IOF kidnaps Palestinian young man, detains child in Jenin

IOF kidnaps Palestinian

JENIN, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night kidnaped a Palestinian young man and detained a child in Jenin.

According to local sources, the IOF kidnaped 19-year-old Kamal Naser, a resident of Bruqin town in Jenin, at a makeshift checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Hermesh.

The IOF also stormed Tura village in Jenin, detained and interrogated a child called Yasser Qabha for several hours, and confiscated security camera recordings from citizens related to him.

Meanwhile, the IOF stormed Zububa village in western Jenin and intensified its presence in different areas of northeastern Jenin, with no reported arrests.

(Source / 20.03.2021)

27 corona deaths, 1,780 new cases in Palestine within 24 hours

Kamal al-Shakhra

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Mai Al-Kailah, the Palestinian Minister of Health, announced on Friday that 27 deaths, 1,780 new cases of the coronavirus and 1,695 recoveries were recorded during the past 24 hours. 

Kailah confirmed in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that 23 deaths were recorded in the West Bank and 4 deaths in the Gaza Strip.  

She said the new infections were distributed as follows: Jerusalem suburbs 53, Qalqilya 88, Nablus 269, Tulkaerm 134, Bethlehem 90, al-Khalil 194, Jenin 166, Tubas 38, Jericho and Al-Aghwar 13, Ramallah and Al-Bireh 160, Salfit 26, the Gaza Strip 248, and Jerusalem 301.

The new recovery cases were recorded according to the following: Jerusalem suburbs 90, Qalqilya 0, Nablus 208, Tulkarem 64, Bethlehem 131, al-Khalil 154, Jenin 112, Tubas 4, Jericho and Al-Aghwar 36, Ramallah and Al-Bireh 330, Salfit 73, the Gaza Strip 104, and Jerusalem 389, the minister added.  

Kailah pointed out that there are 192 critically ill patients who have been admitted to intensive care units including 60 who have been placed on ventilators.

She noted that the recovery rate of coronavirus reached 89.3 percent while the rate of active infections reached 9.6 percent, and the death rate was 1.1% of all infections.

Meanwhile, Kamal Al-Shakhra, the spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, warned that the epidemiological situation in Palestine is still dangerous and the coronavirus is widespread.

Shakhra, during a radio interview, called on the Palestinians on Saturday to adhere to preventive measures in the context of the continuing high number of infections and the high occupancy rates in hospitals.

Regarding the launch of the vaccination campaign against corona, he explained that the campaign will start tomorrow from Ramallah and it will be in all provinces. 

The corona vaccine will be given to medical teams in government and private hospitals, in addition to people with chronic diseases, and those over 75 years of age as a first stage, Shakhra underlined. 

(Source / 20.03.2021)

Israeli Colonists Injure A Palestinian Near Hebron

On Friday, Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands in the Susiya area, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, attacked a Palestinian man, causing fractures.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular Committees against the Wall and Colonies in southern Hebron, said the colonists assaulted Adham Ayman Moghannam, 26, while working on his land near the illegal colony.

Jabour added that Moghannam suffered fractures in his leg, in addition to various cuts and bruises to several parts of his body before Palestinian medics rushed him to Yatta Governmental Hospital.

In related news, Israeli soldiers closed the Tal Romeida neighborhood, in the center of Hebron city, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

The Palestinians were forced to wait more than three hours just to be able to return to their homes, while the army provided no explanation for the closure.

(Source / 20.03.2021)

Turkey condemns Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes

Ankara (QNN)- Turkey has condemned the demolition, evacuation, and confiscation of Palestinian property by Israeli occupation in the occupied territories.

“Israel’s recent decisions of forced eviction, demolition and confiscation targeting Palestinians in the occupied territories, in particular in the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem, are the latest examples of Israeli steps in violation of international law,” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Turkey government organization

Press Release Regarding the Evacuation, Demolition and Confiscation of Palestinian Property by Israel in the Occupied Territories


“These illegal acts clearly demonstrate that Israel intends to consolidate its occupation rather than aiming for peace.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the acceleration of such steps by Israel at a time when the Palestinians are fighting against the adverse conditions created by the Covid-19 epidemic “further hurt everyone’s conscience.”

It called on the international community to show solidarity with the Palestinians against Israel’s expansionist policies.”

Turkey has long been a strong supporter and defender of the rights and the cause of the Palestinians.

In 2018, Turkey asked the Israeli ambassador to leave over Israel’s attacks against Palestinians in Gaza and Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Turkey always condemns the illegitimate practices of ‘Israel’ towards the Palestinians and also the settlements policy.

Also, it always calls on the international community to put pressure on ‘Israel’ to end its actions which violate the international law.

(Source / 20.03.2021)

Israeli forces displace 42 Palestinians in two weeks

The demolitions displaced 42 people, including 24 children, and affected about 120 people


The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 26 Palestinian structures, mostly homes, during two weeks in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

In its biweekly report on Israeli violations on Friday, OCHA explained that the demolition measures were carried out during the period 2 – 15 March 2021 at the pretext that the owners had no Israeli-issued building permits.

 according to its report.

17 of the structures, and all of the displaced people, were recorded by OCHA in Area C of the West Bank. Two buildings were demolished in Ein Shibli village (Nablus), displacing 17 people, on the basis of military order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a removal order.

The remaining displacement incidents resulted from the demolition of four homes in at-Tuwani Khallet ed-Dabaa communities in al-Khalil and in Beit Jala in Bethlehem.

The livelihood of 20 people was affected by the demolition of a vegetable stall near Qalqilya city, while 16 people were affected by the demolition of two uninhabited houses and the confiscation of one metal container in Isteih (Jericho). Two of the nine structures targeted in east Jerusalem were demolished by the owner following Israeli threats.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces carried out 193 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 172 Palestinians, including 15 children, across the West Bank and Jerusalem.

62 Palestinians, including nine children, were also injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank.

As for settler crimes, the report said that Jewish settlers injured six Palestinians in al-Khalil governorate and damaged Palestinian-owned property, including vehicles and trees.

(Source / 20.03.2021)

Opening the door for candidacy for Palestinian Legislative Council elections

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Central Elections Commission in Palestine announced the start of receiving applications for candidacy for the Palestinian Legislative Council 2021 elections, starting from Saturday morning until the evening of Wednesday, March 31, 2021, including official holidays, at the committee’s general headquarters in the city of Al-Bireh and the regional headquarters in Gaza City.

The committee said in a press statement, today, Saturday: “Candidacy is through electoral lists based on full proportional representation, and individual candidacy applications are not accepted, so that the number of the list’s candidates is not less than 16 and no more than 132 candidates, stressing the need for the lists and their candidates to adhere to conditions. Candidacy stipulated in Decision Law No. (1) of 2007 and its amendments.

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It also stressed the necessity that applications be submitted according to the necessary forms available at the general headquarters in Al-Bireh and the regional headquarters in Gaza City, through the electoral districts offices in the Palestinian governorates, and through the committee’s website.

The Election Committee indicated that it will study candidacy applications within five days from the date of their submission and ensure that they fulfill the legal requirements, so that it issues its decision to accept or reject the request and officially inform the list’s coordinator and commissioner of that.

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Last January, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree announcing that the legislative and presidential elections and the National Council would be held in three stages.

Later, the Central Election Commission announced that the legislative elections would be held on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the National Assembly on August 31, 2021.

The last Palestinian elections for the Legislative Council were held at the beginning of 2006, and resulted in the victory of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” a majority. A year earlier, elections for the presidency, in which the current President Mahmoud Abbas won.

(Source / 20.03.2021)

Hamas issues a statement regarding its national list with Fatah

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Hossam Badran, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, stated about the statements being circulated about the (National List) duality between Hamas and Fatah in the upcoming Palestinian elections.

Badran said on Friday that the list that Hamas is calling for is a broad national list that includes a wide spectrum of our people and its factions, in a way that serves the interest of our people and restores their cooperation, and restores the national project with the participation of all Palestinians.

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He added: “Our doors, our minds and our hearts are open to everyone who has an opinion regarding the national alliances for the elections, and that the success of the national list does not mean that any Palestinian party is deprived of its right to run and run in the elections, and that what was stipulated in the honor charter in Cairo 
confirmed once again that the elections will be conducted fairly.”

He affirmed that his movement continues efforts to ensure that the elections reflect a bright image of our people and their civilized identity, and to restore Palestinian political life under the Legislative Council, which strengthens the Palestinian institutions, and opens the way for a practical and serious discussion of a stage of joint national action entitled liberation, establishing the state and realizing the rights of our people.”

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(Source / 20.03.2021)

Gaza Police begin to protect the headquarters of the Central Election Commission

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Palestinian Police in the Gaza Strip announced, this morning, Saturday, that it had received an official letter from the Central Elections Commission to secure its headquarters in Gaza City.

The spokesman for the Palestinian Police Service in the Gaza Strip, Col. Ayman Al-Batnaiji, said that the police proceeded to secure the headquarters of the Central Elections Commission after receiving an official letter to secure the main headquarters in Gaza.

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He indicated that orders were given to protect the headquarters and all places related to the elections.

He stressed that the Palestinian police will work hard to make the election process a success.

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The Central Elections Commission opened – this morning – the door for candidacy and registration of the electoral lists, and this will continue until the end of 3/31/2021.

(Source / 20.03.2021)