Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing dozens of injuries.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians marched while chanting against the escalating Israeli violations, including the recent decision to build thousands of colonialist units on stolen Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank.

He added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians, causing dozens of injuries, mainly due to the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinians also raised Palestinian and Algerian flags, in solidarity with Algeria facing massive wildfires that have led to massive destruction and dozens of deaths.

The Palestinians have been holding weekly processions for the last eighteen years, demanding the army to reopen the village’s main road which was blockaded to allow easy access to the illegal colonizers, driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

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(Source / 14.08.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure 39 Palestinians In Sbeih Mountain In Beita

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 39 Palestinians In the Sbeih Mountain area, in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, during a procession against the illegal colonialist outpost and the ongoing takeover of their lands.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Nablus office of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers attacked the protesters in rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Jibril added that the medics provided the needed treatment to 39 Palestinians; five were shot with the rubber-coated steel bullets, nine suffered fractures, one was shot with a gas bomb in the head, and 24 suffered the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.

Some protesters set fire to under-construction bridges Israel is building on stolen Palestinian lands to construct segregated roads for the illegal colonialist settlers.

On Friday morning, Israeli military bulldozers place rocks and sandhills on several roads leading to Sbeit Mountain to prevent the Palestinians from reaching it.

(Source / 14.08.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report for July 27 – August 9, 2021

Latest developments (after the reporting period)

On 11 August, a Palestinian died of wounds after being shot by Israeli forces during a search-and-arrest operation in Jenin on 3 August. According to local sources, Palestinians used live ammunition, threw stones and explosive devices, and Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas, shooting and injuring at least six Palestinians, including the one who later died from his injuries.

Highlights from the reporting period

Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians, including an 11-year-old boy. On 27 July a Palestinian man was killed in Beita at a time when no clashes were reported. According to the Israeli military, he was walking towards soldiers while holding an iron bar and did not stop after they fired “warning” shots. Palestinian sources report that the man was a municipal employee repairing the water network, and the iron bar was in fact a wrench. A day later, an eleven-year-old boy was killed in Beit Ummar. He was in a car that slowly drove away from soldiers when some of them started running after the vehicle and opened fire. According to the Israeli military, the driver did not heed an order to stop, and the soldiers aimed at the wheels. At his funeral, held on 29 July, during protests against his killing, Palestinians threw stones and Israeli forces opened fire, shooting and killing another Palestinian man. Similarly, on 6 August, during a demonstration in Beita, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli forces, who fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, killing one more Palestinian. A total of 50 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank this year, all by live ammunition.

Overall, Israeli forces injured 764 Palestinians across the West Bank. Most of those injured were hit during demonstrations where Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas. Of the total injured, 586 people were injured during protests against settlements in Beita and ten in Beit Dajan (both in Nablus). A total of 107 were wounded during the protests at the funeral of the eleven-year-old boy killed in Beit Ummar. An additional 53 Palestinians were injured during protests against ongoing demolitions in Sa’ir village (Hebron). One woman who, according to the Israeli military attempted to stab a soldier, was shot at the Huwwara checkpoint (Nablus). Of those injured, 16 Palestinians were shot with live ammunition, 141 with rubber bullets, and the rest were mainly treated for tear gas inhalation. Beyond the 764 injured directly by Israeli forces, 95 were injured in Beita either while running away from Israeli forces or in circumstances that could not be verified.

Israeli forces carried out 92 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 115 Palestinians, including 11 children, across the West Bank. Most of the operations took place in the Jerusalem governorate (30) and Hebron governorate (17).

On 6 August, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza launched incendiary balloons, which according to Israeli media, sparked four fires in Israel. On 7 August, Israeli air forces carried out air strikes on Gaza, reportedly targeting military bases.

Also in Gaza, on at least ten occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions. In one incident, Israeli naval forces detained two fishermen for six hours and seized their boat, which was eventually returned. Israeli military bulldozers conducted land-levelling operations inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence, at least twice.

The Israeli authorities demolished, seized or forced people to demolish 57 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank due to lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 97 people, including 67 children, and affecting the livelihoods of 240 other people. Of these structures, 17 were seized displacing 27 people, including 19 children, in the Bedouin community of Ibziq in the Jordan Valley. An additional 28 people, including 21 children, were displaced when the Israeli authorities demolished six structures in Al Mu’arrajat Centre in Ramallah. In East Jerusalem, twelve structures were demolished, including five livelihood structures in Dahiyet al Bareed neighbourhood.

People known or believed to be Israeli settlers vandalized at least 40 Palestinian-owned trees, and five vehicles across the West Bank. The trees were damaged in Ar Rakeez (Hebron) and Al Jab’a (Bethlehem), and the vehicles in Sarra (Nablus), Kafr Ra’i (Jenin) and Tayasir (Tubas).

People known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones at and injured three Israeli settlers. Also, according to Israeli sources, stone throwing damaged at least 11 Israeli-plated cars.

This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.

(Source / 14.08.2021)

Forty five years passed for Tel al-Zaatar massacre

Forty five years have passed for Tel al-Zaatar massacre committed against Palestinians and Lebanese in Tel al-Zaatar Palestinian refugee camp, north-east of Beirut in 1976.

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Tel al-Zaatar massacre when right-wing Lebanese militias – with the support of former leader of the Syrian regime Hafez al-Assad – targeted the camp with 55,000 shells over 52 days.

Tal al-Zaatar camp was a collection of sixteen camps for Palestinian refugees with a population between 50,000 and 60,000 people.

Meanwhile, Syrian-backed forces kept the area under a tight siege until they gained control of the camp in August 1976.

Estimates about the death toll vary from 1,500 to 2,000 people – mostly civilians – but others suggest that the total number of victims from the beginning of the siege could be more than 4,000.

There have been no serious investigations into the massacre and as a result dozens of parents still don’t know the fate of their children although more than 45 years has passed since the horrific massacre.

(Source / 14.08.2021)

‘Israel’ to open Gaza crossing for first time since COVID outbreak

Gaza Strip (QNN)- Israeli occupation government will reopen a key border crossing in the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the first time since COVID-19 took hold in March last year, allowing entry to hundreds of traders.

The move will permit entry through the Erez crossing “for 1,000 merchants and 350 senior Gazan businesspeople,” according to a statement from Israel’s War Ministry.

Only those already vaccinated against, or recovered from COVID-19, will be allowed to cross, the statement said.

Trade will also be expanded through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the south of Gaza, including equipment and goods for humanitarian infrastructure, such as water and sewage.

An 11-day of Israeli aggression last May on the Gaza Strip killed at least 243 people in Gaza, including 67 children.

A report by the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank estimated that the damage caused in the 11-day Israeli bombardment of Gaza Strip was between $290m and $380m, while the recovery needs are projected at between $345m and $485m.

The Gaza Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA) report also found that following the aggression, 62 percent of the population of Gaza is food insecure, adding that unemployment was already at 48 percent and poverty rates above 50 percent before the escalation.

The RDNA report found that most of the damage in Gaza from Israel’s bombardment in May was caused to social sectors such as housing, health, education, and social protection and jobs, at an estimate of $180m.

“The housing sector alone represents almost 93 percent of the total damages to the social sectors,” the report said.

(Source / 14.08.2021)

Israeli army says it downed Hamas drone

Gaza (QNN)- The Israeli occupation army on Friday announced that it has downed a Hamas drone.

The spokesperson for the occupation army said that Israeli forces last Wednesday spotted a drone sent by the resistance movement in Gaza and breached the airspace of 1948-occupied Palestine.

The Israeli army claimed it spotted a drone sent by Hamas on Wednesday ad downed it.

The occupation army said it found the drone earlier on Friday but it did not specify the location where the drone was downed.

(Source / 14.08.2021)

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian girl in Anata in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces broke into the Al-Salam neighborhood in Anata town in occupied Jerusalem at Friday midnight and arrested a Palestinian girl.

Local sources said the Israeli forces at the midnight stormed the Al-Salam neighborhood and arrested the Palestinian girl from her home for no reason.

The girl has not been identified yet.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian homes almost on a daily basis across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinians, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

There are 4,850 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, among the prisoners are 540 administrative detainees held without charge or trial, 225 child prisoners and 41 female prisoners.

(Source / 14.08.2021)

Factions prepare for day of rage on Gaza borders remembering Israeli arson of Al Aqsa

A Palestinian protester takes part in demonstrations near the border between the occupied land and Gaza Strip, eastern Gaza, March 2019

Gaza (QNN)- Arabi 21 reported that resistance factions are preparing for a day of rage on the borders of the Gaza strip remembering the Israeli arson of Al Aqsa mosque.

Arabi 21 cited informed sources as saying that a day of rage is being prepared. It will include all camps in eastern Gaza.

“We are going towards escalation with the Israeli occupation”, the sources said. “the day is expected to be organized on August 21 to remember the arson of Al Aqsa mosque.”

on 21 August 1969, a zionist Australian man called Denis Michael Rohan set fire to Al Aqsa mosque. Israeli authorities claimed he was insane.

The resistance had previously said that the Israeli fudging of responsibilities that it had promised to fulfil, like ending the siege on Gaza, is a continuation of its aggression that would lead to an escalation.

Members of the resistance said “the resistance is evaluating the current situation as the occupation continues to fudge of responsibilities.”

(Source / 14.08.2021)

UN experts urge ‘Israel’ to ‘protect and encourage’ Palestine rights defenders

Days of Palestine – Geneva – During a night-time raid at the end of July, the Israeli occupation forces seized computers, hard drives and other confidential materials from the offices of the NGO, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) in Al-Bireh, the four independent UN human rights experts said, calling for the immediate return of the documents and office equipment.

“The indispensable work of Palestinian, Israeli and international civil society organizations has provided a measure of much-needed accountability in documenting and scrutinizing the dispiriting human rights trends in the occupied Palestinian territory”, they said in a statement.

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The Special Rapporteurs also noted that in recent years, DCIP has “critically and reliably” reported on patterns of arrests and the maiming and killings of Palestinian children by the Israeli occupation forces in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.

“The silencing or hindering of these activities violates the fundamental human rights of expression and association, which Israel has committed itself to uphold through its ratification of the two 1966 International Covenants”, they spelled out, referring to one on Civil and Political Rights and the other on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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From the beginning of 2021 until the end of last month, Israeli occupation forces have killed 11 Palestinian children in the West Bank, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

This figure is higher than the total recorded in all of 2020, said the OHCHR.

Moreover, last May, during Israel’s aggression on the Gaza Strip, 67 Palestinian children were killed.

“All civilian lives under occupation are protected under international law. This is particularly true for the rights of children”, the experts reminded.

Against the backdrop of long-standing criticisms over an absence of “transparent and impartial investigations” into apparent violations of Palestinian human rights by the Israeli military, the UN experts called upon the occupation state of ‘Israel’ to “work with the international community” to establish an impartial body to conduct “transparent, arm’s length and public investigations” into the deaths.

They stressed that the probes must be consistent with international law and apply subsequent lessons learned to “strenuously avoid such a pattern of tragedy in the future”.

The UN experts called upon the Israeli occupation authorities to fully respect the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which was adopted in 1998 by the UN General Assembly, saying that an occupying power with a true commitment to human rights would “protect and encourage” human rights defenders, and “not ostracize, harass or silence them”.

Moreover, that power would respect the “critical scrutiny” of their work – even if the defenders “excoriated” their conduct.

And if conducting “a long-term military occupation”, the Special Rapporteurs said the occupying power should accept human rights infringement “only as a last measure…in a minimally impairing manner that is subject to meaningful judicial review”.

The Special Rapporteurs who signed onto the stament were Michael Lynk, on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967; Irene Khan, on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression; Mr.Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, on rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; and Mary Lawlor, on the situation of human rights defenders.

(Source / 14.08.2021)

Hamas: Israel’s new confessions reflect its military failure

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Hamas Movement has said that the successive confessions from Israel’s military, security and media circles about its operational failure during “the Sword of Jerusalem” battle confirms the Israeli occupation army’s growing impotence to confront the Palestinian resistance and al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas in Gaza.

In press remarks, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem said that the repeated talk about the occupation army’s failure to decoy the resistance in Gaza, especially its failure to lure fighters from al-Qassam Brigades into tunnels and kill hundreds of them, reflected once again the level of al-Qassam Brigades’ intelligence capability and its ability to know and read Israeli plans and intents.

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Spokesman Qasem added that the Israeli army’s confessed intent to use its air forces to commit carnage during the last war against Gaza resistance fighters confirms its fear of confronting them on the ground.

On Friday, Israeli military sources asserted that the army’s investigations proved the failure of its ploy to lure a large number of al-Qassam Brigades fighters into entering defensive tunnels in order to make them targets for massive airstrikes.

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The ploy was to spread claims through Israeli and international media outlets that Israeli forces started to carry out a ground invasion into Gaza to prompt al-Qassam fighters to go down into tunnels.

(Source / 14.08.2021)