Italy sends medical team to occupied Gaza

A Palestinian medic receives medical treatment after being effected by tear gas, thrown by Israeli forces in Rafah, Gaza on 28 December 2018 [Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

A Palestinian medic receives medical treatment after being effected by tear gas, thrown by Israeli forces in Rafah, Gaza on 28 December 2018

An Italian team of paediatric cardiac surgeons yesterday arrived in the occupied Gaza Strip, local media has reported.

The medical team, which was consisting of 14 volunteers, was led by Stefano Luigi.

According to official Palestinian sources, the Italian team’s visit was organised in cooperation with the Palestine Children’s Relief Association (PCRF). They added that the team was aiming “to carry out a number of operations for Gaza children.”

The sources pointed out that the team was planned “to spend a week in Gaza to carry out open-heart surgeries.”

Gaza residents have been placed under an Israeli siege for over 10 years, with most of the city’s crossings closed, preventing goods and aids from entering the Strip.

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(Source / 10.12.2019)

Israel arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces arrest a protester on 3 July 2019 [Oren Ziv/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man on 3 July 2019

Israeli forces have detained 11 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli army, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a Tuesday statement, the Israeli military said the individuals had been arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terror activities,” without elaborating about the nature of these alleged activities. The Israeli army carries out frequent arrest campaigns across the West Bank — including occupied East Jerusalem — on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,000 Palestinians, including women and children, are currently in Israeli detention facilities.

READ: Israel arrested 374 Palestinians last month

(Source / 10.12.2019)

Israel soldiers shoot Palestinians on the way to work

Israeli forces clash with Palestinians during a protest against excavation works on Palestinian lands, near an illegal Israeli settlement, in the town of al-Mughayyir, West Bank on February 01, 2019 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinians in the West Bank on 1 February 2019

Five Palestinian workers have been injured after Israeli soldiers opened fire on them in the early hours of this morning near the separation wall in the occupied northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.

Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint shot tear gas into the large crowd who were attempting to get to work, causing dozens of others to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation.

According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, the five wounded victims were rushed to the Thabet Government Hospital in Tulkarem. Medics confirmed the casualties were shot towards their lower extremities and described their situation as “moderate.”

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers situated near the gate through the Israeli Annexation Wall at Dahr Al-Abed, southwest of Jenin, shot and wounded a young man from the Palestinian village of Arabeh.

The Palestinian was identified as Saif Iyad Wajih Al-Ardah.

Following the shooting, Al-Ardah was interrogated and transported to the Barta’a military checkpoint, and interrogated before being handed over to Palestinian medics with the Red Crescent Society.

READ: Israel arrested 374 Palestinians last month

He was taken to the Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin for treatment.

Over 11 Palestinians were injured during the last two months from Israeli military gunfire as they tried to enter Israel through the gate of the wall near Thaher al-Abed village, reported Wafa.

Palestinians have long complained of the volatile conditions at checkpoints.

Large numbers of Palestinians who queue before dawn every day – especially construction workers – pass the checkpoint every day to make it on time for their jobs in Israel.

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They face extreme overcrowding and often wait for hours due to severe inspection procedures as every person must pass through metal turnstiles, one at a time.

Israeli soldiers severely restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 100 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads and various other physical obstructions.

Many Palestinians are escaping high unemployment rates in the occupied West Bank, while others prefer to work in Israel for the better wages, at times receiving more than double than what they would make in the West Bank.

(Source / 10.12.2019)

Israeli Forces Invade al-Issawiya; Issue Warrants to 7 Youth

Israeli forces invaded the town of al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem Tuesday morning before dawn and raided a number of Palestinian homes.

They then issued warrants to seven youth, who are required to submit themselves to the Israeli police for interrogation.

According to local sources, Israeli troops invaded the town with a battalion of soldiers and a number of armored vehicles, ransacked homes and pulled youth from their beds while they were sleeping.

They then issued warrants to seven young men, after raiding and ransacking their homes.

The seven were identified as: Ahmad Muhammad Derbas, Walid Alyan, Mohammad Rabah Alyan, the two brothers Majd Darwish and Rashid Darwish, and Issa Derbas.

This invasion follows a similar pre-dawn invasion into al-Issawiya the previous day, in which they ransacked homes and abducted 15-year old Montaser Nasser Sebta .

(Source /10.12.2019)

Israeli Troops Shoot and Injure Young Palestinian near Jenin; Fire Teargas near Tulkarem

On Tuesday morning, Israeli troops shot and wounded a young man from the Palestinian village of Arabeh near the gate through the Israeli Annexation Wall at Dahr al-Abed, southwest of Jenin.

According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, the Palestinian was identified as Saif Iyad Wajih Al-Ardah.

Israeli forces shot him in the foot near the gate through the Annexation Wall. Before he was allowed to be treated by medics, Israeli troops interrogated him, and transported him to the Barta’a military checkpoint.

From there, following his interrogation, he was handed over to Palestinian medics with the Red Crescent Society. He was taken to the Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin for treatment.

The wounding of the young man followed another incident Tuesday morning in which Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at Palestinians waiting to cross through the Israeli military checkpoint at the Nazlet Issa gate through the Annexation Wall north of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank.

In that incident, Israeli troops shot tear gas into the crowd, hitting several Palestinian workers directly – wounding five, and causing dozens more to suffer from inhalation.

This follows a number of similar attacks on Palestinian civilians waiting to cross through gates in the Israeli Annexation Wall, most significantly at the Zab al-Abed gate southwest of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, in which 11 workers have been wounded by live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers over the past two months.

(Source / 10.12.2019)

2019 declared the second-worst year for journalism in Palestin

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Government Information Bureau in Gaza announced on Tuesday this year as the second-worst for journalism in Palestine with 557 Israeli violations against journalists.

The spokesperson for the bureau, Salama Ma’arouf, said in a press conference that 2019 is the second-worst year for journalism in Palestine after 2018 in terms of the quantity and types of violations.

87 journalists were reportedly attacked in Gaza, while 67 others were attacked in the occupied West Bank during 2019. 21 journalists in Gaza were shot with live bullets, according to the bureau.

The bureau also said that last May witnessed the highest number of Israeli violations against journalists and media institutions, which were covering marches and demonstrations that were organized throughout Palestine remembering the Nakbah.

In May, 33 journalists were suffocated, 9 were burnt or had fractures, and nearly 24 were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets.

This year also saw 100 arrests against journalists over social media posts, according to the bureau. Meanwhile, 18 journalists are still held in Israeli jails and 30 others were subjected to torture and blackmail. Furthermore, excessive fines were imposed on them.

The bureau also reported that the Israelis carried out approximately 30 raids into media institutions, journalists’ houses, cultural offices, and printing presses. In most cases, they were confiscating or damaging equipment.

60 cases of obstructing journalists’ work by the Israelis were reported. In 156 cases, the Israeli army threatened media institutions of closure and incited violence against them, according to AA.

The bureau also has documented 27 travel ban and equipment confiscation cases, which aimed to prevent them from performing their job.

(Source / 10.12.2019)

Israeli police arrests guard of Al Aqsa mosque to allow settlers’ raid

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli police arrested on Tuesday one of the guards of the Al Aqsa mosque to allow a raid by Israeli Jewish settlers.

The Islamic Waqf said Israeli police arrested the guard Fadi Olayyan from his work at the Al Aqsa mosque and sent him to Al Qashleh interrogation center in western Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Israeli police allowed dozens of Israeli Jewish settlers, led by the extremist leader Yehuda Glick, to break into the holy mosque to perform rituals at the Magharbeh gate.

Under police and army protection, settlers toured in the mosque provoking hundreds of Muslim worshipers.

The occupation state has been repressing worshipers to allow extremist settlers to storm the Al Aqsa mosque as a part of plans to impose full control over the holy mosque.

(Source / 10.12.2019)

Red Crescent: Injuries in Israeli crackdown on workers

Tulkarem (QNN)- Several injuries were reported this morning near the border fence between northern Tulkarem and occupied Palestine in an Israeli crackdown on lines of Palestinian workers, who were heading for work inside the occupied territories, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Palestine Red crescent said that violent confrontations erupted between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian workers near the border fence.

Israeli soldiers tear-gassed the workers and used stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets against them. The Red Crescent stated that its teams have dealt with four injuries with live bullets as well.

In the same vein, the Red Crescent said its teams treated another injury at Barta’a military checkpoint in Jenin.

(Source / 10.12.2019)

Ministry of Interior removes unexploded Israeli one-ton bomb from house in Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Staff of the Ministry of Interior removed on Tuesday an unexploded one-ton missile shelled by Israeli warplanes on Gaza during the recent aggression, according to the Ministry of Interior.

The MK84 bomb was thrown at a Palestinian family in Al Zaitoun neighborhood but luckily did not explode.

Director of the Department of explosives engineering, Major Medhat Batsh, said teams of the department took every precaution to secure the area. The citizens were entirely evacuated to protect them from any possible threats.

The Israeli army has been using several fatal types of bombs and missiles, including GBU31, which was used to eliminate the Sawarkah family in the recent escalation on the besieged enclave.

The Sawarkah family lost eight members, mostly children and women, when Israeli warplanes shelled their tin house with a 917 kg missile, which contained 400 kg of explosives. The missile is known to be used to demolish large buildings, however it was used against a tin house, wiping out the house and its residents and leaving a very large hole behind.

(Source / 10.12.2019)

Israel occupation forces shoot Palestinians on the way to work

Palestinian youth was shot by Israeli occupation forces in Jenin, detained and interrogated before he was handed to Palestinian medics

Five Palestinian workers were shot and injured on Tuesday morning after Israeli soldiers opened fire on them near the Apartheid Wall in occupied northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.

Israeli occupation soldiers manning the checkpoint shot tear gas into the large crowd who were attempting to get to work, causing dozens of others to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation.

The five wounded victims were rushed to Thabet Government Hospital in Tulkarem, Palestinian medical sources said.

Medics confirmed the casualties were shot towards their lower extremities and described their situation as “moderate.”

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers situated near the gate through the Israeli Apartheid Wall at Dahr Al-Abed, southwest of Jenin, shot and wounded a young man from the Palestinian village of Arabeh.

The Palestinian was identified as Saif Iyad Wajih Al-Ardah.

Following the shooting, Al-Ardah was interrogated and transported to the Barta’a military checkpoint, and interrogated before being handed over to Palestinian medics with the Red Crescent Society.

Palestinians have long complained of the volatile conditions at checkpoints.

Large numbers of Palestinians who queue before dawn every day – especially construction workers – pass the checkpoint every day to make it on time for their jobs in Israel.

They face extreme overcrowding and often wait for hours due to severe inspection procedures as every person must pass through metal turnstiles, one at a time.

Israeli soldiers severely restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 560 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads and various other physical obstructions.

Many Palestinians are escaping high unemployment rates in the occupied West Bank, while others prefer to work in Israel for the better wages, at times receiving more than double than what they would make in the West Bank.

(Source / 10.12.2019)