“Israel” closes Kerem Shalom crossing, prevents fuel entry to Gaza

Hamas movement held the Israeli occupation responsible for all the consequences of shutting the “Kerem Shalom” commercial crossing and preventing the entry of goods into the besieged enclave

Gaza (QNN) – The Israeli occupation authorities decided on Thursday it would block fuel intery into the Gaza Strip until further notice.

Two days ago, the occupation authorities decided to close the “Kerem Shalom” crossing, south of Gaza, and prevent the entry of building materials into the besieged Strip.

“Kerem Shalom” is Gaza’s main commercial crossing. Israeli officials stated that it was closed in response to arson balloons launched from Gaza towards the occupied territories.

Hamas movement held the Israeli occupation responsible for all the consequences of shutting the “Kerem Shalom” commercial crossing and preventing the entry of goods into the besieged enclave.

Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum considered the occupation’s decision to block the entry of goods into Gaza as an act of aggression and a crime against two million Palestinians in living in the Strip.

“It is the right of our people in Gaza to express their of anger and make their voice and demands heard to the world, which is silently watching their suffering and increasingly bad living and humanitarian conditions,” Barhoum said.

“The popular act of struggle to express their anger and to pressure the Israeli occupation to end the siege is a normal reaction to the occupation’s aggressive policies and the tightening of its siege on the Gaza Strip,” he added.

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Photos | Unexploded Israeli missile found in an elementary school in Gaza

The school kids and teachers headed to their classes in the morning, but the school was evacuated immediately once the missile was found, which could have caused a potential massacre. The missile was dismantled by explosive experts

Gaza (QNN) – An unexploded Israeli missile was found in an elementary school in western Gaza city on Thursday morning after an Israeli aggression against Gaza Strip the night before.

An Israeli warplane targeted an UNRWA-run elementary school in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City, on Wednesday night. The missile didn’t explode in the school where about one thousand children study.

The school kids and teachers headed to their classes in the morning, but the school was evacuated immediately once the missile was found, which could have caused a potential massacre. The missile was dismantled by explosive experts.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, Iyad Bozom said that the bomb that hit the school today was used by the Israeli occupation to kill civilians in Gaza Strip during previous aggression.

“The bomb contains 1500 metal shrapnel, each of which can kill a person; it is laser-guided and rarely misses the target,” Bozom added.

The Palestinian Ministry of Interior described the Israeli attack as a crime, and called on the international human rights bodies to curb the Israeli occupation’s criminal practices and provide protection for the Palestinian children and education facilities.

In a statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Education condemned the Israeli aggression against the elementary school and called on the UN to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its crimes that go against the international law.

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Israeli forces raze large tracts of land in north of the West Bank

Tulkarm (QNN) – Israeli occupation forces paved today a settlers-only road and razed large tracts of Palestinian–owned land in Kafr al-Labad village, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm, according to the head of the village council, Ihab Ghazaleh.

He told official news agency WAFA that occupation soldiers escorted bulldozers into an area of the village where they leveled large tracts of lands and paved a 10 meter–long road for settlers leading to the illegal colonial settlement of Avni Hefetz.

He added that this land, which amounts to 600 dunums in area, has been a regular target of the settlers and Israeli army and any attempt by Palestinians to reclaim their land and plant it was fiercely attacked by the settlers and soldiers, who often sabotage the work and steal equipment used in the work.

Ghazaleh said the land in question is owned by village residents who have official documents proving ownership, explaining that building a road for settlers there would close main access to the village that connects it to Tulkarm city.

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Israel strikes children’s UN-run school in Gaza


This is not the first time that Israel bombs schools. During Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2008/9, Israeli occupation bombed UN-run school with white phosphorus, causing over 100 deaths and several hundreds wounded

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Israeli aircraft bombed on Thursday night several places in Gaza, including children’s UN-run school in the north-western side of the besieged enclave.

Palestinian Interior Ministry said that an Israeli war drone launched a missile at Al Shate’ Elementary School for Boys in the West of Gaza.

The UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) confirmed that an Israeli war drone bombed one of its schools located in Al Shate’ Refugee Camp in the northwest of Gaza City.

No human casualties were reported in the attack, but security and UN sources reported material damage.

Due to insecure situation, the UNRWA said that it closed its school until the remains of the missile is removed the damage is repaired.

It is worth noting that the Israeli occupation claimed it attacked military targets in Gaza belonged to the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, but this proves that the Israeli claims were false.

This is not the first time that Israel bombs UN-run school.

One of its attacks took place during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2008/9 when Al Fakhoura School was bombed with white phosphorus as civilians were taking refuge inside it.

More than 100 Palestinian civilians were killed and several hundreds were wounded.

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Israeli soldiers uproot Palestinian lands to pave a new segregated road

Israeli soldiers started, Thursday, the uprooting and bulldozing of Palestinian lands, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, in preparation for paving a new segregated road for the use of illegal colonialist settlers, living on confiscated Palestinian lands.

Ehab Ghazala, the Mayor of Kaf al-Lubbad Municipal Council, said the soldiers started uprooting Palestinian agricultural lands in Ras al-Misyed area, in the areas of Kafr al-Lubbad, Ezbet al-Hafassi, and Thannaba Suburb.

Ghazala added that the planned segregated road extends 10 Kilometers (6.21 Miles) to reach Avnei Hefetz illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

Read More: Israeli settlers install mobile houses on Palestinian lands In Bethlehem

The Mayor also stated that the lands are around 600 Dunams (148.2 Acres), and are subject to constant violations by the armed paramilitary illegal colonists who frequently invaded them, uproot them, confiscate equipment in addition to assaulting the Palestinians and forcing out of their lands.

The new planned segregated road would isolate the western area of Kafr al-Lubbad, which is the only path the Palestinians can take when commuting to the Thannaba area and from there to Tulkarem.

Read More: Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli soldiers in Jenin

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Gaza Under Attack: Israeli warplanes struck UNRWA school

Israeli drone fired a missile landed inside an UNRWA school in al-Shati Refugee Camp, causing damage to the place, said Gaza’s Ministry of Interior and National Security.

Gaza’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (E.O.D) team has immediately begun removing the missile remenants and the school was evacuated from arriving students.

Israeli occupation aircraft launched several airstrikes on some targets in central and northern Gaza Strip on Thursday dawn.

Read More: Gaza Under Attack: Israeli artillery and warplanes attack north of Gaza

Israeli occupation fighter jets struck also a Palestinian farmland in Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza, with at least 4 missiles.

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Report: Three martyrs, 400 detainees, and the demolition of 85 homes and facilities during last July

The Abdullah Al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation of the Department of Labor and Planning of the Palestine Liberation Organization said today, Tuesday, that three martyrs were martyred by the Israeli occupation’s bullets, and 400 others were arrested during last July.

In its monthly report on the most prominent Israeli violations against our people during July, the Center added that the occupation demolished 85 homes and facilities in several Palestinian areas, and the most important of what was stated in the report:

Martyrs

Three martyrs were killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the hands of the occupation forces during the month of July, and they are:

Saad Al-Gharabli (75 years), from the Gaza Strip, died in the occupation prisons, as a result of deliberate medical negligence, after spending 26 years in captivity.

Ibrahim Mustafa Abu Yaqoub (33 years) from the town of Kafeel Haris in Salfit Governorate, died after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the neck.

Asin Dahir (34 years), from Rafah, died of her injury during the aggression launched by the occupation state on the Gaza Strip in 2014.

While the occupation is still holding the bodies of (63) martyrs in refrigerators since the Jerusalem endowment in 2015, in blatant violation of international humanitarian law.

The wounded and detainees

During the month of July, the Israeli occupation authorities arrested about 400 citizens in the Palestinian territories, 40 of whom were children and 10 women.

The occupation authorities arrest about 4,500 prisoners in their prisons, including 160 children and 39 women, in poor humanitarian conditions and treatment in violation of international humanitarian law.

The occupation army injured about 90 Palestinian citizens in all parts of the Palestinian territories, as a result of the suppression of citizens protesting against the racist policy of occupation, seizing their lands, demolishing their homes, and closing Palestinian towns and villages.

Settlement and land grab

The occupation authorities approved a project to establish 240 settlement units on Jaffa Street, in the heart of Jerusalem, near the “Shaarei Tidyak” hospital.

The so-called “Settlements Council in the West Bank” announced the start of work to build 164 new settlement units in the “Neve Daniel” settlement, which is built on the lands of the villages of Al-Khader and Nahalin, south of Bethlehem.

Israeli sources revealed that 1700 settlement units were being marketed in the settlement of “Givat Hamatos”, which is built on the lands of the town of Beit Safafa, in addition to marketing a new settlement project in “Nof Zion” settlement on the lands of Jabal Al Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem.

The occupation forces also installed two mobile homes on the lands of Kisan village, which were previously leveled.

The occupation authorities seized 700 dunums planted with olive trees in the Mount Fureidis area, east of Bethlehem, and surrounded it with barbed wire, with the aim of establishing a garden, in the context of the annexation plan and the theft of Palestinian lands.

The occupation authorities ended the procedures for registering 525 dunums of the lands of the town of Nahalin for the Jewish National Fund, for the purpose of building in the “Gush Etzion” settlement bloc, after the occupation courts rejected the papers submitted by the Palestinians over the years.

The Israeli occupation authorities seized 327 dunums of the lands of Keysan village, east of Bethlehem, for military purposes.

He notified the “Settlements Council” to seize 300 dunums of the Marajat area, northwest of Jericho, in favor of expanding the “Mfuot Jericho” settlement.

The occupation threatened the residents of Al-Jabaa by seizing about 100 dunums of agricultural land, in addition to seizing 3.5 dunums of lands from the village of Shufa and 1.5 dunums of lands from the town of Yasouf, near the “Za’tara” military checkpoint.

The occupation authorities received notices to seize 15 dunums of the lands of Rafat village, west of Salfit.

Demolition of homes and facilities

Last July, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished 85 homes and facilities, including 29 homes and 56 facilities.

Among the demolitions, 6 houses were self-demolished by their owners inside the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem, and the village of Walaja, south of the city, to avoid paying heavy fines to the occupation municipality. The demolitions included the governorates of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jericho, Bethlehem, Tulkarm, and Salfit.

During the same period, the occupation authorities notified 156 facilities to demolish, halt construction and restoration, including 12 notifications of seizure and seizure of 630 dunums of citizens’ land, for the establishment of settlement projects, and for military purposes.

The notifications included the towns and villages of: Yasuf, Bidya, and Rafat in Salfit governorate, Amatin in Qalqilya governorate, and the town of Issawiya in Jerusalem governorate, and Izbat Shoufah in Tulkarm governorate, Arab al-Malihat in Jericho governorate, and the village of Jabaa in Bethlehem governorate, and Surif town in Hebron governorate.

Thirty-six demolition notices were distributed in Farasin village, southwest of Jenin Governorate, including most of the village’s facilities and housing.

Settlers’ attacks

Settlers carried out 91 attacks against citizens and their property, which resulted in the injury of 12 civilians, including a child, and destroyed 145 fruit trees. Passed out.

A settler stole 5 heads of cattle south of Jenin while a shepherd was in the area, and settlers ‘vehicles carried out 5 bulldozing operations, affecting tens of dunums of citizens’ lands, in addition to two shootings, and one run over operation in the Old City of Hebron, resulting in the injury of a child. Serious.

The settlers infiltrated at night into one of the neighborhoods of the city of Al-Bireh, opposite the settlement of “Basjot”, and burned the Al-Birr Al-Ihsan mosque, where they stole four tents, water tanks, and five tons of wheat in Khirbet Samra in the northern Jordan Valley, and carried out 50% of these attacks in Nablus and Hebron governorates.

Land leveling

The occupation authorities continued to raze and uproot olive trees in the lands of the town of Huwara, south of Nablus, through the construction of the settlement road called “Hawara bypass,” which will deprive the citizens of hundreds of agricultural acres and thousands of olive trees.

Meanwhile, about 15 dunums of lands were bulldozed from the town of Kisan in Bethlehem in order to expand the settlement of “Ibi Hanhal.”

The occupation authorities razed lands in the towns of Deir Istia, Haris, Wasaka, and Qarawah in Salfit, in addition to tracts of lands in Baqaa, Hebron and Issawiya in Jerusalem.

The occupation and its settlers burned and uprooted more than 470 olive trees in the towns of Sa`ir, Deir Istiya, Yasuf, and Kafr al-Labd.

Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip

The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip during the past month resulted in the death of the prisoner Saadi Al-Gharabli (75 years), as a result of deliberate medical negligence against the prisoners in the occupation prisons, after being arrested for 26 continuous years.

Citizen Asin Duhair (34 years) was also killed by her wounds sustained during the 2014 aggression.

The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip also included the implementation of 40 ground fire operations, 4 incursions into the east of the Strip, 4 air strikes, 2 artillery bombings, and 31 attacks on fishermen, resulting in the arrest of 7 of them and the seizure of two boats.

In addition, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 9 civilians, three of them at the Beit Hanoun “Erez” military checkpoint.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

1037 prisoners received prison sentences of more than 20 years

Abdel Nasser Farwana, a specialist in prisoners and freedmen affairs, said today, Tuesday, that (1037) prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons have been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

In a post on his Facebook account, Farwana explained that among those prisoners (543) were given life sentences.

He said, “The bitter truth that everyone must realize, especially the Palestinian resistance factions, is that hundreds of these prisoners will not break their record except through prisoner exchange deals.”

He called on Hamas to search for tools of pressure that would force the occupation to seriously deal with a new exchange deal and pay its dues.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Israel arrests 11 Palestinians, raids house of Hamas leader

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Hamas leader Hassan Yousef 2 April 2019

Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrested 11 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, raided the house of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef and handed him a summons to the Israeli intelligence office, Quds Press reported.

According to an Israeli army statement, the Palestinians who were arrested were being interrogated over their participation in the popular resistance against illegal settlements.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club reported that Faisal Al-Najjar, his wife and sons, Mohammed and Mousa, were among the detainees.

In Ramallah, Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef and handed summoned him for questioning next Tuesday.

READ: Israel soldiers shoot Palestinian woman in the chest

Yousef was released from Israeli jails on 23 July after spending 15 months under administrative detention. He spent a total of more than 20 years in detention.

Israeli occupation forces carry our daily arrest and raid campaigns across the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

PLO appeals for UN to protect Palestine refugees, support UNRWA

UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza, 2 April 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza, 2 April 2020

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has appealed to the UN to protect Palestinian refugees and support the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported yesterday.

The appeal included a call for the UN to afford “urgent and tangible” protection for Palestinian refugees in light of the coronavirus outbreak based on its mandate and in accordance with WHO standards.

The PLO reiterated that such protection and support “must” continue until a solution for the issue of the refugees is found based on Resolution 194.

According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the PLO explained the “dangers” that threaten the Palestinian refugees as a result of the spread of the coronavirus in the occupied Palestinian territories and refugee camps across the Middle East.

READ: Palestinians in the face of occupation and a pandemic

The PLO called for the UN to allocate $100 million from the its Global Central Emergency Response Fund to help deal with the dangerous emergency situation in the Palestinian refugee camps and to cover the expenses of the start of the new school year.

The appeal included details of the illegal Israeli activities and aggression against Palestinians and their properties.

(Source / 12.08.2020)