Fresh Israeli arrests across West Bank

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Saturday three Palestinians after breaking into their homes in different areas of the West Bank.

A violent raid and search campaign was carried out in Al-Tawana town east of Yatta, in al-Khalil, sparking panic among locals. At least a young man was arrested during the campaign.

IOF soldiers also stormed a sheep barn in the town, before its owner discovered that he lost dozens of his cattle heads. 

The incident came after a group of settlers stormed the town and carried out various attacks.

Meanwhile, two youths were detained in Beit Dajan town in Nablus after Israeli forces stormed their family houses and stole the installed security cameras.

On the other hand, violent clashes broke out late Friday in Occupied Jerusalem between Israeli police forces and local youths.

The clashes broke out after Palestinian youths allegedly set fire to a military site near Al-Isawiya town in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Similar incidents were reported in Sultan Suleiman Street in Occupied Jerusalem, where several youths were rounded up as clashes broke out near Bab al-Amud.

In Bethlehem, clashes erupted near Jabal Umm Rakba area in the town of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem. 

Israeli media sources claimed that Palestinian youths threw Molotov cocktails during the confrontations. A number of Israeli soldiers were injured during the clashes.

(Source / 16.10.2021)

Health minister: 11 deaths, 580 new cases of COVID-19 in Palestine


RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian minister of health Mai al-Kaila announced on Friday that 11 deaths, 580 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded during the past 24 hours.

The minister said in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that 7 deaths were recorded in the Gaza Strip while 4 deaths were recorded in the West Bank, adding that 1,540 recovery cases were recorded in the same period.

She pointed out that there are 64 critically ill patients who have been admitted to intensive care units while 134 others are treated in the West Bank’s COVID-19 sections in various hospitals including 11 who have been placed on ventilators.

The recovery rate of the coronavirus reached 96 percent while the rate of active infections reached 3 percent and the death rate was 1 percent of all infections, Kaila said.

Regarding the vaccination campaign, the total number of people who received the corona vaccine in the West Bank and Gaza Strip reached 2,369,197 including 1,712,010 in the West Bank and 657,187 in the Gaza Strip, the minister concluded.

(Source / 15.10.2021)  

Fasfous continues hunger strike for third month

Despite freezing his administrative detention

Kayed Fasfous

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) froze the administrative detention of Palestinian hunger striker Kayed al-Fasfous but he refused to end his strike until ending his detention and releasing him immediately.

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees said on Thursday that Fasfous has been on hunger strike for 92 days and is currently held in the Israeli Barzilai hospital.

The family said that Israeli soldiers guarding the detainee left his room after the IOA decision.

For his part, Fasfous said in a press release that he will not end his strike until ending his detention immediately and setting him free.

Six Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are on hunger strike demanding an end to their administrative detention while a seventh joined them five days ago in support of their demands.

(Source / 15.10.2021)

Jewish settlers storm archaeological area in Nablus

Nablus village

NABLUS, (PIC) – A group of Jewish settlers stormed on Friday morning an archaeological area in al-Badhan village, northeast of Nablus city.

The settlers barged their way into Wadi al-Badhan, a famous springtime holiday destination, amid heavy military protection.

Local sources said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) were deployed since the early morning hours to pave the way for a number of buses with settlers on board.

Wadi al-Badhan is considered one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Palestine given its abundance of water springs, greenery, cool air and high biodiversity.

According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), settlers frequently attack the village, illegally dumping their wastewater onto the village land, thus polluting the villagers’ crops and trees.

The village of al-Badhan is named after the valley and has a population of about 4,000 people. 

(Source / 15.10.2021)

IOF guns down Palestinian teen in Bethlehem

IOF shooting

BETHLEHEM, (PIC) – The Israel occupation forces (IOF) shot and killed a Palestinian young man as clashes erupted west of Bethlehem on Thursday evening.

Israeli media sources claimed the young man was throwing Molotov cocktails on a West Bank street leading to Gush Etzion illegal settlement before being shot dead by Israeli forces.

A second Palestinian was detained by the Israeli troops in the area, the sources added.

Palestinian medical authorities confirmed the young man’s death. According to Israeli media reports, he was 16 years old.

Meanwhile, two Palestinian young men were arrested at Za’tara military checkpoint erected south of Nablus.

Every morning, tens of thousands of Palestinian workers cross Israeli military checkpoints on their way to their workplaces, in Israeli and Palestinian cities beyond the Green Line.

However, Israeli checkpoints – which flagrantly violate Palestinians’ freedom of movement and cut the West Bank into cantons – have become death traps where Palestinians are immediately sentenced to death for the slightest mistake or even on mere suspicion.

(Source / 15.10.2021)

IOF seizes building materials in JV

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IOF in the West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday morning stormed Ein al-Hilweh area in the northern Jordan Valley and confiscated construction materials.

Local official Aref Daraghmeh said that the IOF raided a Bedouin family’s tent in Ein al-Hilweh and seized building materials from inside it.

In a separate incident, violent clashes broke out on the same day between Palestinian citizens and a horde of extremist Jewish settlers in Deir al-Hatab town, east of Nablus.

Local sources said that the clashes started after the settlers attacked local farmers as they were picking olives from their own groves near the illegal settlement of Elon Moreh.  

They added that Israeli border policemen were protecting the settlers during their assault on the farmers.

They also said that the settlers took over vast tracts of Palestinian-owned land, destroyed dozens of olive trees with toxic chemicals and flooded olive groves with sewage in the area.

(Source / 10.10.2021)

Jewish settlers damage Palestinian cars near Beit Iksa

damaged cars

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – A horde of extremist Jewish settlers on Saturday damaged a number of Palestinian-owned vehicles near Beit Iksa village, northwest of Occupied Jerusalem.

According to local sources, settlers from the illegal settlement of Har Shmuel smashed windows of several Palestinian cars parked in a nearby area.

The sources explained that the owners had to park their cars in an area near Har Shmuel after Israeli police forces closed the road leading to Beit Iksa

This was not the first time the settlers attacked vehicles of citizens from Beit Iksa. Several months ago, they burned and sabotaged many cars belonging to local residents in the same area.

About 2,000 Palestinians live in Beit Iksa and they are completely isolated behind the Israeli separation wall. They are exposed to systematic harassment and violence by settlers and soldiers.

(Source / 10.10.2021)

IOF opens fire at agricultural area in Gaza

IOF on Gaza border

GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday morning opened fire at an agricultural area in the southeast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to local sources, soldiers opened machinegun fire towards swaths of cultivated land in the east of al-Qarara town in northern Khan Yunis.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the shooting attack.

Under an inhumane siege, the Israeli army keeps attacking— sometimes injuring or killing — civilians, farmers and fishermen in Gaza Strip almost on a daily basis in violation of ceasefire understandings with the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

(Source / 10.10.2021)

IOF kidnaps Palestinians in dawn raids in W. Bank and J’lem

Israeli intelligence summons Sheikh Ekrima Sabri for interrogation

IOF in the West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday kidnaped several Palestinian citizens during campaigns in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to local sources in Bethlehem, the IOF kidnaped two teenagers identified as Mohamed Takateka and Rida Diriyah from their homes in Beit Fajjar town and another citizen identified as Hisham al-Khateeb from al-Jadawel area in Beit Jala.

In Jerusalem, police forces kidnaped a young man after searching his home in Shuafat refugee camp and allegedly finding a weapon and ammunition belonging to him.

Another young man identified as Obada Abu Jum’ah was kidnaped from his home in al-Tur town, east Jerusalem.

The IOF also stormed different areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem, with no reported arrests.

Later in the morning, an Israeli undercover unit kidnaped a young man from Jenin City.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society, plain-clothes soldiers infiltrated into Jenin City and kidnaped a young man from Abu Bakr street. He was identified as Bahaa Abul-Haija, a resident of Jenin refugee camp.

In a separate incident, the Israeli intelligence on Sunday morning summoned Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, head of the Higher Islamic Council in Occupied Jerusalem, for interrogation at the Moskobiya detention Center.

Lawyer Khaled Zabarqa told the Palestinian Information Center that Sheikh Sabri had been interrogated by Israeli intelligence officers over recent remarks he made about Israeli violations at the Aqsa Mosque.

Zabarqa expressed his deep concern over the health of 84-year-old Sheikh Sabri as a result of his exposure to constant persecution by the Israeli police and intelligence.

(Source / 10.10.2021)

Sheikh Sabri: Israeli courts have no jurisdiction over Aqsa Mosque

Sheikh Sabri

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, head of the Higher Islamic Council in Occupied Jerusalem, has said that Israeli courts have no jurisdiction or right to address any issue related to the Aqsa Mosque, not to mention Jewish prayers in its courtyards.

In press remarks, Sheikh Sabri stressed that all the decisions taken by the Israeli occupation authority and its courts regarding the Aqsa Mosque compound are “invalid, illegal and uncivilized,” adding that the stature of the Mosque cannot be subject to Israeli courts.  

“International resolutions prohibit [Israel] from changing the status quo at the Aqsa Mosque and in the occupied territories in general,” he pointed out.

The Jerusalemite official held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for any consequences resulting from such “racist, provocative and hostile decisions” taken by its courts regarding the Aqsa Mosque and the holy city.

(Source / 08.10.2021)