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2 Palestinians Killed in Jenin and Qalqilia, Several Injured, Kidnapped, Gaza Shore Shelled by Israeli Occupation Forces

December 19, 2013

Another Palestinian youth killed in Qalqilia at the hands of Israeli special units

Palestinian widespread ire after Israeli soccer fans burn Qur'an, insult Prophet Muhammed

Another Palestinian youth killed at the hands of Israeli special units

[ 19/12/2013 - 10:23 AM ]


A special Israeli army unit killed a Palestinian young man in Qalqilia city at dawn Thursday, the second to be killed at the hands of the occupation forces within few hours.

Palestinian sources in Qalqilia city said that 24-year-old Saleh Yassin, who works for the PA intelligence apparatus, was gunned down at the eastern entrance of the city.

They said that Israeli occupation forces ambushed the youth and gunned him down, adding that he was hit with multiple bullets.

The IOF claimed that a pistol was found near the body of Yassin.

The murder follows another IOF cold-blooded murder of Nafe Saadi, 23, in Jenin refugee camp, who was shot at point-blank on Wednesday night.

Palestinian killed in clashes following IOF raid on Sheikh Abul-Hayja's house

[ 19/12/2013 - 09:33 AM ]


Palestinian sources reported that a Palestinian young man was killed on Wednesday during an attempt by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) to storm the house of Sheikh Jamal Abul-Hayja, a senior Hamas official, in Jenin refugee camp.

The young man, identified as Jamil Saadi, was seriously injured by the invading troops before he was taken prisoner and soon later proclaimed dead on the evening of  the same day.

A medical source told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that the IOF handed over the body of Sa'adi, 21, to the Palestinian side, while hundreds of angry Palestinian young men carried him on their shoulders.

Eyewitnesses reported that special troops aboard a Palestinian-plated car stormed Jenin refugee camp and clashed with a group of young men outside the house of Sheikh Jamal Abul-Hayja as they were breaking into it.

They said that an Israeli soldier shot at close range Sa'adi and seriously wounded him before the invading force took him bleeding aboard their car and drove away.

Other eyewitnesses said that the invading troops were Israeli undercover agents in Arab attire.

They added that the agents burst into the house of Sheikh Abul-Hayja after detonating the main door when suddenly a group of Palestinian resistance fighters showed up and clashed with them.

The eyewitnesses said that the agents failed to kidnap any of the Sheikh's sons.

Israeli gunboats shell Gaza shores

[ 19/12/2013 - 10:22 AM ]


Israeli navy gunboats fired a number of shells at the shores of Gaza city at a late night hour on Wednesday.

Field sources said that the Israeli gunboats, which are permanently present off the Gaza shores, fired four projectiles to the northwest of Gaza beach, but did not cause any casualties or damage.

The shelling is the latest in a series of Israeli breaches of the calm agreement, concluded between Palestinian factions in Gaza and the Israeli occupation authority under Egyptian sponsorship in November last year, that resulted in killing 11 Palestinians and injuring dozens others.

Palestinian widespread ire after Israeli soccer fans burn Qur'an, insult Prophet Muhammed

[ 19/12/2013 - 12:29 PM ]


A state of extreme indignation and anger has prevailed among the Palestinians all over the 1948 occupied lands after fans of the Israeli soccer team Beitar Jerusalem burned a copy of the holy Qur'an book and insulted Prophet Muhammed during a Wednesday match.

The incident took place at the end of a match between the soccer teams Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Sakhnin at the Doha stadium in the city of Sakhnin.

The Israeli fans also vandalized the interior of an Arab-owned bus they were aboard on their way back to their homes.

Director of the Aqsa Mosque Shaikh Najeh Bakirat strongly denounced the incident and said that "the Israeli violations against the Muslim religious symbols have gone beyond all red lines."

In turn, the Israeli police said that three fans in their twenties had been briefly detained over the incident.

Arab Knesset member Taleb Abu Arrar also condemned the incident and said that hurting the feelings of the Muslims and provoking their anger through insulting their Prophet and Holy Book are against the public code of behavior and the religious and cultural values of all nations.

Four Palestinians Kidnapped In Jericho

Thursday December 19, 2013 13:13 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

[Thursday December 19 2013] Dozens of Israeli military jeeps invaded Fasayel village, and the Ein Al-Sultan refugee camp, in the West Bank district of Jericho, and kidnapped four Palestinians.

The Jericho Office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that dozens of soldiers searched homes in Fasayel village, and kidnapped a father and his son identified as Mohammad Saleh Nuwwara, 62, and his son Za’al, 42.

The PPS added that dozens of soldiers also invaded the Ein Al-Sultan refugee camp, broke into several homes and searched them, and kidnapped two Palestinians identified as Ibrahim Mohammad Basayta, and Adi Ibrahim Sarafandy.

On Thursday at dawn, soldiers invaded Qalqilia city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, shot and killed a Palestinian security officer identified as Saleh Samir Yassin, 28.

Also on Thursday at dawn, soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and kidnapped two Palestinians, including a security officer.

Local sources in Beit village, south of Nablus, have reported that the soldiers kidnapped Rady Sa'id Hamayel, after breaking into his home.

Hamayel is an officer of the Presidential Guard; he was kidnapped after dozens of soldiers violently broke into his house and searched it, causing excessive property damage.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded Beita village, south of Nablus, and kidnapped Rady Sa'id Hamayel, after breaking into his home.

Dozens of soldiers also invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and handed a resident identified as Mahmoud Yousef Taqatqa, 22, a military warrant ordering him to head to the Gush Etzion military base, in the Gush Etzion settlement south of Bethlehem, for interrogation.

Local sources said that the soldiers violently broke into his home, and searched it ransacking its property.

On Wednesday evening, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a young Palestinian man in Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and injured seven Palestinians.

The slain Palestinian has been identified as Nafe’ Jamil Sa’dy, 22; he was also shot and killed by undercover forces of the Israeli army.

The attacks are part of ongoing Israeli invasions and assaults against the Palestinians, their lands and property in different parts of occupied Palestine, including occupied Jerusalem.

Palestinian Child Wounded By Israeli Gunfire While Harvesting Potatoes In Gaza

Thursday December 19, 2013 00:47 by Rosa Schiano - International Solidarity Movement
Gaza, Occupied Palestine -

On Sunday, the 15th of December, a young Palestinian was injured by Israeli gunfire in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Mohammed el-Shanbary, age 17, was harvesting potatoes.

"“I went to work at 9 am,” el-Shanbary said. “After about 30 minutes, the soldiers started shooting.”

He was working with the owner of the land and another person about 500 meters from the wall that separates the Gaza Strip from territory first occupied by Israel in 1948.

El-Shanbary and his father, Rafiq, think that the bullets were fired from control towers situated along the separation barrier, inside of which there are automatic machine guns.

A bullet wounded El-Shanbary in his left shinbone. After he fainted, the landowner called his father and asked him to summon an ambulance. The ambulance took him to Kamal Odwan hospital.

The bullet entered and exited, causing a fracture. El-Shanbary would have surgery 30 minutes after the visit. The doctor said that they would insert a tibial fixation.

El-Shanbary started working in the area one month ago. This type of work ultimately depends upon the harvest season.

His father does not have a stable job, leaving El-Shanbary and his 21-year-old brother to work to support a family of ten.

He can earn from 25 to 40 shekels per day, depending on how many crates of potatoes he collects. For each crate, he receives two shekels.

“Some time ago, they were shooting just to scare us, not directly at our bodies,” el-Shanbary said.

“We work just to buy bread for our family, and they hit us,” his father added.

The ceasefire on the 21st of November, 2012, established that Israeli occupation forces should “refrain from hitting residents in areas along the border” and “cease hostilities in the Gaza Strip by land, by sea and by air, including raids and targeted killings.”

However, Israeli military has attacked by land and sea from the very day after the ceasefire, with Israeli warplanes flying constantly over the Gaza Strip. Seven civilians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces since the end of their last major offensive, “Operation Pillar of Defense,” and more than 130 have been wounded.

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Five Palestinians, Including Children, Kidnapped In Jerusalem

Wednesday December 18, 2013 11:33 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
[Wednesday, December 18, 2013]

Local sources have reported that dozens of soldiers have invaded the Silwan town, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city, and kidnapped Mohammad Al-‘Awar, 15, Mustafa Shihada, 17, Ahmad Odah, 17, and Fadi Rajaby, 19, and taken them to a nearby interrogation facility.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded Silwan town, and kidnapped Ahmad Hdeib, 25.

Nasser Qous, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that occupied Jerusalem is facing a large-scale campaign that includes invasions targeting several neighborhoods in the occupied city.

Qous added that the Israeli military violations also include attacks against children and teenagers, following the latest clashes that took place after dozens of soldiers and settlers invaded the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, kidnapping and assaulting several Palestinians.

“Israel is making up charges against the kidnapped Palestinians, denies them the right to legal representation”, Qous said, “More arrests are very likely as the Israeli violations are ongoing, targeting not only the people, but their lands, property and holy sites”.

Two more Palestinians have also been kidnapped in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after the army invaded the city and Al-Ein refugee camp, in the city.

Late on Tuesday at night, dozens of soldiers invaded Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, violently broke into and searched two homes.

Palestinian security sources said that the soldiers invaded the homes of Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Saba’na and Ali Hussein Abu Ja’ab, and interrogated the families, there.

Israeli Occupation Soldiers Invade Nablus, Kidnap Two Palestinians

Wednesday December 18, 2013 08:01 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
[Wednesday at dawn, December 18, 2013]

Local sources have reported that Israeli Occupation Soldiers invaded Al-Ein refugee camp, in the city, kidnapping one resident identified as Mohammad Hamdan.

The soldiers also invaded the Askar refugee camp and kidnapped Baker Abdul-Latif Sharay’a, after violently searching his home and causing excessive property damage.

Dozens of soldiers were seen surrounding the Kamal Jonblat School, Bleibla Street, Rafidia and the Askar refugee camp.

Last Thursday, soldiers kidnapped Mohammad Daghlas, 19, from Nablus, after ordering him to head to the Huwwara military base for interrogation.

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