Palestinian Teenager Dies of Wounds Sustained Last Week

17-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Kiwan, from the Palestinian town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, was pronounced dead on Wednesday as a result of gunshot wounds he sustained last week by Israeli police gunfire.

Last week, on May 12th, Muhammad participated in a peaceful protest with other Palestinian youths against the Israeli evictions of many families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem.

During confrontations between the demonstrators Israeli police, Muhammad was shot in the head by police, his family reported.

The family added that Muhammad was admitted to Rambam hospital in Haifa city and remained in a coma until his health deteriorated last night, the teen was pronounced dead by doctors on Wednesday morning.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

Troops Detain 14 Palestinians from Jerusalem, Including a Child

Israeli forces detained on Wednesday, 14 Palestinians from separate areas in occupied Jerusalem, including a woman and her son and another child.

Troops stormed the home of Jawaher Dana Shweiki (50 years) and detained her and her son Khaled (20 years), in Silwan town. Troops also searched homes in Silwan and handed a number of residents interrogation summonses.

Moreover soldiers and army intelligence officers stormed homes in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, checked the identities of many residents, and delivered interrogation summons to others.

Meanwhile Israeli troops detained 12-year-old child, Abdel-Rahman Al-Salaymeh, from his home in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses also said that intelligence army officers and troops detained Muhammad Ibrahim Uweissat, from Jabal al-Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem, his father and brother where taken by occupation forces few days ago.

In addition Israeli forces detained 10 civilians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the towns of Shuafat and Hazmah in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Four teenagers were taken by Israeli troops from Sheikh Jarrah, they were identified as  Ali Dweik, Bilal Al-Jabari, Yazan Al-Husseini and Nabil Shreiteh.

From Hazma town, troops took two young men, Qusay Al-Khatib and Ahmed Nassif Saeed, after troops searched their relatives’ homes and questioned them.

Troops also stormed the town of Shuafat in occupied Jerusalem, and detained four young men from their homes, including two brothers. They were identified as Anan Nasser Abu Khdeir, Hakim Yousef Abu Khdeir, Seif and Muhammad Izzat Abu Khudair, local sources reported.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

Updated: “Wheelchair-bound Palestinian Man, His Pregnant Wife And their Child Killed By Israeli Missiles In Deir al-Balah”

Updated: A wheelchair-bound man, identified as Eyad Abdul-Fattah Salha, 33, his wife, Amani Yousef Mohawesh, 33 (seven months pregnant), and their daughter Nagham Eyad Salha, 2, were killed when an Israeli artillery shell struck their home in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

On Wednesday evening, (6 p.m.) the Health Ministry said a Palestinian was killed when an Israeli shell struck an area near the al-Abrar mosque in Gaza and added that several Palestinians were injured, some seriously.

It added that the army also fired many artillery shells into residential areas across the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, including the Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city, and Deir al—Balah in central Gaza, and added a physically challenged man from the Salha family, along with his pregnant wife, and their daughter, were killed after an Israeli missile struck their home in Deir al-Balah, while they were eating dinner.

The Israeli missiles killed the wheelchair-bound man, identified as Eyad Salha, in his apartment in Deir al-Balah, in addition to killing his wife who was, seventh months pregnant, and their daughter, only three years of age.

“They were just sitting and their home and eating,” the brother said, “What do they [Israel] think he was doing, firing missiles from his wheelchair?! What did he, his pregnant wife, and their daughter, do to be mutilated like this?!”

The Israeli army fired many missiles and shells into the Zeitoun neighborhood, and all eastern areas of Gaza, Beit Hanoun, and Beit Lahia.

A child, only 2.5 years of age, was killed when Israeli missiles struck the family home in northern Gaza. “What did my child do to them? Fired missiles?! Threatening their security?!”, the father said, “This is Israel’s bank of targets in Gaza, our children!”

The Health Ministry stated that the Israeli missiles and shells have led to the killing of 227 Palestinians, including 64 children, 38 women, and 17 elderly, in addition to wounding 1620 Palestinians.

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Gaza: Pregnant Woman, her Child and Husband, Killed by Israeli Bombardment
May 19, 2021 at 18:33

Four Palestinian civilians were killed on Wednesday afternoon by Israeli ongoing bombardment that targeted Deir Al-Balah,  central Gaza Strip and Juhr Al-Deek area, southeast of Gaza City.

Amani Youssef Mahawish, 33, her two year old daughter, Nagham, her unborn baby, and her Husband Iyad Abdel Fattah Saleh, 33, were killed when an Israeli war plane bombed their  house without prior notice in the city of Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza Strip. Amani was seven month pregnant.

Elsewhere, a 63-year-old farmer was killed by Israeli shelling targeting Juhr al-Dik area as he was working on his land.

According to Palestinian medical sources, ongoing Israeli aggression against people in the Gaza Strip, since May 10, has left 245 Palestinians killed, including 68 children and 37 women. More than 1530 were wounded.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

OCHA: Statement on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories (OCHA) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock: Statement on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

The current escalation of hostilities has caused immense suffering. I abhor the violence that has killed and injured scores of children and other civilians and caused extensive damage to homes and vital infrastructure.

The hostilities must stop. I echo the Secretary-General’s calls for the parties to stop the aerial and artillery bombardments and the indiscriminate launching of rockets. These acts have brought nothing but death, destruction and widespread trauma throughout the Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

The parties must respect international humanitarian law, including the fundamental principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution. All parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects from harm.

In Gaza, I am deeply troubled by reports of high-frequency Israeli bombardments. There is no safe place in Gaza, where 2 million people have been forcibly isolated from the rest of the world, for over 13 years. The indiscriminate launching of rockets by armed groups towards populated areas in Israel is unacceptable and must end.

The hostilities have displaced over 58,000 Palestinians, many of whom are seeking refuge in UNRWA schools across Gaza. I am concerned about the transmission of COVID-19 between vulnerable people huddled in crowded shelters and the inability of the health-care system to cope.

Damage to vital infrastructure and insufficient fuel supplies have affected water, sanitation and hygiene services for hundreds of thousands of people. Electrical power shortages, and the damage to the Gaza Ministry of Health Central Laboratory, hinder healthcare provision at dozens of centres throughout Gaza.

In order to respond to needs at the scale required, two critical issues must be addressed. First, we need adequate funding to enable a speedy response. The Humanitarian Coordinator, Lynn Hastings, hopes to release some US$14 million from the OPT Humanitarian Fund. I call upon donors to accelerate their contributions to the Fund without delay. This is for immediate needs; the Secretary-General and I will be launching a fuller appeal shortly.

Second, access is paramount. Without this, the humanitarian community is unable to respond to the extent needed. The crossings with Gaza need to be opened and to remain as such for the entrance of essential and humanitarian supplies, including fuel for basic services and supplies to curb the spread of COVID-19. Opening the crossings will also ensure the exit of patients who need life-saving treatment and the entry of special surgical emergency teams to tend to the wounded.

I recognize the efforts undertaken today to open Kerem Shalom crossing, allowing UNRWA fuel trucks to enter Gaza. Regrettably, other essential humanitarian cargo was unable to cross. I call for the sustainable opening of Kerem Shalom crossing for the entry of emergency essential and humanitarian supplies including fuel and the opening of Erez crossing to allow the evacuation of non-essential international staff and the entry of critical international humanitarian staff. I call upon all parties to allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need.

I call on all parties to the hostilities to agree to a humanitarian pause to allow for emergency humanitarian relief distribution and for civilians to purchase food and water, seek medical care and attend to other emergency needs.

New York, 18 May 2021

Destruction in Gaza following Israeli strike May 2021 © Photo by Mohammad Libed
Total Injuries in Gaza Strip, and the West Bank – OCHA

(Source / 19.05.2021)

Israeli Colonist Kills A Palestinian Woman In Hebron

An Israeli colonialist settler killed, Wednesday, a Palestinian woman near the illegal Kiryat Arba colony, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian sources said the colonist shot Wafa’ Abdul-Rahim Barade’ey, 34 while walking on the main street near the colony before the soldiers rushed to the scene and prevented Palestinian medics from approaching her.

The woman was later declared dead, and the soldiers took her corpse after refusing to hand it to the Palestinian medics.

The woman is a married mother of five children, from Bani Neim town, east of Hebron.

In addition, Israeli colonists attacked Palestinian journalists and injured a reporter, identified as Fadi Khallaf, a cameraman with Palestine TV.

The colonists also threatened to shoot the journalists with live fire if they do not stop filing and leave the area.

While the army claimed that Palestinian woman was armed and opened fire with M-16 rifle, and some Israeli media outlets took the narrative for granted and even reported the incident was an attempted stabbing attack, pictures from the scene show the woman posed no threat to the soldiers, or anybody else. What they show is an armed paramilitary settler talking a knee to aim before killing her.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

‘I wake up terrified’: Israeli offensive torments Gaza’s children

‘Every time I put my head on the pillow, there’s another airstrike and I wake up terrified,’ 10-year-old boy from Gaza said

Born and raised in the last fourteen years of Israeli blockade and violence, children in Gaza feel as vulnerable and defenceless as ever.

“I don’t wanna die,” a five-year-old girl said while sobbing in her bed in Gaza, Palestine.

“I’m scared that our house will be demolished…I’m scared that we are all going to die,” she said in a video testimony recorded by her mother, Randa Kamil.

“Why would you die, sweetie? You won’t die…Don’t worry. The house won’t be demolished,” her mother, Kamil, responded to comfort her.

But what Kamil told her daughter is far from reality. For the past seven days, children in Gaza have been experiencing a non-stop barrage of missile fire smashing down apartment buildings, roads and other public infrastructure.

On May 16, 10-year old Aziz al Kolak woke up under the rubble of his own house. He saw his parents bleeding profusely and he did not know that an Israeli air strike would wipe out his entire family.

“I realized I was the only survivor. I watched my mom and dad bleed to death” he said in the hospital as he recounted the six hours he had spent under the rubble. The bombing also killed Kolak’s two little brothers, Zaid and Adam, aged 8 and 4.

He was later pictured mourning alone in front of her mother’s body that was covered in a white sheet.

Israel says it sent a warning message ahead of the air strikes, asking the residents of Rimal, a neighbourhood in western Gaza, to vacate their homes. But like the al-Kolak family, many others didn’t have a chance to find a safer place for refuge. The relentless air strike campaign flattened the whole area. Nineteen other Palestinians were killed in the neighbourhood that night.

Residents from different neighbourhoods say Israel, in fact, doesn’t always give warnings before the strikes, or even when it does, the warnings are not sufficient to ensure safety. Due to the Israeli siege, the people of Gaza are unable to leave the strip when Israel launches airstrikes, and moving to another neighbourhood won’t necessarily save them either.

Disadvantaged children

Children are among the most disadvantaged group at the time of the bombing, as they find it hard to figure out their next step. Almost 61 of the 213 people that Israeli strikes killed were children. At least 366 children have also been injured so far.

“My little brother is terrified. He’s terrified of everything.” a little girl told TRT World, standing next to the rubble of an apartment building hit by an Israeli air strike. She and her brother survived a massacre in al Shati refugee camp that killed 10 people, including 8 children, during the Muslim festival Eid al Fitr.

“He doesn’t know what to do. He’s only 6 years old. I’m 10 and I’m scared too but I’m still trying to tell him that it’s okay,” she said.

She said she’s now having a very hard time sleeping and the missile that destroyed her neighbour’s house was so loud that it almost broke her windows.

“They have all the things [that] they can do [this] with us,” she reflected, referring to Israeli air strikes. “We don’t have anything to protect ourselves with. We only have the power of God with us.”

In the past two decades, children in Palestine witnessed seven Israeli offensives on Gaza. Even the critically ill and injured children are unable to leave the besieged enclave for treatment. The health system is now on the brink of collapse due to multiple factors rooted in Israel’s policies.

The years of siege have crippled public infrastructure, which in turn led to the mishandling of the pandemic. With the recent attacks particularly targeting Gaza’s health system and health workers, the situation on the ground has turned grim.

But even though Gaza endured years of hardship and violence, the majority of its children, who were born in the last 14 years of siege and have barely stepped out of the strip, are still inexperienced to deal with the impact of the ongoing Israeli offensive.

“Every time there’s an airstrike we become scared. Every time we try to go out, when we get to the front door, there’s another air strike and we run back inside as fast as we can,” 10-year-old Khaled told Save the Children.

“Every time I put my head on the pillow, there’s another airstrike and I wake up terrified,” he said.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

Egypt forcibly disappears man who waved Palestine flag in Tahrir Square

On Friday journalist Nour Al-Huda was also arrested after carrying the Palestinian flag and wearing a Palestinian scarf, also in Tahrir Square

A young man has been forcibly disappeared in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after waving the Palestinian flag in support of Palestinians who have suffered days of intense bombardment and violence.

As of Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes had killed at least 213 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip including 61 children and wounded 1,415, on the same day that the Israeli security cabinet voted against a ceasefire.

Omar Morsi told his mother before Friday prayers that he would go and pray in the Omar Makram Mosque overlooking Tahrir Square before going out to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and Sheikh Jarrah.

Omar has been forcibly disappeared since then. His mother has asked at Qasr Al-Nil Police Station, but officers there have denied knowledge of his whereabouts.

According to the human rights lawyer Mukhtar Mounir, Omar suffers from major health problems.

Under the Arabic hashtag, Where is Omar Morsi, Egyptians are posting in solidarity with him.

On Friday journalist Nour Al-Huda was also arrested after carrying the Palestinian flag and wearing a Palestinian scarf, also in Tahrir Square.

However, Nour was released four hours after her arrest after the news circulated on social media.

Founder of the Egyptian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and human rights activist Ramy Shaath remains in prison after being arrested at home in 2019.

Son of the former acting Palestinian prime minister Nabil Shaath, Ramy is being held under pretrial detention in Tora Prison and has been placed on a so-called terror list.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

No details about when the lab would be operational due to the heavy Israeli strikes

Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said on Tuesday that its central laboratory has been out of service for the second consecutive day.

The laboratory was located in the headquarters of the Ministry of Health in Gaza which was severely damaged when a residential building directly opposite to it was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Monday.

Al-Remal health centre, which is located in a facility adjacent to the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, was also severely damaged and is now no longer operational.

Dr Ayman Al-Halaby, the director of the Central Laboratory in Gaza, could not provide details as to when the lab, which carried out most covid tests, would be operational.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank

Ministry of Health also reported 73 wounded, including five in critical conditions

Israeli occupation forces shot dead on Tuesday three Palestinian youths as they violently attempted to crack down on protesters took to the streets in solidarity with Gaza Strip.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded 73 others, mainly in the city of Ramallah, including five in critical conditions, the Ministry of Health said.

The three martyrs were identified as Mohammad Hameed, 25, Adhma al Kashef, 20, and the child Wael Burnat, 15.

Hameed and al Kashef were killed in the Israeli crackdown on the protesters at the entry of Al Beereh, in the outskirts of Ramallah –opposite to the illegal Israeli Jewish settlement of Beit El.

Burnat was killed in the brutal Israeli aggression on the protesters in the village of Bal’in, west of the city of Ramallah.

The Palestinians in the occupied West Bank took to streets in several cities and villages in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been subject to violent Israeli attacks since 10 May that led to the death of 217 people, including 63 children, 35 women and 15 elderly people.

(Source / 19.05.2021)

Israel notifies to bomb two schools west of Gaza

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation army threatened UN institutions with its intention to bomb Al-Buraq and Al-Aqsa schools in the vicinity of the Palestine Mosque, west of Gaza City.

Today, Monday (5-17), the Government Media Office in the Gaza Strip said that the Israeli occupation is committing a new crime by informing the Ministry of Education of its intention to bomb Al-Buraq and Al-Aqsa schools in the vicinity of the Palestine Mosque, which are located west of Gaza City.

Read More: Israeli warplanes bomb two homes in Al-Burij, killed one, and injured 6 others

The Office confirmed that the two schools are among the centers prepared for shelter, and their coordinates exist in advance at international bodies.

The Government Media said that the Israeli occupation’s move means an increase in the pace of daring to bomb civilian objects protected by law.

Read More: Israeli warplanes bomb National Bank in Gaza

The office called on international institutions to shoulder their responsibilities in protecting these two schools and preventing the occupation from carrying out its threat.

(Source / 19.05.2021)