In pictures: Closure, siege and checkpoints in the villages and neighborhoods of Jerusalem

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The occupation authorities imposed a siege on the villages and neighborhoods of Jerusalem and closed the entrances with cement blocks and established checkpoints. They also distributed iron barriers in the main streets and roads as part of the collective punishment policy used against Jerusalemites after a decision was made by the Israeli Cabinet to close the Arab neighborhoods in response to the attacks in Jerusalem.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored that closure of entrances and intersections in Silwan, Al-Tur, Esawyeh, Al-Sowaneh, Sur Baher and Jabal Al-Mukabber. The forces also placed iron barriers in most of the streets in Jerusalem and the Old City and isolated the villages from one another.
The occupation authorities started closing the Jerusalemite neighborhoods on Wednesday afternoon and deliberately closed the roads with big trucks that were carrying the cement blocks; they disrupted the movement of Jerusalemites and caused heavy traffic jams.
The residents of the Jerusalemite villages and neighborhoods complained about the policy of collective punishment used against them and then closure of the entrances of their villages and neighborhoods in addition to the establishment of checkpoints at the entrances which also leads to heavy traffic jams especially in the morning and afternoon hours when students, workers and employees are going to their schools and work and when they come back.
The residents will also be forced to look for alternative roads to avoid the heavy traffic which could also put them at risk due to the heavy deployment of occupation forces in the streets of Jerusalem.
The checkpoints and cement blocks will also delay the civil defense staff, ambulances, medical staff and paramedics when responding to an emergency.
The residents also complained about being searched in a provocative way after they were stopped and had their IDs checked; the searching process also included females and children. Young men were forces to lift up their shirts and at time take off their shoes while women’s purses and bags were precisely searched.
Silwan
The occupation authorities closed the entrances of Wadi Al-Rababeh and Al-Thori in Silwan with cement blocks while blocks were placed in other streets and neighborhood such as Wadi Hilweh and Ras Al-Amoud and were used as searching stations (blocks with the presence of soldiers).
Esawyeh
In the village of Esawyeh, the main entrance was closed with cement blocks and only pedestrians can go through after being searched while the eastern entrance was partially closed with blocks with the presence of Israeli soldiers.
It is noteworthy that early 19 thousand people live in the village of Esawyeh.
Jabal Al-Mukabber
In Jabal Al-Mukabber, the occupation closed four of the village’s entrances and left two open in which one was partially closed with blocks and soldiers and the other could only be reached from Silwan; nearly 25 thousand people live in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber.
Sur Baher
The occupation closed three entrances in the village of Sur Baher and the surrounding villages around it (Imlisoon, Ghazeel and Um Tuba). One entrance only is being used by the residents which is the one near Al-Qa’a roundabout; it is also partially closed with blocks and soldiers.
The population in Sur Baher is nearly 51 thousand people.
The village of Al-Tur
The occupation closed two roads in Al-Tur where one of them leads to Ezaryeh and the other leads to the village of Esawyeh. They established checkpoints (blocks and soldiers) at the entrance near the Augusta Victoria hospital and in Al-Hardoob Street.
Few days ago, the forces closed Suleiman Al-Farisi Street which includes three schools, the village’s cemetery and Mount of Olives Club.
They also placed iron barriers at the entrances of Gethsemane and prevented locals from using those roads and only allowed certain vehicles to go through after checking the IDs of passengers.
The village of Al-Tur has several schools including a special needs school as well as Augusta Victoria and Al-Maqased hospitals.
It is noteworthy that 33 thousand people live in the village of Al-Tur.
The occupation authorities established a checkpoint in the main street of the neighborhood of Al-Sowaneh (between Al-Tur and Wadi Al-Joz) using cement blocks and soldiers.
Also, the neighborhood of Al-Sowaneh has the Palestinian Red Crescent hospital and two schools and has the road that reaches the village of Al-Tur.

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(Source / 16.10.2015)

Syrian army launches Aleppo offensive with Iranian support

Syrian army soldiers walk around Kweyris military airport in the eastern Aleppo province on October 16, 2015

Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah and Iranian fighters launched an offensive south of Aleppo province on Friday, expanding the army’s counter-attack against rebels across western Syria with support from Russian air strikes.

The assault means the army is now pressing insurgents on several fronts near Syria’s main cities in the west, control of which would secure President Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power even if the east of the country is still held by the Islamic State group.

Aleppo, a commercial and industrial hub near the border with Turkey, was Syria’s largest city before its four-year civil war, which grew out of protests against Assad’s rule.

Control of the city, still home to two million people, is divided between the government and rebels.

“This is the promised battle,” a senior military source in Syria told Reuters in reference to the offensive.

As many as 2,000 Iranian and Iran-backed forces are currently in Syria helping regime troops near Aleppo, a US official told AFP on Friday.

“We are now seeing a coordinated effort between Iran and Russia to assist Assad with fighting opposition groups,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“There could be as many as 2,000 Iranian-enabled forces,” he added.

The official defined those forces as consisting of Iranians including Quds special forces, Iranian-funded proxies and Hezbollah, noting it was difficult to determine a precise number of fighters.

‘Broad military operation’

The Syrian army said in a statement that its forces were engaged in battles in several areas in the country, including in Joubar and Harasta town near the capital Damascus, Homs and Aleppo provinces.

“Military operations against the terrorist groups continue along with intensive air strikes carried out by Syrian air force and benefiting from the results of Russian strikes.

“Our forces are (now) more determined to restore security and stability to our country,” the army said.

Hezbollah, which has supported Assad in several battles during the civil war, said the army was carrying out a “broad military operation”, with support from Russian and Syrian jets, across a front at least 10 miles (15 km) wide from the southwest to southeast of Aleppo.

It made no mention of Hezbollah fighters in its statement.

Two senior regional sources said this week that Iran sent thousands of troops to Syria to bolster an offensive already under way in Hama province and ahead of the Aleppo attack.

Iran says it has sent weapons and military advisers to support its ally Assad, but has denied providing troops.

In the last week Iranian media have reported the deaths in Syria of three senior officers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. Hossein Hamedani, a corps deputy commander, was killed near Aleppo and two other officers have also died fighting Islamic State group forces in Syria, Iran’s Tasnim news agency said.

Two senior Hezbollah officers have also been killed in Syria in the last week, a Lebanese security source said.

Army retakes villages

Rami Abdulrahman, director of UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said there were heavy clashes near the Jebel Azzan region, about 12 km (8 miles) south of Aleppo city.

The area that the army and Russian jets were targeting was close to a main road heading south towards the capital Damascus, Abdulrahman said.

The army had recaptured the village of Abtin from rebel fighters, he said, as well as a tank battalion base close to Sabiqiya village. Both villages lie close to Jebel Azzan.

Rebels had hit one army tank with a US-made TOW anti-tank missile.

The military source said the rebel fighters were mainly from the Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham and al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, as well as the Suqour al-Sham and Failaq al-Sham insurgent groups.

The head of another rebel brigade Fursan al Haq, which is backed by Assad’s foreign opponents and operates under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army, said his fighters had sent more TOW missiles to the Aleppo area to try to stem the attack.

“The battle is ongoing, and the resistance is stronger than the attack,” Fares al Bayoush, told Reuters.

The Observatory said on Friday the death toll from the fighting there had risen to 60, including 30 women and children. Responding to the reports of civilian deaths on Thursday, a Syrian military source quoted by state media said Russian jets and Syrian forces do not target civilian areas.

Assad’s opponents say Syrian forces have killed many thousands of civilians in the course of the war, particularly with the use of untargeted “barrel bombs” dropped from helicopters above rebel-held cities.

(Source / 16.10.2015)

UN must act to end Israeli aggression: Palestine ambassador

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations has called for the Security Council to intervene and put an end to the Israeli acts of aggression in the occupied territories.

“We come to you today asking the Council to urgently intervene to end this aggression against our defenseless Palestinian people and against our shrines which are subjected to violations by the Israeli military occupation and by Israeli settlers and by extremists,” Riyad Mansour told a special Friday meeting of the UN Security Council on the issue of tensions in the occupied territories.

The recent wave of tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories was triggered by the Israeli regime’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by illegal Israeli settlers, who frequently storm al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. They say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

A wounded Palestinian protester (C) is evacuated during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, October 16, 2015

Also during the meeting, UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun urged “all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites.”

This as Israeli Deputy Ambassador David Roet rejected Palestinian calls for a protection force to be deployed in al-Quds.

“Let me be crystal clear – Israel will not agree to any international presence on the Temple Mount. Such a presence would be a change in the status quo,” Roet told the UN Security Council.

Thirty-five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. Several more Palestinians have been killed by Israelis in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called for resistance in the face of heightened Israeli military aggression against Palestinians.

(Source / 16.10.2015)

Hezbollah fighters kill 5 Daesh militants in northeast Lebanon

A handout picture released by the Hezbollah press office on May 16, 2015, shows a Hezbollah fighter firing towards foreign-backed Takfiri militants on the Syrian side of the Qalamoun hills close to the Lebanese border. (© AFP)

A handout picture released by the Hezbollah press office on May 16, 2015, shows a Hezbollah fighter firing towards foreign-backed Takfiri militants on the Syrian side of the Qalamoun hills close to the Lebanese border

Fighters of Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement have attacked positions of the Daesh Takfiri terror group in an area close to the border with beleaguered Syria, killing a number of militants.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Hezbollah resistance fighters launched a barrage of rockets and mortar shells at Daesh positions on the outskirts of the village of Ras Baalbek, located 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of the capital, Beirut, on Friday, leaving five extremists dead, Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar satellite television network reported.

The report comes as Daesh extremists and al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front militants regularly infiltrate Lebanon’s border with crisis-hit Syria, clashing with both Hezbollah fighters and the Lebanese army soldiers.

On June 19, two Daesh commanders and seven other militants were killed during two separate Hezbollah operations.

A militant commander, identified as Abu Aisha al-Libi, and six of his comrades were killed, when Hezbollah fighters targeted a militant hideout on the outskirts of Arsal town, which lies about 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of Beirut.

A handout picture released by the Hezbollah press office on May 16, 2015, shows a Hezbollah fighter firing towards foreign-backed Takfiri militants on the Syrian side of the Qalamoun hills close to the Lebanese border

Hezbollah fighters killed another Daesh commander, identified as Abu Akrama al-Zohouri, and another militant identified as Ahmad Abed al-Mohsen, during a separate offensive in the same area.

Takfiri militants have infiltrated into Lebanon from neighboring Syria. The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and left over one million injured, according to the United Nations.

Hezbollah resistance fighters have been helping the Syrian forces fighting against Takfiri militants on the Syrian soil near the border with Lebanon.

(Source / 16.10.2015)

Is Israel violating the Geneva Convention?

Palestinians stand in the razed home of a Palestinian militant in Jabel Mukaber, in an area of the West Bank that Israel captured in the 1967 war and annexed to the city of Jerusalem, Oct. 6, 2015

The Israeli government decided Oct. 13 to speed up demolition of the houses of Palestinians it holds responsible for stabbing attacks. It also has approved other penalties that include not releasing the bodies of the Palestinians who were killed to their families and withdrawing Israeli citizenship from these families in East Jerusalem and the 1948 territories.

Israel has continued to withhold, since Oct. 1, the bodies of seven dead from Jerusalem.

On the morning of Oct. 15, Israeli forces sent demolition warnings to the families of prisoners Karam al-Masri and Yahya Haj from Nablus, accused of killing a settler and his wife near the Itamar settlement Oct. 1. Warnings were also sent to the families of Moaz Hamed and Abdullah Hamed from Silwad in Ramallah, both prisoners of the Palestinian Authorityand accused by Israel of belonging to a military cell that killed a soldier and injured three settlers in Shafout Raheel settlement near Nablus.

Israel has pursued this policy of destruction since the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967, with temporary lapses. Most recently, it resumed the tactic in 2014, after a four-year halt.

According to B’Tselem – the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, the Israeli army returned to demolishing houses in June 2014 after three Israeli settlers were kidnapped in Hebron that same month. The army then demolished four houses and closed one house in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Between October 2001 and January 2005, Israel demolished about 664 houses in the West Bank and Jerusalem, according to a B’Tselem report published in June 2014.

These actions, and others, amount to collective punishment of the victims’ families, which violates international law provisions.

Hanna Issa, an international law professor at Birzeit University, told Al-Monitor that Israel’s demolition of Palestinian houses violates the provisions of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which states, “No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed.” These acts also violate the provisions of Article 53 of the same convention, which prohibits the destruction of fixed or movable property, and Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which states, “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.” He said Israel also is flouting a UN Security Council Resolution from 2004.

Issa said Israel is demolishing houses based on the British Emergency Law of 1945, which was canceled with the termination of the British Mandate for Palestine.

In the Ramallah governorate, Muhannad Halabi‘s family lives in a state of anxiety, fearing the Israeli army will raze their house. Israel says Halabi was involved in a stabbing and shooting Oct. 3 in Jerusalem. Police shot and killed him.

On Oct. 15, the Israeli army sent a demolition warning to Halabi’s relatives and raided the house, which they had evacuated as a precaution. The army already had invaded the house Oct. 5, along with a bombing engineering unit. Halabi’s father said they were told the house would be destroyed soon. “They took measurements and placed signs indicating their intention to demolish the house,” he told Al-Monitor.

The Israeli army also stormed the house of prisoner Noureddine Abu Hashieh from the Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus, on Oct. 3. Abu Hashieh was accused by Israel of a stabbing in Tel Aviv. The family was handed a demolition warning, which has yet to be implemented.

Abdel-Rahman al-Shaludi, who was accused of running someone over in Jerusalem in 2014, was killed by Israeli police there. The family house was bombed by the Israeli army in al-Bustan neighborhood in the town of Silwan on Nov. 19, 2014.

Shaludi’s mother recalled in an interview with Al-Monitor the moment her house was bombed. “They broke into our house at midnight and expelled us from the house, along with [other] residents of the building. We were about 70 people and we stayed in the street in the rain until 4 a.m., when we heard the house blow up.” She added, “The occupation forces have prevented us from rebuilding or going to the destroyed house. We are seven people and we are homeless now. Sometimes we sleep at our brother-in-law’s old house in Jerusalem, while other times we are forced to stay for days at my sister’s house in Kafr Aqab in Jerusalem, or at my father’s in Beit Hanina.”

Human Rights Watch said in November 2014 that the Israeli government’s demolition of Palestinian houses whose owners are accused of carrying out suicide bombings amounts to “collective punishment and a potential war crime that deliberately and unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing.”

Sahar Francis, director of al-Dameer Association for Human Rights, seconds that assessment. “The demolition of houses amounts to a collective punishment inflicted upon the family members of a person accused by Israel of implementing suicide bombing operations. This violates the Fourth Geneva Convention,” she told Al-Monitor. “Israel is using thesecurity conditions as a pretext to impose its house demolition policy.”

For his part, Fadi Nahas, a researcher in Israeli army affairs and Israeli national security at the Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies, told Al-Monitor, “Israel is not following any law by demolishing Palestinian houses, and it always deals with the West Bank and Jerusalem as areas under military occupation. The Israeli judiciary yields to the military establishment.”

He added, “All of the judicial bodies in Israel yield to the whims of the military establishment, which takes whatever punitive decisions it wants to take with the approval of the government. It resorts to the policy of house demolitions to deter the Palestinian people without worrying about any humanitarian or international laws.”

(Source / 16.10.2015)

Protests against Israeli aggression spreads all over Palestine

Gaza, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces killed Friday afternoon two Palestinian youths and injured more than 211, 88 of whom with live ammunition in Gaza Strip, Minister of Health reports.

Mahmoud Humeida, 22, and Yahya Farahat, 22, died in hospital of their serious injuries when Israeli forces open fire at young Palestinian protesters, according to Dr. Ashraf Alqedra, spokesperson of Gaza Ministry of Health.

Dr. Alqedra said 211 Palestinians were injured, 88 of whom with live ammunition, 44 rubber-coated steel bullets, and 79 cases of suffocation as a result of the tear gas canisters.

Protesting Israeli non-stop aggression and violations, Palestinians clashed with occupation forces soon after Friday prayer as tens of youths headed to the borders in Beit Hanon, Shojaia, Bureij Camp, and Khan Younes.

Israeli occupation forces shot directly at the protesters who threw stones at the highly fortified troops.

Among the injured were a medic and photojournalists Nabil Abu Dayya, who were taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital and Al-Shifa Hospital. In Khan Younes, A Red Crescent official suffered from suffocation as a rest of the tear gas.

PIC reporter said Israeli occupation forces used for the first time a vehicle that fires a volley of tens of tear gas canisters at the same time.

He added all reported cases were shot while they were inside the Gaza Strip borders.

(Source / 16.10.2015)

Israeli troops shoot dead another Palestinian in Gaza Strip

Palestinians evacuate a wounded protester after he was shot by Israeli troops in the east of Gaza City October 16, 2015. (© Reuters)

Palestinians evacuate a wounded protester after he was shot by Israeli troops in the east of Gaza City October 16, 2015

At least one Palestinian has lost his life and more than a dozen others sustained injuries after Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian protesters in the northeastern part of the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Gazan Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said 20-year-old Abdul Qader Farhan was fatally shot as Israeli troopers fired live bullets to disperse the Palestinian protesters in the city of Beit Hanoun, Palestinian Arabic-language Safa news agency reported.

Qudra added that as many as 27 Palestinians were also wounded during clashes in other areas of the Gaza Strip. He added that 11 Palestinians were shot with live rounds, while another one was hit by rubber-coated steel bullets.

The senior Palestinian medical official added that 14 Palestinians also suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

The new death in Gaza came hours after 37-year-old Shawqi Jabr Obeid succumbed to the gunshot wounds he had sustained during clashes with Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border last week.

This as Israeli forces also killed a 19-year old Palestinian, identified as Ehab Hanani, during clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, local media reported.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces fired shots at a Palestinian man near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in the occupied southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), situate 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Khalil (Jerusalem).

Israeli forces stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, who allegedly carried out a stabbing attack against an Israeli soldier in the entrance to the occupied southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on October 16, 2015

Locals said Israeli soldiers prevented the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) staff from reaching the area to treat the man, and the Palestinian died of his wounds at the scene.

Meanwhile, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has also called for resistance in the face of heightened Israeli military aggression against Palestinians.

The PLO also called upon officials within the Palestinian Authority to ignore calls for quelling Palestinian resistance.

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw back a tear gas canister towards Israeli forces (unseen) during clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem on October 15, 2015

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Press TV website on Friday, Stephen Lendman, an author and radio host from Chicago, accused the Western media of misreporting and covering up the crimes being committed by the Tel Aviv regime against Palestinians.

“Conflict in occupied Palestine continues raging; what is going on is completely misreported in the Western media and in Israeli media,” Lendman said.

He said what is going on across the occupied Palestinian lands is “premeditated terror and naked aggression” by Israel. He also denounced the US’s support for and its silence on the Israeli crimes.

The fresh wave of tensions was triggered by the Israeli regime’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by illegal Israeli settlers, who frequently storm al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. They say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

(Source / 16.10.2015)

Palestinian youth killed in Nablus confrontations

NABLUS, (PIC)– A 19-year-old Palestinian youth was killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at the Beit Furik roadblock east of Nablus city on Friday afternoon.

Medical teams in the city said that Ihab Hanani, 19, was hit with a live bullet in his chest during the confrontations near the road barrier, which killed him instantly.

Hanani is the first victim from Nablus in the ongoing uprising, which would expectedly trigger more protests and angry reactions on the part of the city inhabitants.

(Source / 16.10.2015)

Fadi Alloun’s grave attacked

THE grave of a young Jerusalem man whose dead body was kicked by settlers has been attacked.

A photo on social media (below) this morning (Friday) show the grave of the 21-year old, as well as flowers, scattered in the dust at his burial site.

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Several of the stones around the grave also appear to have been smashed.

Fadi, from Al-Issawiya town, East Jerusalem, was executed by the Israeli Occupation police nearly two weeks ago, after an Israeli settler shouted that he was trying to initiate a stab operative, in Jerusalem.

A graphic video shared online showed that IOF hit the youngster with seven bullets, leading to his immediate death.

It shows how settlers then gathered around him and started kicking his dead body.

Dozens of private police forces units broke into the home of the youngster hours after his execution, raided it and kidnapped his father, brother and uncle.

The killing led to uproar across the Arab world, and has been blamed for much of the violence.

(Source / 16.10.2015)

5 Palestinians dead, 150 injured by Israeli forces

Palestinian protesters run from a volley of tear gas canisters during a demonstration in Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians died and at least 150 were injured by Israeli live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets in the occupied Palestinian territory on Friday, the Palestinian ministry of health said.Ihab Jihad Hanani, 19, was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Nablus, Yahiya Abd al-Qader Farhat, 24, and Mahmoud Hatim Hmeid, 22, were killed during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, and Shawiq Jamal Jabr, 37, died from wounds sustained during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip last week.Separately, Eyad Khalil Awawdeh, 26, was shot dead after stabbing an Israeli soldier in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron.Friday marked another deadly day in the occupied Palestinian territory, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli military forces have erupted on a near-daily basis since the beginning of the month.In Bethlehem, at least 12 were injured during clashes with Israeli forces at the northern entrance to the town.Head of the ambulance and emergency department in Bethlehem, Muhammad Awad, told Ma’an that three youths were injured by live fire in the legs, five with rubber-coated steel bullets, and four suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.During the clashes, Israeli forces fired tear gas into a nearby home where two women and three children were helped outside by locals and aided by medics.In Bethlehem area town of Tuqu, Israeli forces reportedly raided the area while firing stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber coated steel bullets.  In the southern Bethlehem town of al-Khadr, on Palestinian was shot in the foot with a live bullet while others suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Meanwhile in the al-Balou neighborhood of the al-Bireh area of the Ramallah district, 15 Palestinians were injured Friday during clashes with Israeli forces, including nine with live fire in the legs, four with rubber-coated steel bullets, including one in the head, and two from severe tear gas inhalation.The injured were transferred to the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah, and photojournalist Muhammad al-Arouri — injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg — was aided on scene by Red Crescent medics, locals told Ma’an.The clashes had erupted following a march called for by the political, national, and Islamic forces of the district.Hundreds of youths reportedly gathered on the side of a nearby hill to watch the clashes, but were also targeted by Israeli forces who fired tear gas bombs at the groups.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that in al-Bireh and Bethlehem areas, “rioters” rolled burning tires and hurled rocks at Israeli forces, who responded with “riot-dispersal means.” In al-Bireh, the spokesperson said that .22 caliber rounds were fired at the “main instigators,” while rubber-coated steel bullets were fired at demonstrators in Bethlehem.
Two Palestinians were also injured by live fire in the Ramallah area town of Budrus.
Clashes in Tuqu near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Oct. 16, 2015
In the nearby village of Bilin, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear-gas bombs and stun grenades at protesters as they approached the Israeli separation wall in the area.Locals told Ma’an that the forces chased protesters between olive trees and caused dozens of Palestinians, Israeli and international activists to suffer from tear-gas inhalation.Armed clashes between a group of Palestinian youths and Israeli forces also erupted on Friday in the town of Silwad northeast of Ramallah.The two sides reportedly exchanged fire at the western entrance of the town after an armed group opened fire at Israeli forces attempting to raid the area. Israeli forces retreated and armed clashes continued sporadically throughout the dayClashes had erupted earlier in the day between youths and Israeli forces in the town, and Palestinian medical sources reported five injuries from live Israeli fire.Injuries were also reported as clashes carried on throughout the day on Friday in the Hebron area.
At least 37 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since Oct. 1, 14 of whom were killed in the Gaza Strip.  The majority of Gazans were killed during demonstrations, while a pregnant mother and her two-year-old daughter were killed in an Israeli airstrike on their home.Following Palestinian attacks that have left seven Israelis dead since the beginning of the month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched several punitive measures — labelled collective punishment by rights groups — across occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip in alleged efforts to quell violence.
Measures include the deployment of additional military forces in Israel, expediting punitive demolitions on the family homes of alleged attackers, revoking the residency rights of alleged attackers, and enabling Israeli police to virtually seal Palestinian residential areas of occupied East Jerusalem.  Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh called on Friday for the “intifada to continue,” while the Palestinian Authority has rejected the claim that the territory has entered a long term uprising, insisting that the wave of violence can be controlled and peace restored.
(Source / 16.10.2015)