Gaza post – A Palestinian young man was killed and 15 were injured by Israeli soldiers on Thursday during clashes with dozens of protestors near the borderline area between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, Palestinian medics said.
The Palestinian health ministry, run by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said in a statement that Ahmad Salleh, 26 years old was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip near the borders with Israel.
The statement added that 15 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers, including five children, adding that five were shot by live ammunition and ten suffered suffocation after inhaling teargas.
On Thursday night, eyewitnesses said that dozens of protestors, members of “the night disturbance unit” gathered along the borderline area between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel for the sixth consecutive day.
Ramallah_Gaza post – Six Palestinians, including three siblings, were abducted and a car was confiscated by Israeli soldiers in Ramallah, central West Bank, on Friday morning. Protesters were attacked with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets.
According to media reports, army jeeps stormed Ramallah’s al-Masayef area, searched homes, and kidnapped Hassan Eshteyya, as well as confiscated his automobile.
Soldiers also raided the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and searched many homes before kidnapping Mahmoud Zoheir Samad’a and Mohammad Nidal Al-Hattab, according to the report.
Furthermore, soldiers attacked Rantis hamlet, northwest of Ramallah, searching and ransacking many homes before abducting three brothers, Ali, Mustafa, and Hamdan Khalaf.
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated against the invasion, throwing stones at Israeli vehicles and firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.
In addition, four Israeli army jeeps stormed Aqaba, north of Tubas in the northeastern West Bank, and kidnapped a young man.
Soldiers also abducted two Palestinians in Bethlehem city and neighboring Husan town, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, around morning.
The Palestinian Health Ministry stated late Thursday that a young man died of serious wounds sustained when Israeli soldiers targeted protestors on Palestinian territory near the perimeter fence in Gaza’s northern sector.
Ahmad Mustafa Mahmoud Saleh, a 26-year-old Palestinian from the Jabalia refugee camp, was killed.
After holding him captive for a month and a half, the army freed an injured young Palestinian man named Abdullah Bassem Abu Bakr from Jenin in the northern West Bank on Thursday evening.
RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Friday 9 Palestinians in the West Bank during raids that were followed by confrontations with Palestinians youth.
In Ramallah, IOF soldiers stormed various suburbs and were confronted by dozens of Palestinian youths, who threw firebombs at the soldiers. The soldiers, in their turn, fired live and rubber-coated bullets in addition to stun and teargas bombs on the young men.
According to our reporter, IOF arrested Muhammed Nidal, and Masoud Samada from Jalazon refugee camp, and arrested the siblings Mustafa and Ali Khalaf from Rantis, and arrested Hassan Ishtiyah from Masayf neighborhood.
In Bethlehem, IOF arrested Ahmed Taqatqa and Mahmoud Abu al-Adas after raiding the houses of their parents. The soldiers also broke into the house of the prisoner Hassanin Shoka looking for his son Hassan.
IOF soldiers set up checkpoints at the city’s gates, and stopped many Palestinian cars, searched them and scrutinized IDs of citizens boarding them.
In Tubas, IOF arrested Muhammed Daraghma in Aqraba village after raiding his parent’s house.
The West Bank is exposed to daily IOF raids that end with arrests of Palestinian civilians.
Israeli authorities today demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the southern Negev for the 192nd time.The Bedouin families of Al-Araqeeb rebuild the village every time Israeli authorities demolish it.
The village was first levelled in July 2010, and every time the residents of Al-Araqeeb rebuild their tents and small homes, occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month.
Located in the Negev (Naqab) desert, the village is one of 51 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area and is constantly targeted for demolition ahead of plans to Judaise the Negev by building homes for new Jewish communities. Israeli bulldozers, which Bedouins are charged for, demolish everything, from the trees to the water tanks, but Bedouin residents have tried to rebuild it every time.
Bedouins in the Negev must abide by the same laws as Jewish Israeli citizens. They pay taxes but do not enjoy the same rights and services as Jews in Israel and the state has repeatedly refused to connect the towns to the national grid, water supplies, and other vital amenities.
The leaders of Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority yesterday rejected Israel’s illegal measures that undermine the two-state solution, the continued expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, land seizures, house demolitions and attempts to change the status quo in East Jerusalem.
A joint statement issued at the conclusion of a summit that brought together Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan and PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo stressed on the importance of “the historical Hashemite custodianship of the Islamic and Christian holy places in Jerusalem, its role in protecting these holy sites, as well as its Arab, Islamic and Christian identity”.
“The summit stressed on the need to prevent the displacement of Palestinians from Jerusalem neighbourhoods, especially Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, and to stop all unilateral measures that undermine peace efforts, and the two-state solution in accordance with international legitimacy,” the statement said.
Al-Sisi and King Abdullah II affirmed countries’ firm support for the Palestinian people and their just and legitimate rights, having an independent, sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The three leaders affirmed that a just, comprehensive and lasting peace is a strategic option and a necessity for regional and international peace.
A member of the Hamas political bureau has said that international mediators are not pushing for progress in the prisoner-swap issue between the resistance movement and Israel due to their lack of confidence in “the occupation authorities” after the failure of previous mediation efforts.
Speaking to journalists, Dr Mahmoud Al-Zahar said that the terms of any new swap agreement would be simple: “Prisoners in exchange for prisoners.” He pointed out that the selection of the prisoners to be released in any deal will be made in partnership with the Palestinians being held by Israel.
Al-Zahar called for international mediators to ensure that those released from prison are not immediately re-arrested by Israel, as has happened on previous occasions. The Hamas official stressed that this is one of the most important challenges facing the prisoner-swap talks.
A Palestinian was killed and 15 were wounded by the Israeli occupation forces as protests calling for the end of the siege on Gaza continued.
According to the Ministry of Health, a 26-year-old citizen died of wounds he sustained in his abdomen, in the northern Gaza Strip.
It stated that 15 others were wounded in the eastern areas of the Gaza Strip, including five with live bullets, one of them a child whose condition was described as serious, four were said to be in a moderate condition, and ten suffered minor injuries from shrapnel and tear gas canisters.
Five of the injured were minors, the ministry added.
Israel has imposed a strict siege on the Gaza Strip since 2007, limiting the entry of food stuff, electricity and other essentials and often banning building materials and other items. The closures have left Palestinians living in an open air prison, unable to leave the enclave and struggling as the unemployment and poverty rates rise as a result of the closures.
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has rejected the framework agreement signed between the United States and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) regarding the restoration of US funding for the agency.
Hamas pointed out that the agreement signed on 15 July contains “dangerous and humiliating” conditions imposed by Washington on the agency in return for funding.
“We are aware of the agency’s severe financial crisis and the importance of solving it in a radical and sustainable manner,” said Hamas, “but that is the responsibility of the international community led by the UN.”
The movement said that it refuses to sign conditional agreements which empty UNRWA and its mandate of its content, and expose the refugee issue to “grave danger”. Moreover, it stressed that it also refuses to take any measures against UNRWA employees or beneficiaries as stipulated in the agreement.
“The United States wants to provide a service to the Israeli occupation by liquidating the refugee issue, the core of the Palestinian cause and UNRWA, through financial extortion,” explained Hamas. The agreement, it insisted, contradicts UNRWA’s mandate as well as international law and international humanitarian law, turning the agency into a political-security tool in the hands of a foreign country.
The Follow-up Committee of the National and Islamic Forces published a letter on Wednesday addressed to the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, in which it expressed the objections to the agreement with the US.
July recorded the second-highest number of structures demolished so far this year.
Compared to the equivalent period of 2020, the first seven months of 2021 saw a 40 % increase in demolitions and a 87 % increase in displacement.
Mass demolitions in two Palestinian Bedouin/herding communities, accounted for the majority of demolitions and displacement in July.
A mobile clinic, an under-construction school and a water reservoir were demolished, affecting an estimated 1,650 people.
In July, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 126 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. This resulted in the displacement of 181 people, including 105 children, and otherwise affected the livelihoods, or access to services, of nearly 2,000 others. All but one structure were located in Area C or East Jerusalem and were targeted due to the lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain. The remaining structure was punitively demolished in Area A, as it belonged to the family of a Palestinian who allegedly killed an Israeli settler on 2 May.
The number of structures demolished or seized in July is the second highest this year, surpassed only by February (153). So far, 2021 has recorded an increase of 40 % in the number of demolitions compared with the equivalent period in 2020 and approximately the same level of destruction of donor-funded assets (161 vs. 157 structures). So far in 2021, 295 structures, or 62 % of all structures targeted in Area C, have been seized without, or with very short, prior notice, preventing affected people from objecting in advance.
Thirty-one of the structures demolished or seized in July had been provided as humanitarian aid. In addition, four EU-funded residential structures received stop-work orders in Khirbet Ar Rahwa (Hebron), at a value of over 9,000 euros.
About 80 per cent of Area C demolitions and 90 per cent of people displaced were recorded in two Area C herding communities. On 14 July, 49 structures were demolished in Ras at Tin, of which at least 21 were residential structures, 16 animal shelters and 12 solar panels; 84 people were displaced, including 53 children. On 7 July, 30 structures were demolished in the Bedouin community of Humsa al Bqai’a (Tubas), displacing 42 people. This community is located in an area designated by the Israeli authorities for military training purposes and has recorded seven demolition incidents since the beginning of the year.
The majority of people affected (an estimated 1,650 out of 1,889 people) were in three incidents, where a mobile clinic was demolished in Umm Qussa community (Hebron), an under-construction school was demolished in the Shu’fat neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, and an agricultural reservoir in was demolished Furush Beit Dajan (Nablus). In Bardalah (Tubas), the Israeli authorities demolished a livelihood structure on the basis of Military Order 1797, which provides only a 96-hour notice and very limited grounds for legally challenging a demolition.
In East Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities demolished or forced people to demolish 21 structures, almost the same number as those demolished in June (20). Eleven of the structures were demolished by the owners following the issuance of a demolition order, bringing the total number of such demolitions carried out by the owners since the beginning of the year to 42.
The most difficult thing is to demolish the house that we built with our own hands, but we have no choice. The occupation wants to expel us from our homes. We are steadfast in our land and homeland.”