Zionist warplanes carry out dozens of air strikes across Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Zionist Air Force carried out, on Saturday afternoon, dozens of airstrikes targeting sites, reportedly run by armed resistance groups, and the areas around them, in several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli war jets fired at least four missiles into a center near the Egyptian border, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing serious damage.

The Air Force also fired at least three missiles into a Palestinian land, close to the barrier fence, east of Gaza city.

Furthermore, the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles into a site, southeast of Gaza city, in three consecutive strikes.

Israeli missiles were also fired into an area in central Gaza, causing property damage, in addition to areas in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

On his social media accounts, Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, has confirmed that the Israeli strikes did not lead to casualties; the statement came after some media agencies reported three injuries.

However, Dr. al-Qedra issued an advisory warning to the Palestinians to refrain from gathering in or near the targeted areas, especially since the air strikes have targeted the same areas more than once.

In addition, armed resistance groups in Gaza said they retaliated to the Israeli strikes by firing fifteen shells into Israeli areas across the border fence.

The Israeli army claimed its fired missiles into a tunnel, reportedly run by al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Israeli Ynet News quoted the army stating that it targeted Hamas-run sites in response of “renewed violence” on the border Friday, after a soldier was moderately injured, and added that among the targeted areas “are locations where flammable balloons are prepared,” in addition to a “Hamas training camp.”

On Saturday at dawn, the Israeli Air Force carried out five strikes against armed resistance sites in several parts of the coastal region.

In addition, Israeli daily Haaretz said the army “targeted Hamas centers in Gaza after 31 shells were fired from the coastal region overnight.”

It also quoted the Israeli Army spokesperson Ronen Manelis stating that the military struck 40 Hamas centers, in what he called “the biggest daytime attack” since the 2014 “Protective Edge” military offensive on Gaza.

In addition, Haaretz said Israel’s political and military leaders held an urgent meeting, and decided to continue the strikes on Gaza to “break the equation which Hamas called balance of deterrence,” in which Palestinian fighters would fire shells every time Israel attacks Palestinians flying burning kites, yet, it added that the army spokesperson said, “Israel is not interested in escalation.”

(Source / 14.07.2018)

Israel army threatens Hamas with large-scale Gaza attack

Palestinian protesters prepare to fly kites during the Great March of Return on 25 May 2018 [Dawoud Abo Alkas/Apaimages]

Palestinian protesters prepare to fly kites during the Great March of Return on 25 May 2018

The Israeli army “sent messages to Hamas through an intermediary this week that it will no longer tolerate incendiary kites and balloons being sent across the border, and will conduct a harsh military response against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip if it continues”, reported Haaretz.

The paper noted recent reports that “the army has a combat plan for Gaza, which includes the entry of large-scale forces at certain stages and the control of large expanses of territory”.

For now, however, the assessment is that the Israeli military “is not interested in embarking on such an operation because it estimates that such a step would be drawn out and the fighting intense”.

According to Haaretz, “the prevailing view” among senior army officers is that the challenge posed by the incendiary kites and balloons “does not justify dragging Israelis into days of fighting, certainly not at a time when the army has turned its attention to its northern border”.

Read: Israel orders PA to pay $1.4m in damages for Gaza kites

However, the report added, “if the situation continues to escalate, however, military action in Gaza is possible”, with the army said to believe that “such an operation would need to be sufficiently aggressive against Hamas, but at the same time not enough to seriously escalate the situation”.

Haaretz referred to a report last week by journalist Ben Caspit that defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman is angling for “harsh and extensive action against Hamas that would restore Israeli deterrence in the region”, in defiance of the views of the heads of both the military and Shin Bet.

Another factor, the paper noted, is “pressure on politicians”, and thus “pressure on the military”, if and when “Israeli residents in the Gaza border area lose patience”.

(Source / 14.07.2018)

100 days of the ‘Great MArch of Return’

Protestors seen at the Gaza-Israel border, gathered as part of the continuing 'Great March of Return' on July 13, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Protestors seen at the Gaza-Israel border, gathered as part of the continuing ‘Great March of Return’ on July 13, 2018

Since 30 March 2018, as many as 137 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, in assaults on the Great Marches of Return on Gaza border.

According to a UN agency, some 1,400 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” protests in the occupied Gaza Strip face the possibility of “long-term disability”.

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Slain Palestinian Buried After Israel Held His Corpse For Three Months

14 JUL
2:39 PM

Thousands of Palestinians, including dozens of representatives of national factions and civil society organizations participated, Saturday, in the funeral procession of a Palestinian from the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus, after Israel held his corpse for more than three months.

Media sources in Nablus said the army handed the corpse of Mohammad Abdul-Karim Marshoud, 30, to the Palestinian side at Jeet Junction, east of Nablus, before it was moved to Rafidia governmental hospital.

Mohammad’s corpse was later transferred to his family, in Balata refugee camp, east of the city, and his funeral ceremony was held at the local mosque.

It is worth mentioning that Marshoud died on April 9, 2018, from serious wounds he suffered a day earlier when an Israeli colonial settler shot him near Mishor Adumim illegal colony between Jerusalem and Jericho, reportedly after he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack with a screwdriver.

(Source / 14.07.2018)   

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession In Kufur Qaddoum, Injure A Journalist

14 JUL
1:44 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, injured one Palestinian journalist, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Medical sources in Kufur Qaddoum said the soldiers shot a photojournalist working for a Chinese news agency, identified as Nidal Eshteyya.

They added that the soldiers shot Eshteyya with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his leg, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum said the Palestinians, accompanied by international peace activists, marched from the center of the village, heading towards their lands, near the illegal Annexation Wall, isolating them from most of their orchards.

The committee added that the soldiers ambushed the protesters between the olive trees before firing rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them, wounding the journalist and causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Several protesters then hurled stones at the soldiers, while the army fire more gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Kufur Qaddoum holds protests, every Friday and Saturday, against the Annexation Wall and illegal colonies, built on their lands, and to protest the closure of the towns’ main, which was blockaded fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from Kedumim colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.

In the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, Friday, that Israeli soldiers killed one child, identified as Othman Rami Hallas, 15, and injured 220 residents, including one journalist and two medics.

(Source / 14.07.2018)

PCHR: “Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 95 Others, including 17 Children, 3 Women, 2 Paramedics, and 2 Journalists”

14 JUL
3:17 AM

In New Crime of Excessive Use of Lethal Force against Peaceful Demonstrators in Gaza Strip, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 95 Others, including 17 Children, 3 Women, 2 Paramedics, and 2 Journalists

The Palestinian Centre For Haman Rights (PCHR)On Friday, 13 July 2018, using excessive lethal force against the peaceful protesters in eastern Gaza Strip for the 16th Friday in a row, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 95 other civilians, including 17 children, 3 women, 2 paramedics and  2 journalists, in addition to dozens suffering tear gas inhalation.

Demonstrations organized today were in solidarity with residents of al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin Community and on the occasion of 100 days passed on Great March of Return. Upon a Decision by the highest political and military echelons, the Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protesters, who posed no threat to the life of the soldiers.

Table of Civilian Casualties due to the Israeli Suppression since the Beginning of the Great March of Return on 30 March

Notes Medical Crews Journalists Women Children Total Casualties
Among those Killed, there are 3 Persons with Disabilities and a female child 2 2 1 17 113 Killed
Among those wounded, 332  in serious condition and 57 had their lower or upper limbs amputated (Injuries among the medical personnel were due to bullets and gas canisters) 320 71 190 1004 6058 Wounded

 

  • Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers during this week emphasize the following:
  • Dozens of Israeli Forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand barriers and in military jeeps along the border fence in front of the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip.
  • According to PCHR’s fieldworkers, the number of youth gatherings near the border fence augmented to reach dozens who set fire to tires and attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces.
  • The Israeli snipers deliberately and selectively opened fire at the participants in the peaceful demonstrations which included thousands of civilians in different areas in the eastern Gaza Strip.
  • The Israeli forces continued to target the medical personnel directly and deliberately as they wounded and targeted 2 of them with tear gas canisters, east of al-Buriej Camp.
  • The Israeli forces widely used bursts of tear gas canisters and from drones, military jeep and soldiers’ rifles, targeting the center of the demonstrations and near the demonstrators near the border fence. As a result, many civilians were directly targeted and hit with tear gas canisters, causing serious injuries, while the gas coming of them made dozens suffer tear gas inhalation, fainting and seizures. Some of them were transferred to hospitals, including few so far receive medical treatment.
  • The demonstrations were as always fully peaceful, and PCHR’s fieldworkers did not witness weapons or armed persons even dressed in civilian clothes among the demonstrators, who were thousands of elderlies, women, children and entire families, demonstrating near the border fence and raising flags, chanting slogans and national songs, flying kites and burning tires.
  • Journalists were again targeted with bullets and tear gas canisters, wounding 2 journalists in eastern Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip.
  • The Israeli unjustified and fallacious incitement against the peaceful demonstrations and encampments continues, perceiving the demonstration itself as danger. This hereby violates the right to peaceful assembly codified in all International instruments.

The incidents today, 13 July 2018, were as follows:

At approximately 16:00, hundreds of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to 5 encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege in eastern Rafah City; Khuza’ah in Khan Younis; al-Bureij in the Central Gaza Strip; Shija’eyah neighborhood in Gaza City; and eastern Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

The number of participants gradually increased, reaching a peak at approximately 16:30, in the five demonstration areas, and they were estimated at thousands of men, elderlies, women and children. They were inside and outside the encampment yards, raising flags, and chanting slogans and national songs in addition to flying kites and firing balloons, while hundreds of them, including children and women, approached the border fence, set fire to tires and attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces.

Moreover, the protestors removed the barbed wire fence established by the Israeli forces inside the Palestinian territories around 30-50 meters away from the main border fence.

The Israeli shooting which continued until 20:00  resulted in the killing of ‘Othman Rami Hallas, 15, from Shija’eyah neighborhood in Gaza City. ‘Othman was with a live bullet to back while participating in the protests in eastern Gaza City.

Moreover, 95 civilians, including 17 children, 3 women, 2 paramedics and 2 journalists, were wounded. In addition, hundreds suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures, including PCHR’s fieldworkers while covering the suppression of demonstrations, after Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters.

PCHR condemns this new crime committed by the Israeli forces, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

PCHR emphasizes that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified and targeting and killing civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, using lethal force is a serious violation of the rules of intentional law and international humanitarian law.

PCHR emphasizes that ongoing attacks against the Palestinian medical personnel, especially those working in the field, constitute a serious violation of the international human rights and humanitarian laws and the international standards regulating the protection rules of medical personnel, including paramedics, their vehicles and medical facilities.

The serious violations and deliberate attacks against the medical personnel amount to war crimes according to the 1949 fourth Geneva Convention, particularly the scope of protection provided to them.

PCHR believes that continuously targeting journalists while on duty with bullets and tear gas canisters proves that there is an Israeli policy to target journalists in order to prevent them from covering the Israeli suppression of the peaceful protestors, in violation of the rule of international humanitarian law.

PCHR emphasizes that the demonstrations are fully peaceful and civilians have the right to raise their voices against the Israeli forces and closure and enjoy their right to return.  Thus, PCHR stresses that Israel shall be held accountable and prosecuted through investigating with it into these crimes.

PCHR also stresses that this ongoing policy by Israel violates the Rome STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) and Fourth Geneva Convention, and its practices qualify to war crimes. Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation into these crimes in addition to prosecuting and holding accountable all of those involved in issuing decisions and orders in the Israeli forces at the political and security level and those applying the orders.

PCHR asks for the presence of international observers from the United Nations (UN) bodies in the Gaza Strip to make sure that these demonstrations are totally peaceful and even if the Israeli authorities denied their access to Gaza, they can observe from the Israeli side of the borders.

PCHR calls for the prompt formation of an international commission of inquiry according to the UN Human Rights Council’s Resolution to investigate the crimes committed by the Israeli forces against unarmed civilians in the Return March activities.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

Public Document

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Soldiers Attack An Engagement Party In Jenin

14 JUL
11:22 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at night, the town of Ya’bad, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and broke into an engagement party after installing a military roadblock in front of the celebration hall.

Eyewitnesses said several army jeeps invaded the town, before installing the roadblock in front of the hall, and started searching cars while investigating the ID cards of the Palestinians, and interrogated many of them.

The soldiers also briefly detained and interrogated the fiancé, and released him later.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the home of Mahmoud Abu Ja’far, in the al-Ba’ajwa neighborhood, and interrogated him, while searching the property.

(Source / 14.07.2018)

Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into Gaza

14 JUL
4:19 AM

The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Friday at night, many airstrikes reportedly targeting centers run by armed resistance groups, in the central and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army claimed it was retaliating to a grenade which was hurled at soldiers operating near the border fence, Friday, moderately wounding a commander, who was rushed to Soroka Medical Center.

The army said the incident took place in northern Gaza, near the old Karni Crossing, and that the soldiers fired back at the Palestinians, while the Israeli Air Force fired missiles resistance-run centers in the northern and central parts of the coastal region.

Following the incident, Palestinian fighters fired several homemade shells into Israeli colonies across the border fence.

The army said its Iron Dome system intercepted at least two shells, fired from Gaza, into the nearby Sderot and Eshkol settlements.

Earlier Friday, the soldiers killed a Palestinian child, identified as Othman Rami Hallas, 15, and injured 220 residents, including one journalist and two medics, during Great Return March protests in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 14.07.2018)

Israeli snipers killed two Palestinian boys in Gaza

A statement by the ministry of health stated that around 300 protesters were wounded including eight in serious conditions.

Israeli occupation snipers stationed along the barbed wire placed in the east of Gaza Strip shot dead on Friday two Palestinian boys during their participation in the activities of the Great March of Return.

Palestinian ministry of health said that Othman Hellis, 15, was shot dead while demonstrating in the east of the Gaza City.

“Hellis was shot with an exploding bullet in the head,” a statement said, noting he was killed immediately and taken dead to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the other boy, Nasser Shurrab, 17, died of his wounds sustained on Friday when he was protesting in the east of the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.

The statement of the ministry of health stated that the Israeli snipers also wounded around 300 other protesters, including eight suffering serious injuries.

(Source / 14.07.2018)