On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian child in the Ein Samia area in Kafr Malek village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers invaded it and attacked the Palestinians.
Local sources said many colonizers, accompanied by soldiers, invaded the Ein Samia area and hurled stones at Palestinian cars in addition to attacking several Palestinians.
The locals tried to fend the attacks off before Israeli soldiers invaded the area and started firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at the Palestinians.
Medical sources said the soldiers shot a child with a live round in the thigh before the Palestinian medics rushed him to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Several Palestinians were treated for the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.
Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in Sbeih Mountain in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The Palestinians held the weekly procession against Israel’s illegal colonialist activities and ongoing violations before the soldiers attacked them with gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department of the Nablus office of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said the soldiers caused eleven Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
He said the Israeli concussion grenades caused burns to one Palestinian and added that a young man was shot with a gas bomb in the back.
Two Palestinians were also injured after falling while the soldiers chased them.
The Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions on their lands in Sbeih Mountain since May of last year after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost atop the mountain.
During these protests, the soldiers injured thousands of Palestinians and killed several others, includingchildren.
The Mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if the colonizers occupy it, the colony will lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.
On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured four Palestinians during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians marched from the center of the village carrying Palestinian flags and chanting for ongoing popular resistance until liberation and independence.
The protesters also chanted against the escalating violations by the illegal colonizers targeting the Palestinians, their homes, lands, and their holy sites.
The soldiers attacked the procession with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.
Local medics provided treatment to four Palestinians who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and several others who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The Palestinians have been holding weekly processions for the last eighteen years, demanding the army to reopen the village’s main road the soldiers blockaded to allow easy access to the illegal colonizers driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands.
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, said the Thursday shootings in Tel Aviv demonstrate Israeli security and political failures and the failure of its apartheid wall.
Dr. Barghouti stated that the shooting in Tel Aviv and the recent similar incidents in several parts of the country are clear indicators of Israel’s political failures and its failure to maintain its security.
“The shootings should also serve as an example to those who are normalizing ties with an occupation and an apartheid state, thinking it can protect them, while in fact, it cannot even protect itself,” he added, “They are also a clear proof of the failure of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank, the failure in the implementation of the so-called Deal of the Century, and a failure in marginalizing and sidelining the Palestinian cause.”
“The real terrorism is the terrorism of the occupation state and its illegal colonizers,” Dr. Barghouti said, “The Palestinian people are fed up with the various Arab regimes engaging in normalizing with the occupation without ensuring the achievement of the legitimate Palestinian rights.”
He also said that the international double standards and hypocrisy also anger the Palestinian people.
“When world countries impose 6000 sanctions against Russia in less than two weeks, and at the same time fail to impose even one sanction on Israel despite its 73-year occupation and oppression in Palestine, you should be able to understand the source of the Palestinian frustration,” Dr. Barghouti added, “The occupier knows that it cannot enjoy stability, security and peace while the Palestinians remain occupied, oppressed and denied their legitimate internationally-guaranteed rights of liberation and independence.”
Israeli soldiers closed late Thursday night, many roads leading to villages and towns south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
Media sources said the soldiers closed the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron and the Halhoul Bridge area north of the city and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it, leading to protests.
The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the Palestinians and surrounding homes.
In addition, the army closed the main roads leading to Doura and ath-Thaheriyya towns south of Hebron and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.
The soldiers stopped and searched dozens of cars and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
On Friday, Israeli navy ships fired several live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats near Rafah and Gaza city in the besieged Gaza Strip before abducting four fishermen and confiscating two boats.
Media sources said the navy fired many live rounds and used water cannons against the fishing boats near the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
They added that the navy confiscated two boats and abducted the four fishermen on board before moving them to Ashdod Port.
After a few hours in captivity, the fishermen were released, but their boats were confiscated.
Also, the navy fired live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city, causing damage and forcing the fishermen to return to the shore.
The attacks are part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermen, farmers, shepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.
In March of last year, 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.
Israeli soldiers shot, Friday dawn, three young Palestinian men with live ammunition west of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians near the Annexation Wall, west of Tulkarem.
They added that the soldiers shot three young men, between the ages of 20 and 22, with live ammunition in their backs before Palestinian medics were called to the scene and moved them to a hospital in Tulkarem.
It is worth mentioning that the army deployed hundreds of soldiers across the Annexation Wall in the northern, western, and southern areas of Tulkarem to prevent the workers from heading to their work in Jerusalem and other areas across the wall.
A Palestinian man who Israeli police believe was responsible for a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Thursday was shot and killed by Israeli forces before dawn on Friday.
The Israeli forces had searched the city for hours after a man shot and killed two Israelis and wounded 8 others in a mass shooting in Tel Aviv.
They located 29-year-old Ra’ad Fathi Hazem, from Jenin refugee camp, near a mosque in Jaffa (the Palestinian city that was originally located in the place where Tel Aviv was built by Israeli colonizers and is now considered a ‘suburb’ of Tel Aviv).
The shooting took place at two locations on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, which is a street with several bars and restaurants.
One of the Israelis killed in the attack was identified as 28-year-old old Tomer Morad, originally from Kfar Saba. Morad was an employee at Ilka Bar, on Dizengof Street.
According to Israeli sources, when he was discovered, Hazem fired ten bullets toward the officers who found him hiding near the mosque, and the Israeli police officers then shot and killed him.
Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai told reporters after Hazem was killed on Friday, “After a difficult night, and after long hours of joint activity by the Israel Police, the Shin Bet, and the [Israeli military], we succeeded this morning, in operational and intelligence cooperation, in closing a circle and eliminating the terrorist by exchange of fire. We emphasized that no matter how much it takes, we will catch the terrorist, alive or dead, and indeed the contact this morning was a quick and determined response from the Shin Bet and YAMAM fighters in Jaffa.”
Following the shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israeli authorities called up hundreds of special forces soldiers, many of whom lined areas near the Wall that Israel has constructed to separate and annex Palestinian land. They were there to prevent Palestinians from crossing through from the West Bank into what is now Israel.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the fatal shooting and said, “the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians will only lead to further deterioration,” and added, “We are seeking stability, especially during Ramadan and the upcoming Jewish and Christians holidays.”
He added that the ongoing Israeli invasions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the escalating provocation by the illegal colonizes and the policies will only lead to further tension and instability.
“Only real and comprehensive peace will lead to stability,” Abbas said, “this is the shortest and safest road to security, peace, and stability, not only for the Palestinians and the Israelis but also to the entire region.”