Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into Two Areas In Gaza

The Israeli army fired, during early dawn hours Monday, several missiles into two sites in the Gaza Strip, causing damage. The army said it was retaliating to flammable balloons reportedly flown from Gaza.

Media sources said the army fired many artillery and tank shells into a site, believed to be run by an armed resistance group, east of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

The attack caused damage to the targeted site, in addition to several surrounding homes and buildings.

The sources added that the army also fired three artillery shells into another site, east of Gaza city, causing damage.

In a statement, the Israeli army claimed it targeted Hamas-run sites in retaliation to flammable balloons, reportedly launched from Gaza, causing 30 fires in Israeli settlements across the perimeter fence.

On Sunday evening, Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at Palestinians on lands near the fence, in Abu Safiyya area, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

One Palestinian was injured after high-velocity gas bombs struck him in the chest, before he was rushed to a hospital.

Local medics also provided treatment to several Palestinians who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises.

It is worth mentioning that the army closed the only trade terminal with Gaza, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from fishing in Gaza territorial waters, this closure also includes barring the entry of fuel.

|Gaza’s only Power Plant to Stop Production by Tuesday|

(Source / 17.08.2020)

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Three Palestinians

A Palestinian worker was shot and injured, Sunday, by an Israeli soldier near the Israeli apartheid wall, near Far’un village, south of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, according to local sources.

Medical sources, from the Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Suhair Ebeit, 35, was shot by Israeli occupation soldiers as he was going to his job inside Israel. The sources described his condition as stable.

One Palestinian young man was shot and injured by Israeli army fire at the entrance to Bethlehem, and another in Gaza, was hit in the chest with a tear-gas canister, Quds News Network reported.

Local sources stated that a young Palestinian man from Bethlehem, in the central occupied West Bank, was shot in the leg by Israeli soldiers, who were stationed near Bilal Bin Rabah mosque. The sources described his medical condition as stable.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army fired tear-gas canisters at Palestinian young men in eastern Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, wounding one young man in the chest. No further information was provided at the time of this report.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

Gaza’s only Power Plant to Stop Production by Tuesday

Chairman of the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority, Zafer Melhem, said that the Gaza Strip’s only power plant will cease operating at full capacity by next Tuesday.

The sole power plant, serving 2 million impoverished Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, runs on industrial fuel, which the occupying state of Israel is blocking from entering the coastal territory.

Melhem told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the power plant will stop operating as a direct result of the Israeli authorities’ closure of Karm Abu Salem crossing, preventing the entry of industrial fuel since last Wednesday.

The crossing, located southeast of Rafah city, in the south, is the only commercial border crossing between Israel and Gaza.

Melhem stressed that this could have disastrous effects on an already desperate population, holding the Israeli authorities responsible for the additional suffering caused by the power shutdown.

Since 2007, Israel has maintained a strict air, land and sea blockade on the tiny coastal enclave, limiting the movement of goods and persons in and out of the Strip.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

Protection of Civilians Report | 28 July – 10 August 2020

Latest Development

12-13 August: Following the continued launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza, which has resulted in the burning of farmland in southern Israel, the Israeli authorities halted the entry of most goods to Gaza, including fuel, reduced the permissible fishing area along Gaza’s coast, and attacked several military positions.

Bi-weekly Highlights

  • On 7 August, a 23-year-old Palestinian woman was shot and killed at her home during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Jenin City. The clashes occurred during a search and arrest operation, during which Palestinian youths threw stones and allegedly threw home-made explosives at Israeli forces, which responded by shooting tear gas canisters. The woman was hit by a live bullet while closing the window of her home, reportedly to prevent the entry of tear gas. The ambulance that evacuated the woman to the hospital was also hit by live bullets. Palestinian sources attributed the fatal shooting to Israeli forces. According to the Israeli military, as cited by the media, the Israeli force involved in the incident denied the use of live ammunition. The clashes ended without injuries or arrests.
  • 100 Palestinians, including 15 children, were injured in various clashes across the West Bank. The largest incident, which accounted for 91 of the injuries, took place during a protest held on 7 August in Turmus’ayya village (Ramallah) against land confiscation and settlement expansion. Another eight injuries were recorded during four search and arrest operations, out of a total of 117 such operations conducted during the reporting period. One additional Palestinian was injured during the weekly demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia). Four of this period’s injuries were by live ammunition, 11 by rubber-coated steal bullets and 13 by physical assault, while the rest were treated for tear gas inhalation. Additionally, a soldier was hit by a stone and injured in the H1 area of Hebron City.
  • Since 5 August, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been launching dozens of incendiary balloons every day, resulting in the burning of extensive farm land in southern Israel. This practice had been discontinued following the suspension of the ‘Great March of Return’ protests in December 2019. The Israeli Nature and Parks Authority reported the burning of at least 1,000 dunams of land, as of 10 August. Following these acts, the Israeli air force targeted several military sites in Gaza, which resulted in no casualties.
  • On 2 August, a Palestinian armed group fired a rocket towards southern Israel, following which Israeli air force attacked an armed group’s position and agricultural land. Limited property damage was reported on both sides.
  • On at least 27 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near Israel’s perimeter fence around Gaza, and off its coast, presumably to enforce access restrictions, resulting in no injuries or damage to property.
  • In the West Bank, 43 structures were demolished or seized for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 108 Palestinians and otherwise affecting around 240 others. Thirty-three of the targeted structures were in Area C, including 13 in four Palestinian Bedouin communities located within or next to an area planned for the expansion of the Ma’ale Adummim settlement (the E1 area). Also in Area C, 14 people were displaced in Susiya village (South Hebron) after the donor-funded tent where they lived was demolished. Four more structures were targeted in Khallet Sakariya (Bethlehem) and Fraseen (Jenin) on the basis of the Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order’. In Fraseen, 18 structures were also served with stop-work and removal orders. The other ten structures demolished were in East Jerusalem, including five houses demolished by their owners following the issuance of demolitions orders.
  • Three Palestinians were injured, and Palestinian-owned property vandalized, by assailants believed to be settlers. Three of the incidents were reportedly perpetrated by settlers from the Adei Ad unauthorized settlement outpost in northeast Ramallah: a physical assault of two farmers; a ramming attack which killed eight sheep and injured 12; and the setting on fire of 30 grape vines. During the latter incident, a settler opened fire at Palestinians who tried to put out the fire, forcing them to leave; no injuries were reported. Nearby, next to the Shilo settlement, another 15 sheep were killed after the grazing grass was reportedly poisoned. In Kafr ad Dik and Yasuf (Salfit), 15 olive trees were vandalized, and fences and steel poles were stolen. In Fara’ata (Qalqilia), two vehicles were set on fire and Hebrew graffiti was sprayed on the walls some village’s homes.
  • One Israeli woman was injured and six vehicles were damaged as a result of stone throwing by Palestinians at Israeli-plated vehicles driving on West Bank roads, according to Israeli sources.

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(Source / 17.08.2020)

PCHR: “IOF Tightens Gaza Strip Closure, Gaza Sea Completely Closed and Fishermen Denied Work”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): On Sunday morning, 16 August 2020, Israeli authorities announced complete closure of the Gaza sea, allegedly in response to the launch of incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), declared the immediate and complete closure of the Gaza Sea, starting from Sunday morning until further notice.

This decision followed the Israeli authorities’ former decisions to reduce the fishing area from 15 to 8 nautical miles issued three days ago and to close Karm Abu Salem crossing issued five days ago, except for the transportation of goods for vital humanitarian cases and fuel.

Since today’s morning, Israeli gunboats chased Palestinian fishermen and opened fire at them while sailing within 1.5-3 nautical miles off the Gaza Strip shore, forcing them to flee and stop fishing.

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)’s fieldworkers’ documentation, on 14 August 2020, Israeli naval forces stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing at 3 nautical miles, heavily opened fire and pumped water at them. As a result, fisherman Ghaith ‘Eliyan Mohammed Abu ‘Oun (22), from the al-Salateen neighborhood, sustained minor wounds caused by a rubber bullet in his foot.

The livelihoods of 4,160 fishermen and 700 workers in professions associated with the fishing sector; the main providers for their families (a total of 27,700 persons) are threatened with further deterioration with the Israeli authorities’ decision to completely close the sea and deprive fishermen from practicing their job freely.

Even before this decision,  Gazan fishermen already suffered an inability to fish and sail freely in the allowed fishing area due to the recurrent Israeli attacks at sea, the entry ban of equipment and necessary supplies for fishermen. Consequently, hundreds of fishermen are effectively unable to provide their families’ basic needs, such as food, medicine, clothing, and education.

Furthermore, the impact of the new Israeli decisions would deepen the humanitarian and living crises in the Gaza Strip, especially raising unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity. Statistics pre-recent restrictions indicate a dangerous unemployment rate at 46%, i.e. 211,300 unemployed workers; this rate is highest among youth at 63%.

Also, more than half of the Gaza Strip population suffers poverty, as data from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) indicate that the prevalence of poverty among the Gaza Strip population exceeds 53%, and more than 62.2% of the Gaza population is classified as food insecure according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

PCHR believes that these decisions fall under the framework of the complete, illegal, and unhumanitarian closure policy imposed by the Israeli authorities on the Gaza Strip since June 2007. PCHR asserts that the complete closure of the Gaza Sea is a form of collective punishment and an act of revenge against Palestinian civilians.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

Illegal Israeli Colonists Burn 13 Palestinian Cars In Jerusalem

Many fanatic illegal Israeli colonists burnt, on Monday at dawn, thirteen Palestinian cars, and wrote racist graffiti, in Beit Safa town, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The colonists infiltrated the town at dawn, before setting thirteen Palestinian cars ablaze, while parked in front of their owners’ homes.

The cars were completely burnt and destroyed. The Israeli assailants also wrote racist, anti-Palestinian graffiti, before fleeing the town.

The attack is part of numerous and escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinians, their property, and their holy sites in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

Israel’s colonies in the West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

More intellectuals boycott UAE events following normalization with ‘Israel’

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Novelist Issa Qawasmeh from occupied Jerusalem announced that he canceled the signing ceremony of his book “The Victory of Rage”, which was supposed to be held in Sharjah this year in protest against the UAE-Israel normalization agreement.

On his Facebook account, Qawasmeh said his decision came responding to calls by intellectuals to boycott cultural events in the UAE.

Novelist Yahya Khalaf had also announced on Sunday that he asked the publisher of his novel to withdraw it from the Booker Prize.

The Kuwaiti author Abdullah Salloum also announced withdrawal from all cultural events and business deals with the UAE, while Ahmad Abu Islim withdrew from the Booker Prize and called on Arab intellectuals to boycott the country after it normalized its relations with the occupation state.

Several Arab and Palestinian intellectuals had announced boycotting cultural and award events planned in the UAE following the normalization agreement between the Gulf country and the occupation state of ‘Israel’.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

Palestinian man wounded with Israeli fire at Qalandya military checkpoint

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Monday opened fire at a Palestinian man at Qalandya military checkpoint in northern Jerusalem.

Witnesses revealed that Israeli soldiers opened fire at the young man, whose identity and conditions are still unknown.

After the shooting, Israeli soldiers closed the checkpoint for Palestinian vehicles.

Israeli channel 12 said Israeli soldiers opened fire at a 50-year-old man, claiming that they thought that he was carrying a knife before finding out that he wasn’t.

The channel added that he was wounded in his legs and sent to a hospital.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

Two Palestinians wounded by Israeli army fire

An Israeli soldier fires towards Palestinian protesters during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron April 11, 2014

Bethlehem (QNN)- Local sources said that one Palestinian young man was wounded with an Israeli bullet at the northern entry to Bethlehem, while another was hit with an Israeli tear gas canister in his chest in northern Gaza.

the sources said that a young man from Bethlehem was shot in his right leg by Israeli soldiers, stationed near Bilal Bin Rabah mosque.

The sources added that his medical condition is stable.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army shot tear gas canisters at Palestinian young men in eastern Jabalya in northern Gaza Strip, wounding a young man in his chest.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

Gaza to plunge in full darkness in days

Since 2018, Gaza has only eight hours of electricity per day

The only power plant in besieged Gaza Strip to shut down on Tuesday and the coastal enclave would plunge in full darkness due to new Israeli punishing measures.

In a statement, the Palestinian Power Authority said: “The power plant is to completely shut down on Tuesday when the fuel needed to operate it runs out.”

Since 2018, Gaza has only eight hours of electricity per day.

Before this date, Gaza had only four hours of electricity every day due to the strict Israeli siege.

In 2006, Israeli occupation bombed one out of three turbines of the plant and Israel has so far preventing its repair.

(Source / 17.08.2020)