Saturday, 25 April 2015

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian near Khan Younis


A Palestinian was shot and injured when Israeli forces opened fire east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces deployed along the border opened fire on Palestinian farmland, hitting one Palestinian man.

He has been taken to a hospital for treatment.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was looking into the incident.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian civilians near the border since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

In March alone, there were a total of 38 incidents of shootings, incursions into the Strip, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

That was up from 26 incidents through February, and left seven Palestinians injured and one dead. more

17-year-old shot dead at checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead at the Al-Zayyim checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem after allegedly attempting to stab checkpoint officers just past midnight on Saturday.

Ali Mohammed Ali Said Abu Ghannam began running toward a number of police officers at a checking station "wielding a large knife," according to statement issued by Israeli police. After being pushed back by an officer, Abu Ghannam ran in the direction of the crossing. Those guarding the checkpoint saw the youth running towards them and shot him, the statement said. Abu Ghannam was confirmed dead.

Abu Ghannam's father Muhammad told Ma'an that Israeli intelligence and security forces summoned him to the al-Zayyim checkpoint to identify his son's body, and then was taken to the Russian Compound police station in West Jerusalem.

Muhammad Abu Ghannam added that after identifying his son's face, he was prevented from seeing his son's body and not able to see where or how many times he had been shot.

He said that Israeli intelligence informed him that his son's body will be delivered to the family on condition that only 20 people attend the funeral, but that he refused these conditions and demanded that his son's body be delivered to the family without any conditions.

Head of a local committee in the al-Tur village, Mufid Abu Ghannam, said that Israeli forces raided the Abu Ghannam home early Saturday, assaulted residents and pepper sprayed them. He added that Ali's room was specifically searched and his personal belongings confiscated. more