Thursday, 11 February 2016

Israeli forces shoot, injure 3 youths during West Bank clashes

Israeli forces on Thursday shot and injured three Palestinian youths in the central West Bank village of Beit Duqqu, northwest of Jerusalem, locals told Ma'an.

The three youths were shot and injured in their lower extremities and evacuated to a nearby hospital in moderate condition, locals said.

In addition to the three injured, three others were detained, two of whom were identified as Naji Bassam Daoud and Muhammad Ismail Rayyan, both 17 years old.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Locals said Israeli forces raided the village and ransacked several homes.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

16-year-old Palestinian shot dead during clashes in Hebron's al-Arrub camp

Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian during clashes in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron's al-Arrub refugee camp on Tuesday, medical sources told Ma'an.

Doctors at al-Mizan hospital in Hebron said the boy, identified as Omar Madi, was shot in the chest during clashes in the camp and was evacuated to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

An Israeli army spokesperson said during "a routine security activity" Israeli soldiers "spotted a number of boys throwing stones at Israeli vehicles at route 60 near al-Arrub refugee camp," adding that "the soldiers responded with riot dispersal means and shot one of the demonstrators with live fire."

Locals said Israeli forces shot tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire during clashes in the camp, while youths responded with rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Al-Arrub refugee camp lies along Route 60, a major West Bank road that Israeli settlers regularly use to reach a cluster of illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron, and the camp has been site to frequent clashes with Israeli military over the past several months. more

Monday, 8 February 2016

Palestinian man dies in Gaza tunnel collapse

GAZA (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian worker died when a smuggling tunnel collapsed between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Monday.

Palestinian sources told Ma’an that the man, identified only by his initials “M.M”, was a 24-year-old Palestinian from the village of Khirbet al-Aadas north of Rafah. M.M. died when the tunnel near the border town of Rafah collapsed.

Gaza's tunnel networks are notoriously dangerous. The Institute for Palestine Studies reported in 2012 that Hamas authorities had counted 160 deaths inside the tunnels since the Israeli blockade began in 2007, and in August 2014, al-Jazeera reported that figure to be as high as 400.

While the tunnels are used by the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip as a source of tax revenue and inflow of weapons, they also supply highly-demanded necessities for the 1.8 million residents of the besieged Palestinian territory, including food, medicine, as well as infrastructure materials like concrete and fuel. more

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Israeli forces kill 14-year-old boy allegedly throwing Molotov cocktail

Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy in the occupied West Bank town of Halhul north of Hebron, after the two allegedly tried to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles.

“During routine activity to secure Route 60,” Israeli forces "spotted two suspects attempting to throw Molotov cocktails at vehicles" on the highway, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.

The forces then opened fire on the teenagers, killing one and detaining another, the spokesperson said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots where Israeli forces were deployed in the al-Hawawer area of Halhul city. One witness told Ma'an that they saw Israeli soldiers putting the child into a black bag.

Another child was seen handcuffed and blindfolded. more

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Chaos erupts in hometown of 3 Palestinian attackers as Israelis raid village

Israeli forces stormed the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin's Qabatiya village, the home of three Palestinian youth who were shot dead Wednesday after killing one 19-year-old Israeli police officer and seriously injuring another, a PLO spokesman told Ma'an.

Ali Zakarneh said during the raid, Israeli forces shot and injured four youth with live bullets, one of whom is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

The spokesperson added that Israeli forces also ran over a 15-year-old boy, identified as Mujahed Zakarneh, with a military jeep. The 15-year-old is also in critical condition.

The five youth were all evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment, Zakarneh said.

Israeli forces also raided the family homes of the three youth who committed the attack and notified the families that their homes would be demolished, requesting they evacuate their belongings in preparation for the demolitions.

An Israeli army spokesperson said "in accordance with the government's directives, forces entered the village in order to asses the localities of the residences' of the three assailants who killed a border police officer in Jerusalem (on Wednesday)."

Locals reported that Israeli forces raided and ransacked dozens of other homes in the village. more

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

3 Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills Israeli officer

Three Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday after they killed an Israeli police officer and wounded another in an armed attack near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that “three attackers were shot dead at the scene” by Israeli Border Police after carrying out an attack with knives and an automatic weapon.

The three Palestinian youths had attracted the attention of Israeli Border Police officers as they approached Damascus Gate, police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said.

She said they were stopped by the officers, and as one showed their identification card, another pulled out a gun and opened fire. Two female Border Police officers were wounded and evacuated for medical treatment.

One of them, 19-year-old Hadar Cohen, was shot in her head and later pronounced dead at Hadassah Hospital.

A spokesperson for the hospital said that the other police officer, 18 years old, was in moderate condition, having received stab wounds across her body. more

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Occupiers demolish Jerusalem home, kidnap 19 youths and injure two

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning have demolished a house in Jerusalem, and carried a wide kidnap campaign in West Bank cities.

In the early morning hours, Israeli bulldozers demolished home in Sur Baher village south of Jerusalem, claiming that it had no building permit. IOF prevented citizens and journalists from approaching the area after besieging it, and finally demolished it.

At the same time, IOF carried a wide kidnap campaign in cities all over the occupied West Bank. According to locals, some 19 youths were kidnapped from Nablus, Tulkarm, Jerusalem district, and Bethlehem.

During their storming into Nablus, IOF shot and injured two Palestinians, taking one of them to Ariel settlement. IOF also stole computers and iPads from a tech shop, raided a number of homes, in addition to the dorms of the Al-Najah National University. more

Monday, 1 February 2016

Thousands attend military funeral of PA officer behind West Bank shooting

Thousands of Palestinian on Monday took part in the military funeral procession of Palestinian Authority police officer Amjad Sukkari, who was shot dead the day before when he shot and wounded three Israeli soldiers west of Ramallah.

Mourners marched from Rafidia hospital to Shuhada Square in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, chanting national slogans applauding Palestinian "martyrs." They reportedly waved Palestinian flags as well as photos and posters of Sukkari.

Sukkari's body was then taken to his home village of Jammaain south of Nablus, where he was buried in the village cemetery following funeral prayers.

Nablus Governor Akram Rajoub was present at the funeral along with officials from the PA and PLO. Representatives of Palestinian factions delivered speeches at the cemetery during the burial.

The PA has not officially commented on Sukkari's actions, although Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials have hailed his attack as a "rejection" of the PA's ongoing security coordination with Israel. more

Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth near Tulkarem

A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday south of Tulkarem.

Palestinian medical sources identified the teenager as Ahmad Hassan Tuba,19, from the village of Kafr Jammal near Tulkarem.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces found Tuba near the illegal settlement of Salit, south of Tulkarem, adding that Tuba “drew a knife and attempted to stab” an Israeli soldier.

Israeli forces shot at Tuba, who died on the scene. The spokesperson said none of the Israeli soldiers were injured. more

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Seven Palestinians injured in Gaza clashes

Seven Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces in several parts of Gaza Strip on Friday, the Ministry of Health said.

Clashes broke out in the area of al-Faraheen east of Khan Yunis, near the Nahal Oz kibbutz east of Gaza, and near the Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

The spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, said seven people were wounded after Israeli forces fired live bullets and tear gas at the protesters.

Qidra added that one Palestinian suffered serious injuries after being shot in the head.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that there had been clashes in the Gaza Strip on Friday after “hundreds” allegedly tried to breach the buffer zone. more

Thursday, 28 January 2016

7 Hamas fighters killed in tunnel collapse in Gaza

Hamas’ military wing announced on social media on Thursday that seven of its fighters were killed when a tunnel collapsed in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

"Al-Qassam Brigades mourn the death of 7 Qassam members who were (killed) during their work inside a resistance tunnels in Gaza," the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades posted on their Twitter account on Thursday morning.

The group identified those who died in the tunnel as Thabet al-Rifi, Ghazwan al-Shubaki, Izz al-Din Qassem, Wassim Hassouneh, Mahmoud Basal, Nidal Odeh, and Jaafar Hamadeh.

Hamas security sources had previously said in a statement that more than 10 fighters were in a tunnel when it collapsed due to heavy rain on Tuesday. The Qassam Brigades said the fighters had been working on rebuilding the tunnel at the time of the accident.
br> The fate of the remaining fighters was still unspecified. more

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Netanyahu on settlement condemnations: Ban Ki-Moon is encouraging terror

On Tuesday 26 January, Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, has said that “security measures alone will not stop the violence. They cannot address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians – especially young people.”
“The full force of the law must be brought to bear on all those committing crimes – with a system of justice applied equally for Israelis and Palestinians alike. Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process… Yet, as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism,” Ban said.
In response, Netanyahu accused Ban of “encourage terror,” and said that “the UN had lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago. ”
“Palestinians are working against the creation of a state. [They] do not want to build a state, they want to destroy a state and they say it out loud. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights,” BBC cited Netanyahu.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Israeli dies of wounds after stab attack, Palestinian village sealed

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli injured during a stab attack in the illegal West Bank settlement of Beit Horon died from her wounds Tuesday, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the 24-year-old woman succumbed to stab wounds in the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. The woman, identified in Israeli media as Shlomit Krigman, was one of two Israelis to be targeted in an attack carried out by two Palestinians on Monday, both of whom were shot dead by an Israeli security guard while fleeing the scene.

Two pipe bombs -- improvised explosive devices -- were found near the scene inside of the illegal settlement following the attack.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the Palestinians who carried out the attack as Ibrahim Osama Yousif Allan, 23 from the village of Beit Ur at-Tahta west of Ramallah and Hussein Muhammad Abu Ghush, 17, from the Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem.

All entrances and exits to Beit Ur at-Tahta were sealed by Israeli military forces following the attack and continued to be closed to all Palestinian movement Tuesday with the exception of medical emergencies, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an. more

Monday, 25 January 2016

2 Palestinians shot dead, 2 Israelis stabbed, injured near Ramallah

Two Palestinians were shot dead after allegedly stabbing and injuring two Israeli women in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon, west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said "two terrorists approached a grocery store in Beit Horon and stabbed a woman, then they fled the scene."

"As they were fleeing the two then stabbed another woman before a security guard neutralized them."

Al-Samri then clarified that the two Palestinians had been shot dead.

One Israeli woman, 40, was seriously injured after being stabbed in the "upper part" of her body, while another woman, 60, sustained light wounds. Al-Samri added that two explosive devices were also found after police searched the area.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld later added that Israeli police units were "looking into" the identity of the two Palestinians, and that "heightened security in the areas continues."

On Saturday, a 13-year-old Palestinian was shot dead after reportedly attempting to stab an Israeli security guard outside of an illegal West Bank settlement northeast of Jerusalem, al-Samri said at the time. more