Soldiers Dismantle Eight Residential Sheds Near Jerusalem

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, a Palestinian Bedouin community near Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and dismantled eight residential sheds.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers dismantled the eight sheds, and confiscated the materials in addition to other belongings and furniture.

The sheds are owned by Khalil Abu Dahouk and his family; during the invasion, the soldiers interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

It is worth mentioning that illegal Israeli occupation does not recognize the Palestinian Bedouin communities and repeatedly invades them to demolish sheds and structures, many of them are residential in addition to barns and sheds.

On Thursday evening, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner from Khirbat Umm Dar village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Tayasir village, east of Tubas in northeastern West Bank, and searched many homes.

On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians from Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, and in Hebron, in the southern part.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli navy boats attacked with live fire several fishing boats in Palestinian waters, north of Gaza city, in addition to farmers on their lands, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

(Source / 08.01.2021)

WAFA: “Teen injured from ordnance left behind by occupation army in Hebron”

A Palestinian teenager sustained moderate injuries today after a piece of ordnance left behind the Israeli occupation army exploded in the area of Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian security sources.

Mohammad Yousef Abu Aram, 16-year-old, was moved to hospital after he was injured in the explosion of the ordnance left behind the Israeli occupation army in the area.

The Israeli occupation army usually conducts drills in the occupied West Bank, and Palestinian families often receive notices ordering them to leave their homes for various periods until the drills are over.

Palestinians living in live-fire training areas have to worry about unexploded ordnance left behind by the Israeli army after the drills, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years.

(Source / 08.01.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Highlights from December 22, 2020 to January 4, 2021

  • On 26 December, following the shooting of two rockets towards Israel from Gaza, Israeli forces carried out a series of airstrikes in Gaza city, resulting in the injury of three Palestinians, including a six year-old girl, and significant damage to civilian structures. According to official Israeli sources, the airstrikes targeted an underground facility and a site used to manufacture rockets. Adjacent structures damaged included two schools, two factories, a hospital, a mosque, electricity towers and a water carrier; damage to the latter disrupted water supply to about 250,000 people. The Palestinian rockets were intercepted in the air and resulted in no Israeli casualties or damage. This is the first escalation resulting in injuries and significant property damage since mid-August.
  • On at least 45 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence or off Gaza’s coast. In a separate incident, Egyptian naval forces opened fire at a Palestinian boat off the coast of Rafah and arrested three fishermen. None of these incidents resulted in injuries. Shooting in these areas usually take place to enforce access restrictions.
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  • On 1 January, a 24-year-old Palestinian man was shot in the neck by an Israeli soldier while trying to prevent the seizure of an electricity generator lacking the required permit, and was left with a complex paralysis. Ar Rakeez, where the incident took place, is one of 14 herding communities in the Massafer Yatta area of southern Hebron, which is designated closed for Israeli military training and whose residents are at risk of a forcible transfer.
  • Clashes that erupted during Israeli search-and-arrest operations next to two West Bank hospitals, resulted in the injury of two Palestinians, including a pregnant woman, and disruption of hospital activities. In one incident, on 27 December in Ramallah city, two people staying in the yard of a hospital were hit by rubber bullets shot by Israeli forces from outside; an ambulance was also damage. In the other incident, on 4 January in Tulkarem city, Israeli forces entered a hospital and fired stun grenades inside; the circumstances remain unclear.
  • Additional 89 Palestinians, including 16 children, were injured during clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank. Forty-six injuries occurred during the continuation of protests against settlement activities, including the establishment of a new settlement outpost, near Al Mughayyir village (Ramallah). Another 30 Palestinians were injured during a home demolition in Al Karmel community in southern Hebron. Search-and-arrest operations in Nablus city, Beituniya and Al-Bireh in Ramallah, and the refugee camps of Aqbet Jaber (Jericho) and Ad Duheisheh (Bethlehem) triggered clashes with Israeli forces resulting in 11 injuries. Of all injuries, 65 were treated for inhaling tear gas, 13 were hit by rubber bullets, six were physically assaulted, and five were shot with live ammunition.
  • On 24 December Israeli forces arrested in Tura village (Jenin) a Palestinian man suspected of the killing of an Israeli woman, whose body was found on 20 December, near the Tal Menashe settlement. According to the Israeli authorities, the man confessed that he had killed the woman for nationalistic motives. Four other Palestinian men were also arrested in connection with this incident.
  • On 3 January, an Israeli woman was stoned and seriously injured by a Palestinian while driving near the village of Deir Nidham (Ramallah). Subsequently, Israeli forces conducted a series of search operations in the village, detaining nine Palestinians, reportedly including the suspected perpetrator. Three Israelis were injured and 14 Israeli-plated vehicles were damaged in additional stone-throwing incidents across the West Bank, according to Israeli sources.
  • Thirty-four Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 22 people and otherwise affecting over 170. All but two of the targeted structures and all displacements were recorded in Area C, affecting 12 Palestinian communities. Two structures were demolished by their owners in East Jerusalem to avoid higher expenses and fines.
  • In two separate incidents, Israeli forces bulldozed agricultural land and uprooted about 850 Palestinian-owned trees, on grounds that the land had been declared ‘state land’. Near Al Jab’a village (Bethlehem) some 15 dunums of land were levelled and 350 olive trees and 150 grapevines were uprooted, undermining the livelihoods of at least three families. During a demolition in the Bedouin community of An Nuwei’ma Al Fauqa (Jericho), Israeli forces uprooted 350 olive trees.
  • In multiple incidents, Palestinian were stoned or otherwise attacked by assailants believed to be Israeli settlers. In two separate incidents in East Jerusalem and Al Lubban ash Sharqiya (Nablus), a boy and a man were physically assaulted and injured. Settlers stoned and damaged vehicles, houses and olive trees in the villages of At Tuwani (Hebron), Huwwara and Jalud (Nablus), and Kifl Hares and Sarta (Salfit); in the latter incident the assailants threw a sound grenade inside one home, resulting in no injuries. Dozens of stone-throwing incidents at Palestinian-plated cars were recorded across the West Bank, three of which resulted in damage to vehicles. Some of the incidents occurred while Israeli settlers reportedly protested the death of an Israeli boy in a car crash while being chased by Israeli forces; a number of these protests involved clashes between settlers and the Israeli Police.

(Source / 08.01.2021)

Imran Khan: We cannot recognize ‘Israel’

The situation in Palestine is “exactly the same situation” in Kashmir, Pakistan’s prime minister said Wednesday, stressing that Pakistan cannot recognize ‘Israel.’

In an interview with a Turkish television station, Imran Khan said there are two reasons why Pakistan cannot recognize ‘Israel.’

“The situation in Kashmir is exactly the same situation in Palestine. If we recognize Israel’s takeover of Palestine territories, then we also have to recognize what India has done in Kashmir, so we completely lose moral standing,” he said.

On the second reason, which he prefaced with “much more importantly,” he recalled Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan’s policy regarding the issue, who said that unless injustice done to the people of Palestine is removed and unless the people of Palestine are given their homeland, Pakistan cannot recognize ‘Israel.’

In the same context, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, special representative of Pakistan’s prime minister on religious harmony, said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency that Pakistan is a strong nation and nobody can order it to establish ties with ‘Israel.’

“Again, I repeat, no country has asked us to accept Israel. Pakistan is not a small country. We are a nuclear power, we have a strong army and we are a strong nation. Nobody can order us to establish ties with Israel,” he said.

Pakistan has a long history of supporting the Palestinian cause for a free and independent state.

(Source / 08.01.2021)

Israeli occupation forces detained five Palestinians in West Bank

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces detained at least five Palestinians during raids last night in the occupied West Bank.

The occupation forces broke into Jenin refugee camp, north of the occupied West Bank, and detained three Palestinians after raiding and searching their home.

In Hebron, south of the West Bank, forces stormed the town of Halhul in Hebron, and detained a Palestinian young man after raiding and searching his home.

They also shut down the main entrance to the town of Beit Ummar, nearby, denying access and exit of local residents.

In Ramallah, occupation forces stormed the village of Deir Jarir and detained 51-year-old Saeed Abdul-Aziz Arma after raiding and searching his home.

(Source / 08.01.2021)

Israel’s army arrests Sheikh Saeed Armi

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli army on Friday arrested Sheikh Saeed Armi Jarbah from his house in Deir Jarir in Ramallah.

Local sources said an Israeli force stormed the house of the elderly man, described by locals as the “Sheikh of the mountain”, and vandalized it before taking him to an unknown place.

No charges have been made against the Sheikh so far but he was filmed last week confronting Israeli forces during an Israeli raid into the village.

During several interviews with local and international media outlets, he said that he joined his village’s youths to defend his land and other lands of the village, where settlers have recently created a settlement outpost, confiscating nearly 18 dunums.

“I decided to join the youths.. They made a small sling for me and I was very emotional because of the deep wound inside of me after my people and I lost our land”, Sheik Armi said. “I did not fear the occupiers nor to be shot, this was not even a concern because after losing our land we will be worthless.”

(Source / 08.01.2021)

Israel closes Al-Ibrahimi Mosque for 10 days in Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – The Israeli occupation forces on Thursday closed Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron in front of worshipers and visitors for 10 days, under the pretext of combating the spread of the coronavirus.

Sheikh Hefzi Abu Sneineh, the director of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, told that the Israeli occupation’s decision to close Al-Ibrahimi Mosque will start at nine o’clock this evening for a period of 10 days under the pretext of combating coronavirus.

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Abu Sneineh said that these claims are not valid and that the Israeli occupation is trying to deny Muslims access to the Mosque.

He stressed that worshipers and visitors are committed to all preventive protocols in place, in addition to the fact that the occupation soldiers deployed at the military checkpoints surrounding the Mosque for a period of time have not allowed more than 20 worshipers to enter the Mosque.

Read More: Armed settlers attack Palestinians’ homes in Hebron

The Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs condemned the decision. The Undersecretary of the Ministry Hussam Abu al-Rub told Anadolu Agency: “This decision is rejected, condemned and unacceptable, and we will not accept it.”

He added that the mosque is supervised by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.

And Abul-Rab added, “The decision to close the mosque from the Israeli occupation constitutes an encroachment and an interference with the authority of the Palestinian government to supervise religious sites in Palestine.”

He indicated that the ministry is following up everything related to regulating the entry of worshipers and the preventive and precautionary measures related to coronavirus.

Since 1994, Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, which is believed to have been built on the shrine of the Prophet of God Abraham, peace be upon him, has been divided into a special section for Muslims, and another for Jews, after a settler killed 29 Muslims while they were performing the dawn prayers, on February 25 of the same year.

The Ibrahimi Mosque and the old city of the occupied city of Hebron were listed by “UNESCO” in 2017 on the World Heritage List.

The mosque is located in an area under full Israeli control, but it is managed by the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments.

(Source / 08.01.2021)

Palestinians suffocate as Israeli forces attack protest in Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Dozens of Palestinians suffocated today , following the suppression of the Israeli occupation forces, a march condemning the establishment of a new settlement outpost in the “Al-Shorfa” mountain area in the village of Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah.

The head of Deir Jarir Village Council, Ayman Alawi, said that the occupation forces fired tear gas canisters at the citizens, which led to the suffocation of a number of them.

Read More: Israeli forces raid the village of Deir Nizam and detain 15 Palestinians

Hundreds of Palestinians participated in a peaceful protest , which went out from the center of the village towards the lands that had been seized in the Jabal Al-Shorfa area, denouncing the occupation’s intention to establish a new settlement outpost on large areas of the village’s lands.

This region is considered to be targeted by Israeli settlers for years, as they herd their sheep on the village’s crops, which causes great losses to the Palestinian farmers.

Read More: Israeli forces lock down entrances to the village of Al-Mughayir, east of Ramallah

(Source / 08.01.2021)

Palestinian teenager injured from suspicious object left behind the occupation forces in Hebron

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Days of Palestine – Hebron – A Palestinian teenager sustained moderate injuries today after a piece of ordnance left behind the Israeli occupation forces exploded in the area of Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Mohammad Yousef Abu Aram, 16 year old, was moved to hospital after he was injured in the explosion of the ordnance left behind the Israeli occupation forces in the area.

Read More: Palestinian left quadriplegic by Israeli forces fire in Hebron

The Israeli occupation forces usually conducts drills in the occupied West Bank, and Palestinian families often receive notices ordering them to leave their homes for various periods until the drills are over.

Palestinians living in live fire training areas have to worry about unexploded ordnance left behind by the Israeli forces after the drills, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years.

Read More: Israeli forces shoot injured Palestinians in Hebron

(Source / 08.01.2021)

Coronavirus in Palestine: 23 deaths, 822 new cases, and 1405 recoveries in 24 hours

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said today that 23 deaths from COVID-19, 822 new infections and 1405 recoveries were registered in Palestine during the last 24 hours.

In her daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic, she said 15 people died of the coronavirus in the West Bank, while eight died in the Gaza Strip.

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On the geographic distribution of the new cases, Alkaila noted that 59 infections were registered in Ramallah, (37) in Hebron, (63) in Nablus, (25) in Jenin, (46) in Tulkarm, (24) in Bethlehem, (17) in Salfit, (11) in Tubas, (20) in Qalqilia, (6) in Jericho, and (15) in the West Bank side of the Jerusalem Governorate. In the Gaza Strip, a total of 499 new cases were registered.

Al-Kailah added that the new cases of recovery were distributed in the governorates according to the following: Tulkarm (55), Qalqilya (22), Salfit (23), Nablus (266), Tubas (20), Jericho (12), Bethlehem (41), and Hebron ( 79), Jenin (97), Gaza Strip (790).

Read More: Palestine records 1,191 new Covid-19 cases, 20 deaths, and 1,804 recoveries

She said that 105 COVID-19 patients are currently under intensive care, of whom 25 are on ventilators.

The rate of recoveries is currently 88.6 percent of the total cases recorded since the outbreak in Palestine in March, 10.4 percent remain active, and 1 percent have died.

(Source / 08.01.2021)