Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen near Bani Naim after alleged attempted attack


Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Tuesday morning after he allegedly attempted to stab soldiers in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that a Palestinian holding a knife attempted to attack Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near the village of Bani Naim.

The soldiers then shot at the youth, “resulting in his death,” she said, adding that no Israelis were injured in the case.

Bani Naim mayor Mahmoud Manasra identified the slain Palestinian as local teenager Issa Salim Mahmoud Tarayra, 16.

Local sources said they heard gunshots coming from the Wadi al-Joz junction near Bani Naim, then saw large numbers of Israeli military vehicles rushing to the area and setting up a number of roadblocks.

An eyewitness told Ma'an that a bus traveling from Bani Naim to Hebron stopped at the Wadi al-Joz junction, at which point a youth stepped out of the bus, "then Israeli troops fired at him."

Tarayra is the 230th Palestinians to be killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest nearly a year ago across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. Some 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period. more

Friday, 16 September 2016

Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian in East Jerusalem after alleged stab attack


Israeli forces Friday shot and killed a Palestinian youth in occupied East Jerusalem after an alleged stab attack at Damascus Gate in the Old City.

Israeli police spokeswoman for Arabic media Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a “terrorist” attempted a stabbing attack on an Israeli border policeman outside Damascus Gate and was “neutralized” by Israeli forces, a term commonly used by Israeli authorities when Palestinians are shot dead at the scene of an attack or alleged attack.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld added in a statement that there were no Israeli injuries during the attack and Damasus Gate has been completely closed off.

The slain Palestinian has not yet been identified.

The shooting on Friday marked the second Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in less than 24 hours. more

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Israeli forces carry out airstrikes on Gaza Strip, target 3 alleged Hamas sites


Israeli forces carried out several airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip during predawn hours on Thursday after a rocket was launched from Gaza and exploded near the border with Israel.

The Israeli army had said the rocket hit an area near the Eshkol According to locals, Israeli forces targeted empty agricultural lands northwest of Beit Lahiya in the northern region, reportedly striking a site used by the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement. Israeli forces also shelled another site northwest of Beit Lahiya in the area of al-Shayma also allegedly used by Hamas, causing a fire to break out in the area.

Meanwhile, in Gaza city Israeli forces targeted the al-Yarmouk site allegedly used by the al-Qassam brigades in al-Shujaiyya neigborhood in the eastern part of the city.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces carried out airstrikes on three “Hamas outposts” in the northern part of the coastal enclave in response to a rocket launched from Gaza Wednesday night, adding that the Israeli army held the Hamas movement responsible for all attacks from the Gaza Strip, although other Palestinian militant groups are active in the small Palestinian enclave.

According to The Times of Israel, the mortar shell exploded near the border with Israel. No injuries or property damage was reported. more

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Israeli bulldozers level lands in southern Gaza Strip


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli military vehicles Wednesday morning entered northeastern Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip and proceeded to level lands near the border.

Witnesses said that four Israeli military bulldozers entered some 50 meters into Palestinian lands from the Sufah military site between the districts of Rafah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The bulldozers reportedly leveled lands near the border. No shootings were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an she would look into reports on the incident.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. more

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

200 Gazans injured in separate incidents on first day of Eid al-Adha


Scores of Palestinians were injured in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in various circumstances related to Eid celebrations, medical sources and the Ministry of Health in Gaza said.

Thirty-three Palestinians in Gaza City sustained finger cutting injuries while slaughtering sheep for the Eid sacrifice, while two others fell from swings and sustained bruises at Eid celebrations. All were evacuated and treated, according to sources from al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

In Rafah City in the the northern Gaza Strip, more than 90 Palestinians were injured when sacrificial calves attacked them during slaughtering, while others were injured during botched slaughterings.

Dozens were also injured in other areas in the Gaza Strip with different wounds in similar incidents on the first day of Eid, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.

Eid al-Adha -- the Feast of Sacrifice -- is one of the most important holidays in the Muslim calendar.

The sacrifice of the animal usually takes place after Eid prayers, with families distributing the meat among relatives, friends, neighbors, and the poor.

As the near decade-long Israeli blockade has plunged the Gaza Strip’s more than 1.8 million Palestinians into poverty, the expensive ritual can be an immense financial burden for Gazan families. more

Monday, 12 September 2016

Palestinian President responds to Netanyahu, says Israel guilty of 'ethnic cleansing'


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned on Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent statements accusing Palestinians of attempting to “ethnically cleanse” Jews from illegal Israeli settlements located in the occupied West Bank.

According to the Associated Press, Abbas flipped the ‘ethnic cleansing’ accusations onto Netanyahu, reiterating a point he had made in the past regarding Israeli actions of seizing occupied Palestinian land for exclusive Israeli use, and the displacement of hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Abbas made the statement during his remarks for the ongoing Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, adding that despite Netanyahu’s remarks, which the United States called “inappropriate and unhelpful,” Abbas remained willing to “continue with the democratic process” by meeting with Netanyahu in Moscow following an invitation from Russia to hold a meeting regarding ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Israeli Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List also said on Sunday in an opinion piece in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, that Netanyahu’s comparison of Palestinian citizens of Israel with illegal Israeli settlers was completely ahistorical, and that it was in fact Palestinians, not Israeli settlers, who have been victims of ethnic cleansing. more

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Palestinian family forced to demolish their own home in Jerusalem's Old City


A Palestinian family from the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem were forced on Wednesday to destroy their home with their own hands, in order to avoid punishment from Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality.

Nabih al-Basti and his family reportedly used “light tools” to demolish the house that he built 19 years ago.

Al-Basti, 53, told Ma’an that “one of the most difficult moments is for someone to demolish their own house - memories and dreams are demolished with the home.”

He added that over the course of the 19 years that him and his family had lived in the 60 square meter apartment, which sat on the third floor of a building, he had paid “thousands of shekels to maintain it.”

The Israeli municipality reportedly issued several demolition orders and gave al-Basti until September 20, 2016 to demolish his house.

Al-Basti said that during the last court session that took place in June, the municipality threatened to place him under house arrest, and impose additional fines on top of the standard demolition fine that Palestinians are forced to pay the Municipality if they do not destroy the home themselves, if he did not destroy his home within the given deadline.

An Israeli Jerusalem Municipality spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Israeli forces kill young Palestinian man, injure another in Shufat refugee camp


Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man in Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem in the early hours of Monday morning following a raid in the camp, according to locals and Israeli police.

Local sources told Ma'an that Israeli forces "showered" a Palestinian car with gunfire, killing Mustafa Nimir and injuring another young man whose identity and health condition remained unknown to witnesses.

Israeli authorities claimed the driver, who they did not identify as either Nimir or the other person who was injured, attempted to run over Israeli police and border guard officers before they fired at the car.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said police and border guard officers had completed an “activity” in the camp after midnight, and as they were leaving the camp a car “approached them swiftly and seemingly attempted to run over officers.”

According to al-Samri, before they fired, Israeli officers "started procedures to arrest the two suspects” who were in the car, but the Palestinian youth “ignored the orders and continued to drive swiftly towards the officers apparently with the intention to harm them.”

She added that Israeli officers fired at the car, initially injuring Nimir critically before he was announced dead on the scene. more

Thursday, 1 September 2016

After 325 days, Israel returns body of slain Palestinian Bahaa Elayyan to his family


Israeli authorities returned the body of Palestinian Bahaa Elayyan on Thursday at dawn, allowing his family -- which has been leading the movement advocating for Israel to release slain Palestinians' bodies -- to bury him 325 days after his death.

Elayyan, a 22-year-old resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, was killed alongside another Palestinian after they attacked an Israeli bus with on Oct. 13, killing three Israelis with knives and a gun.

His body was buried at the al-Mujahidin cemetery near the Old City of Jerusalem, in accordance with stipulations from Israeli police, which has allowed the release of bodies of slain Palestinians from East Jerusalem accused of "terrorism" on the condition that they no longer have funerals in their neighborhoods or villages, but would instead be buried in cemeteries chosen by the police.

The stipulation comes amid a wider set of preconditions for the release, as only 25 people were allowed to attend Elayyan’s funeral, and his family was made to pay a 20,000 shekel ($5,292) “insurance fee” to make sure they abided by the rules.

Israeli forces were heavily deployed in the area ahead of the funeral, as attendees were searched three times at checkpoints and saw their phones confiscated during the burial. Israeli forces also reportedly prevented people who were not on the submitted list from entering the cemetery.

Israeli police also reportedly photographed people inside the cemetery. more

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Israeli bulldozers raid central Gaza Strip refugee camp


Israeli bulldozers raided al-Bureij refugee camp and leveled lands in the central Gaza Strip district of Deir Al-Balah Wednesday morning.

Witnesses told Ma’an that four Israeli bulldozers crossed into the Gaza Strip from Israel and raided the east side of the camp as Israeli drones flew overhead.

Witnesses added that Israeli soldiers randomly opened fire, though no injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into reports of the incident.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. more

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for Palestinian pilgrims to perform Hajj


GAZA (Ma’an) -- Egyptian authorities temporarily opened the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday to allow a number of Palestinian worshipers through on their way to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. Egypt decided to open the crossing for three days in order for some 2,008 Gazan pilgrims who were able to obtain visas to use the Cairo airport to travel to Mecca. However, procedures for Palestinians to return to Gaza following their pilgrimage were still undetermined on Tuesday. Egypt has upheld an Israeli military blockade on the Gaza Strip for the majority of the past three years, since the ouster of President Muhammad Morsi in 2013 and the rise to power of Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt. While the Egyptian border has remained the main lifeline for Gazans to the outside world, Egyptian authorities have slowly sealed off movement through the border since Morsi was toppled by the Egyptian army. more

Friday, 26 August 2016

Unarmed Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces at military post near Ramallah


A reportedly unarmed Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces at a military post near the illegal Israeli Ofra settlement at the western entrance to the town of Silwad in northeastern Ramallah on Friday, contradicting earlier reports by Israeli media that he had opened fire at soldiers.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers stationed at a military post in Silwad identified a suspect on foot running toward them.

The Israeli soldiers "shot towards the suspect, resulting in his death," the spokesperson said.

No injuries among Israeli soldiers were reported by the army.

Medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent who had arrived at the scene were reportedly prevented from accessing the site by Israeli forces.

Initial reports from Hebrew media, however, said the suspect had opened fire from inside a vehicle, and that a woman might have been inside the car with him. more

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Israeli naval forces open live fire at Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza coast


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces Tuesday evening opened live fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip. Coordinator for fishermen committees Zakariya Bakr told Ma’an that Israeli naval ships opened fire at fishing boats, after reportedly chasing the boats for two nautical miles. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports. Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. Palestinians who work near the “buffer zone” between the Palestinian enclave and Israel often come under fire from military forces, as the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone. The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war. more

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Israeli air strikes pound Gaza after rocket attack


The Israeli army has fired missiles into the northern Gaza Strip. A rocket was fired from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel, causing no injuries or damage.

A spokesperson for the Palestinian health ministry said in a social media post that a 17-year-old Palestinian youth suffered a minor shrapnel injury in his foot during Sunday night's attacks on several areas in the north of the strip.

Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner said Israeli forces retaliated to the rocket attack by hitting targets of the Hamas movement, which governs the besieged Gaza Strip.

"In response to the rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, the IAF (Israeli Air Force) and tanks targeted two Hamas posts in the northern Gaza Strip," Lerner said in a statement, according the the AFP news agency.

No group claimed responsibility for the rocket that was fired into the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

On July 2, Israeli air raids hit four sites in Gaza after a rocket struck a building in Sderot.

There were no casualties reported in either incident. more