Israeli Soldiers Kill One Palestinian, Injure 220, In Gaza

04 AUG
12:51 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed, Friday, that Israel soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the nonviolent “Great Return Match” in Gaza, on its nineteenth consecutive week, killing a young man, and wounding 220 Palestinians, including 90 who were shot with live fire.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the head of the Public Relations Department at Gaza’s Health Ministry, said an Israeli army sharpshooter killed Ahmad Yahia Atallah Yaghi, 25, on Palestinian lands, east of the Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

It is worth mentioning that, in a previous protest, the soldiers shot Yaghi with live fire, wounding him in his leg.

Dr. al-Qedra confirmed that the soldiers injured 220 Palestinians, including 90 who were shot with live fire, in the Gaza Strip.

He added that the soldiers, stationed in their fortified sniper posts hundreds of meters away from the parameter fence, also shot six other Palestinians with live fire, in the same area, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also shot four Palestinians with live fire, east o Khuza’a town, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, before they were rushed to the European Hospital, while many others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Another Palestinian suffered a moderate injury after the soldiers shot him with live fire in his leg, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Furthermore, one Palestinian was shot with a live round in his pelvis, east of Rafah, in southern Gaza, before he was moved to Abu Yousef Najjar hospital, suffering a moderate injury.

The army attacked the Palestinian protesters in several parts of the coastal region, especially east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, in addition to Rafah, Khan Younis, Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun areas, in the southern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Dozens of protesters launched balloons carrying the colors of the Palestinian flag, in addition to flying burning kites, causing fire in lands in Israeli settlements hundreds of meters away from the fence.

On Friday evening, the soldiers fired a shell at a site, east of Rafah, causing fire and property damage.

(Source / 04.08.2018)

Child Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Friday

04 AUG
8:40 AM

The Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that a child died, on Saturday morning, from serious wounds he suffered a day earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire.

The Health Ministry said the child, identified as Moath Ziad Soori, 15, died from serious wounds he suffered during the Great Return March procession, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

The child, who was shot with a live round in the abdomen, was rushed to a hospital, but remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his serious injuries, Saturday. Moath was from Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza.

On the same day of his injury, the soldiers killed a Palestinian, identified as Ahmad Yahia Atallah Yaghi, 25, after shooting him east of the Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza city, and injured 220 Palestinians, including 90 who were shot with live fire, in the Gaza Strip.

Their deaths bring the number of Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli army fire in the Gaza Strip since March 30th, 2018, to 157, while 17259 have been injured; 9071 of the wounded were moved to hospitals and 8188 received treatment in field clinics; 3279 of the injured are children, and 1553 are women.

Twenty-three of the slain Palestinians are children, in addition to three women, including a medic, identified as Razan Ashraf Najjar, 22.

There are 404 wounded Palestinians who are still in critical conditions, while 4141 suffered moderate wounds and 4354 suffered mild injuries.

The soldiers also killed another medic, identified as Mousa Abu Hassanein, 36, and caused damage to 59 Palestinian ambulances.

Furthermore, the army killed two journalists, identified as Yasser Mortaja, 30, and Ahmad Abu Hussein, 25, and wounded 144 others.

(Source / 04.08.2018)

‘Freedom’ under attack as it carries medical supplies to Gaza

Freedom Flotilla Coalition Statement 4 August, 2018 00:05am CEST

At 20:06 (CEST) we lost contact with the sailing vessel Freedom, sailing under a Swedish flag, which is on a mission to break the illegal Israeli blockade of the Palestinian people of Gaza. We have reason to presume that the Israeli Occupation Forces has now begun to attack it and that it has been surrounded in International Waters. The latest reported position was approximately 40 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza.

Based on what happened on Sunday, we anticipate that the Israeli Occupation Forces has now cut all communications with Freedom, so it can begin an undocumented attack.

Freedom is a gift for the Palestinian fishers of Gaza and is carrying a cargo of medical supplies, including #Gauze4Gaza. On board are 10 participants and two journalists from five countries. Details of all of the participants are here.  The last news that we had from Freedom was that she was maintaining her course towards Gaza and the ‘conscience of humanity’.

The Israeli Occupation Forces claims that our civilian boats – including our 100% wind-powered boat – are breaking international law and threatens that they will use ‘any measures necessary’ to stop us. We assert the right of ‘innocent passage’ guaranteed under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 and call upon international authorities to protect our small yacht. The only ‘necessary measures’ are to end the illegal blockade of Gaza and to restore freedom of movement for all Palestinians.

Last Sunday, the Israeli Occupation Forces cut all communications and then violently attacked our lead boat (‘Al Awda) in international waters, pulled down its Norwegian flag and trampled upon it. According to many testimonies that we have, including Yonatan Shapira, a former Israeli Air Force officer who was a participant aboard ‘Al Awda’, they then beat up and tasered several people and stole most of the participants’ property.

Four boats left Scandinavia in mid-May and have since stopped in 28 ports building support for a ‘Just Future for Palestine’. We demand that Israel ends its ongoing breaches of international law, including the collective punishment of a twelve-year blockade of Gaza, thereby enabling the only closed port in the Mediterranean to open and that people have their universal right to freedom of movement.

“The Freedom Flotilla Coalition calls on the Swedish Government, the national governments of those aboard Freedom, other national governments, and relevant international organizations to act immediately.” said Dror Feiler of Ship to Gaza Sweden, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. “We demand that the Israeli Occupation Forces not interfere with our unarmed yacht, as we continue our voyage to Gaza to deliver our gift of much-needed medical supplies”.

(Source / 04.08.2018)