IOF sweeps West Bank and Jerusalem, kidnaps 19 Palestinians

The Israeli occupation forces raids West Bank and Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces raids West Bank and Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces raids West Bank and Jerusalem

At dawn Wednesday, the Israeli occupation forces abducted 19 Palestinians during large-scale raids in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation army claimed in a morning statement that 18 “wanted” Palestinians involved in attacks on Israeli targets were arrested earlier on Wednesday.

Five Palestinians were arrested in different areas in Jenin, including the Islamic Jihad leader Ja’far Izz el-Din, who had spent over 10 years in Israeli jails, local sources told the PIC reporter.

Dozens of IOF soldiers stormed the house of the Palestinian ex-prisoner Tareq Zakarneh in Qabatia town, searched it, and deployed in large numbers in the town’s streets before they withdrew hours later.

Late on Tuesday, the IOF arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian at al-Jalama checkpoint near Jenin over alleged possession of homemade grenades.

At least five Palestinian young men, including ex-prisoners and university students, were arrested during home raids in Nablus province.

The IOF, according to local residents, raided several neighborhoods in Ramallah, and arrested an injured Palestinian youth and a father of a Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian youth identified as Luay al-Rajabi was arrested by the Israeli police in Silwan town in Jerusalem.

(Source / 30.01.2019)

Israeli soldiers open fire at a school in Gaza, injuring employe

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday opened fire on a school in the blockaded Gaza Strip, injuring a Palestinian, according to local sources. 

“The Mahdia Shawa School today came under fire which wounded employee Ramez Za’anin”, the Ministry of Education in Gaza said. 

Ministry official Ziad Thabet condemned the shooting, which, he said, was part of an ongoing Israeli policy to target Palestinian educational institutions. 

The attack came in flagrant violation to international las and norms, he added.

He also called on international community to condemn the incident and to hold Israel accountable for its escalated crimes against the Gaza Strip.

Israel has stepped up attacks in Gaza, which claimed over 295 Palestinian lives in 2018, marking the highest death toll since the 2014 Gaza conflict, many of them were shot during the March of Return protests, amid a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave.

(Source / 30.01.2019)

Israeli soldiers shot dead Palestinian girl at Z’ayyem military checkpoint

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers opened fire on a student girl identified as Samah Mubarak, 16, a student from Ramallah, on Wednesday at the Z’ayyem military checkpoint east of occupied Jerusalem.

The IOF claimed that the young girl attempted to stab Israeli police officers, yet no injuries were reported on their side.

Eyewitnesses said that IOF prevented ambulances and citizens from approaching the scene, while she is left on the  ground wounded.

(Source / 30.01.2019) 

Hamdallah Government Submits Resignation to Abbas

30 Jan 4:25 AM

The government of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted, on Tuesday, its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestinian Cabinet said, in a statement, following its weekly meeting in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, that the government “will continue to serve our people wherever they are and shoulder all its responsibilities until a new government is formed.”

Prime Minister Hamdallah “expressed his appreciation and the appreciation to his cabinet members for the confidence and support of the President and the Palestinian leadership for the government during the period of its work.”

“The Prime Minister wished success for the consultations to form a new government as soon as possible, stressing that the success of any government in carrying out the tasks entrusted to it, demands the trust of the Palestinian people in their government and the sincere support of the national forces and factions and all components of Palestinian society in order for it to overcome the difficulties and face the challenges with a strong national will and achieve the aspiration of our people in ending the division, achieve national reconciliation, strengthen the foundation of the institutions of the State of Palestine, achieve our legitimate national rights in ending the occupation, attain our national independence and establish our independent and fully sovereignty Palestinian state on the 1967 borders in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem as its capital.”

Hamdallah, 60, first assumed the premiership on July 6, 2013; his government underwent two changes until it was affirmed as National Consensus Government on June 2, 2014 with a mission to end the division and achieve reconciliation.

The decision comes as the Palestinian people had been protesting the government’s recent Social Security Law for months, in rejection of several articles of the law, Ma’an News Agency reports.

The Palestinian President had issued a decision by law, on Monday evening, immediately stopping the implementation of the Social Security Law and its amendments.

The decision called for continuation of the dialogue between all concerned parties in order to reach national consensus on the provisions of the law and the time for its implementation.

(Source / 30.01.2019)

14 Protesters Shot in Gaza

30 Jan 4:30 AM

At least 14 Palestinians were shot and injured with live ammunition, and 11 others suffocated from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces continued to attack the ‘Great March of Return’ protests at the Gaza-Israel border, said WAFA sources.

Israeli forces stationed at military watchtowers along the barbed-wire fence between Israel and Gaza, to the northwest of Beit Lahiya town, in the northern Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters toward the protesters, shooting and injuring at least 14 Palestinians.

Their medical condition is still unknown.

Eleven others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 30.01.2019)

Palestinians Injured as Israel Quells Weekly Naval Protest in Gaza

30 Jan 4:44 AM

At least five Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces’ gunfire as they suppressed the weekly naval march in the northern besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday afternoon.

Medical sources confirmed that those injured were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital for medical treatment, while a Palestinian driver of a bulldozer, who was among injured protesters, was transferred to the al-Shifa Hospital, as he was in a critical condition.

Palestinian protesters gathered at the northern borders of the Gaza Strip to take part in protests, in an attempt to break the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Israeli war boats opened live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs, to suppress protesters and boats attempting to break the siege.

Twenty boats, along with hundreds of Palestinian protesters, had set off from the Gaza seaport towards the Israeli “Zikim” beach, according to Ma’an.

Many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public’s attention to and break the ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip whether via ships attempting to sail into Gaza or ships attempting to sail from Gaza.

01/30/19 14 Protesters Shot in Gaza

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