QB warns Israeli gov’t over hunger striker Akhra

Quds Brigades

GAZA, (PIC) – Al-Quds Brigades (QB), the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, has held the Israeli government responsible for any harm that may happen to hunger-striking prisoner Maher al-Akhras.

This came in a video released last Friday by al-Quds Brigades. Its secretary-general Ziyad Nakhalah warned in that video of consequences if anything bad happened to hunger striker Akhras.

The video showed a number of rockets set for launch and pictures of the fires which such rockets had caused in the last round of skirmishes with Israel.

The Brigades concluded the video by saying “Our patience will not be long” in Arabic and Hebrew.

Prisoner Akhras has been on hunger strike for 76 days in protest at his administrative detention.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

IOF bars Deir al-Ghusun villagers from harvesting olive crops

IOF in the West Bank

TULKAREM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday morning prevented Palestinian farmers in Deir al-Ghusun town, north of Tulkarem, from reaching their olive groves to harvest their crops.

According to the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission, a group of farmers were on their way to their groves behind the separation wall to pick olives when Israeli soldiers intercepted them and barred them from entering the area.

The Commission accused the Israeli army of responding to Jewish settlers’ calls for preventing Palestinian farmers in the West Bank from entering their lands near the settlements during the olive harvest season.

In recent days, the Israeli military commander in the occupied West Bank issued 63 orders imposing closures on olive areas in different areas during the harvest season.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

IOF kidnaps several Palestinians in J’lem and W. Bank

IOF kidnaps Palestinian

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Sunday raided several homes and kidnaped Palestinian citizens during campaigns in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to local sources in Jerusalem, the IOF kidnaped last night a young man identified as Saleem al-Shalabi at the Qalandiya crossing.

The IOF also stormed Anata town in the northeast of Jerusalem, raided many homes and kidnaped a local resident called Emad al-Silwadi.

In Nablus, the IOF stormed the eastern area of Nablus at dawn and raided a number of homes, including ones belonging to the families of prisoners in Israeli jails.

The IOF also stormed other areas of the West Bank, with no reported arrests.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

Palestinians injured, arrested in IOF campaign in Am’ari refugee camp

IOF in the West Bank

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – 12 Palestinian citizens suffered injuries and others were arrested after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of Ramallah, and clashed with local youths.

The Palestinian health ministry affirmed that 12 citizens, who suffered injuries during the events in Am’ari camp, received medical care at the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah.

Local sources said that the clashes broke out after a large number of Israeli troops aboard different military vehicles stormed the camp and raided the house of Abu-Arab family.

They added that the IOF kidnaped the wife of activist Ayman Abu Arab and his brothers Mohamed and Rajab in order to make him turn himself in.

During its campaign in the camp, the IOF blocked all the roads leading to it, banned movement of citizens around it and brought reinforcements.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

21 detainees in the West Bank within two days

Al-Asir Club said today, Saturday, that the occupation forces have arrested 21 citizens from the West Bank since Friday.

The club pointed out that the occupation arrested Mutasim Ahmed Daraghmeh, Ahed Abdul Karim Daraghmeh from Tubas, Muhammad Ramzi Khalil Hawil (18 years old, Muhammad Abdullah Stiti (19 years), and Muhammad Munther Jaaysh (19 years) from Jenin Camp.

The occupation also arrested Abdullah Bashkar, Muntasir Khader Najjar (26 years), Abdullah Khaled al-Selwadi from Nablus, and Hisham Bashiti from Jerusalem.

In addition to the detainees, 12 citizens were arrested from Hebron and they are: Yaqoub Abu Hadid, Bassam Zughair, Nadim Amjad Telhami, Muhammad Fayez Younis, Muhammad Murshid Rajoub, Ghadanfar Eichmann Abu Atwan, Amjad Al Nammoura, Raafat Abu Sebaa, and the two brothers Muhammad and Ali Baradei, and Siraj Ishaq Abu Hashhash, and Muhammad Fawzi Al-Wawi, all from Hebron.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

Palestinian Resistance Fighter in Gaza Dies After Accident

The Al-Qassam Brigades, Saturday, announced the accidental death of a Palestinian resistance fighter in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, according to their official website.

The military wing of the Hamas Resistance Movement, said the young man, Suhaib Ibrahim Al-Khatib, 19, was killed in an undisclosed accident in Rafah, on Friday night.

The correspondent stated that Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas leaders and hundreds of Palestinian civilians attended the funeral, on Saturday, at the “Al-Nour” mosque in Rafah, proceeded by a march to the cemetery.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

Israeli Forces Fire at Palestinian Protests in Kufur Qaddoum, Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers fired numerous tear-gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia in northern West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

No injuries were reported.

Confrontations broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces, on Saturday evening, at the Shu’fat refugee camp’s military roadblock in occupied Jerusalem.

A local source said that occupation soldiers fired tear-gas canisters at civilians, causing many to suffocate, and damaging Palestinian homes and vehicles.

Furthermore, several Palestinians were injured, on Saturday, as Israeli soldiers attacked a rally organized by the Fatah Movement, in the village of Rafat, to the north of Jerusalem, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Local sources said occupation forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas canisters at the demonstrators, causing several minor injuries.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
September 22 – October 5, 2020

  • On 5 October, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian, aged 28, near Beit Lid village in Tulkarem. According to Israeli media sources, the man was part of a group of three who were throwing Molotov cocktail at soldiers close to Enav checkpoint; the other two fled the scene. The fatality brings to 20, the number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.
  • A total of 27 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank during the reporting period. In the town of Hizma (Jerusalem), Israeli soldiers shot and injured a 15-year-old boy in the head with live ammunition, in unclear circumstances. Near Qusra village (Nablus), Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, injuring eight Palestinians, after they intervened to stop a clash between settlers and farmers. The clashes erupted when the settlers attacked farmers working their land. Seven Palestinians were injured in the weekly protest in Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia), and another two were injured while Palestinian farmers and activists were ploughing land and planting trees in an attempt to prevent settlers taking over the land, in ‘Asira al Qibliya village. In addition, four injuries were sustained in ad-hoc clashes with Israeli forces in the refugee camps of Jenin and Ein as Sultan (Jericho), and in Surif and Beit Ummar villages (both in Hebron). Three other Palestinians were injured in unclear circumstances in Kafr Malik village (Ramallah) and Jenin City. The remaining two Palestinians were injured while they were attempting to enter Israel through breaches in the Barrier in Tulkarem and Jenin governorates. Overall, 14 were injured by rubber bullets, nine by live ammunition, and the rest were physically assaulted or treated for tear gas inhalation.
  • Israeli forces carried out 226 search-and-arrest operations and arrested at least 180 Palestinians across the West Bank, which represents an 87 percent increase above the 2020 biweekly average so far. As in previous weeks, the majority of the operations (42) occurred in the Jerusalem governorate, particularly in Al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, followed by the Hebron (35) and Qalqilia (31) governorates. Overnight, on 1 October until noon the next day, a large-scale operation took place in Al-‘Isawiya, with at least 18 Palestinians arrested. Intense police operations have been ongoing in Al-‘Isawiya since mid-2019, resulting in heightened tensions and disruption of the lives of at least 18,000 residents.
  • On 25 September, Egyptian naval forces opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat, killing two and injuring another. The boat, on which the three fishermen, who were brothers, were sailing, reportedly drifted into Egyptian waters south of the town of Rafah. This is the first incident in which Palestinian fishermen were killed by Egyptian forces since November 2018. The fishing syndicate in Gaza called for a halt to fishing for one day to protest the event.
  • On 5 October, a Palestinian armed group fired one rocket towards southern Israel, resulting in no injuries or damage to property. Subsequently, the Israeli Air Force carried out an airstrike, targeting a military site in Gaza, causing damage, but no injuries.
  • On at least 28 occasions, Israeli forces opened fire near Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza, and off its coast, apparently to enforce access restrictions, resulting in no injuries. In one of the incidents, Israeli naval forces used water cannons, causing three fishing boats to sink. On two occasions, Israeli forces entered Gaza and carried out land-levelling and excavation operations near the perimeter fence. Also, three Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces near the perimeter fence while they were reportedly trying to infiltrate into Israel.
  • The Israeli authorities demolished or seized 42 Palestinian-owned structures for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 53 Palestinians, and otherwise affecting about 150 people. Most of the demolished structures (39), which included 15 provided as humanitarian assistance, and all the people displaced, were recorded in Area C. These included six residential structures in the communities of Ar Rakeez and Mantiqat Shi’b al Butum in the South Hebron hills, located in a closed area designated for military training, displacing 27 people. Eight other structures were demolished in the same incident in Kisan village (Bethlehem), displacing 13 Palestinians. Also, six structures were demolished in Khirbet Yarza (Tubas), Ni’lin (Ramallah) and Deir Samit (Hebron) on the basis of the Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order’. The three structures in East Jerusalem were livelihood-related; no self-demolitions were recorded.
  • On 1 October, in reply to a letter from the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and Adalah, an Israeli NGO, the Israeli Justice Ministry agreed to re-implement a policy introduced in March, in response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, to stop the demolition of inhabited residential buildings in East Jerusalem. The agreement does not apply to structures built after 1 October. The issuance of administrative demolition orders will be reduced in general, so that orders are only issued in relation to new construction, particularly those which are judged to take advantage of the state of emergency.
  • In Hebron, the Israeli authorities have given permission for the removal of a major roadblock that has been in place since 2000. The closure prevents the residents of Qalqas village from accessing Road 60, located three kilometres from Hebron city. For the past 20 years, thousands of residents have been forced to use bypass roads, lengthening the journey by up to 11 kilometres.
  • Three Palestinians were injured, and dozens of olive trees damaged, in four incidents involving settlers. The Palestinians were injured when they fell after being chased by a guard from Yitzhar settlement, while they were undertaking a survey of their land near the settlement. Also, 80 Palestinian-owned olive trees were vandalized by settlers in three locations near the villages of Al Jab’a and Al Khadr (Bethlehem), and in Kafr ad Dik (Salfit). In addition, settlers attacked a woman and broke her phone while she was filming them trespassing on her land in the H2 area of Hebron city.
  • Four Israelis were injured in the West Bank when assailants, alleged to be Palestinians, threw stones at three vehicles and stole another, according to Israeli sources. Additionally, 15 Israeli-plated cars reportedly sustained damage from stone-throwing, while travelling on West Bank roads.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Detain Dozens of Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza

Israeli forces detained several Palestinian civilians from various parts of the West Bank, over night Friday, including 12 from Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

It said Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinian civilians from the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, namely;

Yaqoub Abu Hadid,
Bassam Zughair,
Nadim Amjad Telhami,
Muhammad Fayez Yunus,
Muhammad Murshid Rajoub,
Ghadanfar Eichmann Abu Atwan,
Amjad Al Nammoura,
Raafat Abu Sebaa,
Muhammad Baradei,
Ali Baradei,
Siraj Ishaq Abu Hashhash, and
Muhammad Fawzi Al-Wawi.

From the northern occupied West Bank city of Tubas, Israeli soldiers detained;

Mu’tasim Ahmad Daraghmeh, and
Ahed Abd al-Karim Daraghmeh.

Three young men were detained from Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, namely;

Muhammad Ramzi Khalil Huwail, 18,
Muhammad Abdullah Stiti, 19, and
Muhammad Munther Ja`ais, 19.

One Palestinian young man, named Hisham Bashiti, was detained from the central West Bank city of occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli troops also detained three Palestinians from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, namely;

Abdullah Bashkar,
Muntasir Khader Najjar, 26, and
Abdullah Khaled Al-Selwadi.

Israeli forces detained three young Palestinian men in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on Friday, Quds News Network reported.

The sources said Israeli soldiers, at the separation fence on the eastern edge of Khan Younis, detained three Palestinian civilians for being in the area.

No further information was available at the time of this report.

In related news, Israeli forces, Saturday, detained a Palestinian farmer and international solidarity activists, west of Salfit, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

International activists were reported to be helping with the olive harvesting on Amer Abu Hajleh’s land, near the illegal Yakir Israeli settlement, in the northern occupied West Bank.

(Source / 11.10.2020)

Israeli navy attack fishermen at Gaza sea

Gaza (QNN)- The Israeli navy Sunday attacked fishing boats of Palestinian fishermen at the sea of Gaza.

Local sources said the Israeli navy opened fire and threw sound bombs at the fishermen, who were fishing three nautical miles away from the seashore of Sudaniyyeh in the north-west of Gaza.

the sources added that the fishermen had to leave and go homes before their boats get damaged or they get wounded or killed.

Israeli forces carry out routine attacks on fishermen in Gaza, murdering, wounding, and arresting them and also confiscating their boats and equipment.

Nearly 6000 of Gaza’s most poor people work in fishing. The Israeli navy carried out over 170 attacks on fishermen during the first half of 2020.

(Source / 11.10.2020)