Israeli Forces Arrest Several Palestinians From the West Bank

20 AUG5:35 PM

Israeli forces arrested, Tuesday at dawn, a number of Palestinian youths in a wide arrest campaign in several cities of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources told Alray that the “Israeli Defence Forces” detained Mohammed Assafra, accused of stabbing an Israeli soldier in the illegal Etzion settlement, two weeks ago, in addition to family members Ahmad Assafra, Mua’weyah Assafra, and E’krema Assafra.

Also arrested was Ahmad Azzahour, Mumen Azzahour, and Mahmoud Al-Atawna.

A number of private Palestinian homes were stormed by Israeli soldiers who blocked the streets and entrances of the Biet Kahel town of southern Hebron, in the southern West Bank.

IOF also detained two brothers, identified as Omar and Farouq Badeer, after intruding on their family house in Aida refugee camp in southern Bethlehem.

Mohammed Al-Wahsh, a minor, was detained after his family home in Biet Ta’mour town, east of Bethlehem was stormed by Israeli forces.

(Source / 20.08.2019) 

Israeli official: Israel increases restrictions on Gaza to push its residents to emigrate

Gaza Strip has been under strict Israeli siege since mid-2007 and has been under four Israeli massive offensives that rendered it almost unliveable

Senior Israeli official revealed on Monday that Israel is increasing restrictions on Gaza to push its residents to emigrate, stating that Israeli authorities ready to arrange their flights.

The senior official revealed this during the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s diplomatic visit to Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters, the officials said that Israel had asked a number of European and Middle Eastern countries to absorb Gaza emigrants.

“Israel is even willing to arrange transportation for them, at least to one of the airports in the Negev and arrange for them to travel out of the country,” the Israeli officials said.

Israel’s National Security Council has been spearheading the initiative, with Netanyahu’s blessing, for about a year, the Times of Israel reported, citing the official.

The Israeli daily added that the programme has also been discussed several times in Israel’s security cabinet.

He also claimed that thousands of Gazans are leaving of their own volition, pointing to 35,000 Palestinians who left the Strip in 2018.

“That’s a pretty high number,” the official stated, even claiming that those who remain “are being held hostage in Gaza.”

The official, however, failed to mention Israel’s now 12-year-old siege of the Strip – which has devastated its infrastructure, economy, health sector and Palestinians’ livelihoods – or its threeassaults on Gaza in the past decade.

The UN has predicted that the Strip will be “unliveable” by 2020 due to the Israeli restrictions, calling the fate of Gaza’s some 2 million Palestinians into question.

(Source / 20.08.2019) 

Israeli forces wound several Palestinians as Jewish settlers storm Nablus

Extremist Israeli Jewish settlers claims they have a religious site and after a couple of years they establish a settlement around it

Several Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire on Tuesday night as hundreds of Israeli settlers forced their way into Joseph’s Tomb in West Bank city of Nablus.

Israeli occupation forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of fanatic Jewish settlers into the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, sparking confrontations with Palestinian residents.

Occupation forces opened fire on Palestinians protesting the raid and attempting to block settlers’ access to the Muslim site, injuring several protestors with rubber coated steel bullets.

Soldiers also showered protesters with tear gas canisters, causing several to suffocate. All suffocation cases received first aid treatment at the scene.

Jewish settlers repeatedly break into Joseph’s Tomb, located in a densely Palestinian populated area in Nablus, provoking chaos and confrontation with local residents.

(Source / 20.08.2019) 

Israeli Minister of Energy: Large-scale Military Operation being Planned for Gaza

19 AUG6:39 PM

Israeli officials continue to threaten with a massive military operation against the Gaza Strip, while Israel still refuses to ease the blockade.

Israeli Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, also a member of Israel’s cabinet, said on Monday that they “are planning a large-scale military operation in Gaza,” adding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working “firmly but in a wise and deliberate manner.”

Speaking to Israeli public radio, Steinitz said that the thee Palestinian men who were killed on Saturday night were killed before they approached the security fence.

“We also bombed inside Gaza to clarify who is responsible, ”he said, referring to the bombing of Hamas positions.

“None of the former generals had and will not be a long-term solution to the Gaza problem. But, when we try to achieve a long-term truce, we demand a calm in the Gaza envelope and the return of the (Israeli citizens) prisoners and the bodies of the two soldiers. The truth is that Israel has never succeeded in preventing terrorism,” he said, according to the PNN, referring to Palestinian resistance operations.

Two reports said, yesterday, that the Israeli security service estimates that the storming of Palestinian fighters from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Saturday night – Sunday was not planned by Hamas but “a local initiative.”

“Hamas is trying to maintain calm, but there are those who are not interested in calm,” an Israeli security official told Israel Radio. He said the Israeli army expects rocket fire from Gaza to continue, in the coming days.

(Source / 19.08.2019) 

UNDERCOVER ISRAELI FORCES ABDUCT THREE PALESTINIANS IN AL EIZARIYA

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- An Israeli special undercover force abducted late at last night three Palestinian young men from Al Eizariya in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources said that undercover soldiers broke into Al Ezariya in a civil vehicle and abducted three young Palestinians, identified as Shawkat Khader Skeikh, Amir Shishtawi, and Mahmoud Erikat. One of the three young men is the brother of a wounded and arrested Palestinian.

The undercover unit is a special unit, which carries out abductions and shootings while dressing in civilian Arab dress. It also breaks into Arab districts in civilian vehicles.

(Source / 19.08.2019) 

‘ISRAEL’ ARRESTS 23 PALESTINIANS IN THE WEST BANK

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested Monday 23 Palestinians during raids into different areas throughout the occupied West Bank.

In the North, Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian young men in Osarin town in Nablus.

Local sources said that Israeli forces arrested Saad Ideli and Nassar Ideli from their houses in the town.

In Ramallah, Israeli occupation forces arrested three young men during raids into villages of of Ramallah.

Local sources said that Israeli military patrols and troop carriers broke into Beit Rima village to rearrest Yaqoub Rimawi after breaking into his house . They have also rearrested Homam Rimawi and both were taken to an unknown destination.

Israeli forces also broke into Sinjil town in northern Ramallah and arrested Hussain Shabaneh after raiding his house.

In Dora in southern Hebron, Israeli forces arrested Jihad Faqqouseh after breaking into his house.

(Source / 19.08.2019) 

79 Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Compound

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Hordes of Israeli settlers on Sunday forced their way into al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem under police guard.

Local sources said that 79 Jewish settlers and 45 Israeli intelligence officers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque and roamed its courtyards.

Israeli settlers carry out daily break-ins into al-Aqsa Mosque, except on Fridays and Saturdays, in two rounds: in the morning and afternoon.

(Source / 19.08.2019) 

‘ISRAEL’ DEMOLISHES WATER TANK IN JORDAN VALLEY FOR BEING “BUILT WITHOUT PERMISSION”

Jordan Valley (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces destroyed on Sunday a water tank, which has been used by farmers for irrigation of farmlands in the village of Bardala in the occupied Jordan Valley, reported WAFA.

WAFA quoted Mutaz Besharat, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, saying that Israeli army destroyed a 1000-cube water tank which was used by Palestinian villagers in the area for the irrigation of farmlands.

The Israeli army claimed that the tank was built without an Israeli permission, a pretext that Israel has used for years to prevent Palestinian development in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Jordan Valley.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed

The incident happened overnight between Saturday and Sunday, shortly after three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel

Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli military fires on Palestinians at Gaza fence, 3 killed [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinians as they tried to cross the Gaza fence, the military said on Sunday and Palestinian health officials said three of the men were killed, reports Reuters.

“A short while ago, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) troops spotted a number of armed suspects adjacent to the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. An IDF attack helicopter and a tank fired towards them,” the military said in a statement.

Palestinian medics said they retrieved three bodies from the site and Gaza hospital officials said a fourth man was injured.

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The incident happened overnight between Saturday and Sunday, shortly after three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, one of them landing in a town near the border, according to the Israeli military and police.

There was no immediate comment from any of the major armed groups in Gaza. No Israelis were hurt.

Gaza is ruled by Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade. Israel pulled its troops and settlers from the territory in 2005 but keeps the enclave under a blockade, citing security concerns. Tensions along the border are high with frequent fatalities.

(Source / 18.08.2019) 

Israeli Forces Destroy Water Tank In Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation forces destroyed today a large water tank used for irrigation of farmlands near the village of Bardala, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank.

Mutaz Besharat, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, told WAFA that Israeli army destroyed a 1000-cube water tank which was used by Palestinian villagers in the area for the irrigation of farmlands.

The Israeli army claimed that the tank was built without an Israeli permission, a pretext that Israel has used for years to prevent Palestinian development in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Jordan Valley.

The valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

The Israel military has also designated about 46 percent of the Jordan Valley as a closed military zone since the beginning of the occupation in June 1967, and has been utilizing the pretext of military drills to forcefully displace Palestinian families living there as part of a policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the area.

(Source / 18.08.2019)