede, wend je nog meer tot Allah. O jij die op zoek is naar het slechte, stop hiermee! 

يا باغي الخير أقبل ويا باغي الشر أقصر

Wij horen deze roep niet, maar hij is er zeker. Hoe weten wij dat zo zeker? Simpelweg omdat onze profeet vrede zij met hem dit heeft overgeleverd. [Tirmidhi]

Nu wij deze roep niet horen, moeten wij ons deze inbeelden. En we moeten ons aangesproken voelen!

Ben jij iemand die al neigt naar het goede en goed bezig is, dan moet je vermeerderen in het verrichten van goede daden. De boodschap van Allah naar jou is: wend je nog meer tot Mij! Vermeerder in goede daden, zoals vrijwillige gebeden, liefdadigheid en recitatie van de Koran. Dit is het moment om je van je beste kant te laten zien!

Ben jij iemand die neigt naar het slechte en zondigt, dan moet je dit laten. De dagelijkse boodschap van Allah vanuit de hemel naar jou is: stop hiermee!

Dit is het moment beste broeder/zuster! Dit is het moment om te stoppen met het verrichten van het slechte. In welke maand zal je meer in staat zijn om het slechte in je te overwinnen dan in deze maand?

  • Een dagelijkse roep vanuit de hemel spreekt jou aan op jouw gedrag.
  • De poorten van het paradijs zijn geopend
  • De poorten van de hel zijn gesloten
  • De duivels zijn geketend en hun invloed is veel minder
  • Het vasten maakt je bewuster
  • Alle moslims om je heen zijn met het geloof bezig
  • Elke nacht kan je samen met je broeders of zusters in gebed staan

Sluit aan beste broeder of zuster en zonder je niet af. Ook jij kan jezelf verbeteren in deze gezegende maand. Zoek goed gezelschap op en blijf uit de buurt van slecht gezelschap. Dit zijn geen nachten die je doorbrengt in shisha lounges e.d. Dit zijn nachten die je berouwvol tot Allah doorbrengt in de moskee!

Moge Allah ons allen leiden naar datgene waar Hij van houdt en tevreden mee is.

(Source: Kennisviamail.nl / 30.05.2018

Demonstrations Continue in Raqqa Demanding PYD Militias Withdrawal

Demonstrations demanding that the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) withdraw from the city continued for the second day on Tuesday. President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa stressed that Syrians would not accept tyranny or terrorist organizations.

‘Al-Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’ media campaign on Wednesday said that anti-PYD demonstrations continued on Tuesday, adding that they demanded an end to arbitrary arrests and forced recruitment as well as the immediate withdrawal of the PYD militia from the city.

The largest demonstrations, which took place in the neighborhoods of Mushallab and Al-Saqia, came under fire by the PYD militia, according to media campaign, which added that the PYD militia detained at least four demonstrators.

“Our free people will not accept tyranny or the rule of terrorist organizations after they have revolted against Assad’s terrorism,” Mustafa said in comments he posted on Twitter. “Our free people will not accept the Assad regime to be replaced by any another form of terrorism.” He noted that violations by the PYD militia are as grave as those being committed by the Assad regime.

Mustafa praised demonstrators in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and Hassakah who are demanding that the PYD militia withdraw from their areas.

The Syrian Coalition earlier said that the PYD militia is copying the same repressive policies the Assad regime pursues to terrorize and intimidate the Syrian people.

The Syrian Coalition condemned the crimes and violations being committed by the PYD militia, calling for a complete and immediate cessation of all forms of support for the militia. It denounced the lukewarm position being shown by some countries towards the terrorist threat the PYD militia poses.

Demonstrations continued in areas controlled by the PYD militia in response to the large-scale arrest campaigns aimed at forced recruitment of the young men which caused popular anger among residents Raqqa and Hasaka cites and resulted in clashes between local residents and the PYD militia.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 30.05.2018)

Al-Qassam And Al-Quds Brigades: “Israel Started This Aggression, We Retaliated, And Will Defend Our People”

30 MAY
6:21 AM

A joint statement by the Al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas and the Al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing shells into Israeli targets across the border fence, and said the shelling came in retaliation to Israeli escalation.

The two groups said they retaliated by firing dozens of shells at Israeli targets, and even targeting Israeli war jets while striking Gaza, adding that they want the world to know “the Palestinians will not remain silent while Israel continues to commit crimes against them.”

“Israel started this wave of aggression by striking our sites over the past 48 hours, to divert the international attention from its crimes against unarmed civilians slaughtered and injured in the ongoing Great Return March,” they said, “It committed crimes against our people, against humanity, and is now trying to create another front of military escalation.”

“We as armed resistance factions run our battles with the occupation in a way that only serves the interests of our people, and we know what we can and cannot do,” they added, “But we will never allow the Israeli occupation to dictate new equations by slaughtering our people, and spilling their blood.”

The two factions warned Israel that, should this ongoing escalation, the targeting and killing of civilians, continue, “then all options are open for the resistance, and we will retaliate accordingly.”

It is worth mentioning that dawn hours Wednesday witnessed a cautious calm despite Israeli reports denying an indirect ceasefire deal, first reported at midnight, then at 2 a.m. and a third at 4 a.m.

Israeli leaders hold Hamas and the Islamic Jihad fully responsible for the escalation, although the two groups, and other armed resistance factions have refrained from firing shells or attacking Israeli targets until the military killed on Monday, Mohammad Masoud al-Radea’, 31, a member of the al-Qassam Brigades, when the army fired at least two shells at a site run by the group, in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

His death came just a day after the Israeli army fired several shells into a structure and Palestinian lands, between Rafah and Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing two members of the Al-Quds Brigades, identified as Hussein Samir al-‘Amour, 25, and Abdul-Halim Abdul-Karim an-Naqa, 28.

A third Palestinian, identified as Naseem Marwan al-‘Amour, 20, was seriously injured in the Israeli strike, and died from his wounds at the European Hospital in Gaza.

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(Source / 30.05.2018)

Israeli Army Fires More Missiles Into Gaza

30 MAY
5:28 AM

The Israeli army continued, on Wednesday at dawn, the firing of missiles, targeting several areas of the besieged Gaza Strip, in what Israel called “retaliation to shells fired from Gaza into Israeli communities, across the border fence.”

The Israeli Air Force fired at least three missiles into a site, run by an armed resistance group, west of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Air Force also fired missiles into the port, east of Khan Younis, and a site in the eastern part of Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east Gaza city.

Furthermore, Israeli military drones fired three missiles into the “Civil Administration Center,” and two missiles into another site, run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Israel said several shells were fired from Gaza into communities in the Negev, Sha’ar HaNegev and Netivot, striking a number of buildings, including a shell reportedly landing in the yard of a kindergarten.

Israeli sources said one Israeli suffered a moderate injury, and four others sustained light wounds.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Jihad said a truce was reached under mediation from Egypt, but Israel denied the reports, and said, “no ceasefire was reached by any party with Hamas or the Islamic Jihad.”

According to the Palestinian Maan News Agency, an Israeli media analyst of Maariv said both Israel and Hamas are interested in a truce, but ” wants a truce before Israel retaliates, and Israel wants a truce after it retaliates.”

The Health Ministry in Gaza called on the Palestinians to remain alert, and to avoid entering areas targeted by the army.

The Israeli army said all the targeted sites in Gaza are “run by Hamas,” including tunnels, and various structures, and alleged that Hamas fired more than 80 shells.

On his part, Khalil al-Hayya, a political leader of Hamas said the movement, and all armed resistance groups, are committed to ceasefire, as long as Israel is committed to it.

Israeli leaders hold Hamas and the Islamic Jihad fully responsible for the escalation, although the two groups, and other armed resistance factions have refrained from firing shells or attacking Israeli targets until the military killed on Monday, Mohammad Masoud al-Radea’, 31, a member of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, when the army fired at least two shells at a site run by the group, in Beit Lahia town, in northern Gaza.

His death came just a day after the Israeli army fired several shells into a structure and Palestinian lands, between Rafah and Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing two members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, identified as Hussein Samir al-‘Amour, 25, and Abdul-Halim Abdul-Karim an-Naqa, 28.

A third Palestinian, identified as Naseem Marwan al-‘Amour, 20, was seriously injured in the Israeli strike, and died from his wounds at the European Hospital in Gaza.

(Source / 30.05.2018)

Updated: Armed Israeli Gunships Intercept Gaza Boat Carrying Cancer Patients

30 MAY
11:32 AM

On Tuesday, a humanitarian flotilla from the Gaza Strip was stopped nine miles from the shore of Gaza by the Israeli navy. The boat was seized, and its passengers returned to the prison of the Gaza Strip.

Update: The Israel Navy released the passengers of the humanitarian flotilla, after transferring them to Beit Hanoun (Erez) terminal, in northern Gaza.

According to Maan News Agency, the passengers, including the captain’s assistant Mohammad al-‘Amoudi , and a wounded, wheelchair-bound young man, identified as Ra’ed Adeeb, were released.

It added that the only person who remained imprisoned by Israel is the ship’s captain, Soheil al-‘Amoudi.

In total, the ship carried eighteen Palestinians, including one woman four wounded Palestinians, and four cancer patients, who were taken prisoner when the navy intercepted the flotilla, after its sailed 14 nautical miles.

The attempt to break the blockade comes two weeks after ‘Bloody Monday’, when Israeli forces opened fire on unarmed demonstrators at the Gaza border with Israel, killing 60 and wounding more than 700. That protest was on May 14th, 2018, the day chosen by U.S. President Trump to open his country’s new consulate in Jerusalem – essentially denying the internationally-recognized right of Palestinians to live and own property in their city.

According to the Israeli online magazine +972Mag, the boat that was intercepted was headed to Limassol, Cyprus, and was part of a small flotilla comprised of three boats in total. The two other boats turned back and did not breach the naval blockade line enforced by the Israeli military.

The boat that the Israeli military intercepted was carrying 18 people. Those on board were mainly university students, but also included cancer patients and protesters wounded during the Return March seeking medical care outside of the besieged Gaza Strip, flotilla participants said.

“We are two university graduates, we lost hope of finding work in Gaza. Life in Gaza is impossible. We want a secure future. We are leaving for the sake of freedom,” flotilla participants Shadi al Nakleh, 28, and Ihab abu Armaneh, 29, told +972 correspondent Mohammed Zaanoun.

“We have no connection to any political party in Palestine,” the participants added. “We are sailing peacefully, without any weapons. Our message to the world is that we want peace — our journey is nonviolent.”

Asked about the risks their journey could entail, the participants responded, “We believe we will arrive in peace, but there are clear dangers: attack, arrest, the sinking of the ship.”

“But the most important thing is that we will get there peacefully,” they stressed. “All other messages have failed.”

“Shadi told me that he wanted to leave, that he wanted to find work,” said Shadi’s mother. “He made his decision — what can I do? May God protect him from danger.”

According to israelpalestinenews.org, under the Oslo Accords signed in 1993, Israel is obligated to permit fishing up to 20 nautical miles, but this has never been implemented.The widest range Israel has allowed boats in the past 10 years is 12 nautical miles (22km), and at times, the limit was reduced to one nautical mile (1.85km).

Boats are often limited to six nautical miles (11km), and Israeli forces regularly fire warning shots to boats attempting to breach it.

Although hundreds of people boarded more than 30 fishing boats in support of the main vessel, they did not cross the six-nautical-mile permitted boundary, Ramadan al-Hayek, one of the organisers of the voyage, told Al JazeeraFifteen boats attempted to cross more than nine nautical miles (16.7km) but met open fire by Israeli forces.

These boats sailed in a show of support and were not aiming to reach Cyprus, al Hayek added.Organisers of the voyage, called Break the Siege committee, also told Al Jazeera the captured boat went as far as 14 nautical miles (26km) when Israeli forces started shooting towards the vessel.They lost contact with those on board shortly after that.

Passengers had valid passports, with the wounded having made arrangements to receive medical treatment in Turkey prior to leaving Gaza’s seaport.

According to al-Hayek, 17 people were detained by Israeli forces in Ashdod.Committee members said they were working with international agencies, including Human Rights Watch and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to ensure the wellbeing of the boat’s passengers and to hold Israel responsible for their safety.

Al-Hayek also said the committee would soon announce the launching of a second boat in response to Israel’s actions.The Israeli military blamed Hamas, the party governing the Gaza Strip, for the naval “breach”.

In a series of posts on Twitter, it said the Palestinians will be returned to Gaza and warned the move would only “harm” residents of the strip.

It also said Israel would continue to enforce the blockade.

(Source / 30.05.2018)

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered In Gaza

30 MAY
12:55 PM

A seriously wounded Palestinian man, who was shot by Israeli army fire several days earlier, died Wednesday at a hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the young man, identified as Naji Maisara Abdullah Ghneim, 23, was shot by an Israeli soldier stationed across the border fence, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

It added that the young man was moved to a hospital in Gaza, and then to another hospital in Jerusalem, due to the seriousness of his condition, but succumbed to his wounds.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers have killed 118 Palestinians, and injured 13300 others, including 330 who suffered life-threatening wounds since the beginning of the Great Return March, on Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018.

(Source / 30.05.2018)   

Hamas Says Ceasefire Reached to End Gaza Flareup

Smoke billows from Israeli strikes on Gaza

Hamas announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire has been reached in the Gaza Strip following Israeli strikes this week against the coastal enclave.

Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, said Egyptian mediators intervened “after the resistance succeeded in warding off the aggression.”

He said armed groups in Gaza will commit to the ceasefire as long as Israel does.

Israeli Cabinet minister Arieh Deri told Israel’s Army Radio that he expected calm to be restored.

“If it will be quiet, we will respond with quiet. We’ve given Hamas a chance to prove that we can return to routine … If they release the reins there will be a very painful strike,” he said. “There is a good chance that the routine will be restored after the blow the army unleashed on them.”

Israel struck overnight 25 more Hamas sites after a barrage of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza.

The military said it hit drone storage facilities, military compounds, and rocket and munition workshops across the Gaza Strip. The overnight Hamas rocket fire reached the city of Netivot for the first time since the 2014 war. A home was struck, but no one was wounded.

The exchange of fire raised the possibility of yet another war in the beleaguered Palestinian enclave run by Hamas, which would be the fourth since 2008.

Israel has targeted more than 60 military targets in the Gaza Strip over 24 hours, saying some 70 rockets and mortars were fired into its territory throughout the day Tuesday, a number of which were intercepted by air defense systems.

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded, one moderately and two lightly, the military said. There were no immediate reports of casualties in Gaza.

But after Tuesday’s flareup, followed by sirens and explosions into the night, there were Palestinian claims of a ceasefire.

There was relative calm in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday’s violence followed weeks of deadly unrest along the border between Israel and the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

In a rare joint statement, Hamas and Jihad declared shared responsibility for the rocket and mortar fire, saying it was in retaliation for Israeli attacks targeting their positions.

Three Jihad members were killed in an Israeli strike Sunday, and the group vowed revenge.

Early Tuesday, some 28 mortar shells were fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Israel said most were intercepted by its air defense systems but put residents in the area on high alert, ordering them to stay within 15 seconds of shelters.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Wednesday to discuss the violence, following an American request for an urgent meeting.

“The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians,” US ambassador Nikki Haley said.

Kuwait, a non-permanent council member representing Arab countries, circulated a draft resolution calling “for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed Tuesday to “respond to these attacks powerfully.”

Shortly after he spoke, Israel’s military began air strikes in Gaza. Explosions shook the Palestinian enclave and smoke rose from the sites hit.

(Source / 30.05.2018)