Lebanese Foreign affairs ministry denounces Israeli aggression on Gaza

BEIRUT, PALESTINOW.COM — The Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Monday denounced the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The ministry, in statement, called on the international community to promptly act to stop the Israeli raids and the ‘brutal’ shelling of residential areas in the Gaza Strip.

The ministry further offered its condolences to the families of the victims who were killed in the latest Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

At least ten Palestinians have been killed in Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip since Sunday.

(Source / 13.11.2018)

Israel denies ex-Arab MK early release

Image of Basel Ghattas, a member of the Israeli Knesset [arab48]

Basel Ghattas, former member of the Israeli Knesset

Former Palestinian-Israeli Member of the Knesset Basel Ghattas hasn’t expressed adequate remorse for his crimes to warrant early release, a parole board ruled today.

Ghattas, who was convicted in March 2017 of smuggling mobile phones to Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, had appealed to have his time in Gilboa Prison reduced by a third.

The Ministry of Justice said in a statement today that the parole board had accepted the state prosecutor’s recommendation and denied the application.

READ: Israeli Knesset dismisses Arab MK after he criticises killing Palestinians

“That is, among others, in light of the severity of the offenses for which he was convicted, which undeniably harmed the state’s security, and also because he didn’t express genuine remorse for his actions despite admitting he committed them,” the statement said.

Ghattas was convicted “of fraud, breach of trust, providing means to commit an act of terrorism, smuggling electronic contraband and breaking prison ordnances” and handed a two-year jail term.

(Source / 13.11.2018)

Israel stops Jerusalem students reaching school

Palestinian Bedouin children wait in line before they enter classrooms at the only school in the region 'Itarat School' in Khan al-Ahmar region of Jerusalem on 16 July, 2018 [Ä°ssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Bedouin children wait in line before they enter classrooms at the only school in the region ‘Itarat School’ in Khan al-Ahmar region of Jerusalem on 16 July, 2018

Israeli occupation forces yesterday obstructed Palestinian students as they travelled to their school in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, Jordan’s Assabeel newspaper reported.

The Palestinian students in Silwan attend a school located to the south of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Israeli occupation forces set up several flying checkpoints along their route.

Wadi Al-Hilwa Information Centre said that the Israeli occupation forces forced the Palestinian students to disembark from their school bus to be inspected.

This, according to the information centre, caused a traffic jam and massive delays to students and workers using the road.

READ: Israeli army raids West Bank school on Arafat anniversary

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45 Palestinian schools under Israeli demolition threat

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(Source / 13.11.2018)

Fatah: Qatar supporting internal Palestinian division

Senior member of Fatah’s Central Committee, Azzam Al-Ahmad

Senior member of Fatah’s Central Committee, Azzam Al-Ahmad

Member of Fatah Central Committee Azzam Al-Ahmad yesterday accused Qatar of supporting the internal Palestinian division because it paid the salaries of the civil servants in Gaza, Safareported.

His remarks came during a celebration of the 14th anniversary of late Fatah leader Yasser Arafat held in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Al-Ahmad called for Hamas not to politicise the truce and not to make political concessions that undermine the national project “in cooperation with Qatar which fostered the division and participated in planning for it.”

READ: Israeli army raids West Bank school on Arafat anniversary

He added: “[US President Donald] Trump put pressure on a number of Arab states in order to fund the division and Qatar stepped in through paying the salaries via Israel.”

The senior Fatah leader expressed his movement’s rejection of this.

Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas slashed 50 per cent of the salaries of the civil servants in Gaza and cut funding to the Gaza Strip which has been under an Egyptian-backed Israeli blockage since 2007.

(Source / 13.11.2018)

Hamas condemn Israel destruction of Al Aqsa TV station

Israeli fighter jets launched 10 missiles at Al-Aqsa TV in Gaza, entire building destroyed, say witnesses

The Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas – has condemned Israel’s destruction of Al Aqsa TV station in the Gaza Strip. A spokesman for the movement,  Fawzi Barhoum, described the targeting of the TV Channel and demolishing of its headquarters as a blatant act of aggression against journalism and all free voices dedicated to communicating the truth.

Barhoum called on international, legal and media organisations to denounce this latest act of Israeli aggression against journalism and freedom of expression.

Hamas said that Israel’s crimes would never stop Palestinian journalists from continuing their humanitarian and professional mission to expose the occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

Read: Israel strikes positions in Gaza as tensions mount

In airstrikes late Monday, Israeli fighter jets tried to wipe the Hamas-run TV station in Gaza off the map.

Firing 10 missiles at the Al-Aqsa TV station, Israeli jets destroyed its headquarters, witnesses said.

Amid the airstrikes, the station went off the air briefly before resuming operations. Many buildings around the station were also damaged.

(Source / 13.11.2018)

Updates: Israeli Fighters Bombed Residential, Government Buildings

Targeting residential buildings in Gaza turned hundreds of families homeless

On day two for the Israeli offensive on Gaza Strip, the Israeli occupation army said that it would continue and intensify its strikes, as well as to target more residential buildings.

Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli occupation said to have agreed on a ceasefire, starting from this evening.

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Death: Palestinian citizen Khalid Ma’rouf, 29, was killed in a fresh Israeli airstrike.

Strikes: Fresh Israeli airstrikes in Rafah.

Death: Body of Palestinian citizen killed in an Israeli airstrike in the east of Gaza City, Mus’ab Hawwas, arrived in hospital.

Death: The Palestinian, who was killed a while ago, was identified as Mus’ab Hawwas, 20.

Death: One Palestinian was killed and torn into pieces in an Israeli strike in the east of the Gaza City.

More strikes: Israeli media reported a spokesperson of the Israeli arm ysaying that it would bound Gaza with more intensive strikes.

Residential buildings: Israeli fighters bombed and completely destroyed five multi-story residential buildings across the Gaza Strip since the night.

Death: One Palestinian, identified as Iyad al-Sultan, a farmer, was killed in an Israeli strike in his farm in Beit Lahiya.

The Israeli bombings turned hundreds of Gaza families homeless. To be without a home at this time of the year, during winter, is very difficult and unbearable.

Hundreds of children have been reported traumatised due to the heavy bombardment of the Israeli fighters and the continuous buzzing of the Israeli drones.

Schools, universities, banks and government offices were asked to close their doors in order to avoid being targeted by the Israeli occupation when there are masses of people there.

Israeli occupation has previously targeted schools and several places previously when there were masses of people and caused tens of casualties at the same time.

One Palestinian youth, Ahmad abdul-Al, from Rafah, was reported dead by an Israeli attack.

Israeli media reported more Israeli tanks and troops heading to the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, preparing for a massive onslaught.

More Israeli tanks and troops are heading to Gaza.

(Source / 13.11.2018)

Palestinians, Israeli Occupation Said Reached Ceasefire

During the tension, Israeli killed 14 Palestinians and wounded more than 30 others

After three days of tension and Israeli violations, Palestinian resistance in Gaza Strip and the Israeli occupation reportedly reached ceasefire.

The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas said that it would be committed to the ceasefire as long as the Israeli occupation is committed to it.

Israeli media reported Israeli diplomatic sources that a ceasefire was mediated by Egypt and international brokers.

The joint group of the Palestinian resistance announced they reached a ceasefire, but pledged not to bear any Israeli violation to it.

(Source / 13.11.2018)


Israel’s occupation forces continued their attacks against besieged Gaza Strip on Monday, with deadly results. The deaths of seven resistance fighters and one Israeli occupation soldier late on Sunday were followed by those of four more victims – three of them Palestinians.

Israeli occupation carried out at least 70 separate air-strikes in Gaza on Monday, while resistance groups are claimed to have fired 396 rockets (and mortars, according to some sources) to ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948.

Al-Aqsa TV headquarters being bombed by Israel

Beyond resistance sites wide variety of civilian targets were hit by Israel. They range from the al-Aqsa TV headquarters, which was hit up to ten missiles, to University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza City and al-Amal hotel was also hit by Israeli airstrike. Also targeted were civilian homes of the Dahair family in Rafah and al-Breem family in Khan Younis. Some of the members of the families are said to be members of the Hamas movement.

Damage to the University College of Applied Sciences

Two members of Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the left-wing PFLP, were killed in the bombing in northern part of the small coastal enclave. They were identified as Mohammad Zakariya al-Tatri(27) and Mohammed Zohdi Odeh(22).

In the south a third person, identified in different sources as Hamad Mohammad al-Nahal(23) and Ahmad Mousa Al-Nahhal(27) was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah. We have no information whether he was a civilian or a resistance member, an if the latter, what his affiliation could have been. The fourth victim Musa Iyad Abdel-Aal(22) was a member of al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

9 other Palestinians have been wounded, while 1 Israeli civilian died and 2 were critically injured when a rocket hit an apartment building in the ethnically cleansed city of Ashkelon north of the Gaza Strip. 19-year-old Israeli occupation forces’ soldier was wounded when a bus used by Israel’s occupation forces was hit near Gaza and 6 Israeli civilians were ‘lightly injured’ in the town of Sderot, built atop an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village.

Bus used by Israel’s occupation forces was hit

(Source / 13.11.2018) 

Man killed by Palestinian shell in Ashkelon, 2 women critically wounded

13 NOV
4:32 AM

A day after the Israeli military invaded Gaza in a flagrant violation of the ceasefire negotiated with Palestinian factions, Palestinian resistance fighters fired several hundred crude homemade shells into Israel. One of these shells hit an apartment building in Ashkelon, killing a 48-year old man and wounding two women.

Update: Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that the man is reportedly from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and not an Israeli citizen, and added that his identity is yet to be confirmed.

His name is Mahmoud Abdul-Hamid Abu Asba.

Another shell fired earlier in the day by Palestinian resistance fighters hit a military transport bus, severely wounding a 19-year old soldier.

The shells fired by the Palestinian resistance rarely explode on impact, and cause damage only when they directly hit a building, putting a hole in the roof of the building about a foot in diameter. They can be deadly if they directly hit a person, but such direct hits are rare as they are fired blindly from Gaza into Israel with no way to aim them.

The Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza, in contrast, are highly sophisticated with laser-guided targeting and massive firepower. The bombs are each at least 250 lbs of explosives, and multiple bombs are dropped on each target. On Monday alone, Israeli bombs obliterated at least six multi-story buildings.

The escalation begun by Israel on Sunday came after more than seven months of weekly non-violent demonstrations by Palestinian civilians at the border fence – during which time no recognized Palestinian resistance groups fired shells into Israel, but over 200 Palestinians were killed with more than 20,000 wounded – 4,000 of whom were wounded with live ammunition fired by Israeli forces at the demonstrators.

The Israeli medical service Magen David Adom reported that they had treated 23 Israelis for light injuries from shrapnel and smoke inhalation, in addition to the two Israelis critically injured in the shelling that killed one in Ashkelon Monday night.

The Israeli Security Cabinet plans to convene on Tuesday to plan Israel’s next steps in this latest military assault on Gaza, in which 3 Palestinians were killed on Monday and 7 on Sunday, as well as dozens wounded from shrapnel, artillery fire and live ammunition fired from military bases along the Gaza-Israel border.

The Israeli military spokesperson responded to the shells fired in response to Israel’s invasion of Gaza on Sunday by blaming Hamas, claiming, “Hamas is leading the Gaza Strip towards destruction”.

The Israeli military stated that around 300 shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, 60 of which were intercepted by Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ defense, in which surface-to-air missiles are fired to intercept the shells in mid-air. The vast majority of the remainder of the shells landed in open areas and the Negev Desert.

(Source / 13.11.2018)

Army Kills Two Palestinians In Gaza

13 NOV
1:01 PM

Israeli soldiers killed, Tuesday, two Palestinians, and injured many others, in a series of air strikes targeting residential buildings, lands and structures, in various parts of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the army killed Mos’ab Hos, 20, in Malaka area, east of the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

The Israeli missile severely mutilated the remains of the slain Palestinians, and caused various injuries and burns to at least three others.

Dr. al-Qedra added that the soldiers also killed Khaled Riyad Ahmad Sultan, 26, who working on his own farmland, in the Salateen area, west of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, after firing a missile at his land.

Their deaths bring the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli army and shells in Gaza, in less than two days, to six while dozens have been injured, some seriously.

Furthermore, the soldiers injured at least two Palestinians after the army fired missiles into an area near a local mosque, east of Rafah, in southern Gaza.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army carried out many strikes in several parts of the Gaza Strip, causing excessive property damage, including many buildings and roads.

An Israeli fighter-jet fired missiles into a residential building in the densely-populated ar-Rimal neighborhood, in the center of Gaza city.

The building, owned by members of the al-Yaziji family, was completely leveled to the ground, while many surrounded homes and properties were damaged.

The escalation came hours after the army targeted many residential neighborhoods, and various buildings, including government-run facilities, and a hotel west of Gaza city.


(Source / 13.11.2018)