7 rockets hit Israeli areas in response to Khan Younis attack

Rocket Khan Younis

The Palestinian resistance in Gaza fired last night 17 rockets at Israeli targets in response to the deadly operation in Khan Younis that led to the killing of seven Palestinian citizens, including a senior commander of al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas.

According to the Hebrew website 0404, Israel’s anti-missile system intercepted only three of the rockets fired from Gaza.

One of the Palestinian rockets hit an Israeli house in the Negev, causing damage to it, while others landed in open areas of land.

In this regard, the Israeli occupation army urged Jewish settlers living in settlements around Gaza to hide in shelters and fortified places and avoid gatherings.

Meanwhile, some Israeli train lines were suspended and school were closed temporarily because of the military tension with Gaza.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

20-year-old Palestinian sentenced to 17 years in Israeli jails

20 y and a 17-y jail term

An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian detainee to a 17-year jail term.

Israel’s Central Court in Lod city ruled that Palestinian young man Malek al-Saada, aged 20, be jailed for 17 years and pay a fine of 35,000 shekels.

Prisoner al-Saada, a native of al-Khalil’s town of Halhul, was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on March 28, 2017 on allegations that he carried out an anti-occupation stabbing attack in Lod city.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

IOF injures many Palestinian schoolchildren near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers injured, Sunday, eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in two villages in Bethlehem governorate in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli attacks took place in Dar Salah village and Teqoua’ town, during activities marking the 14thanniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat.

Local nonviolent activist Sabri Jibril, said the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at Teqoua’ School for Boys, and its surrounding areas.

The Palestinian Medical Relief has reported that the soldiers shot eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

He added that many students suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and the school had to shut down for the day to prevent any further military escalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also detained the school principal, and several teachers.

Many Palestinians then protested the attack and hurled stones at the invading soldiers, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The soldiers also closed the western and northern entrances of the town, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

In addition, the soldiers also attacked a school in Dar Salah village, east of Bethlehem, during a similar activity commemorating Arafat’s death.

A similar attack targeted a school in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, causing many students, and one teacher, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

Updates: Palestinian Resistance Undermines ‘Complicated’ Israeli Military Operation In Gaza

Seven Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes after uncovering squad of Israeli Special Forces and killing one of them in an exchange of fire

Nouriddin Baraka, the senior Al-Qassam leader, who was killed in an exchange of fire with the Israeli Special Forces in Khan Younis.

Palestinian fighters from Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Palestinian Movement Hamas, undermined on Sunday night “complicated” Israeli military operation in Gaza Strip.

In a statement, Al-Qassam Brigades senior leader in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis Nour Baraka uncovered a squad of Israeli Special Forces three kilometres deep in the east of the city.

“Barak approached the forces and asked them some questions,” the statement said. “When he became sure they were undercover Israeli forces, he asked his bodyguards to surround them.”

Speaking to Days of Palestine, an eyewitness said: “At this point, the Israeli Special Forces, who were in a dark blue vehicle, an exchange of fire erupted between Baraka and his guards and immediately Israeli fighters and drones started bombing towards Baraka and his bodyguards.”

The fighter continued: “The Israeli Special Forces fled, but after a distance, near the eastern fence of the city, the vehicle damaged and they took off under a heavy fire from the Israeli fighters and went through the fence towards their bases in the occupied lands.”

Casualties

Palestinian sources said that Baraka and five other Palestinian fighters from Al-Qassam Brigades and one from the Popular Resistance were killed in the operation.

Israeli media reported Israeli army officials saying that the Israeli Special forces attempted to carry out an intelligence operation of an “utmost importance” to the Israeli security.

They also said that a senior Israeli Special Forces soldier was killed in the failed operation and another was seriously wounded.

According to the Israeli media, the identity of the Israeli soldier, who was killed in the failed operation, would remain unidentified due to security issues.

Senior Israeli military officials said that Israel is not interested in escalating the situation in Gaza and mass media reported that the Egyptians have been trying with the Palestinian resistance to calm down.

Many of the Israeli military analysts and commentators expressed their disappointment with the Israeli Special Forces and said that they “can only make failures.”

“This was the most complicated operation ever carried out by the Israeli Special Forces and the Israeli soldier who was killed in the failed operation was the most senior among those killed since 2014,” the Israeli army reported.

Followed up by Motasem A Dalloul in Gaza

(Source / 12.11.2018)

Army Abducts Ten Palestinians In West Bank

12 NOV
12:18 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Monday, at least ten Palestinians, including two children, and summoned one for interrogation, after invading and searching many homes in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers searched homes in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and abducted two children, identified as Yazan Mahmoud Taqatqa, 15, and Mofeed Mohammad Taqatqa, 14.

The PPS added that the soldiers also abducted Bara’ Riyad, Mojahed Harm ad-Dali and Qassem Jamal Hmeidan, from their homes on Biddu and Qotna towns, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

The soldiers also searched homes in Ramallah, in central West Bank, and abducted Omar Ladadweh, Yousef Oleyyan and Zohdi al-Khawaja.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a student of the Al-Aqsa School, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and took him to an unknown destination.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded homes and searched them, before abducting a former political prisoner, identified as Salaheddin Awni Abdul-Ghani.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers broke into and searched many homes in several neighborhoods, and summoned Midhat al-Juneidi for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

The soldiers also invaded Ethna, Yatta and as-Sammoa’ towns, near Hebron, and installed roadblocks at Hebron’s northern entrance in Jouret Bahlas area, in addition to Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

Israel To Increase Military Deployment On Gaza Border, Hamas Says It Ready For Any Scenario

12 NOV
11:15 AM

After a military and security session to evaluate the situation in the Gaza Strip, especially in the aftermath of the killing of seven Hamas fighters in an undercover offensive in Gaza, also leading to the death of one soldier, Israel has decided to significantly boost its military deployment along the border with the coastal region. Hamas said it is ready for any possible scenario, but added it is not interest in war.

The meeting took place between Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Gadi Eisenkot, and the head of the Internal Israeli Security Agency Nadav Argaman, along with senior Israeli military leaders.

Eisenkot said that the “operation the army carried out in Gaza, Sunday, carried a significant importance to Israel’s security.”

The decision was made to increase the military deployment along the Gaza border areas, and to remain in high alert in case of any deterioration on the ground.

Meanwhile, Ismael Radwan, a senior political leader of Hamas said the movement has no interest in a war with Israel, but is ready for all scenarios “in case a war was waged on Gazza.”

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian Police and security forces in the Gaza Strip have enacted a series of security measures in all parts of the coastal enclave, and deployed hundreds of officers in addition to installing security roadblocks on many roads, in addition to searching dozens of cars.

The Ministry of Interior in Gaza called on the Palestinians to fully cooperate with the officers and security measures, and to refrain from publishing any unofficial and rumored information related to the fatal Israeli attack which took place in Khuza’a area, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On its part, the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas said it is investigating the Israeli infiltration not Gaza, and the killing seven of its fighters, including two senior leaders.

Al-Qassam added that the “criminal enemy is responsible for this serious crime, and will pay a heavy price for that.”

It also said the resistance will always remain ready, and that “the enemy will not enjoy peace and security in our homeland,” and vowed that the “blood of the slain fighters will not be spilled in vain.”

It is worth mentioning that the army fired many missiles and shells into the area, after assassinating the seven fighters, to secure the retreat of its soldiers, especially after Hamas fighters managed to kill one of the undercover soldiers.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

Entrance to Ramallah Village Sealed by Israeli Forces

12 NOV
7:13 AM

Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday, shut down the entrance to the village of Deir Abu-Mesh’al, northwest of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, said the village’s mayor.

Fawwaz Bargouti said, according to WAFA correspondence, that an Israeli army patrol blocked the village’s main entrance, banning entry and exit of local residents to and from the village.

He described the blocking of the village’s main entrance as a collective punishment against the village by the occupation authorities.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

Updated: “Seven Palestinians, One Israeli Undercover Soldier, Killed In Gaza”

12 NOV
6:02 AM

After undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated into the Gaza Strip, on Sunday at night, and assassinated two senior leaders of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, the army initiated a series of air strikes, the army fired missiles and shells to secure the retreat of its undercover soldiers, killing five other Palestinians. Hamas fighters exchanged fire with the soldiers killing one of them, Israeli sources have confirmed.

Updated: The undercover soldiers were driving a Volkswagen car, and drove towards the home of Noureddin Baraka, in Bani Suheila area in Khan Younis, before stopping near the property, the al-Quds News Agency has confirmed.

Fighters of the Al-Qassam Brigades then noticed the car and stopped it near a kindergarten in Abasan al-Kabeera town, and asked the passengers to step out of the vehicle and show their ID cards.

It added that the undercover soldiers, who were in the backseat of the car, then opened fire at the fighters, after realizing their cover-up has been exposed.

Al-Quds also stated that some of the undercover soldiers were wearing veils, pretending to be women.

The senior fighter, Noureddin Baraka, was instantly killed in the initial shooting, while other fighters called for help, before chasing the car that carried the undercover forces.

The Israeli army, stationed across the perimeter fence, started firing shells at cars and Palestinians who chased the undercover officers’ vehicle, before it crashed against a wall, and then headed toward the perimeter fence.

So far, the Israeli soldiers who was killed in the Gaza invasion, has only been identified as (Lt. Col. M.). The army is still keeping other information classified, but his family has officially been notified.

The Al-Qassam Brigades said the undercover soldiers who infiltrated into an area, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, assassinated one of its senior leaders, identified as Noureddin Mohammad Salama Baraka, 37.

It said that the undercover soldiers used a civilian car to drive three kilometers into the area of Abu Shanab Mosque, east of Khan Younis, and assassinated Baraka.

The group added that its fighters then chased the undercover forces after they assassinated Baraka,  exchanged fire with them,

Al-Qassam stated that the Israeli Air Force then started firing missiles, killing five Palestinians, and wounding at least seven.armed wing of Hamas.

The army also fired several shells into lands, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in addition to firing many flares.

In a statement, Al-Qassam said that the “resistance in Gaza will continue to defend the Palestinian people,” and vowed that “the enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime.”

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said in a written statement that “what the resistance is doing in Gaza is honorable and brave, proving its readiness to perform its national duties, and to defend the people.”

He also said that “the cowardice enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime.”

Israeli sources have confirmed that one of its “Special Forces” officers was killed in an exchange of fire, which broke out during the offensive, and that another officer was injured.”

The Palestinians who were killed in the Israeli offensive have been identified as:

  1. Noureddin Mohammad Salama Baraka, 37.
  2. Mohammad Majed Mousa al-Qarra, 23.
  3. Khaled Mohammad Ali Qweider, 29.
  4. Mustafa Hasan Mohammad Abu Odah, 21.
  5. Mahmoud Atallah Misbih, 25.
  6. Ala’eddin Fawzi Mohammad Fseifis, 24.
  7. Omar Naji Musallam Abu Khater, 21.

It is worth mentioning that al-Qarra just got married a few days ago. Both Baraka and al-Qarra are senior leaders of the al-Qassam Brigades.

Following this serious Israeli military escalation, the Israeli army asked the Israeli colonialist settlers living close to the border with Gaza to remain indoors, and closed the Zikim road.

Israeli media source said that, after the army assassinated the fighters, Al-Qassam fired at least ten shells into Israel area, and added that the Iron Done system “intercepted two of them.”

Furthermore, the army issued a statement confirming that no soldiers were abducted during the offensive into Gaza, and declared high alter along the border area.

In addition, the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, issued a statement declaring readiness for any possible escalation.

So far, the name of the Israeli officer who was killed in the invasion into Khan Younis remains unpublished by Israel.

The army only confirmed his death, and that another soldier was injured, underwent a surgery and is currently in “moderate and stable condition,” at Intensive Care Unit, in Soroka Hospital.

Published on: Nov 12, 2018 @ 03:20

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Six Palestinians Killed in Gaza by Israeli Gunfire in southern Gaza
Published on: Nov 12, 2018 @ 01:42

Israeli forces attacked a group of Palestinians in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, east of Khan Younis, firing at them from a passing car after infiltrating Gaza dressed as civilians, killing six.

Following the shooting attack, Palestinians in the area reported multiple airstrikes, as well as heavy artillery fire from Israeli tanks stationed at the Gaza-Israel border.

Israeli sources reported that Israeli soldiers invaded the Gaza Strip as part of the ‘operation’ to kill the six fighters, one of whom was allegedly a senior commander with the armed wing of the Hamas party. The military issued a statement meant to quell rumors inside Israel, saying that ‘no Israeli soldiers were abducted during the operation’.

Israeli sources reported that one of the six men killed in the airstrike was Nur Barake, a deputy commander of an elite unit of Ezz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of the Hamas party.

According to local sources, the Israeli strikes and artillery fire began around 9:30 pm on Sunday, around the same time as the drive-by shooting attack.

The Israeli military claimed that ten ‘projectiles’ were fired from Gaza following the killing of the six men and the continued airstrikes. The Palestinian ‘projectiles’ fell into the desert, causing no damage.

The spokesperson for the Hamas party, Fawzi Barhoum, issued a statement condemning what he called “cowardly Israeli aggression”.

The Gaza invasion and killing comes a day after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was embarrassed by Israeli media reports that he was somehow being too soft on Palestinians in Gaza by allowing foreign aid to provide a part of the salaries that had been denied to Palestinian employees in Gaza for months.

The attack by Israeli forces is a direct and blatant violation of the ceasefire negotiated and agreed to by Palestinian and Israeli officials earlier this week.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

Gaza : Israeli special force assassinates six Palestinians, including Hamas leader

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At least six Palestinians were said killed in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday after heavy fire was exchanged along the Israel-Gaza border including a commander in Hamas’ military wing, according to Palestinian sources .

According medical sources in Gaza Strip 6 Palestinians were killed and 7 others were injured as a result of the Israeli occupation forces targeting Khan Yunis

The shooting began at about 9:30 P.M. Palestinian sources in Gaza said an IOF force was operating inside the Gaza Strip, east of Khan Yunis.

Palestinian sources said that one of the casualties is Nour Barake, a deputy commander of an elite unit of Iz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas. Barake and an additional commander were said to be killed in Khan Younes.

Al Qassam Brigades, Hamas armed wing , said in a brief statement that Israeli special units infiltrated Sunday evening by  a car into Ismail Abu Shanab Mosque area three kilometers in depth of east of Khan Yunis and assassinated Nour Baraka one of  Qassam leader .

Al Qassam Brigades added in its statement :”after the discovery of the Israeli force elements from Al Qassam try to stop and chase them but Israeli warplanes intervention cover the withdrawal of  Israeli special forces on the ground.

The sources explained that the victims of the Israeli new crime were Nour al-Din Muhammad Salama Baraka 37 years old,Mohammed Majed Mousa Al-Qara 23 years, Khalid Mohammed Ali Qweider 29 years, Mustafa Hassan Mohammed Abu Odeh 21 years, Mahmoud Attallah Musabeh 25 years and Alaa Nasrallah Abdullah Fasefis 24 years.

Interior & National Security Spokesman Ministry in Gaza  Iyad al-Bazm said in a press statement that the security and police forces in the sector imposed intensive security measures in all areas east of Khan Younis south of the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for Hamas, the militant Islamist group which dominates Gaza, described the incident as a “cowardly Israeli attack”.

Hamas issued a statement, saying, “We welcome the brave resistance that is facing the cowardly Israeli attack. The resistance’s activity is an act of heroism, which emphasizes it is alert, prepared, and is carrying out its national duty by defending our nation and forces the enemy to pay for its crimes.”

IOF confirmed that there had been an exchange of fire “during operational activity” and said all its soldiers were now back in Israel.

Rocket-warning sirens were later sounded in southern Israel.

Several rockets fired from Gaza were shot down and at least one landed in a field in Israel, local officials said.

Iseaeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a visit to Paris and was returning to Israel after intense fighting broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and a string of rocket sirens wailed across southern Israel.

(Source / 12.11.2018)

Abbas vows to continue payments to Palestinians in Israel prisons

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of former president Yasser Arafat on 11 November 2018 [Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of former president Yasser Arafat on 11 November 2018

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas this weekend vowed to continue payments to the families of those Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons.

In a speech to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of former president Yasser Arafat, Abbas said that Palestinians were capable of facing “all liquidationist schemes and conspiracies that are being concocted against their national cause”. He stressed that despite international attempts to prevent the policy, the PA will pay prisoners stipends “even if that’s the last thing we own,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

The PA has faced consistent international pressure to halt its payments – which amount to $3,500 a month – to prisoners’ families or the families of those Palestinians killed by Israel. In July, Australia stopped all direct aid to the PA in criticism of this policy, which it labelled as “martyr payments”. Although Australia previously provided ten million Australian dollars ($7.4 million) of funding annually to the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Trust Fund to support the PA’s national policy agenda, in July it re-routed its funds to the United Nations’ Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories in order to bypass the PA.

In June, the US also froze its financial assistance to the PA in a bid to stop it paying the stipends. The US demanded that the PA cancel laws which guarantee these salaries, take “credible” measures to fight “terror” and condemn “Palestinian terror and violence” before assistance would be resumed. Despite the freeze, in August it was revealed that the US had continued to provide some financial assistance to the PA, but only for security coordination with Israel.

Also in June, the Israeli Knesset approved a bill to deduct tax revenue from the PA equal to the amount it paid in stipends. According to the bill, the PA transfers seven per cent of its budget – estimated at 1.1 billion shekels ($300 million) – to pay the stipends and so the tax revenue deduction would equal that amount.

READ: 74 minors among 511 Palestinians detained in October

The conditions facing those Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are dire. In September it emerged that as many as 17 ill Palestinian prisoners face a slow death due to medical negligence in Israel’s Ramla Prison hospital, south of Tel Aviv. According to rights group The Commission of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, these Palestinian patients suffer from what it alleges is “deliberate medical negligence”, including a lack of medical and health services, diagnostic tests and treatment.

Israel has also sought to transfer the financial burden of its prison system to the PA, in October discussing a bill which would force the Authority to pay the expenses of treating Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. If passed, the bill would see the Israeli government deduct the cost of medical care from PA taxes – which are collected by Israeli customs under the terms of the Oslo Accords – if it refuses to foot the bill.

According to Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, as of the end of August 2018 “there were 5,493 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners being held in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities”. Of these prisoners, 239 are minors under the age of 18. Many of these prisoners are being held in administrative detention, under which Palestinians can be held indefinitely without charge or access to legal proceedings.

READ: Shin Bet, Israel army oppose plan to worsen conditions for Palestinian prisoners

(Source / 12.11.2018)