Ministry: Gaza’s health system close to collapse

Health system Gaza

Spokesman for Gaza’s Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qedra, on Friday said that Gaza’s health system is on the verge of collapse as hospitals in the besieged territory are expected to face a total power blackout by the end of February.

Al-Qedra said in a press statement that the Ministry has been forced to cut back on some basic services in an effort to optimize the use of the remaining amount of fuel.

According to al-Qedra, the Palestinian Authority (PA) government two weeks ago announced the allocation of one million shekels for the fuel needed to operate Gaza’s hospitals for ten days, yet no actual steps have been witnessed on the ground. He pointed out that such grant requires at least 3 months of coordination with the UN bodies.

He called on all Palestinian and concerned parties to work to save health institutions in Gaza.

Gaza’s Ministry of Health in the past few days has been forced to close a hospital and seven medical centers due to the acute fuel shortage plaguing the Gaza Strip and the PA government’s failure to fulfill its responsibilities of providing fuel and medical supplies to the Ministry.

(Source / 02.02.2018)

Palestinian injured after being shot by settler near Ramallah

Young man being shot Ramallah

A Palestinian young man was injured at night Thursday after being shot by an Israeli settler northwest of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

A local source reported that Mohammed Msaffar, 25, was shot by a settler in the foot while heading to his village Mazari al-Nubani, adding that he was transferred to a local medical center for treatment.

Nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and repeatedly carry out attacks against the Palestinian citizens and their property.

(Source / 02.02.2018)

Israel closes Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem

Closing Pal institutions

Israel Hayom newspaper on Friday said that the Israeli authorities have decided to close a number of Palestinian institutions in Occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Hebrew newspaper, the Israeli Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, on Thursday issued a decision to close the Palestine Chamber of Commerce, the Higher Council of Tourism, the Palestinian Center for Studies, the Palestinian Prisoner Society and the Office of Social Studies and Statistics.

Erdan’s decision was based on an Israeli law issued in 1994 preventing the Palestinian Authority from opening offices or carrying out activities in “Israeli areas”. The same law grants the minister the authority to issue decisions prohibiting such activities.

The paper said, quoting Erdan, that efforts will continue to impose Israeli sovereignty over every part of Jerusalem.

This decision falls in line with a series of Israeli violations that have been stepped up in Occupied Jerusalem following the US president Donald Trump’s recognition of the holy city as the capital of Israel on 6th December 2017.

(Source / 02.02.2018)

5 Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli army near Gaza borders

5 Pal's kidnapped Gaza border

The Israeli occupation forces kidnapped five Palestinian young men allegedly after they crept into territories occupied in 1948 via Gaza’s border fence.

According to the Hebrew-speaking 0404 news site, the Israeli army kidnapped a Palestinian youth after he crossed the border fence on way to 1948 Occupied Palestine.

Four more Palestinians were kidnapped by the occupation forces on the same allegations.

The Israeli army spokesman claimed that the arrestees were carrying knives and a grenade and heading to an Israeli settlement.

He added that the four Palestinians hid behind sand dunes for fear of being hit by Israeli snipers and tank shells, before they were located and kidnapped.

(Source / 02.02.2018)

Assad Regime & Russia Continue Relentless Bombing Campaign Against Civilians

Russia and the Assad regime air forces have expanded their bombing campaign on civilian areas, targeting new areas in Aleppo and Hama provinces. The bombings claimed the lives of dozens of civilians, including many children and women.

Local activists said that 20 civilians were killed and 30 others wounded in airstrikes by the Russian forces and artillery shelling by regime forces on the villages and towns of southern rural Aleppo on Thursday. The most violent shelling targeted the villages of Musheirfa and Jizraya in southern rural Aleppo.

Russian forces used cluster bombs in the airstrikes on the villages of Umm al-Karamil, Ziyara, Tal Alloush, and Zamar in southern rural Aleppo.

Activists in Idlib province pointed out that the airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks continued unabated on the town of Sarqib, forcing the majority of the town’s residents to flee their homes. At least six civilians, including two volunteers with the Syrian Civil Defense, were killed in the airstrikes on Saraqib.

Similar attacks targeted the town of Kfranbouda in rural Hama, killing eight civilians and wounding many others.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the Syrian Coalition said that the Russian occupation and regime forces continue pursue policies aimed at killing and the displacement of the Syrian people.

“In addition to the continued killing and escalation, the bombing campaign is also causing massive destruction, chaos, and forced displacement of civilians. These atrocious crimes have time and again demonstrated that the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies know only how to kill and commit crimes and that every initiative on the political level is nothing but a media hype aimed at gaining more time,” the Coalition added.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 02.02.2018)

Israel attack on historic mosque in Jaffa city

Mosque in Jaffa, Israel, which came under attack by racists

Mosque in Jaffa, Israel, which came under attack by racists

An extremist Israeli attacked a historic mosque in the city of Jaffa yesterday.

Sheikh Ahmed Ajwa, the imam of the Hassan Bek Mosque in Jaffa, part of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality in Israel, said an unidentified man approached the mosque during the muezzin’s call for the dawn prayers and threw an empty bottle at the mosque.

Abu Ajwa added that an unidentified man who speaks Hebrew insulted Islam and Muslims and then threw a bottle with an unknown material at the mosque’s front gate.

He pointed out that this is not the first attack against the iconic mosque, and he expects it will not be the last.

Sheikh Abu Ajwa held the Israeli police and security forces fully responsible for the attacks, calling on Palestinian citizens of the city to intensify their presence at the mosque.

Read: Israel bans call to prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque 49 times

(Source / 02.02.2018)

Ahead of Havat Gilad ‘legalisation’, Israel settlers urge approval for 24 outposts

Havat Gilad settlement

Ahead of this Sunday’s expected approval by the Israeli government of the retroactive “legalisation” of Havat Gilad settlement outpost, Israeli settlers are urging authorities to take similar steps in the case of 24 additional outposts.

Speaking with Arutz Sheva yesterday, senior settler official Shilo Adler praised the anticipated transformation of Havat Gilad from an illegal outpost to an official settlement as a “historic event”.

Adler urged the Israeli authorities to take similar steps with other settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank.

“The Israeli government has to take an initiative,” he said. “There is a rare window of opportunity here with a right-wing government and a lack of a Palestinian peace partner and with American support.”

Read: Netanyahu vows to turn illegal outpost into official settlement by next week

“We are in the midst of a time period which I do not know if we will ever have again,” he added.

On Wednesday, Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced via Twitter that Havat Gilad will be “legalised” on Sunday.

“We promised and the decision to normalize Havat as a full-fledged community will be brought to the cabinet for approval this Sunday,” he tweeted.

All Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law.

(Source / 02.02.2018)

Tunisia journalists protest ‘erosion of press freedoms’

Journalists stage demonstration in Tunis to protest alleged restrictions on their activities by interior ministry

Tunisian journalists on Friday staged a demonstration in Tunis to protest alleged government restrictions on their activities.

Held outside the headquarters of the Tunisian Journalists Syndicate, protesters decried restrictions on their journalistic activities imposed by Tunisia’s Interior Ministry.

Organized by syndicate members, Friday’s protest was endorsed by the Tunisian Human Rights League, an NGO; the Tunisian General Labor Union, the country’s largest labor union; and a number of prominent political and judicial figures.

“The current government, especially Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem, remain silent while journalists are being subject to persecution,” syndicate head Naji Baghouri said on the demonstration’s sidelines.

He went on to call for a nationwide general strike if government ministers remained “complicit” in the persecution of journalists.

Baghouri pointed in particular to the interior minister’s recent admission — made during a Monday session of parliament — that the ministry was tapping certain journalists’ phones.

Amna Guellali, director of Human Rights Watch’s Tunis office, told Anadolu Agency: “Today’s protest comes against the backdrop of the ongoing erosion of press freedoms in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution.”

(Source / 02.02.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Twenty Palestinians In Jerusalem

02 FEB
1:04 PM

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, at least twenty Palestinians in the al-‘Isawiya village, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers assaulted dozens of nonviolent protesters, who marched following Friday prayers at the local mosque, protesting the Israeli violations, and the illegal U.S. recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel.

The added that the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force, and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Medical sources said at least twenty Palestinians were injured and received the needed treatment.

(Source / 02.02.2018)

Updated: Army Injures Eleven Palestinians In Al-Biereh

02 FEB
6:32 PM

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, eleven Palestinians with live rounds, and rubber-coated steel bullets, at the northern entrance of al-Biereh city, in the Ramallah and al-Biereh governorate, in central West Bank.

The soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians who were marching against the ongoing Israeli occupation and its colonialist policies, in addition to the illegal U.S. recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel, in direct violation of International Law and all related United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

Medical sources said the soldiers fired many live rounds, wounding seven Palestinians, and added that the army injured four others with rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Many local youths burnt tires, and hurled stones at the invading army jeeps.

Furthermore, the soldiers assaulted many journalists, and forced them out of the area, to prevent them from documenting the unfolding events.

Wassel Abu Yousef, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Front, said the Israeli violence, and the excessive use of force, will not deter the Palestinians, adding that the protests will continue despite the American stances and illegal policies.

“There can be no peace without Jerusalem, without liberation, self-determination and the Right of Return of all refugees,” he said, “The U.S. cannot take Jerusalem off the negotiations’ table, in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

Essam Bakr, the coordinator of the National and Islamic Factions in Palestine, said this protest is part of ongoing processions and activities, in various parts of occupied Palestine, including its occupied capital, Jerusalem.

“Our message, the message of the people and the leadership, is unified,” he said, “There can be no peace without Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.”

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also attacked dozens of protesters along the eastern and northern borders of the Gaza Strip, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Hundreds of Palestinians matched in various parts of the coastal region, including Jabalia, in northern Gaza, al-Boreij in the Central District, and Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, while the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

Also on Friday, the soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, and injured several Palestinians.

In addition, the soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, causing many protesters to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Also, dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists held the weekly nonviolent procession in Bil’in, west of Ramallah,

In addition, the soldiers attacked dozens of nonviolent Palestinian and international protesters, in Budrus village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

In related news, the soldiers injured at least twenty Palestinians in the al-‘Isawiya village, in occupied East Jerusalem.

(Source / 02.02.2018)