Gaza (QNN)- Nearly one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza face food shortages due to the Israeli blockade as well as slashed global funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, reported an NGO on Saturday.
In a statement on the World Refugee Day, Jamal al-Khoudary, chairman of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Siege, said “A genuine decline in support from donors has had serious repercussions on the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and other Arab states.”
He added that USA decision to halt funds, estimated to be around $360 million annually, for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) two years ago had severely impacted the agency’s operations.
World Refugee Day is marked globally on June 20 and focuses on increasing awareness about the suffering of millions of refugees across the world.
Gaza Strip was subjected to three Israeli aggressions, in 2008, 2012, and 2014, causing the destruction of many buildings and increasing the suffering of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip.
“I will never make my children remember that I demolished our house”, Rajabi said explaining the reason why he preferred paying the heavy fine instead of demolishing his house himself
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- ‘Israel’ demolished the house of Rajabi family in Silwan, Jerusalem this morning, displacing a family of six.
The Israeli police, accompanied by crews from the Israeli municipality of occupied Jerusalem, broke into the house of Muhammad Rajabi and demolished it, displacing Muhammad and his wife and four children.
The Israelis demolished the house manually as bulldozers couldn’t reach the area. Israeli cops surrounded the area and prevented locals and journalists from reaching it.
“They didn’t even find peace in their news house”, Muhammad’s brother, Ibrahim, told QNN. “While he was building the 60 square meter house, the Israelis issued the first notification. Then as soon as he settled in it with his family, they received the second demolition order.”
Rajabi had tried to prevent the demolition through Israeli courts but of no avail.
Rajabi has four children, the oldest of them is 8 years old while the youngest in only several months. “They cried a lot when they knew that they will leave the new house and live in one small room in their grandparents’ house”.
Muhammad was ordered before to demolish his house himself but he rejected to do that. “I will never make my children remember that I demolished our house”, he said explaining the reason why he preferred paying the heavy fine instead of demolishing his house himself.
Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Three Palestinians were reportedly wounded during an attack by Israeli settlers in the village of Ras Karkar in western Ramallah this morning.
Local sources said settlers from the illegal settlement of Nahla’il attacked Rateb Abu Fkheideh (62 years old), his son Othman (28 years old), and grandson Muheib (18 years old) while they were working in their land.
All of the three men were sent to a hospital after the attack.
Israeli settlers commit daily crimes against native Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Settlers’ violence increased after Trump came into power and especially after he announced the annexation of illegal settlement in the occupied territories in his peace plan.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the higher Islamic commission in Occupied Jerusalem, warned that the Islamic Waqf could gradually lose control over Al Aqsa mosque.
Sabri stressed that the situation in the holy mosque is very critical, noting that Arab countries “abandoned Jerusalem and Al Aqsa mosque and encouraged the occupation [state] through normalization to continue its crimes.”
He added that the occupation state planned to turn the Mercy prayer room into a synagogue but the worshipers’ efforts to reopen it foiled the Israeli plans, which pushed the Israelis to prevent Sheik Sabri, as well as dozens of worshipers who insisted on performing prayers in the Mercy prayer room, from entry to the holy mosque.
In the same vein, 106 Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli police, broke into the holy mosque this morning. The attackers included 30 Jewish fanatics, who study in extremist religious institutions.
One of the settlers drank water from one of the mosque’s Sabeels, which are used by worshipers for ablution, provoking worshipers and causing tension.
Bethlehem (QNN)- Israeli forces have opened fire at a Palestinian young man at the Container military checkpoint in Bethlehem, critically wounding the young man.
The Israeli army claimed the young man tried to run over Israeli soldiers. An Israeli policewoman war reportedly wounded in the accident.
The young man has reportedly died. Video footage revealed that Israeli soldiers left him to bleed until he died.
Wafa quoted official sources, who said that the young man did not run over anyone. However, his car skidded off the road into a glass room where Israeli soldiers were located. The soldiers immediately opened intensive fire at the young man then left him to bleed until he died.
The Israelis closed both sides of the checkpoint for Palestinians.