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Army Opens Fire At Shepherds In Gaza

19 JUN
1:53 PM

Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Tuesday morning, at many Palestinian shepherds, hundreds of meters away from the border fence, in the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed in Kissufim Crossing, fired many live rounds at shepherds, east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

They added that the army also fired live rounds at Palestinians, east of Abasan al-Kabeera town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The attacks did not lead to casualties, while the army said it opened fire at the Palestinians for “approaching the border fence.”

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Soldiers Start Preparation Work For New Base Near Hebron

19 JUN
2:50 PM

Israeli soldiers started, Tuesday, preparation work for the construction of a new military base on Palestinian lands, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Dozens of soldiers invaded the Palestinian lands in Wad al-Hasseen area, east of Hebron city, and started the preparation work.

They brought heavy equipment, and concrete walls, and started the work on private Palestinian lands owned by Jaber family.

The area where the military is preparing for its new camp is located near Keryat Arba’ illegal colony.

In related news, groups of extremist illegal Israeli colonizers invaded Palestinian farmlands near Tiwana village, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, and uprooted dozens of trees.

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Israel soldiers set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teens in Jenin refugee camp

Israeli solider can be seen with a dog [File photo]

Israeli solider can be seen with a dog

Israeli occupation forces set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teenagers in their homes during a raid of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank last month.

According to rights group B’Tselem, on 7 May, a group of some ten Israeli soldiers raided Jenin refugee camp at around 4am, along with “two attack dogs”. The soldiers “forcibly entered two homes, woke up all the residents, turned the homes topsy-turvy, and detained two people”.

In one house, home to Zahra Ya’qub, 85, her son Salah, 44, his wife Sabah, 40, and their three children, soldiers “muscled in”, and “assaulted the couple with dogs that knocked down Sabah”.

B’Tselem continued: “One soldier kicked Sabah while she was lying on the ground and shoved her into the bedroom. Salah pulled her into the bedroom and then helped his mother in. Two soldiers stood by the door and prevented the members of the family from leaving.”

In the meantime, the account continues, “the soldiers went into the other rooms in the house, conducted searches, and arrested one of the sons, ‘Abd a-Rahman, 20, who has intellectual disabilities. The soldiers led ‘Abd a-Rahman into the bedroom, handcuffed with plastic cable ties”.

Read: Israeli forces fire grenade at couple holding baby

The next house to be raided was the home of the Salit family, where ten people live: 73-year-old Hashem; his 46-year-old son Samir with his wife and seven of their children, three of whom are minors aged 7 to 13.

Here, “the soldiers broke down the front door and entered the ground floor”, where “the soldiers, accompanied by one dog, assaulted the grandfather”, with the dog “knock[ing] the 73-year-old man onto his back and scratch[ing] his arms. The soldiers left him lying there injured.”

The soldiers then went into another room, and “set the dog on Muhammad (13). The dog knocked the boy to the floor and bit his finger through the muzzle. The soldiers handcuffed Muhammad, threw him to the floor, and covered him with sheets to keep him from seeing what was going on.”

B’Tselem notes that “night raids by the Israeli military on the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank have long since become a regular part of the routine imposed by the occupation regime”.

“In these raids, everyone in the home, including small children, is made to get out of bed. In this instance, the soldiers even had dogs with them, and they used them to assault some of the people in the home and terrorize the others.”

The NGO concluded:

This conduct is not a local initiative by individual soldiers or commanders in the field. It is part of the Israeli military’s policy in the West Bank. Therefore, it is abundantly clear that no one will be held to account in any way for what happened in Jenin R.C. last month.

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Red Cross: Israel’s use of live fire in Gaza triggered ‘unprecedented’ crisis

Palestinians take cover as Israeli forces fire bullets during demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem in Gaza on 29 December 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians take cover as Israeli forces fire bullets during demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem in Gaza on 29 December 2017

The use of live ammunition by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip “has left health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis, with more than 13,000 wounded, a senior Red Cross official said Monday”, reported AFP.

Robert Mardini, head of Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told reporters that the “vast majority” of the 13,000 hospitalised protesters had suffered severe wounds, including multiple gunshot wounds.

“This is I think a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the Gaza Strip,” said Mardini.

NGO: Israel ‘policy’ of using live fire on Palestinian demonstrators

According to reports, “the Red Cross is planning to open a new 50-bed surgery unit at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital to help deal with the surge in gunshot wounds.”

AFP added that “some 1,400 patients have been hit by three to five bullets, many in the legs, which require several complex orthopaedic and reconstructive surgeries.”

“The wounded caseload from the seven weeks of protest had surpassed that of the 2014 war,” the report further noted.

(Source / 19.06.2018)

UK vows to vote against Palestine at UN Human Rights Council

UK British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson [BackBoris2012 Campaign Team/Flickr]

UK British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson

The UK has joined the US in condemning an alleged anti-Israel bias at the UN, pledging to vote against issues on Palestine brought by the Human Rights Council.

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson yesterday urged the council to reform its treatment of Israel, objecting to the permanent Agenda Item 7 which deals with Israeli abuses in the Palestinian territories.

“We share the view that the dedicated Agenda Item 7 focused solely on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace, and unless things change we shall vote next year against all resolutions introduced under Item 7,” Johnson said.

Whilst some European states and Australia have also criticised Item 7 in the past, the Trump administration has raised the prospect of the US withdrawing from the council unless it is scrapped.

Last week, US diplomats told reporters on condition of anonymity that it appeared more a matter of when, not if, the pull out threatened last year by the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, will happen. With some believing it could happen as early as this week.

Read: UN votes against Israel aggression, in ‘major defeat for US’

“As we have said numerous times, the UN Human Rights Council must be reformed to ensure it has the ability to realise its important mission,” the US State Department said on Friday.

The US has already pledged to leave the UN’s cultural arm UNESCO in protest of its recent resolutions recognising Palestinian heritage that they deemed “anti-Semitic”. Israel subsequently announced it would follow suit, having cut funding to the organisation on multiple occasions, after the agency voted in favour of the Palestinians.

Israel has also attempted to change its image at the international forum, with Israeli envoy Danny Danon hosting some 40 UN representatives, a fifth of all ambassadors, in the country for Independence Day in April. Taking the envoys on a tour of occupied East Jerusalem and settlements close to the Gaza border, Israel hopes to change the negative perception of the country and garner more favourable votes at the UN by presenting the “history of Jewish connection” to the sites.

Last month, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for the establishment of an observer mission in Gaza later, after near unanimous condemnation of Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters from national representatives.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry rejected the decision, claiming in a statement that the council’s decision proved once again that it was “a body with an automatic majority hostile to Israel dominated by hypocrisy and absurdity.”

Read: Bahrain to host Israel delegation at UN meeting

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Palestinian child dies of wounds sustained in March of Return

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters at the Gaza and Israel border on 1 June 2018

A 13-year-old Palestinian child succumb to his wounds after being shot by Israeli occupation forces during the Great March of Return, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Zakariya Beshbesh had been taking part in events east of Al-Buraij in central Gaza Strip.

Ministry of Health spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qudra, said that the child was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at Al-Shifa Hospital.

More than 135 Palestinians have been killed as a result of Israeli occupation forces’ use of live ammunition and tear gas to disperse unarmed Palestinian protesters taking part in the March of Return in Gaza. The bodies of seven are being detained by Israel. More than 13,000 Palestinians were injured during the demonstrations.

Mother of shot Gaza medic: ‘She thought the white coat would protect her’

(Source / 19.06.2018)

EU project to help Palestinians confront Israeli violations

EU project

Right-wing NGO Monitor (Israel) has revealed that the European Union (EU) has started funding a project to support personal legal proceedings against army soldiers at the request of left-wing organizations.

According to a report published Sunday in Israel Hayom, the Europeans have allocated about a quarter of a million euros to the plan by November 2019. The funding request is also open for subsequent years, and according to the plan of Israeli leftist organizations, it will continue until 2021.

The program, called “A culture of impunity among Israeli security forces,” was initiated by Yesh Din and is being carried out jointly with Physicians for Human Rights and Breaking the Silence.

According to these left-wing organizations, Israel’s legal system is not capable of adequately investigating soldiers’ illegal practices against Palestinian residents, and the military justice system grants almost complete impunity for Israeli soldiers and their behavior.

The European project will provide Palestinian Arab women with cameras that will document arrests and activities carried out by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Palestinian territories.

(Source / 18.06.2018)

Israeli warplanes attack three Gaza sites

warplanes attack

Israeli warplanes at dawn Monday launched airstrikes on three resistance sites in the Gaza Strip.

The PIC reporter said that at least 9 missiles were fired at three different sites in Gaza. The bombing, which coincided with dawn prayer, caused severe damages in the targeted sites and their surroundings.

Local sources said that rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian resistance factions in response to the Israeli attacks. Sirens were reportedly heard in Israeli settlements adjacent to the coastal enclave.

Israeli drones on Sunday fired a missile at a group of Palestinian youths who were flying fire kites and balloons toward Israeli settlements near the Gaza border.

Another airstrike was launched on a Palestinian resistance site east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip with no casualties reported.

These Israeli attacks are a new violation of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the resistance factions which was reactivated in May under Egyptian auspices.

(Source / 18.06.2018)

Coalition President Welcomes Start of Implementation of Turkish-US Agreement on Manbij

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa welcomed the entry of Turkish troops into the town of Manbij in Aleppo province under an agreement with the United States.

President Mustafa described the move as an ‘important step’ to achieve stability in all liberated areas across Syria, allow the return of the displaced people to their areas of origin, and defeat all terrorist organizations that are seeking to break the will of the Syrians people.

Ten days ago, Ankara and Washington finalized an agreement about a roadmap for Manbij that included the withdrawal of militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) from the town as well as the restoration of security and stability to the region and the rehabilitation of service institutions.

President Mustafa earlier said that the Coalition would contribute to the election of a local council in Manbij as it previously did in the Afrin region. He noted that “the local councils in Afrin are working under the supervision of the Coalition, and we are seeking to do the same thing in Manbij.”

Mustafa pointed out that the Coalition is seeking to play a greater role in the administration of the liberated areas through the Syrian Interim Government and Assistance Coordination Unit whose task will be to provide services for the local population.

Mustafa said that the Coalition is working diligently to establish offices in various towns and villages in the liberated areas. He noted that these efforts are part of the Coalition’s strategy to move closer to “the revolution’s social base and rekindle the spirit of the revolution until freedom and dignity are regained and the Assad regime is deposed.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 18.06.2018)

Israel carries out 9 airstrikes in Gaza, in response to kites

Gazans setting kites on fire during the Great March of Retrun, May, 2018 [Twitter]

Gazans setting kites on fire during the Great March of Retrun, May, 2018

Israeli jets struck nine targets, allegedly belonging to Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip early on Monday in response to incendiary kites and balloons Palestinians sent from the territory that have damaged Israeli property, the military said.

Sirens also sounded in Israeli areas near the Gaza Strip at daybreak and the army said three rockets had been launched towards Israeli territory but one fell short in the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported from the rockets or air strikes.

On Saturday, an Israeli drone strike on Gaza injured 2 people.

In recent weeks, Palestinians have sent kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border to set fire to arid farmland and forests. The Israeli military has fired warning shots from the air and destroyed property belonging to the kite launchers but has refrained from targeting them. Some Israeli ministers have called for those launchers to be targeted directly.

Israel has drafted in civilian drone enthusiasts as army reservists, instructing them to fly their remote-controlled aircraft into the kites, an Israeli general said, but an effective means to stop the kites has yet to be found.

“These are terrorist acts that endanger Israeli residents living in southern Israel and damage extensive areas in Israeli territory,” the military statement said of the kites and balloons.

Read: Israeli warplane strikes empty vehicle in Gaza City

At least 125 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops during mass demonstrations along the Gaza border since March 30 and the men sending the kites over the fence believe they have found an effective new weapon.

Israel’s deadly tactics in confronting the weekly Friday protests have drawn international condemnation.

Palestinians say they are a popular outpouring of rage against Israel by people demanding the right to return to homes their families fled or were driven from on Israel’s founding 70 years ago. Israel says the demonstrations are organised by Hamas. Israel says Hamas has intentionally provoked the violence, a charge Hamas denies.

Around two million people live in Gaza, most of them the stateless descendants of refugees from what is now Israel. The territory has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.

Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade of the strip, citing security reasons, which has caused an economic crisis and collapse in living standards there over the past decade.

(Source / 18.06.2018)