Akhras continues his battle of freedom

For 84th day

Detainee Akhras

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, 49, from Jenin continues his open hunger strike on Sunday for the 84th consecutive day rejecting his administrative detention amid warnings of his possible martyrdom due to the deterioration of his health condition.

Akhras is being held in the Israeli Kaplan hospital in an extremely dangerous health condition as he suffers from severe fatigue and stress, pain in the joints, abdomen and stomach, and permanent headache in addition to weight loss and a balance disorder.

He is also unable to move, losing a lot of fluids and salts. His senses of hearing and speaking have been affected negatively. Doctors warned of damage to several organs of Akhras’s body, such as the kidneys, liver and heart, and thus his life is at risk of sudden death.

Palestinian human rights organizations and political parties warned that Akhras would die at any moment because he entered the stage of extreme danger.

Akhras said, “I am committed to my decision and will eat food only in my home, and I will not break my will. I am now in the Kaplan Hospital, I do not drink anything but water, and I will continue doing so until I return to my house.”

On the 12th of October 2020, the Israeli court had rejected again the request for his immediate release submitted by his lawyer. The court submitted a proposal that indicates the possibility of continuing his administrative detention and not renewing it conditional on stopping his strike. Akhras rejected this proposal and declared that he will continue his battle until his freedom.

The PIC had an interview with Akhras’s wife Taghreed, and she appealed to all the free people of the world to intervene and demand the release of her husband due to the severity of his health condition.

Taghreed confirmed that the doctors told her that there is a real danger on her husband’s life, pointing to the fact that he insists on continuing his strike until either freedom or martyrdom.

She said, “Two weeks ago, my husband’s health condition gravely deteriorated and the doctors warned of his death at any moment.”

Akhras’s wife, who is next to him in the Israeli Kaplan Hospital, called on human rights institutions and the Palestinian factions to support her husband and secure his release.

Akhras was born in August 1971, in Silat al-Dhahr town in Jenin, and he is a father of six children, the youngest of whom is a 6-year-old girl and before his arrest he worked in agriculture.

Akhras was subjected to repeated arrests that began in 1989, and his detention continued for seven months. The second time was in 2004 for two years then he was re-arrested in 2009 and remained in administrative detention for 16 months. He was arrested again in 2018 and was held in custody for 11 months, until his last arrest.

On 27/07/ 2020, he was arrested again and the occupation authorities ordered his administrative detention for four months. The Israeli court tried to circumvent his strike by resorting to what it calls a freeze on administrative detention, which does not mean the immediate end of his detention.

Since the beginning of the strike, Akhras has been subjected to repeated transfers as an attempt to exhaust him and discourage him from continuing his strike. At the beginning of his detention he was held in the Hawara detention center then he was transferred to Ofer prison until he was transferred to the Ramla Clinic prison and finally to the Kaplan hospital.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

IOF kidnaps two Palestinians in al-Khalil and Jerusalem

IOF in the West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Sunday stormed different areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem and kidnaped two young men from al-Khalil and Issawiya district.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police forces kidnaped a young man called Ibrahim al-Nouri from his home in Issawiya district.

In al-Khalil, the IOF kidnaped another young man identified as Ashraf Jawabreh during his presence at the main entrance to al-Arroub refugee camp.

The IOF also stormed Tel Rumeida neighborhood in al-Khalil city and brutalized some local young men in its streets.

Later in the morning, the IOF set up several makeshift checkpoints in the southern area of al-Khalil city and embarked on intercepting and searching Palestinian vehicles.

In Jenin, a similar checkpoint was set up by the IOF on the road leading to Ya’bad town and Tulkarem city.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

IOF razes house, structures and water networks in Masafer Yatta

IOF in Masafer Yatta

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday destroyed a house, agricultural structures and water networks belonging to Palestinian citizens in Masafer Yatta, south of al-Khalil.

Local official Rateb al-Jabour said that Israeli bulldozers escorted by soldiers razed a 70-quare-meter house and displaced its inhabitants in al-Fakhid area of Masafer Yatta.

Jabour added that the IOF also bulldozed two agricultural storerooms and their contents in the same area.

The house and agricultural structures belonged to a local resident called Akram Abu Sabha.

The IOF also destroyed the water networks that feed the Bedouin communities along the area from Khilat al-Daba to al-Mafqara in Masafer Yatta.

The Israeli occupation army has escalated its violations in Masafer Yatta in recent months through demolishing homes and structures of impoverished families, preventing them of building, cultivating lands and grazing cattle, and depriving them of water resources in order to force them to leave the region.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

Causalities and arrests in al-Khalil

IOF raid

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Sunday an ex-prisoner from Beit Ummar town, north of al-Khalil.

Local sources reported that IOF arrested the ex-prisoner, Muhammad Murshid Al-Zaqeq, 24, while he was in Al-Zaeem town, east of Occupied Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, many Palestinian civilians suffered breathing difficulty including three children after the IOF soldiers fired tear gas canisters inside a building in Al-Aroub refugee camp, north of al-Khalil.

According to local sources, IOF stormed Al-Aroub camp and fired tear gas canisters inside a residential building owned by Al-Battat family. Almost all inhabitants were affected by the tear gas canisters including three children.

Clashes later erupted between the Palestinian youths and the IOF soldiers who fired stun grenades, live bullets and tear gas at them, according to the sources.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

3 People wounded by Israeli bullets in the Kafr Qaddum

Three young men were injured by metal bullets today, during clashes in the town of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya, after the start of a march condemning the settlements.

The Coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shteiwi, stated that the occupation soldiers attacked the participants in the march with metal bullets, which resulted in 3 injuries, one of which was a young man that penetrated his chest, which necessitated his transfer to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, while two cases were treated on the ground.

Shteiwi indicated that the town is witnessing an unprecedented wave of escalation aimed at suppressing the march, stressing that it will continue until its goals are achieved.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

Choking injuries during clashes north of Qalqilya

A number of civilians suffocated as a result of inhaling tear gas during clashes with youths near the northern crossing of the city of Qalqilya.

Eyewitnesses reported: that clashes broke out with the occupation soldiers near the crossing, during which the soldiers fired tear gas, metal and rubber bullets and live bullets, which resulted in the injury of a number of citizens by suffocation.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

Settlers cause severe damage to the electricity network in Jalud

Settlers from the “Ish Kodash” settlement outpost recently severely damaged the electricity network in Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, as part of their continuous attacks on the village.

The head of Jalud Village Council, Abdullah Hajj Muhammad, said that the settlers of the “Ish Kodash” outpost cut off one of the main electricity poles in the eastern region close to the focus, which led to the collapse of the 1 km power line, the fall of the cables to the ground and the disruption of 25 electricity poles. It has become ramshackle, especially as we approach the winter season.

Hajj Muhammad added that the destruction of the Palestinian service infrastructure networks in the areas near the settlements are acts of aggression carried out by extremist settlers in cover of darkness, with the aim of preventing the development of these areas and preventing services from reaching them in order to force citizens to leave the lands near the settlements and thus facilitate their control in favor of the nearby settlements.

He pointed out that the settlers’ attacks on the service infrastructure come in light of the limited financial capabilities of the local authorities, and the absence of official support and attention for the targeted areas to rehabilitate what the extremist settlers destroy.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

86 infections of corona were recorded in Gaza

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced this morning, Saturday, that 86 new cases of Coronavirus have been recorded during the past 24 hours.

And the ministry indicated in its daily report, that 85 new recoveries from the virus were recorded.

It stated that the central laboratory examined 1,836 new samples during the same period.

The total number of people infected with HIV in the Gaza Strip since last March reached 4,526, including 1,763 active cases, 2,737 recoveries, and 26 deaths.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

Dozens of settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Today, Sunday, dozens of settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, led by extremists Yehuda Glick and Farid Asaf.

The Islamic Endowments Department in occupied Jerusalem stated that “64 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Square, from the Al-Mughrabi Gate, with the protection of the occupation police.”

She added that the settlers performed Talmudic rituals in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa, before leaving from the direction of Bab Al-Silsila.

(Source / 18.10.2020)