GAZA, (PIC) – Israel is holding 1,000 cars for Gazan auto dealers and the value of which is estimated at $40 million, as stated by Ismael Al-Nakhala, the head of the Vehicle Importers Association in Gaza, on Saturday.
Nakhala pointed out that there are more than a thousand cars held in Israeli ports, bought by Gaza merchants and Israel refuses to allow them access into the Strip.
He added that the dealers who bought the cars hope the border crossings would open soon so that the cars would be allowed entry, estimating the price of the cars at $40 million.
Nakhalah said that Gaza merchants have incurred heavy losses because they are forced to pay fees for the Israeli ports in return for parking those vehicles.
Israeli occupation forces have killed four Palestinians, including two children, and wounded 1,090 others, including 141 children, during the previous 20 days, a United Nations (UN) report revealed on Saturday.
In the report, which covered the period between 8 and 28 July, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) stated that the Palestinians were killed and wounded in the occupied West Bank.
According to UNOCHA’s report, since the start of this year, Israeli occupation forces have killed 50 Palestinians, including 11 children, in the occupied West Bank.
During the same period, at least 11,232 other Palestinians have been wounded in the occupied West Bank, including 584 children.
One of the latest prominent flashpoints is the new illegal Israeli settlement outpost known as Evyatar, located in the village of Beita in the West Bank city of Nablus.
According to the UN report, out of the 11,232 Palestinians wounded during the reported period, 939 were injured by the Israeli occupation forces guarding the site of the illegal settlement.
The settlement was erected on Palestinian-owned land near Beita. While the settlers vacated the settlement on 2 July, Israeli forces have since been stationed to guard the buildings, awaiting the decision by Israeli authorities on whether the land can be classified as “state land” and whether a Jewish religious seminary can be established on the site.
The report added: “Since the establishment of the settlement in early May, Israeli forces have killed five Palestinians, including two children, and injured at least 3,077 others, including 381 children, in similar incidents.”
Other Palestinian protesters gathered in Beit Dajan, also in Nablus, and were violently dispersed by the Israeli occupation forces.
Every Friday, Palestinians organise marches and demonstrations in the occupied West Bank against illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli apartheid wall.
Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that about 700,000 settlers live in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces attacked hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron’s neighbourhood of Beit Amer as they took part in the funeral of Palestinian youth Shawkat Awad, 20, who succumbed to wounds he sustained during Israeli attacks on protests.
Tens of Palestinians took part in an anti-settlement and eviction demonstration in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.
An Anadolu Agency reporter disclosed that tens of Palestinians, including Arab Israeli MKs, gathered in Sheikh Jarrah and chanted against Israeli settlements and the forced evictions of Palestinian families.
According to Anadolu Agency, Israeli occupation forces stormed the area and violently dispersed the demonstration, noting that the Israeli troops confiscated Palestinian flags raised by the protesters.
For three months, Israel has prevented Palestinians and foreign activists from reaching Sheikh Jarrah to show solidarity with its Palestinian families threatened with eviction.
During this time, Israeli forces have cracked down on any activism organised there and on journalists covering the events. They have also prevented access for paramedics to treat those attacked by Israeli police or troops.
In Sheikh Jarrah, 28 Palestinian families have been facing forcible evacuation from their homes inhabited since 1956. The homes were built on Palestinian land given to the families by the Jordanian government, which ruled the area before the Israel occupation, in coordination with UNRWA.
Jewish groups claim that this land belonged to Jews before they occupied Palestine in 1948. Palestinians deny this as it is the pretext that Israel uses to steal Palestinian lands from Palestinian owners.
On 28 July, Israeli forces shot and killed an 11-year-old Palestinian child, identified as Mohammad Moayyad Bahjat al-‘Allami, who was in a car with his father at the entrance of Beit Ummar (Hebron). According to the Israeli military, soldiers ordered a driver to stop and, after he failed to do so, they shot at the vehicle, claiming that they aimed at the wheels. On 29 July, following protests at the funeral of the boy, during which Palestinians threw stones Israeli forces soldiers shot live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, shooting and killing a Palestinian young man.
On 27 July, Israeli forces shot and killed a 41-year-old Palestinian man, identified as Shadi Omar Lutfi Salim, at the entrance of Beita (Nablus). According to the military, the man was walking towards the soldiers, allegedly holding an iron bar, and did not stop after they shot warning fire. No clashes were taking place at that time.
Two Palestinians, including a child, were shot and killed by Israeli forces during the reporting period. Israeli forces entered An Nabi Salih (Ramallah) to carry out an arrest operation, and when Palestinian residents threw stones at them, soldiers shot live ammunition and tear gas canisters. During this encounter, Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old boy, who, according to the military, was throwing stones and endangered the life of soldiers. According to Palestinian sources, the child was shot in his back. On 26 July, a Palestinian died of wounds after being shot by Israeli forces on 14 May, in Sinjil (Ramallah), during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.
Overall, Israeli forces injured 615 Palestinians across the West Bank, including 24 children, the youngest of whom is a three-month-old baby. In total 588 of those were injured in protests against settlements in Beita (Nablus). During these protests two Israeli soldiers were also hit and injured by stones reportedly thrown by Palestinians. In Ein al Hilwa in the Jordan Valley 13 Palestinian children were injured when Israeli settlers tried to confiscate a water tank, triggering clashes between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces; and the rest were injured in other locations. Overall, 44 Palestinians were shot with live ammunition, 140 were shot with rubber bullets, and the rest were mainly treated for tear gas inhalation or were physically assaulted. Beyond the 615 who were injured directly by Israeli forces, 69 were injured in Beita and Osarin either while running away from Israeli forces or in circumstances that could not be verified.
Israeli forces carried out 91 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 158 Palestinians across the West Bank. Some 45 university students were arrested in Turmus’ayya (Ramallah) during a protest against punitive demolitions; 20 others were arrested in the Old City of Jerusalem, during clashes with Israeli forces, following the entry of over 1,600 Israelis to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Haram Al Shareef) compound; and the rest were arrested in other circumstances across the West Bank.
On 25 July, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza launched incendiary balloons, sparking fires in Israel. In response the Israeli Air Force carried out air strikes on Gaza, reportedly targeting military bases. According to Israeli media, machinegun shooting from Gaza, which reportedly targeted military planes during the airstrikes, hit and lightly damaged a structure in southern Israel. Subsequently, the Israeli authorities reduced the permissible fishing zone from 12 to six nautical miles along the southern Gaza coast.
On 22 July, a Palestinian was killed and 14 others, including six children, were injured as a result of an explosion in a building in Gaza city. The three-storey structure collapsed and several nearby houses and shops sustained damage. Some sources suggested that the blast resulted from explosives which were being stored in the building.
Also in Gaza, on at least nine occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions. They also conducted land-levelling operations inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence, at least twice.
The Israeli authorities demolished, seized or forced people to demolish a total of 59 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank for lacking Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 96 people and affecting 550 people. Most structures (49) and people displaced (84) were in the Area C Bedouin community of Ras al Tin (Ramallah); while the demolition of a donated agricultural water reservoir in Furush Beit Dajan (Nablus) undermined the access of over 500 people to water.
Israeli settlers physically assaulted and injured three Palestinians in separate incidents in the Hebron governorate. In addition, perpetrators known or believed to be Israeli settlers damaged at least 200 trees or saplings, and other Palestinian property, across the West Bank.
According to Israeli sources, Palestinians throwing stones injured at least four Israeli settlers, including a one-year-old baby, travelling in East Jerusalem. at least 16 Israeli-plated cars were damaged.
This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 435 Palestinians during protests against the illegal colonialist activities in three areas in Beita town, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers injured the 435 Palestinians in Beita, Beita Junction, and Sbeih Mountain.
Jibril said that eight of the injured Palestinians were shot with live rounds and were rushed to Rafidia Hospital after suffering moderate wounds.
He added that 84 Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and 277 suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation in addition to 66 who suffered bruises and fractures after the soldiers attacked them with batons, while some of them suffered lacerations after falling while being chased by the army.
It is worth mentioning that the Palestinians were also demanding the army to transfer the corpse of Shadi Omar Salim (Shurafa), 41, to his family to perform a proper burial ceremony.
Shadi was killed, on Tuesday evening, when the soldiers ambushed him at the junction of the town and fired live rounds at him.
In Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus, the soldiers also attacked protesters on their lands, and injured at least ten Palestinians, including two medics, with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.
Morad Eshteiwi, the spokesperson of the Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and colonies in Qalqilia, said dozens of soldiers invaded Kufur Qaddoum and took posts in abandoned buildings before the weekly procession started.
He added that the soldiers attacked the protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The procession was attended by hundreds of Palestinians who marched carrying Palestinian flags and chanting for ending the illegal Israeli occupation and its colonialist activities, and the establishment of a contiguous Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
They also denounced the latest Israeli military escalation against the Palestinians, their homes, and lands, especially in occupied Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus, and the Northern Plains.
The protests in Kufur Qaddoum started eighteen years ago after the soldiers closed the main town’s road and barricaded it, to allow easy access for the colonists driving to and from the illegal Kedumim colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.
In related news, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Jihad al-Aqra’, 28, from Qalqilia city, after stopping him at a sudden military roadblock while he was heading to Jenin, in northern West Bank.
Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces deployed at the entrance of Beit Ummar town in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Friday, attacking thousands Palestinians participating in a funeral of youth killed by Israeli forces.
Israeli forces today’s afternoon deployed at the entrance of Beit Ummar town as thousands of Palestinians were participating in the funeral of 20-year-old Shawkat Awad who was shot dead yesterday by the Israeli forces.
The forces were seen attacking Palestinians by firing teargas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at those who participated in the funeral.
Awad was rushed to the hospital to get urgent medical treatment as his condition was critical.
Awad was shot with live ammunition in the head and chest. He was later announced dead.
Awad is the second Beit Ummar resident to be shot dead by the Israeli forces in 24 hours, as a 12-year-old Palestinian child Muhammad Allami was also killed on Wednesday evening by the Israeli forces after they opened fire directly at him at the entry to Beit Ummar.
Nablus (QNN)- At least 40 Palestinian protesters were injuried by Israeli occupation forces on Friday in Beita village in Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 40 Palestinians were injuried by rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition fired at them by the Israeli forces in Beita.
Others also sustained injuries due to falling from high places after being chased and assaulted by the forces and others suffocated with teargas.
Last night, 10 Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets shot by Israeli forces in Beit and dozens others suffocated with teargas fired at them by the occupation forces.
Beita village becomes a site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion, which are often suppressed by Israeli forces.
The occupation authorities evacuated dozens of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Evyatar in Beita, after a deal was reached between a settler leader and the occupation government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Yossi Dagan, head of settler organisation the Shomron Regional Council, struck a deal with Israel’s defence minister, Benny Gantz, and interior minister Ayelet Shaked, that will turn Evyatar into a religious school and a military base for the Israeli forces.
‘Israel’ will keep about 50 caravan houses settlers installed in May on Palestinian lands belonging to the residents of the occupied West Bank village of Beita, while settlers would “return” to the land when Israeli occupation authorities designate it as “state-owned.”
In early May, a group of Israeli settlers set up caravans on Jabal Sabih, and with the help of Israeli occupation forces have since prevented any Palestinian access to the area.
Within days, settlers installed mobile houses, built roads and raised an Israeli flag over the settlement.
Since then, Beita has witnessed several protests against the new settler outpost on Jabal Sabih, which lies on the southern outskirts of the village and comprises an estimated 30 percent of Beita’s entire land area.
The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.