IOF arrests senior PA intelligence officer in J’lem

PA intelligence officer

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday morning arrested a senior officer of the Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence agency in Jerusalem, with no known reason.

Senior Fatah official Shadi Matwar said that Israeli soldiers arrested Jihad al-Faqih, head of the intelligence directorate in Jerusalem, in an ambush in al-Judeira village, northwest of the holy city.

Matwar added that Faqih was taken in for interrogation at the Maskubiya police station in Jerusalem.

(Source / 20.10.2018)

Israeli airstrike targets Palestinian youths in Gaza

Targets youths Gaza

The Israeli occupation army announced that it launched an airstrike on Saturday on a group of Palestinian citizens in the southern area of the Gaza Strip.

The army said in a statement that an Israeli warplane attacked Palestinian youths flying fire balloons toward Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources said that the airstrike targeted a small vehicle east of Khan Younis city with no injuries reported.

Palestinian youths in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Great March of Return have launched dozens of fire kites and balloons over the border fence, burning thousands of dunums of settler lands and causing heavy losses.

(Source / 20.10.2018)

IOF kidnaps ex-detainee south of Bethlehem

Rizq Salah 54

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday evening kidnapped ex-detainee Rizq Salah, 54, from an area in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

A local official said that Israeli soldiers rounded up Salah during his presence on his land in Absiya area to the west of Khader town.

Salah had spent about 21 years in Israeli jails and obtained his freedom in 2012.

Earlier on the same day, about 16 Palestinian citizens were kidnapped by the IOF during raids on homes and at checkpoints in different areas of the West Bank.

(Source / 18.10.2018)

Israel renews detention of Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar

Khalida Jarrar 4th time

An Israeli court on Thursday renewed the administrative detention of leading member of the PFLP Khalida Jarrar for the fourth consecutive time.

The military court approved the renewal order that would keep Jarrar in detention for three more months.

Israeli forces had detained Jarrar on July 2nd, 2017,a year after her release. Since then, her detention was renewed three times.

Jarrar, a leading member of the PFLP, deputy at the PLC (Palestinian Legislative Council), heads the PLC’s prisoners’ committee and acts as the Palestinian representative in the Council of Europe, an international organization promoting human rights and democracy around the world, was previously detained in 2015 and had spent 14 months in Israeli jails.

(Source / 18.10.2018)

Israeli army opens fire at Palestinian farmers at Gaza border

Open fire on farmers Gaza

The Israeli occupation army on Sunday morning opened fire at Palestinian farmers working close to the border between the Gaza Strip and the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories.

The PIC reporter said that the Israeli forces, stationed on the Israeli side of the border fence, opened fire at Palestinian farmers east of Khan Younis city in the southern Gaza Strip.

He added that no injuries were reported in the attack.

(Source / 14.10.2018)

New Palestinian prisoner declares hunger strike

Ahmed Rimawi

The Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Rimawi, 26, declared an open-ended hunger strike in protest against his illegal detention in Israeli jails without charge or trial.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) affirmed that Rimawi, arrested since August 2017, declared his strike in rejection of his administrative detention.

Rimawi, whose two brothers are also imprisoned in Israeli prisons, had already spent three years behind Israeli bars in different arrests.

(Source / 14.10.2018)

Palestinian refugees in northern Syria launch cry for help

Pal refugees Syria

Dozens of displaced Palestinian families north of Syria continue to rally in Deir Ballout Camp, protesting their tragic living conditions in the poorly-equipped camp.

The refugees urged UNRWA to live up to its responsibilities as regards dozens of hopeless families and to provide them with much-needed cash aids, medical items, and relief services.

The refugees also appealed to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Turkish authorities, and the international human rights institutions to take urgent action in order to tone down the abject situation endured by Palestinian families north of Syria.

Palestinian refugees sheltered north of Syria have been enduring a tragic situation. Most of them have been crammed in underequipped tents and denied their rights to vital services and much-needed items, including heating kit.

Rodents and insects have swamped the camp as a result of the poor hygiene. An acute dearth in bread has added bad to worse.

The refugees’ stressed their commitment to their right to return to their motherland—Palestine—and retrieve their inalienable rights.

They further lashed out at the sanctions imposed by the US President Donald Trump on the Palestinians as part of the notorious “deal of the century”.

At least 320 Palestinian have sought shelter in Deir Ballout Camp.

75 other families who were displaced from Yarmouk and have taken refuge in al-Shabiba refugee camp, in Izaz, in Aleppo’s outskirts, have been struggling for survival in the poverty-stricken area.

At least 200 Palestinian refugees have been pronounced dead in war-torn Syria as a result the tough blockade imposed on Yarmouk Camp.

(Source / 14.10.2018)

Israeli military restrictions imposed west of Salfit

Checkpoint Deir Istia

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) erected on Sunday a military checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Istia town west of Salfit without any prior notice.

Eyewitnesses said that IOF soldiers stopped and searched a number of Palestinian vehicles at the checkpoint.

The drivers were also insulted and threatened.

Similar military restrictions are regularly imposed in West Bank cities and towns for allegedly looking for “wanted” Palestinians.

(Source / 14.10.2018)

IOF launches military operation in Tulkarem

Operation Tulkarem

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Saturday launched a large-scale operation in Tulkarem in search for the Palestinian Ashraf Na’alweh.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that dozens of IOF soldiers stormed Anabta town in Tulkarem and raided some Palestinian houses.

The sources said that violent clashes flared up in the area during which the IOF heavily fired teargas canisters.

The IOF arrested the Palestinian citizen Mutaz Sharaqa after raiding his house in Anabta, and searched other houses near al-Wad area.

The IOF further raided the neighboring town of Kafr al-Labad while Israeli warplanes were hovering in the sky.

Meanwhile, violent clashes broke out in Azzun town, east of Qalqilya, between the IOF who stormed the town at daybreak and dozens of Palestinian youths.

The IOF, at the same time in Qalqilya city, arrested the Palestinian youths Omar Harb and Obaida Shana’a at the northern entrance to the city.

(Source / 13.10.2018)

IOF re-detains family of anti-occupation attack suspect

Re-detained

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Saturday re-arrested the parents of the Palestinian youth Ashraf Na’alweh, who is accused of carrying out a shooting attack a few days ago in Burqan settlement.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that the IOF raided Na’alweh’s family house in Shweika town in Tulkarem and arrested his father Waleed Na’alweh and his mother Wafaa Mahdawi.

The IOF further arrested Ghassan Mahdawi, Khaled Msameh, and Nayef Raja, searched dozens of Palestinian houses and shops, and interrogated Palestinian citizens.

(Source / 13.10.2018)