Saturday, 24 January 2015

Extremist settler runs over 5-year-old Palestinian boy

An extremist settler on Friday evening ran over a child of five with his car in Tulkarim and fled the scene.

The child's family who live in Shofa village in Tulkarim reported that the settler, who is believed to be from a nearby settlement built on the village's lands, ran over their child, Nabeel Hasan Drobi, who was near the bypass road south of Tulkarim when the settler attacked him. Nabeel's injuries demanded his move to the hospital where he received treatment for his wounds. more

UN accuses Israel of illegally razing homes of 77 Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The United Nations has accused Israel of illegally demolishing the homes of 77 Palestinians, mostly children, this week in occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

"In the past three days, 77 Palestinians, over half of them children, have been made homeless," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement issued Friday evening.

"Some of the demolished structures were provided by the international community to support vulnerable families.

"Demolitions that result in forced evictions and displacement run counter to Israel's obligations under international law and create unnecessary suffering and tension. They must stop immediately," said OCHA.

The demolitions took place in East Jerusalem and the districts of Ramallah, Jericho, and Hebron, it added.

OCHA said that during 2014 Israel carried out a record number of demolitions in east Jerusalem and a zone of the West Bank under full Israeli control known as Area C.

"In 2014, according to OCHA figures, the Israeli authorities destroyed 590 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C and east Jerusalem, displacing 1,177 people -- the highest level of displacement in the West Bank since OCHA began systematically monitoring the issue in 2008." more

Two Gazans snatched for allegedly crossing border fence

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) nabbed on Friday evening two Palestinians for allegedly crossing the border fence to the east of Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources said that two Palestinian unarmed citizens were arrested overnight after trying to cross the border fence, adding that heavy Israeli gunfire was heard in the area.

Since early November, more than 40 Gazans were nabbed at the hands of IOF soldiers under the pretext of crossing the Israeli border fence in search of work within the Green Line.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy was detained in Beit Ummar, to the north of al-Khalil, after being stopped at a make-shift military checkpoint at the entrance to the town. more