Israel’s occupation forces shot a young man at a checkpoint in the Tulkarem district of the West Bank on the evening of Friday October 18th and left him to bleed to death.
Israeli occupation claimed that 25-year-old Ra’ad Majed Mohammad al-Bahri would have run towards the Jabara checkpoint, allegedly with a knife, and would then have been shot.
According to Palestinian sources, Israeli occupation did not allow Palestinian ambulance to reach al-Bahri – who would have been seriously wounded after having been shot – and nor was he given first aid by Israeli occupation forces themselves.
Ra’ed al-Bahri died on the scene, south of the city of Tulkarem and near his home village of Kafr Zibad.
On Saturday October 19th @paldf published screenshots of his last Facebook post, in which he wrote in past tense that he had been killed by Israel’s occupation forces at the Jabara checkpoint.
On Friday October 18th Israel’s occupation forces again attacked the weekly Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip, the 79th time it was held after it began on March 30th 2018.
According to the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, 88 people were wounded including 39 minors, while the Palestine Center for Human Rights(PHCR) gives the number of wounded as 97 and the number those underage among them as 45. Both agree that 36 people were shot with live ammunition.
According to the PHCR at least 38 people were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and 21 were directly hit with tear-gas grenades; 4 people more were hit with either ones, according to the same source without further clarification.
One person suffered a serious injury: 24-year-old Iyad Ibrahim Hussein Zanoun was shot in his back with a live bullet at Rafah in the southern part of the tiny coastal enclave.
Israel’s occupation forces shot and wounded at least one and possibly two young men at the al-Am’ari refugee camp east of the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday October 17th. The one confirmed victim suffered critical injuries.
Israeli occupation forces, both in civilian clothes using a civilian car and others in military uniforms, invaded the refugee camp at the early hours of Thursday during the nightly arrest campaign in the occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
According to the Israeli occupation, during the invasion a young man driving a car would have rammed his car into the civilian vehicle used by undercover occupation forces, without injuring them. Then the driver would have allegedly got out of the car armed with a knife and been shot and wounded.
The problem with this account is the amount of blood inside the car. At least one person lost a lost of blood inside the car and based on the amount, would have been unlikely to have been able to get out and try attack the occupation forces’ members.
One Palestinian report claims that two young men were shot and wounded, based on which one might suppose that there would have been two people inside the car, with one of them shot and wounded while inside the car (assuming the blood is not from injuries suffered in the crash) and the other one outside – but there is not much evidence for this.
For example, there doesn’t appear to be any blood outside the car beyond possibly in the hood – the red on it could be blood or paint from the other vehicle. It is more likely blood but perhaps from the a person inside of the vehicle: In a photograph taken during the night the hood appears to have penetrated the windshield and has been moved in a different position in a photograph taken during the day, in which the red appears. Beyond possibly this, there is no other indication that someone got out of the car and was shot then.
The one confirmed victim was evacuated in a critical condition to a hospital in West Jerusalem. He is said to be a 25-year-old man from occupied East Jerusalem; his name has not been revealed.
After the incident, Israeli occupation clashed with local youths and kidnapped two more people from the camp according to most reports.
The al-Am’ari refugee camp was established in 1949 and has a population of over 6100 people on an area of 0.96 square kilometers.
On Friday October 4th Israel’s occupation forces attacked the 77th Great Return March demonstrations in the border between besieged Gaza Strip and ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948, killing one participant and wounding up to 65 others.
Early reports based on information from the Health Ministry in Gaza Strip reported one death and 54 people being wounded, with later and more detailed reports from the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Palestine Center for Human Rights(PCHR) respectively reported, beyond the death, 65 and 57 people being wounded.
Alaa Nizar Ayish Hamdan(28) was shot in chest with a live bullet by Israeli occupation forces’ sniper at Abu Safiyah in northern Gaza approximately 16:30 Palestine time. He was about 80-100 meters from the border when he was shot, accordingf to eye-witnesses. The ambulance carrying him arrived at a hospital and he was admitted to intensive care unit about 17:05. According to different sources he was declared dead either at 17:15 or 17:20.
At least 27 and up to 29 people were shot with live ammunition, 24 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and 16 were directly hit by tear-gas grenades. Among the wounded are 23-25 minors and a paramedic Ali Abdelaziz Fusaifis(22), who was hit in head by a tear-gas grenade in Khan Younis.
According to the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria, at least 3989 Palestinian refugees have died and 328, including 38 females, are missing as a result of the war in Syria since 2011.
Of those whose causes of death are known majority have died as a result of the fighting in the country, which has taken the lives of 2742 Palestinians. Most of them have been collateral civilian casualties, but for example the Palestine Liberation Army – affiliated with the Baath government – has lost 277 of its members, including 17 reportedly ‘disappeared’ by the government.
696 Palestinians are reported to have died while captives of the government and militias allied to it, with 92 illegally executed by the latter. It can be assumed that many of the hundreds of Palestinians arrested by government, significant number of which nothing have been heard for years, have died in captivity.
As the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria opposes the Baath government, it has been reluctant to publish similar numbers of Palestinians killed by the various rebel and Jihadist groups fighting it.
PHOTOS by Niraz Saied, a Palestinian refugee photographer from the Yarmouk refugee camp, who was ‘disappeared’ by the Syrian government on October 4th 2015 and whose death became known on July 17th 2018.
Two resistance fighters have died in accidents in the besieged Gaza Strip during this week while engaged in resistance activities.
Mo’in Suleiman Salama al-Attar, aged 41 or 42, died as a result of what was described as ‘an accidental explosion’ during ‘preparation’ on Sunday September 8th at Deir al-Balah, in the central part of Gaza.
Mo’in al-Attar was taken to the al-Aqsa hospital in a serious condition on the Sunday morning and succumbed there to his injuries.
He was a member of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad.
25-year-old Mohammed Fawzi Najjar died at an accident in a tunnel in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the small coastal enclave, at dawn on Thursday September 12th.
He was a member of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, as was his elder brother Abdullah Fawzi Najjar who was killed aged 22 on July 29th 2014 in Israeli occupation forces’ air-strike on a tunnel.
On Friday September 6th Israel’s occupation forces killed two children and wounded 93 other people, including 45 children, during the 73rd Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Both of the killed children were shot with live ammunition, as were up to 52 of those wounded. At least 24 people were shot and wounded with rubber-coated steel bullets and 17 people were directly hit with tear-gas grenades.
One of those wounded suffered critical injuries, while among those who suffered lesser injuries are photojournalist Ahmed Mohammed al-Hindi, aged 23 or 27, and two paramedics, Asad Sami Abu Ghalwa(30) and Mona Khalifah Lubbad(21).
The killed children were 17-year-old Ali Sami Ali al-Ashqar from the Jabalia refugee camp and Khaled Abu Bar Mohammad Sufian al-Reb’i from the Shejaeyya neighbourhood east of Gaza City.
Ali was shot in northern Gaza at 17:40 while he was few meters away from the border fence. The bullet hit him in his chest and exited from the left side of his neck. He was announced dead on arrival to hospital. Photographs and video show an attempt to resuscitate him at a field medical tent – whether this was momentarily successful or him being announced dead at arrival on hospital being a mere formality is unclear, but the latter option seems more likely.
Khaled, who was shot in abdomen east of Gaza City, arrived in hospital alive at 17:35 but was announced dead according to different sources either at 17:45 or ’20 minutes’ after his arrival. Video shows him being resuscitated on the ground after having been wounded; based on the previous information we have to assume that this was a momentarily successful attempt to save his life.
The funerals of both boys took place on Saturday. Ali al-Ashqar’s funeral procession was led by his mother.
Israel destroyed the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev for the 156th time since 2010 on Thursday August 29th, leaving dozens of people homeless. Israel has forbidden people from living in the village legally since 1951.
The time between each destruction of the village has become shorter this year, from about every second month to several times a month. As a result there were only tents set up, which were ripped and taken away by Israeli forces along with household goods.
Israeli occupation also arrested one woman, identified as Umm Ashraf, taking her to a police station in ethnically cleansed city of Beersheba, whose Grand Mosque has been closed to Muslim religious services since 1948 by Israel.
Israeli court has ordered the villagers to pay $453 000 for the destruction of their homes so far, and the village leader, sheikh Sayyah al-Turi has been imprisoned twice recently and forbidden to enter the village for two weeks.
Now the Israeli regime apparently plans further escalation, as the village cemetery which was established in 1914 and has so far been left in peace, is being targeted for destruction based on Israeli forces taking engineering measurements on the cemetery during Thursday’s destruction of the village.
According to Hamas-run security authorities in the besieged Gaza Strip, the two explosions which hit police checkpoints in Gaza City late on Tuesday August 27th were carried out by suicide bombers.
Three traffic police officers were killed and at least three other people, including a woman, were wounded in the explosions in Tal al-Hawa and Sheikh Ajlin neighbourhoods.
The first suicide attack was carried out by a person on a motorcycle, the second one apparently by a pedestrian. According to the authorities, their identities have been discovered but the information has not been released yet.
The funerals of the three killed police officers Alaa Al-Gharabli(32), Salama Al-Nadim(32) and Wael Khalifa(45) took place on Wednesday, Khalifa’s in al-Bureij refugee camp and those of Al-Gharabli and al-Nadim in the Old City of Gaza City with the funeral ceremony taking place in the Great Omari Mosque.
Israel bombed a site belonging to left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command at the village Qousaya in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in the early hours of Monday August 26th. Qousaya, in the Zahlé district of the Beqaa Governorate, is situated only a few kilometers from the Syrian border.
According to a PFLP-GC representative, three rockets were fired at the site causing material damage. The attack came day after two drones claimed to be Israeli crashed in Beirut in alleged ‘targeted attack’ on Hezbollah media office.
The attack seems to be part of recent attacks on Iran’s allies in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria and based on their modest scale, more part of Netanyahu’s Knesset election campaign than ‘sending messages’ to Iran’s government by attacking its allies like the PFLP-GC.
PFLP-GC, which has not been active in resistance operations against Israel for a long time, is a long-time ally of the Syrian Baath government and has been fighting on its side in the war in Syria. It recently announced that 420 of its members had been killed and 800 wounded in the war. Like some other pro-government Palestinian factions like Fatah al-Intifada and PLA, it has been accused of forced conscription among Palestinian refugees in Syria.
It’s participation has been justified on claim that the Syrian government could allow it to open a front against Israel in the Golan Heights, which is extremely unlikely. Previously it supported Syrian forces and allies in the Lebanese civil war(1975-1990). After the peace agreement it refused to give up its arms and is likely the best armed Palestinian armed group in Lebanon.
PFLP-GC split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1968 and is led by its founder Ahmed Jibril(1938-), whose son and leader of the group’s armed wing Jihad Jibril(1961-2002) was killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut, which the organization blamed on Israel. Last time PFLP-GC was attacked by Israel in Lebanon was in 2015.