srael’s occupation forces killed a teenager in the town of Beit Awwa on the occupied West Bank late on the evening of Saturday November 30th.
18-year-old Badawi Khaled al-Masalma was shot several times by Israel’s occupation soldiers, who did not allow Palestinian medical personnel to reach him.
He is said to have bled to death ‘in minutes’. The incident took place at the entrance to Beit Awwa, near the city of Hebron.
Israeli occupation source claimed afterwards that al-Masalma might have been throwing Molotov cocktails when occupation soldiers opened fire at him and two other persons, who did not suffer injuries. A video shows at least a dozen people present at the time of the shooting, with the voices in the video sounding very young – no Molotov cocktails can be seen thrown.
Two different, but not necessarily contradictory, claims about the killing and the Molotov cocktails have been attributed to the Israeli occupation: The first one that the soldiers who killed al-Masalma claim that that they saw the youths throwing petrol bombs (but, it is implied, not at the shooters themselves) and opened fire at them and the second that the youths were throwing the petrol bombs towards Israeli occupation forces’ military vehicles when they were shot at.
This, throwing of Molotov cocktails if we accept the Israeli occupation claim, would have then in the eyes of the occupation, justify the occupation soldiers turning into judge, jury and executioner, taking another young life by killing Badawi al-Masalma who lived his entire life under the Israeli occupation.
The two others who were with Badawi al-Masalma when he was shot have been identified as Odai Ismael Aqel al-Masalma and Mohammad Osama al-Masalma, and they were kidnapped by the occupation troops who shot him.
A young man wounded by Israel’s occupation forces two weeks ago died of his wounds on Friday November 29th in the besieged Gaza Strip.
30-year-old Raed Rafiq al-Sirsawi died on the Friday afternoon of injuries he sustained when Israel’s occupation forces’ missile exploded near his motorcycle as he was driving in Gaza City on Wednesday November 13th.
The funeral of al-Sirsawi took place only hours after his death on late afternoon.
According to Islamic Jihad, Raed al-Sirsawi was member of its armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades.
Friday also saw the death of Thaer al-Abd Hamed(aged 28 or 29), who was reported injured in ‘an accidental explosion’ which took place in a house in Gaza’s Beit Lahia on Thursday.
An unreliable pro- Israeli occupation source claimed that he would have been a member of Fatah.
Young man who was killed by the Israeli occupation during the weekend south of occupied East Jerusalem, in circumstances of which the Israeli occupation lied about, has been buried.
The funeral of Fares Bassam Abu Nab, who was aged 23 or 24, took place late on Tuesday November 19th at Ras al-Amoud in occupied East Jerusalem’s Silwan, two days after he had been shot by Israeli occuption forces’ police officer. He was buried to a cemetery adjacent to the eastern wall of the al-Aqsa mosque compound under heavy Israeli occupation forces’ presence.
Abu Nab was shot and killed at dawn on Sunday November 17th near an Israeli occupation checkpoint. Security camera footage capturing his killing shows that the Israeli occupation story to the press about his killing was an utter and total fabrication.
Israeli occupation claimed that three young men would have stolen cars and that during an overnight pursuit of the car thieves the occupation police would have fired at a car driven by Anu Nab to ‘neutralize a threat’, which he supposedly would have posed to other drivers and occupation police officers.
The truth was shown to be quite different. (The video is widely available in social media and can be viewed in our own Twitter timeline also.)
The security camera footage shows Anu Nab in a parked car on a street with the driver’s door open. An Israeli occupation police officer runs to the driver’s side of the car, shoots Abu Nab twice and then runs away.
He was allegedly left to bleed to death without medical aid been given after he had been shot. As Palestinian Authority’s governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith said, “Fares Abu Nab was assassinated in cold blood.”
The car he was driving was not stolen, nor ‘illegal’ as Israeli occupation has also claimed, and three different young men were arrested, beaten leaving bruises and imprisoned by Israeli occupation for the alleged car thefts.
The Israeli occupation police officer who killed Fares Sbu Nab has not been arrested or charged, but has instead been put on leave with the press banned from revealing his name.
Intial claim about Fares Abu Nab being a resident of Anata in occupied East Jerusalem was wrong. Instead he was a resident of Silwan, where Israeli occupation forces have harassed his family and those who came to say their condolences. The occupation forces also clashed with local youths after an illegal Israeli settler had allegedly attempted a drive-by shooting near the family home.
Fares Abu Nab’s younger brother Saleh was killed by an illegal Israeli settler driver, who hit the motorcycle he was driving at Silwan on October 26th 2016. Saleh was aged 18.
Israeli occupation has made contradictory claims in an effort to try to excuse the massacre of the Sawarka family at Deir al-Balah in besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday November 14th.
Missiles fired from US-made F-16 jet fighters left only craters on the places of the houses and killed 8 members of the families and wounded 13. Among the dead are 5 children and two women, while 11 children are among the wounded.
The brothers Rasmi and Muhammed Sawarka Abu Malhous lived from sheep-herding and their houses built from metal sheets had no electricity or running water, and they had not been able to send all their older children to schools.
Different representatives of Israeli occupation forces have claimed both that they bombed the houses made from tin sheets believing that they ‘were empty” and that they targeted “infrastructure”, not people, while claiming also that claimed that the target of the bombing was an Islamic Jihad commander Rasmi Abu Malhous, who is a namesake of one of the brothers who lived in the houses with their families.
Neighbours of the family said that the photograph of the Islamic Jihad commander spread on Twitter by Israeli occupation showed a different man and said that it was absurd to think that the leader of a rocket unit of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing would live in a shanty made of tin sheets while earning his living from herding sheep.
70-year-old Silmiyyah Sawarkah, matriarch of the family, is now looking after some of his surviving grand-children and is desperate how to survibe with them:
“The children will live with me, my sons, both martyred and the wounded one, suffered from financial difficulties, they lived in plastic houses, and could not send all their children to school. I don’t know how to provide food and the basic needs for them. This is too much for me!”
Meanwhile both the United Nations and the European Union have asked Israel’s regime to investigate itself for the massacre.
Young man taking part in a demonstration against Israeli occupation forces bombing of besieged Gaza Strip was seriously wounded on Saturday November 16th at al-Bireh on the occupied West Bank by Israeli occupation soldiers.
Young people, many students of the Birzeit University, were demonstrating at the entrance to the town of al-Bireh west of Ramallah, near the illegal Israeli colony of Beit-El, when they were attacked by Israeli occupation troops.
One youth was shot in foot with a live bullet, while another was shot in his forehead with a rubber-coated steel bullet which cracked open his skull, showing his brain.
Israeli occupation soldiers didn’t at first allow Palestinian paramedics to reach the wounded, still unnamed young man and physically stopped them from reaching him. There were claims that the viftim would have been arrested, but later photographs show him being helped away by paramedics. There are no further news of his condition.
After this Israeli occupation soldiers fired tear-gas at the demonstrators, causing breathing problems for dozens of them.
8 members of a single extended family were killed and 13 were wounded in Israel’s occupation forces missile attack at Deir al-Balah in the besieged Gaza Strip on the early hours of Thursday November 14th.
Two houses owned by brothers Mohammed and Rasmi Salem Sawarka Abu Malhous were hit by missiles launched from Israeli occupation forces’ F-16 fighters at 00:25 Palestine time. According to several reports the families would have been sleeping when the missiles hit. The missiles left behind deep craters where the houses had stood.
The victims were buried in the ruins and it took until 07:00 to recover all the victims. Lack of apparent injuries in many bodies could imply that they suffocated after having been buried alive.
One infant was found alive under the body of her elder brother who appears to have tried to shelter her. Among the wounded survivors beyond her are 10 other children, two of which have been named.
The family whose house was targeted is known in reports both under the family names of Abu Malhous and (al-)Sawarka. Both seem to be correct – the family appears to be known by two different last names.
The victims have been identified as:
1. Rasmi Salem Odah Sawarka, 45. 2. Mariam Salem Nasser Sawarka, 45. 3. Mohannad Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 12. 4. Firas Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 2. 5. Salem Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 3. 6. Moath Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 7. 7. Waseem Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 13. 8. Yosra Mohammad Awwad Sawarka, 39.
The Israeli occupation missile attack was the last to cause fatalities before a ceasefire came into effect on Thursday morning. The ceasefire held until late on Thursday evening, when it seemed to be breaking down with launches of rockets towards Sderot and Israeli occupation air-strikes first at Khan Younis and then at Rafah soon after midnight.
34 Palestinians, including 8 children and 3 women, were killed and 111 wounded, including 46 children and 20 women, before the ceasefire took place. The number of Islamic Jihad members killed according to our sources is 17.
Officially 63 Israelis suffered injuries, but these include almost two dozen people who were treated for shock beyond those suffering from physical injuries. There were no Israeli fatalities.
At least 11 people were killed in besieged Gaza and 2 in Syria’s capital Damascus on Tuesday November 12th as Israel’s occupation forces launched attacks to kill Islamic Jihad leaders, the violence soon escalating as resistance fighters responded with rocket launches.
Several commentators, including Israeli journalist Edo Konrad, see the new Israeli aggression as part of the domestic politics, a way for caretaker prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz to push through a unity government between their coalitions. For the sake of this political marriage of convenience, people must die.
The intial missile attacks targeted the house of Islamic Jihad political leader Akram al-Ajouri in Syria’s capital Damascus and the Gaza City home of Bahaa Abu al-‘Ata(42), a commander in the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds’ Brigades.
Both Bahaa Abu al-‘Ata and his wife Asmaa(39) were killed. Akram al-Ajouri himself survived while his son Moath and a second person, in some sources his grand-daughter and in others identified as a man named Abdullah Yousef Hasan, died. We assume that the second fatality is Abdullah Hasan, who could have been one of al-Ajouri’s bodyguards based on a single news article that mentioned death of multiple bodyguards.
The air-strike in Damascus wounded 8 people and the one in Gaza City 6. In the latter, beyond one neighbour, the wounded were members of the dead couples’ families, differently identified in the reports as their children or siblings. The former seems more likely. The victims in Gaza City suffered light to moderate injuries.
A statement by the al-Quds’ Brigades described Baha Abu al’Ata as a prominent member of its military council and the commander of its forces in northern part of Gaza Strip. Israeli occupation claimed that he would have been behind many recent attack attempts against the occupation forces.
Further Israeli occupation attacks killed at least 9 other people and wounded at least 45 in the besieged Gaza Strip. Of these victims at least 7 were members of the al-Quds Brigades. Israeli air-strikes and shelling have hit both resistance and civilian targets, from the offices of a human rights organization to apartment tower and agricultural areas, including a poultry farm.
The at least eight other people killed in the besieged Gaza Strip in Israeli occupation forces’ attacks have been identified as: – Rani Fayez Abulnasr(31 or 35), killed east of Beit Lahia late in the evening along with 2-3 other people. He was apparently a member of al-Quds’ Brigades. – Jihad Ayman Abu Khater(22) was killed late in the evening, apparently in the same incident east of Beit Lahia as Rani Abulnasr and Mohammed Abu Shakal. He was a member of al-Quds’ Brigades. – Mohammed Salah Abu Shakal(31), killed east of Beit Lahia in same incident as Rani Abulnasr. – Abdel-Salam Ramadan Ahmad(28) was a member of the al-Quds’ Brigades and killed in Beit Hanoun in attack on a group of people alongside with Abdallah al-Balbisi. He was apparently a member of al-Quds’ Brigades. – Abdallah Awad al-Balbisi(26) was a member of al-Quds’ Brigades and killed in Beit Lahoun in attack on a group of people. He had been married for two months. Abdel-Salam Ahmad died in the same incident. – Ibrahim al-Dabous(23 or 26), killed in the afternoon at the al-Salateen neighbourhood in Beit Lahia in attack which hit a group of people. He had been married for two months. Although we have not seen a confirmation, we assume that he was a member of the al-Quds’ Brigades. – Zaki Mohammad Ghanameh / Ghannam(25 or 26), was a member of al-Quds’ Brigades and killed in the afternoon at al-Salateen in Beit Lahia – possibly when his car was hit according to some reports, according to others when a group of al-Quds’ Brigades’ fighters were attacked. He died in the same incident as that which killed Ibrahim al-Dabous. – Mohammad ‘Atiya Hammouda(18 or 20), killed late in the morning east of Jabalia when he was riding a motorcycle with two other persons who were seriously wounded. He has not been identified with any resistance group to our knowledge. – Wael Abdel Nabi. Killed late on Tuesday, possibly in the same incident as three al-Quds’ Brigades fighters as his body was taken to the morgue at the same time.
By the mid-evening the number of rockets launched from besieged Gaza Strip would have reached 160 according to the Israeli occupation, without causing serious injuries in ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948.
Israel’s occupation forces killed a member of the Fatah movement in an air-strike in the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday November 2nd.
27-year-old Ahmad Mohammad Abdullah Shahri died from wounds suffered when Israel’s occupation forces repeatedly fired missiles to a farm house in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the small coastal enclave.
At least a second person, 24-year-old Khamis Ayman Khamis ‘Abdeen, was in the house with Shahri when the Israeli occupation forces attack began at 01.35 am and was wounded. Many reports give the number of wounded as two or three.
The house, owned by third man named Mahmoud Hamza al-Farra, was first hit by a missile fired from a drone and then by an another one hit from an aircraft. According to Abdeen – who was wounded in his back, hands and head – his family looks after the house for its owner and he and his friend Shahri were sleeping when the first missile hit.
Israeli occupation forces fired 29 missiles total and used artillery to shell nine resistance sites, farmland and open areas beyond the aforementioned house during the night.
On Friday November 1st Israeli occupation had wounded 96 people, 57 with live ammunition, during the 81st Great Return March demonstration which was followed by launch of eight to ten rockets to ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948. The rockets, of which up to three got through interceptor missiles, did not cause any damage.
Two political prisoners imprisoned without charge or trial by Israeli occupation won their hunger-strikes during the last week.
Ahmad Ghannam(42), a cancer survivor and father of two children, ended his hunger-strike on October 23rd after Israeli occupation military court agreed to release him after the end of his current stretch of administrative detention. His hunger-strike lasted for 102 days and left him hospitalized, unable to walk or stand.
Ghannam, from the town of Dura in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, was arrested by Israel’s occupation forces on June 18th and immediately announced a hunger-strike. His imprisonment without charge or trial was extended by two-and-half months on September 6th, which should now see him released in late November.
Ghannam has been imprisoned for a total of nine years by Israeli occupation, whereas Tariq Qa’adan(46) who ended his hunger-strike on October 27th, has been imprisoned for a total of eleven years since 1989. His hunger-strike, which saw him also hospitalized, lasted for 89 days.
Qa’adan, from Arraba in the northern West Bank, won an earlier 92-day-long hunger-strike in February 2013. The local Islamic Jihad leader, who was once imprisoned by Israel for 15 months for a speech he made in a university event, is said to have lost 30 kilograms from his weight during the hunger-strike which he began on July 31st.
Israeli occupation military court agreed not to renew Qa’adan’s imprisonment without charge or trial after the current period ends. When it does in Qa’adan’s case is unclear, but depending on the phrasing of the reports about this, it might be as late as the end of February.
After Ghannam and Qa’adan ended their hunger-strike, there are four hunger-strikers among the current 425 administrative detention detainees imprisoned by Israel. Longest ongoing hunger-strike is by Ismail Ali(30), who is from Abu Dis in occupied East Jerusalem. Ali, who has been imprisoned for a total of 7 years by the Israeli occupation, has been on hunger-strike for 98 days.
On Friday October 25th Israel’s occupation forces wounded 95 people in attacks on the 80th Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights(PHCR), the 95 wounded persons include 43 children, 2 paramedics and one journalist.
PHCR reports that 36 people were shot with live bullets, 39 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and 18 were directly hit with tear-gas grenades launched by the Israeli occupation forces. Earlier reports had spoken of 77 people being wounded, 31 with live ammunition. Dozens also suffered ill effects from inhaling Israeli occupation tear-gas.
Paramedics Mohammed Abdul Hamid Tawfiq Deeb(24) and Ibrahim Mazen Abu Telakh(21) were both injured when they were hit with tear-gas grenades.
Journalist Mahmoud Khalid Mohammed Khattab(26) was shot in his left shoulder with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the central part of the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948.