This device will contribute to detecting and testing suspected coronavirus cases, especially with the spread of the virus inside the Gaza Strip
The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced that it had detected new cases of the coronavirus in Gaza over the past 24 hours.
According to the ministry, the number of active infections is currently 402, all from within the general population, the highest number since the coronavirus epidemic hit the Strip.
The Ministry of Health and security services in the Gaza Strip continue to close large areas and quarantine some buildings and people who have been in contact with confirmed cases in an attempt to contain the crisis.
Yesterday, the ministry received equipment to test 20,000 swabs as part of the recent understandings that took place and with the support of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, costing $150,000.
This device will contribute to detecting and testing suspected coronavirus cases, especially with the spread of the virus inside the Gaza Strip
It noted that it is still in the stage of containing the epidemic and stopping the outbreak. The ministry stated that this is a sensitive stage that requires stopping all movement except for absolute necessity and in accordance with the strict preventive measures.
President Donald Trump’s bid to get Gulf countries to normalise relations with Israel without ending the Zionist state’s brutal occupation and guaranteeing statehood for Palestinians, has been dealt a severe blow. Bahrain has refused to follow in the footsteps of the UAE and insisted that it would only normalise ties with Israel when regional power-house, Saudi Arabia, strikes a deal with Tel Aviv.
Manama’s stance was communicated to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was on a visit to Bahrain a day after leading a US-Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi to mark the start of talks toward full open diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Kushner’s hope of getting Bahrain to shift its position was dashed when told by King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa that he will not strike a deal with Israel before the region’s heavyweight, Saudi Arabi, acts. Though Riyadh has hailed the UAE-Israel initiative, it has maintained its traditional position, in keeping with the decades-old stance of most Arab nations, insisting that there will be no move to normalise relations with Israel until the occupying state agrees on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
In 2002 the late King Abdullah offered Israel full normalisation in return for Palestinian statehood in a deal known as the Arab Peace Initiative. The peace offer has never been taken up by Israel and instead, the Zionist state has worked to entrench its occupation further. Critics, citing the Arab initiative, have argued that when faced with a genuine peace offer, Israel has chosen land grab over peace.
Security consideration has been cited as one of the major reasons for the UAE breaking ranks with its Arab neighbours to normalise ties with Israel. Abu Dhabi’s insistence that the normalisation deal prevented further annexation of Palestinian territory has been met with dismay not least because the Israelis have said the pause in further annexation, which is illegal to begin with, is only temporary.
Opponents of the deal have argued that it does nothing of the sort and instead helps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli right to cement their position. The Likud leader has always maintained that he could force Arab countries to reverse the “land for peace” formula – which has been the bedrock of any solution – by normalising ties with Arab autocrats without giving an inch of occupied land back to the Palestinians.
The Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, announced on Monday night the end of a period of cross border tension. Thanking Egyptian and Qatari mediation for the understanding with Israel, Hamas stressed that it had won a new battle with the occupation state.
The Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, made the announcement in Doha, where he is staying at the moment. He stressed that the Qatari mediation was “fruitful” and the “loyal” Qatari efforts brought tranquillity to the besieged coastal territory after a month of “continuous Israeli violations and aggression”.
The Hamas leader insisted that the Palestinian resistance had been successful against the Israeli occupation, in order to regain stability and achieve more than in previous ceasefires. Palestinian analysts praised the resistance leaders for their achievements and thanked the Palestinian people for their patience and support for the resistance.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the resistance decision to stop sending incendiary balloons across the nominal border towards illegal Israeli settlements, calling it a victory for Israel. He said that he could achieve calm for the Israeli settlers surrounding the Gaza Strip without shedding blood, but many Israelis, officials and writers argued that Netanyahu and the army had lost the battle.
One of the first comments came from the family of an Israeli soldier missing in Gaza, Hadar Goldin. “Again, the Israeli government surrenders to terrorism [sic] and leaves the families of the missing soldiers without a response,” they told local media.
Journalist Ron Ben-Yishai wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth that the Israeli government had not achieved anything and would not be able to keep the peace on the border for any length of time. “In the absence of a long-term and comprehensive agreement, there will be no extended ceasefire,” he claimed. “The agreement did not bring a truce.”
Ben-Yishai mocked the ceasefire agreement. “There is a lack of helium in the whole world, but in Gaza, they have enough. The next round of tension is just a matter of time.” Helium is used by the Palestinians to inflate their incendiary balloons. Sympathising with the families of the soldiers and others missing in Gaza, he added: “Israel did not exert any effort to return the prisoners from Gaza… They were mentioned in the talks, but Israel could not put pressure on Hamas.”
Another journalist, Tal Lev-Ram of Maariv, was equally dismissive and suggested that this was a massive defeat for the Israeli army. “The strongest army in the Middle East is suffering a crisis as it needed to publish a video of a bombing attack to prove that it achieved a victory in the ‘round of balloons’.”
Israeli writer Noam Amir of Makor Rishon was angry with the Israeli government’s victory claim. “Using the most primitive weapons… the weakest organisation in the Middle East could make Israel lose its balance and pushed it to enter a state of madness.” Hamas, he said, simply refused to face such madness. “Using its primitive weapons it succeeded in dragging Israel into a public awareness battle that ended again with Israel containing the reality in the south and restoring the privileges to this organisation while abstaining from facing it.”
Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri said that this was a defeat for the Israeli government because it could not return the missing soldiers. “There was a chance. We lost it.” Furthermore, he criticised his government colleagues for allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza as part of the deal.
It was no surprise that former Foreign and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticised Netanyahu over the agreement. He complained about “years of forgetting the missing and Israeli prisoners.”
According to Amir Bohbot on Walla news website, the round of tension ended with a big defeat for Israel and resounding victory for Hamas. After this agreement, he said, “Hamas is still undermining security in the Western Negev” and the army is still lacking a strategy to defeat the movement, “which continues to build up its power and prepare for the next war without obstacles.”
In summary, it is a fact that Hamas is not stronger than the Israeli army, which has one of the strongest and best-equipped armies in the world as well as more than 200 nuclear warheads. It takes a real sense of duty and commitment to defeat such a force, as well as the knowledge that you are fighting for a just cause and international law is on your side. The main armament of Hamas and the other Palestinian resistance groups is their legitimate right to their land, wherein Israel has carried out its crimes and ethnically cleansed the indigenous population in order to bring in settlers who have neither rights nor links to Palestine.
Israeli forces, on Tuesday, attacked Palestinians protesting Israel’s plan to expropriate occupied Palestinian land near Tulkarem city, in the northern West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency correspondent.
She stated that Israeli troops fired tear-gas at the demonstrators and physically assaulted an elderly man.
The demonstration was organized in order to express their collective rejection of the Israeli plans to build an illegal industrial settlement on Palestinian lands.
The Israeli soldiers attacked participants including journalists, whom were forbidden from filming, WAFA correspondent added.
The Governor of Tulkarem, Issam Abu Bakr, participated in the protest, stated that the people will continue holding demonstrations until the settlement project is stopped, adding that the project threatens to cut Tulkarem off from the nearby Qalqilia governorate,
Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, Walid Assaf, one of the organizers of the protest activities would continue in order to defeat this project and others in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Despite being beaten and handcuffed by Israeli occupation forces, this old #Palestinian man firmly holds his country’s flag during a protest against land theft by the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Shufa, today.
The Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teenager, on Tuesday, from the Shufat Refugee Camp in occupied East Jerusalem, Shehab News Agency reported.
In photos, several Israeli soldiers hold the youth face down on the ground as he is handcuffed, while a later photo shows soldiers leading the youth.
The identity of the youth is not known at the time of this report, and the reason for his detention is also unknown.
According to Addameer, the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, “Approximately 700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army. The most common charge levied against children is throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison. Since 2000, more than 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained.”
The most recent statistics show that the Israeli occupation holds 145 youths aged 16-18 years, and 15 under the age of 16 years.
Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Two Palestinian young men have been wounded by Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem and Jenin this morning and dozens were suffocated by tear gas, while two Israeli soldiers have been wounded in Nablus in a ramming attack.
Local sources said confrontations erupted in the village of Muthallath al Shuhada in southern Jenin between locals and Israeli forces that raided the village.
It added that Majd Mazen As’us has been wounded in his legs, while dozens of locals have been suffocated after being tear gassed.
Israeli forces also arrested Ihab As’us after breaking into his house in the village.
In the same context, in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, Israeli forces opened fire at Ahmad Abed Abu Eker (32 years old), wounding him in his legs.
Israeli soldiers, stationed in a military tower near the camp’s mosque opened fire at the young man, according to WAFA.
Meanwhile, an Israeli cop and another soldier have been wounded in a ramming attack near Za’tara junction in Nablus, reported Israeli media.
They added that Israeli forces opened fire at a young man, who was riding the vehicle, causing him medium to critical wounds.
After the incident, the Israeli army closed the area for native Palestinians.
Occupied West Bank (QNN)- The Israeli army on Wednesday demolished an agricultural room and a water well in southern Hebron.
Israeli bulldozers demolished an agricultural room and a water well, belonging to the farmer Faraj Gheith near Al Fahs in southern Hebron.
The area is located within ‘C’ areas, where the Israeli authorities impose strict measures on native Palestinians and prevent them from constructing any structures in order to push them out and replace them with illegal settlers.
In the same vein, Israeli bulldozers also demolished two houses and a livestock shelter in Yatta in southern Hebron, reported WAFA.
The houses are owned by the brothers Mahmoud and Fadel Issa Rib’i, and used to be homes for 16 Palestinians.
Gaza (QNN)- Three children have been killed on Tuesday night in a fire at their house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
A spokesman for the Palestinian civil defense told QNN that “three children from the family of Al Hazeen have been found dead in a fire at their house.”
He added that the civil defense works to find the cause of the fire.
Local sources said a candle caused the fire, which killed the children.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said the horrible tragedy that took place last night brings back to mind scenes of dozens of Palestinian children, who were burnt to death in the besieged strip during the recent years, due to the power cut and Israeli ban on fuel imports.
In a statement issued today, the PFLP added that “the killers of those children are those, who have been besieging Gaza and depriving its people and children of their basic needs that would guarantee a decent livelihood for them.”
“The killers are those, who have been covering the Israeli repeated crimes against the strip”, he added.
Gaza has been suffering from a severe power crisis following the Israeli ban on fuel imports, which pushed Gazans to depend on traditional- but dangerous- lightning tools such like candles.
On Monday, Israeli bus driver killed 4 Palestinians. When Israeli driver runs over and kill Palestinians, Israel does not say it is ‘terrorist’ attack, but when Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian drivers for fun, Israel claims he intended to run over or stab Israelis
Israeli occupation forces shot and critically wounded on Wednesday morning Palestinian youth near Zaatara checkpoint in occupied West Bank.
The Palestinians was identified as Mohammed Jaber Khudaier in his twenties.
Israeli medical sources said that the Palestinian was severely wounded and is currently receiving lifesaving treatment.
Palestinian Red Crescent sources said that the Israeli occupation forces refused to allow them offer first aid to the Palestinian and left him bleeding without medical help for about 15 minutes.
The Palestinians, according the Israeli occupation army, attempted to run over Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint.
Eyewitnesses stressed his car collided unintentionally because it did not turn to the point where the Israeli soldiers were gathering.
The elderly was taking part in protest against Israeli theft of Palestinian lands
Israeli occupation soldiers violently attacked an elderly Palestinian during peaceful protest against Israeli aggression on Palestinian lands in occupied West Bank.
Eyewitnesses said that the elderly Palestinian, identified as Khairi abu-Hannoun, was among tens of Palestinians who took part in a protest against Israeli theft of Palestinian lands.
The protesters gathered in Al Shoofa village, near the West Bank city of Tulkarm, where the Israeli occupation had warned it would expropriate wide areas in order to expand an illegal Israeli Jewish settlement.
According to the witnesses, the Israeli occupation forces approached the gathering and asked them to leave the area.
When they refused and insisted to remain in the land, which is being targeted by expropriation, the Israeli occupation violently cracked on the protesters.
The elderly Palestinian rejected to move away from the area, but the Israeli soldiers knocked him down and one of the Israeli soldiers placed the head of the elderly Palestinian on the ground, pressing on it with his leg.
Pictures of the attack worth more than thousand words.