13-year-old Palestinian child, Adam Abu Ryalah, can be seen in policy custody after Israeli forces detained him on 10 February 2019
Israeli occupation forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian child in the middle of the night, according to human rights group B’Tselem.
Adam Abu Ryalah’s family home in Issawiyah, occupied East Jerusalem, was raided by eight Israeli Border Police officers at 4am on Sunday, 10 February, while 20 more officers waited outside.
As recounted by B’Tselem, the Israeli forces ordered Adam’s parents to wake their son and bring him to the living room, after which an officer then returned Adam to his room with his mother and ordered him to get dressed. Adam was arrested, and taken to a police station.
When Adam’s parents went to the police station, they were “told their son was not there”. After waiting for hours, it was only by chance – at around 12.30pm – that they saw their son “when an officer escorted him to the bathroom”.
Adam was held at the police station for nine hours and interrogated alone – “with no parent or lawyer present”. He was finally released, after 11 hours in detention, to house arrest for four days.
B’Tselem noted that “this case is not unusual”, but is “part of a consistent policy pursued by the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem, which does not treat Palestinian minors as entitled to special protections. Instead, arrest is almost always the measure of first, rather than last, resort and the rights of the minors are systematically violated throughout the process”.
Israeli security forces fire at Palestinians during a demonstration in Ramallah, West Bank, on 23 July 2017
Israeli analysts have warned of a potential “four fronts” escalation with the Palestinians.
According to a report in Ynet, the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, as well as Palestinian prisoners, are all arenas which “are extremely volatile for different reasons”.
In the West Bank, analysts point to economic hardship in light of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s rejection of monthly tax revenues, following Israeli punitive deductions.
The Israeli report claimed that senior PA officials believe the financial deficit “is only expected to deepen, adversely impacting the Palestinian defence establishment and its intelligence outreach in the West Bank, and even helping Hamas to establish military infrastructure across the territories.”
In the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, the report noted how night-time confrontations have increased, as well as Israeli military strikes on Hamas positions in the blockaded enclave.
In East Jerusalem, Palestinian worshippers and the Waqf are determined to keep open a formerly-shuttered portion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – Bab Al-Rahma – which Israeli occupation authorities have ordered be closed again.
The article notes that Israeli “police have carried out extensive arrests and issued restraining orders instructing senior Waqf officials as well as Palestinian activists to stay away” from the compound. Further protests are expected.
Finally, the report highlights the decision by Israel’s Public Security Ministry “to install cell phone jammers” in prisons holding Palestinian prisoners, prompting protests. There is the prospect of further unrest, and a hunger-strike.
The two children were burned to death in a fire at their home
Two Palestinian children have been killed in a blaze at their home in occupied Hebron after the Israeli authorities prevented the fire brigade from reaching them in time.
The two children – one of whom is believed to have been just 18-months old – were burned to death in a fire at their home in the Al-Salaymeh neighbourhood of Hebron’s Old City in the occupied West Bank. One was reported dead late last night, while the second succumbed to the burns received this morning after receiving emergency treatment at the nearby Hebron government hospital. A third child, thought to be the dead children’s brother, also suffered severe burns in the incident and remains in intensive care, according to hospital Director Dr Walid Zalloum.
The names of the three children have not been released formally, but Palestinian news site Palestine Today named the two who were killed as four-year-old Wael Al-Rajabi and his 18-month-old sister Malik. The local police spokesman, Colonel Loai Arziqat, confirmed in a press statement that two children had died, but did not offer further information.
Though the emergency services were called, the fire brigade was prevented from reaching the scene by Israeli soldiers. In a video filmed last night at 21:50 local time (19:50 GMT), the fire engine can be seen trying to drive down a narrow street. The truck comes to a stop at a road block obstructing the way, while local residents implore the Israeli soldiers stationed there to “open the gate quickly, for the children.”
The Israeli soldiers, however, did not yield to the onlookers’ pleas, delaying the emergency services’ response and preventing them from reaching the property. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Israel is no stranger to restricting emergency services’ access to Palestinians in need. According to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), citing the Palestine Red Crescent Society, since 2015 Israel has prevented ambulances from crossing checkpoints on 123 occasions. In addition, there were 386 attacks against Red Crescent teams across the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) during the same period, as well as 105 ambulances damaged.
In December, Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian child then prevented him from receiving potentially life-saving medical treatment; he died soon thereafter. Seventeen-year-old Mahmoud Nakhle was shot as Israeli forces suppressed protests around Al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. A few minutes later, the soldiers chased off a Palestinian ambulance, threatening the driver with their rifles and not giving Nakhle first aid themselves. Only after a quarter of an hour did the soldiers allow an ambulance to be summoned, but Nakhle died en route to hospital.
Under international law, as the occupying power Israel is forbidden from preventing access to medical care and emergency services to the people living under its occupation. According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, “The occupying power must ensure sufficient hygiene and public health standards, as well as the provision of food and medical care to the population under occupation.” In addition, “Personnel of the International Red Crescent Movement must be allowed to carry out their humanitarian activities.” Israel, however, continues to breach this and other articles of international laws and conventions with impunity.
Prosthetic technicians make limbs for Gazans who have lost theirs while taking part in the Great March of Return
Palestinian prosthetic technicians have been working hard to make limbs for Gazans who have lost theirs while taking part in the Great March of Return.
The expertise they have amassed over the years, as a result of Israel’s repeated attacks on the enclave, has left them probably more efficient than their counterparts abroad.
Some 160 of those wounded during the protests have lost limbs, statistics from the Ministry of Health have revealed. This was a result of the occupation’s targeting of demonstrators with live ammunition and explosives, fragments of which entered their bodies, tearing through their joints and limbs.
Gaza’s Artificial Limbs and Polio Centre (ALPC) in Gaza City was established in 1974 and operates with the technical support of the International Red Cross. Its Director Lotfi Mousa said that the Gaza Strip has developed an advanced centre which is improving day after day.
It deals with upper and lower limbs, he continued, and provides follow on care, while the technicians need to assess the amputee, taking in to account where the amputation is located and the patient’s fitness levels and weight over a number of months. This provides for a rehabilitation programme to be setup for the patient once the prosthetic limb has been made.
The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Tuesday at night, several airstrikes targeting three areas in Gaza city, the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, and east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.
Media sources said the air force fired at least two missiles at a site, southwest of Gaza city, causing excessive property damage.
They added that the army also fired a missile at another site, west of the Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza.
In addition, the army fired at least one missile into a site, east of Khan Younis, also causing excessive damage.
The Israeli strikes did not only damage their targets, but also caused property damage to several surrounding homes.
The Israeli army said it carried out the airstrikes in retaliation for flammable balloons, launched from the Gaza Strip.
Two Palestinians were injured today, by Israeli gunfire, east of Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondence.
The two were injured when Israeli soldiers opened fire at protesters at the border fence with Israel.
The two were taken to hospital for treatment.
Israeli forces opened heavy fire towards Palestinians during the “Night Confusion” protest, east of Gaza City, on late Monday.
According to local Ma’an sources, dozens of Palestinians gathered to the east of the al-Breij refugee camp, in central Gaza, to protest against the nearly 12-year Israeli siege.
Sources added that protesters ignited a number of rubber tires on fire near the security border fence with Israel and threw rocks at Israeli forces.
Israeli forces repeatedly fired live ammunition and tear-gas bombs towards large groups of protesters.
For several weeks, hundreds of Palestinian protesters, have been organizing, as well as participating in night protests, during which they set tires on fire and chant slogans through loud speakers, while marching towards the border with Israel. These protesters are also known as the “Night Confusion” unit.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, ten Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.
The PPS said the soldiers searched homes, before abducting Mohammad Adel Asakra, Laith al-Masri and Mousa al-‘Ajouri, 31, from Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Omar Abu ‘Aadi, from his home, after breaking into it and searching it.
In Nablus and Jenin governorates, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Sobhi Jabarin and Sa’id Shareeda.
Also in Jenin, the army abducted Thafer Mousa and Mohammad Kamil, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, and Mohammad al-Mghayyir, from Arraba town southwest of Jenin, after the soldiers invaded a shop in Barta’a town, southwest of Jenin.
In Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Mohannad Edrees, who works as a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The soldiers also invaded Halhoul town, north Hebron in southern West Bank, and shot two Palestinians with live fire, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, in addition to causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, a neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and handed orders for the demolition of two apartments, located in a five-story building, and owned by a detainee and his family.
Media sources said the soldiers handed the family two orders from the demolition of their apartments, one of them is 150 square/meters located on the fourth floor, and the second with the same size but located in the second floor.
The two apartments are owned by a detainee, identified as Atiya Erfa’eyya, 27, and his parents, and the family was ordered to demolish them by March 11.
It is worth mentioning hat Erfa’eyya was taken prisoner a month ago, after he reportedly killed an Israeli settler, identified as Ori Ansbacher, 19.
Furthermore, the soldiers summoned for interrogation a former political prisoner, identified as Mos’ab Zghayyar, after invading his home in Hebron city.
The soldiers also invaded the ath-Thaheriyya town, and Beit Ar-Roush village, south of Hebron, and installed many roadblocks at the northern entrance of Ethna town, in addition to the eastern entrance of Halhoul town, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Also on Wednesday, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians from their homes in Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.
The soldiers also invaded Halhoul town, north Hebron, and shot two Palestinians with live fire, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, in addition to causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.