Monday, 5 October 2015

Video: Scenes from the Gaza fuel crisis

From Mondoweiss - On September 13th, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Israeli government closed the border crossing to the besieged Gaza Strip, exacerbating existing fuel shortages into a full-on crisis. Since then, cars have been lined up around city blocks to obtain small amounts of fuel – only enough for a day of work.

With unemployment in Gaza at a staggering 60%, many of the taxi drivers are men who took the job as a last resort and means of survival. But the fuel crisis has taken away taxi driving and frustration is high. more

Palestinian factions call for escalating intifada, resistance

GAZA, (PIC)-- Palestinian resistance factions on Monday called for escalating the Palestinian intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation.

The factions hailed resistance operations in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem and called for escalating resistance operations as a strategic option to defend Muslims’ holy places. They also urged Palestinians to unify their efforts to confront Israeli aggressive practices.

In a press conference held in Gaza City, the Palestinian factions asked the Palestinian Authority (PA) to halt its security coordination with Israel and to stop chasing Palestinian resistance activists.

The factions stressed the right of Muslims and Arabs to the Aqsa Mosque, and said Israelis have no right in the Palestinian land. more

Video: Israeli gunmen kidnap patient from Palestinian hospital

From the Electronic Intifada - This video shows Israeli undercover forces invading a hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus early on Sunday morning and kidnapping a Palestinian patient.
Meanwhile, two more Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces Sunday and Monday, including a 12-year-old child.

Samir al-Khayyat, the medical director of the Specialized Arab Hospital, told Ma’an News Agency that the Israeli agents, disguised as Palestinians accompanying a patient, entered the hospital around 4am.

They went up to the third floor and kidnapped 23-year-old Karam al-Masri from his bed at gunpoint. The Israelis reportedly disabled security cameras, but apparently not all of them.

The video above has been published by several Palestinian and Israeli media outlets.more

Video: Palestinians protest Israeli killing of 13-year-old schoolboy

A RIOT has reportedly broken out on the main street of Bethlehem city, as Palestinians protest the killing of 13-year-old schoolboy Abdul Rahman Obeidallah by Israeli snipers, in Aida refugee camp.

Hundreds of angry protesters chanting “Allah Akhbar”, a traditional cry against injustice, blocked the road towards Rachel’s tomb after the boy, who was around 5ft 4″ tall, was shot by Israeli snipers whilst still wearing his school uniform.

As the demonstration arrived near the 300 Israeli military checkpoint annexed to the wall north of Bethlehem, IOF immediately fired teargas and sound grenades to repress it. However, intense clashes are still continuing inside the camp.

Photographs from the scene show him being carried away from the violence still wearing his school uniform and backpack.

Another schoolboy was wounded in the shooting, still in surgery at the Beit Jala hospital. He was shot during a second day of violence at Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Another schoolboy was reportedly shot in the head. Still to be identified, he is currently undergoing emergency surgery at the government run hospital in Beit Jala, around 1km away.

The pair were rushed to the hospital around 1.45 pm but Abdul-Rahman was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. more

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen in Tulkarem clashes

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the northern West Bank village of Bala, east of Tulkarem, overnight Sunday, medics said.

Red Crescent officials told Ma'an that 18-year-old Huthayfa Othman Suleiman was shot in the chest during clashes and died in the operating room. Three other young men were shot with live fire during the clashes and taken to Thabit Thabit hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Doctors managed to save the life of Omar Jadba after he was shot in the thigh and abdomen and seriously wounded, medics added, noting that the two other men were shot in their legs.

Six other Palestinians were shot by rubber-coated steel bullets. more

Israel launches Gaza airstrike after rocket fire

Israeli forces launched an airstrike in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday following rocket fire from the besieged territory, Israel's army said.

A Ma'an reporter said the strike hit a training site for Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, in northern Gaza.

No injuries were reported, but the strike shocked local residents.

"Yesterday, October 4, 2015, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip, hitting southern Israel.The rocket landed in an open area, in the Eshkol Regional Council.No injuries were reported," the Israeli army said in a statement.

"In response to the attack, IAF aircraft targeted a Hamas terror site in the northern Gaza Strip."

The rocket fire comes amid heightened tensions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, where by Sunday night, Israeli soldiers and settlers had shot nearly 100 Palestinians with live and rubber bullets in a 24-hour period.