Israeli occupation forces set up flying checkpoints around the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday fearing that the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from a high-security prison overnight may try to cross into the coastal territory, Sama news agency has reported.
According to reports in the Israeli media, getting into Gaza is not easy due to the “security wall”. However, they point out that some Palestinians have been able to breach the wall and get through. It is also expected that capturing the escapees, or killing them, will lead to retaliation by the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza and Lebanon.
Yedioth Ahranoth said that the planning and preparation for the escape would have taken months or even years. The operation was not limited to the actual escape from the prison, given that the escapees will have known that the surrounding area and the occupied West Bank would be dangerous territory for them.
Speculation about escape routes has included outside support and the possibility of taking hostages to bargain for safe passage to another country.
The Israeli Prisons Authority has imposed punitive measures on Palestinian detainees, the Prisoners’ Information Office warned this morning, adding that this could lead to a “serious escalation” in tensions in jails.
Occupation authorities have reduced the time prisoners are allowed to spend outside to one hour and reduced the number of detainees in the prison yard at any one time. It has also closed the prisoners’ shop, from which they buy essentials including soap, and moved prisoners who are members of the Islamic Jihad movement around into different prisons.
Lawyers and family visits have now been banned, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s Prisoners’ Affairs Authority said.
The Prisoners’ Information Office stressed that “prisons are on the verge of a dangerous escalation in light of the punitive measures imposed by the prison administration on prisoners.”
Spokesman for the Prisoners’ Affairs Authority, Hassan Abd Rabbo, confirmed that the occupation authorities transferred all prisoners from Gilboa prison to a number of other prisons, and placed them in solitary confinement.
These measures come after six Palestinian detainees, five of whom were members of Islamic Jihad, escaped from Israel’s high-security Gilboa Prison in the early hours of yesterday.
Palestine’s Mufti Mohammad Hussein warned on Monday about Israeli raids at Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem’s Old City during the Jewish holiday season. The mufti’s statement came in response to calls by Jewish groups for their followers to show up in large numbers at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam, during the holiday period.
“Such calls are a dangerous escalation intended to change the status quo of the holy place as a Muslim-only place of worship,” said Mufti Mohammad. “They are made in the context of the frantic campaign by the Israeli occupation government to Judaise the holy city of Jerusalem.”
The Islamic scholar pointed out that Israel is Judaising the city and wants to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque temporally and spatially. “The ultimate intention is to prevent Muslims from getting to the mosque,” he explained.
For that reason, he said, Muslims must be present in Al-Aqsa at all times in order to undermine Israeli Jewish attempts to desecrate it and change its status. The mufti called on Muslims around the world to do what they can to protect Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem from Israel’s Judaisation plot.
Extremist Jewish organisations are seeking to destroy everything within the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa and build a temple. They take advantage of the Jewish holidays to urge their followers to go to the Muslim holy site in an effort to change its current status and eventually take it over. Israeli police provide protection for the fanatical Jewish settlers who enter Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli police have detained more than 2,800 Palestinian citizens of the occupation state since May, Safa news agency reported on Tuesday. They were arrested after taking to the streets in protest at the Israeli offensive that killed over 250 people in Gaza.
According to lawyer Khaled Zabarqeh, 40 of those arrested have been indicted in Israeli courts. Thirty-five are still in prison.
Zabarqeh said that the detainees were questioned about their activities in May. The charges against them included claims of “killing Jews” or “participating in confrontations with the Israeli police and Jewish citizens.” He does not expect those who have been indicted to get short prison sentences.
“The incitement by the Israeli media and the failed attack by Jewish militants on Arab Israeli citizens were planned at the political level to sow the seeds of chaos within the community during the Israeli offensive on Gaza,” he explained. “Hence, we are facing a major campaign intended to punish us for that failure.” The aim of the chaos and panic is to scare Arab Israeli citizens so that they might be controlled easily by the security forces in future.
Arab politician Mazen Ghanayim pointed out that most of the detainees are aged between 17 and 21 years. He said that Israel is afraid that inequality between Arabs and Jews in Israel might be a reason for these youths to rise up against the Israeli occupation at any time. “That’s why they are carrying out scare campaigns and trying to traumatise our young people so that they will not get involved in any activity for their human and civil rights in the future,” Ghanayim told Safa.
Some 455 civilians were wounded in 103 shootings by the occupation forces and settlers, and 53 attacks by settlers.
The report documented 110 raids on citizens’ homes and 323 incursions into various areas in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, during which the occupation forces arrested 377 Palestinian, while there were 340 temporary and permanent checkpoints erected.
Some 2,309 Israelis stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the same period, while the number of attacks on places of worship and holy sites reached 28.
According to the report, the occupation demolished 42 houses, in addition to dozens of others which were earmarked for demolition. The number of destroyed properties, including shops, agricultural facilities, barracks, and others, reached 95 facilities, and 38 properties were confiscated from their owners.
The areas of Nablus, Hebron and Jerusalem were the most exposed to Israeli violations, it explained.
The Israeli army fears that the escape of six prisoners from Gilboa maximum security prison could lead to armed confrontations with the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, public broadcaster KAN has reported.
“The escape of Palestinian prisoners from Gilboa prison may inspire the territories and lead to riots and even a security escalation,” Israeli security agencies were quoted as saying. Five of the six prisoners, they explained, are linked to Islamic Jihad, boosting the organisation’s credibility at the expense of Hamas.
KAN pointed out that both organisations are calling on the Palestinians in the West Bank to provide shelter for the escapees.
Shimon Nahmani, head of the Operations Department in the Israeli General Staff, told KAN that troops and security agencies are working to track possible escape routes.
Israeli occupation forces yesterday imposed new security restrictions on the occupied Palestinian governorate of Jenin in the northern West Bank and summoned the father and brother of one of the Palestinian detainees who had escaped from a high-security jail earlier in the day.
Fouad Kahamji and his son Majd, the father and brother of Iham who escaped from Gilboa Prison yesterday, were summoned by Israeli occupation forces.
Eyewitnesses said an Israeli infantry division was deployed in the Marj Ibn Amer plain, near the Al-Safi Horse Club, and the occupation soldiers began checking the identity cards of Palestinians in the area.
The witnesses added that the occupation forces used vehicles with Palestinian registration plates during the incursion.
Six Palestinian prisoners escaped from the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel in the early hours of yesterday. They are believed to have dug a tunnel to get out of the prison, which was built in 2004 for the “most dangerous” Palestinian prisoners.
The prisoners are all from Jenin and were named as Munadil Nafayat, 26, from Yaabad; Mahmoud and Mohammad Al-Arida, both from Arraba; Iham Kahamji, 35, from Kufr Dan; and Yaqoub Qadiri, 49, from Deir al-Basha. Most have spent 20 years or more behind bars serving life sentences. The sixth prisoner was named as Zakaria Zubeidi, who was imprisoned in 2019 although he hasn’t been sentenced for any crime.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces earlier on Tuesday detained a Palestinian young man, who did nothing but calling “Allah is Greater” in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem.
While allowing 133 extremist Israeli settlers to break into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque today and provoke Palestinian worshipers by performing Talmudic prayers to mark the so-called Jewish New Year, the forces detained a Palestinian youth, identified as Fathi Al-Jamal, at the courtyards of the mosque over calling “Allah is Greater.”
Today is the first day of the Jewish holidays in which groups of Israeli fanatics and terrorist organizations had called for massive raids into the holy mosque from Sunday to Thursday to mark the so-called Jewish New Year.
The settlers today broke into the courtyards of the holy site and entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amoud Gate- and till now, they are provoking the Palestinians in the mosque by performing Talmudic prayers.
Among the intruders was a former Israeli member of the Knesset, Rabbi Yehudah Glick, who was chanting “Happy New Year” in the courtyards of the mosque.
Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003 under the forces protection, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.
Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers breaking into the holy site while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.
Gaza Strip (QNN)- The Israeli occupation state launched a series of airstrikes on several areas in the Gaza strip on Monday night.
Israeli warplanes fired at least four missiles at two locations in Khan Younis city in the southern of the Gaza Strip, causing fire to erupt at the site.
The Palestinian resistance, in response, opened fire at the Israeli warplanes and drones which were intensively hovering at low altitude over the skies of the Strip.
There were no reports of casualties in the bombings.
The attacks came in response to the night confusion activities and incendiary balloons being launched from the Gaza Strip towards the Israeli-occupied Palestine.
The incendiary balloons were launched, however, in response against Israel’s ongoing crimes and attacks against Palestinians and its suffocating siege of the Gaza strip.
‘Israel’ continues imposing tight restrictions against Gazans, and such restrictions have severely undermined Gaza’s economy and the basic rights of its residents, especially after Israel’s 11-day aggression on the strip last May, which killed more than 250 Palestinians, including 67 children and 41 women and injured 1,910 others.
Also, more than 90,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes, and much of Gaza’s infrastructure and many residential buildings were completely destroyed or levelled in the May aggression.
Israel’ has maintained a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007.