Hamas, Egypt agree to strengthen Gaza ceasefire

Palestinian official Issam al-Daalis (C) from Hamas' political bureau stands outside the VIP hall at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on 3 October 2021, as a delegation from Gaza travels to Egypt for talks. [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian official Issam al-Daalis (C) from Hamas’ political bureau stands outside the VIP hall at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on 3 October 2021, as a delegation from Gaza travels to Egypt for talks

Hamas and Egypt agreed to strengthen the ongoing ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance and Israeli occupation, Anadolu reported yesterday.

The news service reported an informed source as saying that the two sides also agreed to accelerate the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which suffered massive destruction during the latest Israeli offensive in May.

A senior Hamas delegation has been in Cairo since Sunday. They held talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel and discussed several issues, the Hamas source said.

“Progress has been made regarding the ceasefire understandings, accelerating the reconstruction process and easing the blockade,” the source told Anadolu Agency.

READ: Israel denies electricity to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

According to the source, Egypt pledged to take further steps to improve the economic situation in Gaza and allow the entry of goods via the Rafah border crossing.

Discussions were also held about a possible prisoner swap between the Palestinian resistance and Israel, but they did not make any meaningful progress.

Home to more than two million people, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007.

Israel killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, 39 women, and 17 elderly people during the bombardment. More than 1,900 were wounded, including 380 children, 540 women, and 91 elderly
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(Source / 06.10.2021)

Israel releases female Palestinian journalist

Palestinian journalist, Bushra Al-Taweel (L), on 5 October 2021 [Mohammed Atiq/Facebook]
Palestinian journalist, Bushra Al-Taweel (L), on 5 October 2021

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday released female Palestinian journalist, Bushra Al-Taweel, after holding her in administrative detention for 11 months.

Last November, the Israeli army arrested Al-Taweel at the Yitzhar checkpoint,

Her father, Jamal, who had spent 20 months held in administrative detention – without charge or trial – in 2019, went on hunger strike to protest his daughter’s illegal detention.

Twenty-seven-year-old Al-Taweel is a Palestinian journalist and activist who reports on Palestinian prisoners detained by Israel.

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READ: Journalist arrested after exposing the plight of Palestinians in Israeli prisons

(Source / 06.10.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Children In Bethlehem And Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, two Palestinian children in Bethlehem and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Wad Rahhal village, south of Bethlehem, and abducted a child, identified as Jawdat Mohammad Fawaghra, 13.

They added that the soldiers abducted the child while walking in front of his school in the village, and took him to Etzion military base.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a child near Tareq Bin Ziad mosque, in Hebron city, and took him to a nearby military base.

Also in Hebron, the soldiers assaulted a young man near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, causing various cuts and bruises.

In related news, the soldiers released a journalist, identified as Radi Karama, who was abducted from his home in Hebron city, on Tuesday at dawn.

(Source / 06.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, four Palestinians in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Beit Awwa town, west of Hebron, searched homes, and abducted Ala’ Yousef Sweity.

They added that the soldiers also abducted Osama Khaled al-‘Amour, from his home in Yatta town, south of Hebron.

In Hebron city, the soldiers abducted Mahmoud Khalil Abu Awad and Hussein Ismael Abu Awad, after stopping them at a military roadblock in the Wadi al-Khalil area, south of the ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron.

Furthermore, the soldiers installed several roadblocks on main roads leading to Hebron, in addition to the nearby towns of Sa’ir and Halhoul, west and north of Hebron, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 06.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinian Farmers And Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli soldiers attacked, Wednesday, many Palestinian farmers and fishermen near Gaza city, and Khan Younis in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers on their lands, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis.

They added that the attack did not lead to casualties, but forced the farmers out of their lands in fear of further Israeli escalation.

In addition, Israeli navy boats fired many live rounds, and used water cannons, targeting Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of the Sudaniyya Sea, northwest of Gaza city, causing damage and forcing the fishermen back to the shore.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties,  including fatalities, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands and from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of this year, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 06.10.2021)

Several Palestinians Receive Demolition Orders In Silwan

On Wednesday morning, dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers, accompanied by personnel of the City Council in occupied Jerusalem, invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and posted demolition orders targeting homes and structures.

Fakhri Abu Diab, the spokesperson of the Silwan Lands Committee, stated that the soldiers and the city council workers invaded the al-Bustan neighborhood, before posting demolition orders on the walls of several homes and structures.

Abu Diab added that one of the homes does not only predate Israel, but was also was built dozens of years ago, and is considered one of the inhabited historic landmarks of the town.

He also said that the Palestinians were given until November 5th to filed appeals with the city.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) stated that five Palestinian families in Silwan, Jabal al–Mukabber and Beit Hanina, had to demolish their own homes in September, to avoid the excessively high fines and fees imposed by the City Council, in addition to the demolition costs if the city uses its workers and equipment.

Related: September 2021 Demolition and Displacement Report – ICAHD

(Source / 06.10.2021)

Israeli Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home In Silwan

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, a Palestinian home in Ein al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Fakhri Abu Diab, the spokesperson of the Silwan Lands Committee, said several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the neighborhood and demolished a one-story home owned by Mohammad Matar.

It is worth mentioning that Matar was previously forced to demolish a part of his home under the pretext of being built without a permit; Mohmmad has been filing appeals to prevent the destruction of his property.

Abu Diab added that the soldiers also forced several stores shut, and harassed many Palestinian children while walking to their school.

The soldiers also prevented many Palestinians, including schoolchildren, from leaving the neighborhood during the invasion.

In addition, dozens of soldiers and police officers, accompanied by personnel of the City Council in Jerusalem, invaded Silwan and posted demolition orders targeting homes and structures.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) stated that five Palestinian families in Silwan, Jabal al–Mukabber and Beit Hanina, had to demolish their own homes in September, to avoid the excessively high fines and fees imposed by the City Council, in addition to the demolition costs if the city uses its workers and equipment.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property, under various allegations meant to prevent the expansion of Palestinian towns and neighborhoods.

Related: September 2021 Demolition and Displacement Report – ICAHD

(Source / 06.10.2021)

For the Third Day, Israeli Colonizers Attack Shepherds In Northern Plains

Many illegal Israeli colonizers chased and attacked, Wednesday, several Palestinian shepherds, for the third consecutive day, in Khirbat Makhoul village, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.

Mo’taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in the Northern Plains, said the colonizers attacked the shepherds and forced them out of the grazing area.

Bisharat added that the attack took place in front of Israeli soldiers who only intervened to forced the Palestinians to leave.

It is worth mentioning that the colonizers attacked the shepherds in the same area on Tuesday and Monday, forcing them to leave.

(Source / 06.10.2021)

Seven Detainees Coninue Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said seven Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are ongoing with the hunger strike and added that one of them started his strike 83 days ago.

The PPS said that one of the hunger-striking detainees is Mohammad al-‘Arda, one of the six detainees who managed to escape from the high-security Gilboa’ Israeli prison on September 6th, before they were captured.

It said that al-Arda started the hunger strike, Monday, protesting the severe punitive measures against him, including the assaults and the solitary confinement in Asqalan prison.

The six other detainees are ongoing with the hunger strike protesting their continued illegal and arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, holding them captive without charges or trial.

One of them is Kayed al-Fasfous, who started the hunger strike 83 days ago and is determined to continue the strike despite his seriously deteriorating medical condition.

The five other detainees are Miqdad al-Qawasma, who started the strike 77 days ago, Ala’ al-A’raj – 59 days ago, Hisham Abu Hawwash – 51 days, Rayeq Bisharat – 46 days, and Shadi Abu Aker, 43 days ago.

The detainees are facing seriously deteriorating health conditions, including sharp pain, fatigue, and a serious deficiency in minerals, but are determined to continue the strike.

It is worth mentioning that, on Sunday, the Ofer Israeli military court denied an appeal, filed by the Palestinian Detainees Committee, demanding the release of Kayed al-Fasfous, by voiding the illegal Administrative Detention orders against him.

In addition, detainee Miqdad al-Qawasma is held at the Kaplan Israeli medical center, confined to his bed.

The four other detainees; al-Fasfour, al-A’raj, and Abu Hawwash are held in solitary confinement in the Ramla prison clinic, while Abu Aker remains in solitary confinement in Ofer prison.

(Source / 06.10.2021)

Army Uproots Palestinian Lands Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers uprooted, Wednesday, Palestinians lands in the as-Sawiya town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the lands in the Khallet Hammoud area and uprooted them.

He added that the soldiers surrounded and isolated the area before invading it, and prevented the Palestinians from entering their lands.

The violation is part of escalating attacks in the area as Israel is planning the expansion of several colonies, and the construction of segregated roads on stolen Palestinian lands.

Also Wednesday, the soldiers invaded Palestinian lands in Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and confiscated an agricultural structure, owned by Palestinians from the local al-Yatim family.

The structure is near the illegal Susiya illegal colony which was built on stolen Palestinian land.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.

(Source / 06.10.2021)