10 corona deaths, 1,806 new cases in Palestine within 24 hours

corona patient

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian health ministry on Sunday reported 10 new deaths associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), 1,806 new positive tests and 2,842 recoveries in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the last 24 hours.

According to the ministry’s daily report, two of the victims who died of the virus are from the West Bank and eight from Gaza.

Moreover, 75 critically ill COVID-19 patients are being treated in intensive care units and 10 of them have been placed on ventilators.

An additional 220 patients are also receiving medical care in hospitals and special COVID-19 treatment centers.

91.7 percent of the total cases have recovered from the disease, while the rate of active cases has reached 7.3 percent and the rate of deaths is 1.0 percent of the total cases, according to data updated today by the ministry.

(Source / 20.09.2021)

Jenin witnesses several confrontations

Jenin

JENIN, (PIC) – Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) close to Mevo Dotan checkpoint in Ya’bad village, to the south west of Jenin, on Sunday evening. IOF soldiers fired stun grenades and tear gas at the youths and a number of them suffered breathing problems.

Other confrontations were witnessed in al-Jalama checkpoint, to the north east of Jenin, which has witnessed many conformations lately.  

The IOF arrested the child Hilal Salah, 15, and Ziad Abu Salah from Ya’bad village. 

Meanwhile, Jenin city witnessed armed confrontations during the raid of IOF into the city. IOF announced that many of their vehicles were damaged by resistance bullets.

(Source / 20.09.2021)

Qawasme enters third month of hunger strike

Hunger striker

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Mikdad Qawasme has entered his third month of hunger strike in Israeli jails on Monday in rejection of his administrative detention, without trial or charge.

The 24-year-old Qawasme, an ex-prisoner, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces in January this year and held in six months administrative detention at the end of which the detention was renewed for another six months.

Qawasme is suffering difficult health conditions due to his hunger strike that entered the 61st day on Monday and is being held in ICU at the Ramle prison hospital.

The detainee has lost 15 kilograms of his weight and suffers difficulty in breathing and pain all over his body. He already suffers from migraine and stomach and eye problems.

The Asra Media office, which caters for Palestinian prisoners’ affairs in Israeli jails, held the Israeli occupation authority responsible for the lives of Qawasme and all other prisoners on hunger strike.

(Source / 20.09.2021)

IOA closes Karm Abu Salem for two days

Gaza crossing

GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) closed the Karm Abu Salem crossing in Gaza Strip for two days starting Monday.

The public relations office in the Palestinian side of the crossing said that the IOA closed the crossing due to Jewish holidays and would reopen it on Wednesday morning.

Karm Abu Salem is the only commercial crossing between Gaza Strip and 1948 Occupied Palestine (Israel) through which most of the besieged enclave’s commercial needs pass.

(Source / 20.09.2021)

Gaza: Protesters march against Israel’s detention policy

Supporters of the Fatah movement demonstrate to support the six Palestinian prisoners, who escaped from Israel's Gilboa prison, in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City on September 11, 2021 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images]
Supporters of the Fatah movement demonstrate to support the six Palestinian prisoners, who escaped from Israel’s Gilboa prison, in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City on September 11, 2021 

Thousands of Palestinians gathered on Sunday in protest of the Israeli policy of administrative detentions, says Anadolu Agency.

The protesters in Gaza carried banners and chanted slogans calling for the freedom of prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Some protesters also burned the flags of the USA and Israel.

The policy of administrative detention allows the Israeli authorities to extend the arrest of a prisoner without charge after the expiry of a sentence for a period of six months.

READ: Cost of escaped Palestine prisoners manhunt hits $30m

Six Palestinian inmates tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6. Israeli forces, however, have managed to capture four of them after a manhunt.

The remaining two are still in hiding.

There are around 4,850 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 225 children, and 540 “administrative detainees,” according to observers.

Palestinian prisoners escape from high-security prison - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian prisoners escape from high-security prison – Cartoon 

(Source / 20.09.2021)

6 Palestinians continue hunger strike in Israeli jails

Palestinians stage a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners staging hunger strike at Israeli prisons, in Nablus, West Bank on September 10, 2021 [Nedal Eshtaya/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners staging hunger strike at Israeli prisons, in Nablus, West Bank on September 10, 2021

Six Palestinian prisoners in Israel continued their hunger strike in protest of the Israeli policy of administrative detention, according to a Palestinian NGO on Sunday, reports Anadolu Agency.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said in a statement that the longest striking prisoner, Kayed al-Fasfous, began his hunger strike 67 days ago.

The policy of administrative detention allows the Israeli authorities to extend the arrest of a prisoner without charge after the expiry of a sentence for a period of six months.

There are around 4,850 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 40 women, 225 children, and 40 administrative detainees, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs.

READ: Palestinians call off mass hunger strike as Israel agrees to their demands

(Source / 20.09.2021)

Israeli court extends arrest of 4 recaptured Palestinian prisoners

The hearing of Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud al-Arida, Yakub Qaderi, and Mohammad Al-Arida held via video conference in Nazareth, Israel on September 19, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
The hearing of Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud al-Arida, Yakub Qaderi, and Mohammad Al-Arida held via video conference in Nazareth, Israel on September 19, 2021

An Israeli court in the northern city of Nazareth on Sunday extended the detention of four recaptured Palestinian prisoners for further 10 days, according to Israeli media, reports Anadolu Agency.

The detention of Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud al-Arida, Yakub Qaderi, and Mohammad Al-Arida was extended for 10 days for investigation, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported.

Zubeidi’s lawyer Avigdor Feldman said the court decided to extend their detention due to the continuing investigation over their escape from prison on September 6.

Six Palestinian inmates had tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6. Israeli forces, however, managed to recapture four of them last week after a large-scale manhunt.

The remaining two – Iham Kamamji and Munadil Nafiyat – were caught early on Sunday inside a house in the West Bank city of Jenin.

READ: Palestinian escapee recaptured and ‘tortured’

(Source / 20.09.2021)

Islamic Jihad leader hails escaped Palestinian prisoners

Ziad Al-Nakhaleh. Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement
Ziad Al-Nakhaleh, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement

Secretary-General of Islamic Jihad in Palestine, Ziyad Al-Nakhala, hailed the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Israel’s high-security Gilboa Prison three weeks ago.

In a message released by Islamic Jihad on Saturday, Al-Nakhala said the men were “Heroes of the Jenin Brigade … who triggered a strong Palestinian intifada.”

Al-Nakhala said that Palestinians, as well as all the free people across the world, were worried about them.

“You have summarised the will of the whole people of Palestine in a very short period between your escape from prison and your return to it,” he said, according to Sama news agency.

“Six men have united all Palestinians and the free people of the world. You have done what was impossible and became freedom symbols for Palestine.”

READ: Islamic Jihad ready to be part of prisoners’ action

Al-Nakhala reiterated that the Palestinian resistance is doing its best to free them along with all the prisoners. “Freedom is waiting for you,” he said, “the Palestinians and resistance from Jenin to Gaza are working to free you.”

Concluding his message, he warned Israel against any aggression against the prisoners and stressed that “the next battle with the Israeli occupation is coming soon.”

(Source / 20.09.2021)

Palestinians launch campaigns calling for Abbas to step down

A Palestinian demonstrator lifts a placard in Arabic addressing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas which reads "Leave", during a rally in Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank on July 11, 2021 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
A Palestinian demonstrator lifts a placard in Arabic addressing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas which reads “Leave”, during a rally in Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank on July 11, 2021 

Palestinian activists yesterday launched campaigns and petitions calling for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to step down after 15 years in office, Safa news agency reported.

Palestinian writer and activist Mohammad Shoukry said: “Such campaigns and petitions are part of the rights enshrined to the Palestinian people.”

“Abbas himself gave us this right when he said in a TV show that when there are ten people taking to the streets calling for me to step down, I will step down.”

Shoukry continued: “In the recent months, all of us have seen hundreds taking to the streets in Ramallah calling for him to step down following his involvement in the murder to activist Nizar Banat.”

“We have seen how the West Bank could not protect the escaped Palestinian prisoners because Abbas, his PA, and security services chased and fought every popular incubator of the resistance against the Israeli occupation.”

Shoukry accused Abbas of “disregarding all the popular calls for him to step down.”

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Abbas, he explained, “deprived the Palestinians of their basic rights, including the right to carry out elections as he postponed them more than once because he wanted elections on his own terms.”

The activists stressed that the Palestinians have the right to choose their representatives.

“The Palestinians deserve to have a president who represents their real choices and believes in their right to all the Palestinian lands, including Jerusalem.”

Abbas’s term as PA president ended on 9 January 2009, but he did not give up his post to the parliament speaker, as stipulated by Palestinian law, and has been using the internal division as a pretext to prevent carrying out presidential or parliamentary elections.

(Source / 20.09.2021)

Army Abducts A Palestinian In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, a young Palestinian man, and summoned his brother for interrogation, in Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the Abu Njeim area, east of Bethlehem, before storming the home of Ibrahim Hreimi, and abducted his son Sami, 18.

They added that the soldiers also summoned Sami’s brother, Noureddin, for interrogation at the military crossing #300 near Bethlehem.

The soldiers also invaded the areas of Rakhma, Beit Falouh, and Harmala, near Bethlehem.

(Source / 20.09.2021)