Hamas & Islamic Jihad: Palestinian resistance is committed to protecting its people in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Hamas and Islamic Jihad Movements have reiterated the Palestinian resistance’s right to defend their own people against Israel’s aggression and retaliate to its crimes in Gaza.

In Twitter remarks, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said it was time for the Palestinian resistance to fulfill its vow and avenge the martyrs’ blood.

“The valiant resistance is determined, with all honor, dignity and sense of responsibility, to reverse the balance of the battle with the enemy and fight it with confidence and ability,” Barhoum stated.

For its part, Islamic Jihad said that the Palestinian resistance is committed to protecting its people in Gaza, describing its retaliation to Israel’s repeated crimes and ongoing aggression as “legitimate.”

Islamic Jihad accused Israel of disregarding its obligations and ignoring the current efforts being made to avoid another war, affirming that the resistance has the right to defend its people in Gaza if Israel persisted in its aggression.

(Source / 09.08.2018)

Israeli Airstrike Levels Five-story Building in Gaza City

09 AUG
8:26 PM

An Israeli airstrike on a cultural center in Gaza City, on Thursday, turned the five-story building into rubble, according to WAFA correspondence.

He said that Israeli warplanes fired 10 missiles at the building, for no apparent reason other than to inflict as much damage as possible in Gaza.

Israel has escalated its aerial attacks on Gaza, which started late Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health said 18 people were injured from the strike on the cultural center.

A 23-year-old pregnant woman and her 18-month toddler were killed in an earlier Israeli strike.

Efforts continued during the day to contain the tension in Gaza and prevent a break of a new war.

(Source / 09.08.2018)

Palestinian Wells, Tourist Areas, Among Israeli Targeted Sites In Gaza

09 AUG
1:03 PM

Media sources in Gaza have reported that, among various sites and areas targeted by Israeli missiles in the coastal region, are water wells, and tourist areas.

Yousef Abu Kamil, from the Public Relations department of al-Mughraqa Local Council, said the Israeli missiles destroyed a well owned by the city, and provides water for approximately 11.000 Palestinians.

He added that the Israeli missiles also destroyed two cars of the local council, in addition to other property damage.

Abu Kamil also said that the new building of the local council sustained property damage, in addition a radio transmission tower and a fuel pumping machine.

In addition, Beit Lahia municipality said the army also bombarded its well, providing the residents with water, in addition to causing serious property damage to buildings and property owned by the city.

The Israeli army claims its attacks targeted centers run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, yet, its missiles have led to civilian casualties, and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure in the besieged coastal region.

The Israel missiles that targeted Gaza in predawn escalation have led to the death of a pregnant Palestinian mother, identified as Enas Mohammad Khammash, 23, and her toddler girl, Bayan, only 18 months of age.

The missiles also killed a third Palestinian, identified as Ali al-Ghandour, 30, in northern Gaza, and led to many injuries.

Also on Wednesday, the army fired several missiles into various areas of the Gaza Strip, including a building in the Sudaniyya area of northern Gaza, which was first struck by three missiles, followed by an additional six missiles, just minutes later.

The Israeli army said it targeted several Hamas centers in Gaza, reportedly when six Israelis were injured in the Sderot settlement, in the Negev, “after eight shells were fired from the coastal region.”

Israeli Ynet News said that one Israeli man, aged 23, was injured by shrapnel in his leg, and added that “two pregnant women in addition to a man, 42 years of age, were treated for shock,” before being moved to Barzilai Hospital.

It alleged that Hamas fighters fired live rounds at “civil engineering equipment,” used as part of a “anti-tunnel barrier’” which is being built along the barrier with Gaza, causing damage, before the army fire a tank shell at a Hamas post.

Hamas said its fighters fired shells into nearby army posts, in retaliation to Israeli bombardment of the coastal region, and added that it has no Interest in escalation.

Hamas leaders said that they are holding talks with Egypt, to restore calm to the region, and to avoid a potentially serious military escalation.

The Israeli army said it raised the alert level along the border with Gaza, after noticing that Hamas fighters were evacuated from their posts along the border, a move that Hamas said was meant to ensure their safety, and avoid further escalation, while the army considered it as part of preparation for potential escalation.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army killed two Hamas fighters, identified as Ahmad Abdullah Morjan, 23, and Abdul-Hafeth Mohammad Seelawi, 23, in northern Gaza.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a statement denouncing the Israeli assassination of two of its fighters, in northern Gaza, and holding Israel accountable for any future escalation.

It stated that the two fighters were part of a military training in “Asqalan” center, one of its training locations in northern Gaza, and that many Palestinians, including political leaders of Hamas, were in attendance.

(Source / 09.08.2018)

Israeli military official: “No end in sight” for current escalation in Gaza; 140 bombs dropped overnight

09 AUG
9:05 AM

Despite the killing of a pregnant woman and her baby by an Israeli airstrike on their home Wednesday night, Israeli officials issued a statement later that night saying that they planned to continue the current escalation in Gaza with no end in sight.

The Israeli military, one of the most powerful armies on the planet, launched a full-scale military assault on the besieged coastal Strip Wednesday night, dropping at least 140 bombs, according to the Israeli military spokesperson. The Palestinian population of Gaza, which includes more than one million children in its total population of two million, has no military.

The ad hoc resistance groups that sprung up in recent years in Gaza to counter the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land fired dozens of shells across the Israeli-militarized border in response. Israelis living in the town of Sderot, constructed provocatively close to the Gaza-Israel border, rushed to underground shelters. Nine were lightly injured.

In addition to the mother, daughter and unborn baby that were killed Wednesday, Israeli forces also wounded more than a dozen Palestinians by dropping bombs from drones and planes. Several were wounded seriously and taken to intensive care units at the hospital.

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Gaza under attack: Israeli airstrikes wound 20, destroys cultural centre

At least 20 Palestinian civilians were wounded in two Israeli airstrikes targeted the largest cultural centre in the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, Palestinian medical sources said.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli fighter jets launched two large missiles that destroyed Al-Mis-hal Cultural Centre, a five-story building at Al-Shati Refugee Camp in western Gaza City.

The massive Israeli attack caused explosions that shook buildings in Gaza City as dust and gray smoke filled the air.

Spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra said that least 18 people were wounded in the air strike.

Earlier to the Israeli attacks, the Palestinian factions in Gaza declared that they consider the latest exchange of fire between the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza over.

They said that maintaining peace now depends on the intention of the Israeli occupation officials, but it seems that the Israeli occupation is intending to carry more crimes against the 2 million people who have been under a strict Israeli siege for 12 years.

It is wort noting that four Palestinians were killed, including a mother, her 18-month-todler, and 40 others were wounded, including eight in moderate and serious conditions.

(Source / 09.08.2018)

Israel air strikes kill 3 including pregnant mother, toddler in Gaza

12 Palestinians were transferred to hospitals as a result of injuries sustained during the strikes, two were in a critical condition.


Three Palestinians were killed and many others severely injured predawn today as a result of Israeli air strikes carried out over the besieged Gaza Strip.

The spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, Ashraf Al-Qadra, confirmed that among those killed was a 23-year-old pregnant mother along with her 18-month-old toddler.

The ministry identified the mother as Inas Muhammad Khamash and her daughter as Bayan Khamash.

The ministry added that Inas’ husband, Muhammad Khamash, suffered moderate to serious injuries when Israeli warplanes struck the Jaafari area of central Gaza.

Read: Israel’s siege of Gaza is anything but legal

Al-Qadra announced that in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli air strikes killed a third Palestinian, who was identified as 20-year-old Ali Al-Ghandour.

Twelve Palestinians were transferred to hospitals as a result of injuries sustained during the strikes, two were in a critical condition.

Sources confirmed that the Strip suffered serious material damage.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, Israeli warplanes targeted and bombed about 140 locations in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Palestinians clean up the damage done to their home after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 8 August 2018

Palestinians clean up the damage done to their home after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 8 August 2018Damaged buildings are seen after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 8 August 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Damaged buildings are seen after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 8 August 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor] Damaged buildings are seen after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 8 August 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

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UN calls on Israel to urgently allow fuel to Gaza to avoid closure of hospitals

A Palestinian man receives medical care at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on 16 April 2017

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick yesterday called on the Israeli authorities to immediately allow the entry of UN-purchased emergency fuel into the Gaza Strip in order to avoid the closure of hospitals and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets.

“Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza,” UN OCHA reported McGoldrick saying.

“The well-being of two million people, half of whom are children, is at stake,” he added.

It is unacceptable that Palestinians in Gaza are repeatedly deprived of the most basic elements of a dignified life.

UN OCHA said that health, water and sanitation partners indicate that at least 60,000 litres of emergency fuel should be delivered immediately to some 46 critical facilities across Gaza in order to ensure the basic functioning of the main hospitals and essential water and sanitation services for the coming four days.

The fuel, OCHA added, which is available and awaiting entry by the Israeli authorities, is needed to power back-up generators required as a result of Gaza’s chronic energy crisis.

At around 40 out of 132 water and sanitation facilities, OCHA went on, fuel stocks are currently enough for only 1-2 days. Some 1.2 million Palestinians are at imminent risk of possible sewage overflow around the 41 main sewage pumping stations in the Strip.

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Hospitals and other critical health services are reducing operations, with five hospitals facing possible closure in the coming three days, if emergency fuel is not allowed in.

According to OCHA, at highest risk, currently, are over 2,000 patients in Gaza’s hospitals, who rely on electrical devices. Medical services for over 1.6 million other Palestinians may suffer from the lack of emergency fuel at the 54 main health facilities.

Compounding the situation, funding for emergency fuel will run out for all critical facilities in mid- August, with $4.5 million required to ensure that a minimum level of essential services can continue to run through the end of the year.

“Gaza desperately needs longer-term solutions so we can move past this cycle of repeated or worsening crises, including that Palestinian authorities prioritise provision of fuel for essential services,” said McGoldrick.

“Until that happens, Israel must reverse the recent restrictions, including on the entry of emergency fuel, and donors must step in and fund emergency fuel, in order to avoid a disease outbreak or other major public health concern,” he concluded.

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PFLP: Abbas is putting the Palestinian cause at stake

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inspects City of pilgrims, in the West Bank of Jericho, on 6 August, 2018 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inspects City of pilgrims, in the West Bank of Jericho, on 6 August, 2018

The Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said yesterday that the Palestinian political regime is run by one party, referring to the autocratic Fatah movement led by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Quds Press reported.

Omar Shehadeh, senior PFLP leader in Gaza, said in a statement that Abbas “insists on gripping the legislative, executive and judicial authorities and illegally controlling the Palestinian National Fund which is the main financial source for the PLO.”

He stressed that taking control of the Palestinian National Fund is contrary to the laws of the PLO, stressing that the latest decision taken by Abbas “aimed to tighten partisan and personal grip over the PLO institutions.”

Shehadah said that Abbas’ measures “put the Palestinian cause at stake”.

Most of the Palestinian factions criticised Abbas’ decision to control the Palestinian National Fund and his decision to sack the member of the Executive Committee Tayseer Khalid as a chief of the PLO’s department of the Palestinians in the diaspora.

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Israel rejects EU plan to link Gaza to the West Bank

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz [Twitter]

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said his government rejected an EU plan to link the Gaza Strip with the West Bank by train, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

“I made it clear that Gaza will not be linked to Judea and Samaria [the West Bank],” Katz told Israel Broadcasting Corporation, according to Anadolu. “Their plan will remain on paper and it is completely rejected.”

Israeli media said the EU had prepared a plan for transport in the occupied West Bank which included “the establishment of an airport, a port and a railway to link the Gaza Strip with the West Bank”. The EU did not officially inform the Israeli government of the plan.

Katz, meanwhile, proposed “shifting the full responsibility over the Gaza Strip to the international community, while keeping Israel’s security control on the port.”

Read: Israel’s siege of Gaza is anything but legal

Meanwhile, the Knesset member Moti Yogev commenting on the EU plan saying: “The Europeans are acting insolently behind the back of the State of Israel, against the Israeli interest, with the aim of establishing a Palestinian state.”

EU officials dismissed the criticism stating: “We do not need approval from Israel to formulate the master plan on transportation, and therefore we did not ask for such approval. The project is part of the EU’s overall investment in the PA’s governmental activities and in the future vision for the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

(Source / 09.08.2018)

Gaza mourns death of pregnant woman and her one year old daughter

Death pregnant woman

Hundreds of Palestinians on Thursday have took part in the funeral of a pregnant woman and her 1.5 year old daughter, who were killed by an Israeli strike on Gaza last night.

The mourners chanted slogans calling on the world to put an end to Israeli crimes against children and women in the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday morning, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that three Palestinians were killed, and six others were wounded in Israeli attacks on the strip, as Israel targeted what it called Hamas sites.

The pregnant woman was identified as Inas Abu-Khammash, 23, and her daughter Bayan Abu-Khammash, aged one and a half. Inas’s husband, Mohammad Abu-Khammash sustained moderate to critical injuries in the attack.

The third martyr was announced as Ali al-Ghandour, 30. The ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra, said Ali was killed after IOF opened fire at a group of citizens in the Salatin area northwest of Beit Lahiya.

Israel fired intense attacks on Gaza last night, as it alleged that 200 Palestinian strikes were fired at the Gaza enclave settlements, injuring a number of Israelis, including a woman who was seriously wounded and about 10 others.

Israeli officials on Thursday continued to threaten the Gaza Strip, where a senior military official said the army was ready for a large-scale war, especially after Hamas broke the understandings reached when a ceasefire was reached in 2014.

(Source / 09.08.2018)