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On Day 195 of the US-Backed Israeli Genocidal War on Gaza Strip, 7 Massacres, 71 Palestinians Killed, 106 Injured, with a Death Toll of  33,970 and 76,770 Injuries

April 18, 2024 

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Editor's Notes:  

Here are some initial (not final) statistics, which show the Israeli war crimes against humanity, during the current Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip:  

By April 18, 2024, the initial death toll of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip is 41,970+.   

This includes the accounted for deaths (33,970) and those who are still missing under the rubble (Corrected on April 9, 2024: 8,000+). 

By April 18, 2024, the documented injuries exceeded 76,770, and more than 2,520 civilians have been abducted from Gaza Strip.

By April 7, 2024, the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip resulted in more than 116,061 martyrs, wounded and missing Palestinians, 70% of whom were children and women.

By April 7, 2024, 14,350 children were killed, constituting 44% of the total number of martyrs (over 33,175) in Gaza Strip.

By April 18, 2024, 470 Palestinians who were killed, 4,847 who were injured, and 8,272, who were abducted by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank, since October 7, 2023 (Some of the detainees have been released).

By March 28, 2024, about 12,091 Palestinians, from both the West Bank and Gaza, have been detained in 2023. About half of them were detained after October 7. This included 1,085 children and 300 women.

More than 10,000 Palestinian women were killed (by April 17, 2024), 23,000 were injured (by March 8, 2024), but there are 2,100 women who are unaccounted for (by March 8, 2024).

By January 17, 2024, about 661 detainees from Gaza are currently languishing in Israeli prisons as illegitimate combatants (the Israeli term for Palestinian fighters) in addition to more than 50 women from Gaza, who are detained in the Damon prison, noting that 8 women of whom have been recently released.

By March 4, 2023, the death toll included 13,420+ children, 8,900+ women (more than 72.8% of the accounted for victims), 364 doctors and medical staff, 132 journalists, and 48 civil defense workers. 

The total number of detainees in the occupation prisons until the end of December was 8,800, and the number of administrative detainees was 3,484.

By March 4, 2024, the Government Media Office (GMO) said that the Israeli occupation forces killed 364 health personnel, destroyed 155 health institutions, 32 hospitals, 53 health centers, 126 ambulances, displaced 1.9 million Palestinians, and destroyed 360,000 housing units, about and 60% of the buildings and infrastructure in Gaza Strip.

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GMO reveals latest statistics on Israeli genocidal war on Gaza

Saturday 3-February-2024, GAZA, (PIC)

The Palestinian Government Media Office (GMO) in the Gaza Strip revealed on Saturday the latest and most significant figures on the Israeli ongoing genocidal war on the Gaza Strip since October 7.

This announcement comes as the latest updates from the GMO, showing the scale of human and material damage that resulted from the Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, on its 120th day.

The statistics demonstrated latest updates on the numbers of martyrs, missing, and wounded people in addition to the sick, displaced and prisoners as well as numbers of damaged structures and infrastructure.

Below are figures released by the GMO about Israels violations over the period of 120 days since the start of its genocidal war on the Gaza Strip.

(2,325) Massacres (34,238) Martyrs and missing people. (27,238) Martyrs who arrived in hospitals. (12,000) Child martyrs. (8,190) Female martyrs. (339) Martyrs of medical staff. (46) Civil defense martyrs. (122) Journalist martyrs. (7,000) Missing, 70% of whom are children and women. (66,452) Wounded.

(11,000) Wounded people in need of travel abroad for treatment, (life-saving and critical cases). (10,000) Cancer patients facing the risk of death. (700,000) Wounded with infectious diseases as a result of displacement. (8,000) Cases of viral hepatitis infection due to displacement. (60,000) Pregnant women at risk due to the lack of health care. (350,000) Chronic patients at risk due to blocked medications.

(99) Cases of arrest among health personnel. (10) Cases of arrests among identified journalists. (2 million) Displaced people in the Gaza Strip.

(140) Government headquarters destroyed. (100) Completely destroyed schools and universities. (295) Partially destroyed schools and universities. (183) Completely destroyed mosques. (264) Partially destroyed mosques. (3) Destroyed Churches.

(79,200) Completely destroyed housing units. (290,000) Partially destroyed and uninhabitable housing units. (66,000) tons of explosives dropped on Gaza. (30) Hospitals knocked out of service. (53) Health centers knocked out of service. (150) Partially targeted Health institutions. (122) Destroyed ambulances. (200) Destroyed archaeological and heritage sites.

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Mu'hammed Salim's winning award photo shows Inas Abu Mu'ammar, 36,
holding the body of her little niece, Sally, covered with a sheet, in the Nasir
hospital morgue, April 18, 2024
 
Two Lebanese men were killed by an Israeli attack on Kafr Kila town, April 18, 2024

 Israeli genocidal attacks on Palestinian areas of Al-Mughraqa, Al-Zahraa, and north of Nusayrat, resulting in 520 martyrs, wounded, and missing people, and destroying more than 13,000 housing units within a week, April 18, 2024

More than 5,000 Palestinians have been detained from the Gaza Strip since October 7, 2023, with a total of 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, April 18, 2024 pic Site of one of the Israeli genocidal air strikes on Gaza Strip, by which 71 Palestinian civilians were killed, 106 were injured, April 18, 2024
Total Palestinian families were massacred on Day 195 of the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip, April 18, 2024 56 Palestinains were killed, 89 were injured, on Day 194 of the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip, April 17, 2024
   
Searching for Palestinian civilians under the rubble of their house, which was destroyed by an Israeli genocidal air strike on Rafa'h, April 18, 2024 Grieving over the death of family members, who were massacred by Israeli genocidal air strikes and bombardment on Rafa'h, April 18, 2024

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"  ۖ   ۚ " ( 17: 7). 

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

"Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul, unless for a soul, or for corruption in the land, it is as if he had killed humankind entirely" (The Holy Quran, Al-Ma-ida, 5: 32).

"And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him, and has cursed him, and has prepared for him a great torment" (Al-Nisa, 4: 93).

"If you do good, you do good for yourselves; and if you do evil, (you do it) to yourselves" (Al-Isra, 17: 7). 

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While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written human history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of Prophets David and Solomon , peace be upon them, and Solomon's son).

 After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.

By the Time Jesus, peace be upon him, started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.

So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.

No matter what the Zionists and their supporters do, they cannot change the will of God, Who promised the Holy Land to Abraham and his descendants, basically the Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

No matter how much persecution and aggression the Zionists and their supporters inflict upon the Palestinian people, they will never be able to force them out of the Holy Land, which Allah, praise to Him, promised for them, and kept His promise ever since.

This is a necessary brief background to understand the US-Backed Zionist Israeli continuous wars against the Arab nation generally, and the Palestinian people in particular, which included the wars of 1948, 1956, 1967, 1978, 1982, the brutal crushing of the two Uprisings (1987-1993 and 2000-2004), 2009, 2012, 2014, 2021, and the current genocidal war on Gaza (Since October 7, 2023), which has culminated a blockade of Gaza since 2007. In addition, the Israeli occupation and apartheid regime launched so many covert operations, raids, and air strikes on many Arab states since 1948.

The following news stories are just examples, not a systematic record, of the Israeli occupation government abuse, mistreatment, and violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.

More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources:

http://english.wafa.ps/, https://english.palinfo.com/, https://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/


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Editorial Notes about terms & names of people and places:

1. Names of people and places have been standardized to match standard Arabic grammatical rules.

2. Underlined letters and letters preceded by an apostrophe are references to Arabic letter sounds, which does not exist in the English alphabet.

3. The English letter i is equivalent to the Arabic short vowel known as kasra, as in Ibraheem and Qasim as well as in the English words sit and bit. So, it is incorrect to use it as a long vowel for such Arabic names as Jameel and Jibreel.

4. The English letter e is equivalent to the Arabi short vowel known as fat'ha, as in A'hmed and Mu'hammed.

5. It is more accurate to refer to the
land-grabbing Israelis, who establish illegal settlements in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, as illegal Israeli settlers, than referring to them as colonists.

The term colony is a reference to a large entity or a country, such as American states before independence. It was also a reference to Egypt, and India, when they were British colonies.

In addition, the term "colony" represents a positive nostalgic theme, in the minds of native speakers of English, particularly in America and Britain.

6. It is more accurate to use the verb "abduct" than the verb "detain," in reference to taking Palestinian citizens by force to prisons and interrogation centers, by Israeli occupation regime soldiers. This is because the presence of the Israeli occupation regime forces is illegal in the Palestinian territories, and they have no jurisdiction over the Palestinian people.

Click here for more about using the apostrophe and the underlining of letters in the transliteration of Arabic names.

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Two Lebanese men killed in Israeli attack on Kafr Kila town

Thursday 18-April-2024

BEIRTUT, (PIC)

Two Lebanese people were martyred at dawn Thursday following an Israeli airstrike on Kafr Kila town in southern Lebanon.

The Hezbollah resistance group said that two of its fighters identified as A'hmed 'Hamada and Mohamed Al-Shami were killed in the Israeli attack on Kafr Kila, without providing further information about the circumstances of their martyrdom.

The Hebrew media said that Israeli army aircraft struck Hizbullah sites and operatives in two different areas in southern Lebanon overnight.

According to the Israeli occupation army, fighter jets hit two buildings used by Hezbollah and other infrastructure in Al-Khiyam town and killed two Hizbollah operatives in Kafr Kila town.

In another incident, Hezbollah said that a group of its fighters attacked Israeli soldiers at Al-Malikiyah site with missiles and directly struck them.

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UN appeals for $2.8 billion for Palestinians, to help ease food shortages and prevent looming famine imposed by Israeli genocidal war

Wednesday 17-April-2024

NEW YORK, (PIC)

The United Nations (UN) appealed on Wednesday for $2.8 billion in funding to assist more than three million people in Gaza Strip and the West Bank until the end of the year, to help ease food shortages and prevent looming famine in the beleaguered enclave.

A flash appeal published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the sum was needed to help 3.1 million people and reduce human suffering and prevent further loss of life.

A major chunk of funding$782.1 millionwill be destined for food aid for 2.2 million people in Gaza and 400,000 people in the West Bank, the appeal said.

Earlier, the health ministry in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation army committed on Wednesday six massacres in different areas of the Gaza Strip during the past 24 hours, killing at least 56 civilians and injuring over 89 others, while a large number of victims are still under the rubble of bombed buildings or lying on roads.

By April 17, 2024, in a statement, the health ministry said that the Israeli army killed and injured a large number of civilians in different areas of Gaza during the past 24 hours, but only 145 of them, including 56 martyrs, were transported to hospitals.

The health ministry added that the death toll from the ongoing Israeli bombardment and shooting attacks, which started on October 7, climbed to 33,899 martyrs and the number of the wounded surged to 76,664 people. 

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'Hamas warns of attempts to dismantle UNRWA

Thursday 18-April-2024

GAZA, (PIC)

The 'Hamas Movement has warned that the Israeli occupation regime, with the support of Western parties, is trying to have the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) replaced with other international bodies and parties.

In a statement on Thursday, Hamass refugee affairs office said that the UNRWA commissioner-generals warning of attempts to dismantle and replace UNRWA confirms that there are international conspiracies taking place to obliterate the issue of the Palestinian refugees and turn it into merely a humanitarian relief issue that can be carried out by other international bodies.

'Hamas added that UNRWAs exposure to such targeting by the occupation regime and international parties comes in the context of the unprecedented starvation campaign in Gaza, especially in northern Gaza and the refugee camps of Jabalia and ash-Shati.

Hamas pointed out that the Israeli occupation army destroyed seven refugee camps, where 70 percent of the Gaza population lives, adding that 90 percent of those living in those camps suffer from extreme poverty.

These camp bear witness to the exposure of the Palestinian people to the largest genocidal war on the Palestinian people since 1948, the Movement said.

The head of UNRWA warned on Wednesday that Israels attempts to dismantle the agency while a humanitarian disaster is unfolding in the bombarded and besieged Gaza Strip would have devastating consequences.

Addressing the UN Security Council, Philippe Lazzarini said UNRWAs work is now more crucial than ever and appealed for protection against Israel.

Today an insidious campaign to end UNRWAs operations is under way, with serious implications for international peace and security, he told the 15-member body during a session called for by Jordan.

This is happening while Israels relentless bombing and merciless siege have transformed Gaza beyond recognition, with young children dying of malnutrition and dehydration as a man-made famine is tightening its grip across the Strip, where Israeli attacks have killed at least 33,899 people since October 7.

Across the border, food and clean water wait, but UNRWA is denied permission to deliver this aid and save lives, Lazzarini said.

This outrage is occurring despite consecutive orders by the International Court of Justice to increase the flow of aid into Gaza which can be done if there is sufficient political will, he added, calling on the council to make a difference.

Lazzarini said that while UNRWAs requests to deliver aid to northern Gaza are repeatedly denied, its premises and employees in Gaza are being targeted systematically, with a total of 178 UNRWA personnel killed since the start of the war.

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Palestinian photographer wins 2024 World Press Photo of the Year award

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, April 18, 2024 (WAFA)  

Palestinian photographer Mu'hammed Salim won the best International Press Photo award for 2024 for his photo showing a Palestinian woman cradling the body of her five-year-old niece in the Gaza Strip.

Salim, a Reuters photographer, took the photo on October 17, 2023, at the Nasir Hospital in Khan Younus in southern Gaza, where families were searching for relatives killed during Israeli bombing of the Palestinian enclave.

Salim's winning photo portrays Inas Abu Mu'ammar, 36, sobbing while holding the body of her little niece, Sally, covered with a sheet, in the hospital morgue.

The Amsterdam-based World Press Photo Foundation said while announcing its annual awards that it is important to recognize the risks facing journalists who cover the Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip.

It is noteworthy that more than 100 journalists and media workers were killed during their press coverage of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip since October 7.

By April 17, 2024, the ongoing Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip has resulted in 33,899 documented Palestinian fatalities, in addition to 76,664 injuries since October 7, 2023.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip.

Y.S. 

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China and Indonesia stress the necessity of implementing UN Security Councils resolution for ceasefire in Gaza

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, April 18, 2024 (WAFA)  

The Foreign Ministers of China, Wang Yi, and Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, stressed the necessity of implementing the United Nations Security Council resolution regarding a complete ceasefire and without any conditions in the Gaza Strip.

During a meeting in Jakarta, the two ministers expressed their dissatisfaction with the humanitarian catastrophe resulting from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Wang urged the United States to listen to the international community amid concerns about the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East, stressing, "The United States should support a United Nations resolution for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip."

He added, "The Security Council is a collective security mechanism that should not be exploited by any specific country."

For her part, Indonesian Minister Marsudi expressed her hope that China would use its influence to prevent any further escalation in the Gaza Strip, stressing the necessity of implementing the two-state solution.

On March 25, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution No. 2728, which calls for an immediate ceasefire during the month of Ramadan, respected by all parties, leading to a permanent and sustainable ceasefire, with the support of 14 members and the United States of America abstaining from voting.

The ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has resulted in 33,899 documented Palestinian fatalities, in addition to 76,664 injuries since October 7, 2023.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip.

Y.S.

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Turkish foreign minister extends condolences to 'Hamas chief

Wednesday 17-April-2024

DOHA, (PIC)

The Hamas Movement said that Hamas Political Bureau Chief Isma'eel Haniyya met on Wednesday, with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, who offered condolences to him on behalf of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government, and all the Turkish people over the death of his family members in an Israeli airstrike.

The Haniyya-Fidan meeting also dealt with the field developments related to the war on Gaza, the humanitarian aid to Gaza, and the ceasefire efforts.

Haniyya also stressed his Movements conditions for a ceasefire, which include a complete ceasefire, a comprehensive withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the return of displaced Gazans to their houses, the start of relief and reconstruction, an end to the siege, and a serious prisoner exchange deal.

The two parties also discussed the ongoing Israeli violations in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Aqsa Mosque, stressing the importance of the Turkish role and positions in support of the Palestinian issue.

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Killing and Injuring of Palestinians in Ghazza (Gaza) by Israeli Occupation Regime Forces

On April 18, 2024, Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, the Spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the Israeli genocidal air strikes and bombardment on Gaza Strip resulted in 7 massacres, which resulted in the killing of 71 Palestinian civilians, and the injury of 106 others, in the past 24 hours. This increased the accounted for death toll in Gaza Strip to 33,970 and the injuries to 76,770, since the start of the Israeli genocidal war on October 7, 2023.   

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Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza: The Israeli occupation forces commit 7 massacres that killed 71 martyrs, injured 16

Palestine Today, April 18, 2024

The Spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the number of the Palestinian victims of the Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip has risen to 33,970 martyrs and 76,770 injured.

He added that the Israeli occupation forces committed 7 massacres during the past 24 hours, killing 71 martyrs and 106 injuries.

He pointed out that thousands of citizens are still missing under the rubble and on the roads, and that the Israeli occupation forces prevent ambulance and rescue crews from reaching them.

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Three Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike in central Gaza Strip

GAZA, Tuesday, April 18, 2024 (WAFA)  

Three civilians today were killed and others injured in an Israeli genocidal airstrike in the Al-Mughraqa area in the central Gaza Strip.

Medical sources reported that at least three civilians were killed and dozens of others were wounded as a result of occupation artillery shelling in the Al-Mughraqa area in the central Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that the number of people killed in the occupation's bombing of displaced people in Rafa'h city rose to 11 after ambulances and rescue teams managed to recover the bodies of three people from the rubble of destroyed buildings and houses in the city.

Earlier yesterday, at least eight civilians from the 'Ayyad family, including five children and two women, all of whom were displaced from Gaza City, were killed in an Israeli airstrike targeting an agricultural land in the Al-Salam neighborhood, south of the city of Rafa'h.

The ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has resulted in 33,899 documented Palestinian fatalities, in addition to 76,664 injuries since October 7, 2023.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip.

Y.S.

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GMO says Israeli aggression left 520 casualties, 13,000 destroyed homes in a week

Thursday 18-April-2024

GAZA, (PIC)

The Government Media Office (GMO) in Gaza said on Wednesday, The Israeli occupation forces (IOFs) committed new crimes against humanity in the areas of Al-Mughraqa, Al-Zahraa, and the new camp north of Al-Nusayrat, resulting in 520 martyrs, wounded and missing people, and destroyed more than 13,000 housing units within a week.

The IOFs destroyed the camp north of Al-Nusayrat in one week, knocking down 14 towers and residential buildings, and dozens of homes for the those who were displaced under the threat of bombardment and murder, the GMO added.

We denounce and condemn in the strongest terms the crime of the IOFs against Palestinian civilians, neighborhoods, residential towers, buildings, and homes. We call on all international organizations and all countries of the free world to condemn this crime, which the occupation has repeated hundreds of times in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the genocidal war against our Palestinian people, the Office said in a statement.

The GMO held the US administration and the international community, in addition to Israel, fully responsible for these crimes and their repercussions on the lives of civilians. We call on all countries of the world to pursue the occupation and its leaders in international forums and courts to make them pay for the crime of genocide in Gaza, it demanded.

By April 17, 2024, since October 7, the IOFs have been continuing its bloody aggression against the Gaza Strip, with the US and European support, leading to the martyrdom of 33,899 people and the injury of 76,664 others, in addition to the displacement of about 1.7 million people from the Strips population, according to UN reports. 

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Day 195 of Genocide: Israeli forces continue to target areas in Gaza

GAZA, Thursday, April 18, 2024 (WAFA) -

 Israeli occupation artillery continue to bomb the southern, southwestern and eastern areas of Gaza City on the 195th day of the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that occupation artillery launched intense bombardment on the southern, southwestern, and eastern areas of Gaza City, specifically the areas of Al-Shaikh 'Ijleen, Tel Al-Hawa, and Al-Zaytoun, which led to the injury of a number of citizens.

They added that the occupation warplanes bombed homes in Tel Al-Hawa and the Beach camp in Gaza City.

Civil defense crews recovered the bodies of dozens of martyrs after the occupation forces withdrew from northern Al-Nusayrat, in the central Gaza Strip, while many martyrs are still under rubble and rubble and have not yet been removed.

Civil Defense and Rescue crews also recovered the bodies of 11 martyrs from various areas in the city of Khan Younus, south of the Gaza Strip.

The occupation warplanes bombed a house owned by Sha'ath family in the Yibna refugee camp in the city of Rafa'h, south of the Gaza Strip.

Crews recovered the bodies of 8 martyrs from the displaced 'Ayyad family, including 5 children and 2 women, after the occupation warplanes bombed a room on agricultural land in Al-Salam neighborhood, south of the city of Rafa'h.

By April 17, 2024, in an initial death toll report, the number of martyrs due to the ongoing aggression on the Gaza Strip for the 195th day rose to more than 33,899, and injuries to 76,664.

A number of victims are still under the rubble and on the roads, and ambulance and civil defense crews are unable to reach them.

K.T.

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More than 5,000 Palestinians arrested in Gaza since October 7

Wednesday 17-April-2024

GAZA, (PIC)

More than 5,000 Palestinians have been detained from the Gaza Strip since October 7, 2023, making the number of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli prisons close to 10,000.

On Palestinian Prisoners Day, the government media office (GMO) said that the Israeli occupation practices the worst forms of torture against Palestinian prisoners, calling on the international community to assume its moral and legal responsibilities.

Along the same line, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said that 100 Palestinian journalists have been arrested since the beginning of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023.

The Syndicate pointed out that 10 female journalists were among those detained, saying that four female journalists are still held behind Israeli bars.

It further said that 50 journalists were detained in October and November 2023, while about 40 of them are still held in Israeli prisons.

Most of the detained journalists were subjected to severe beatings, ill-treatment, and deliberate medical negligence, it added. 

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Killing, Injuring, and Abduction of Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli Occupation Regime Forces 

 

Palestinian girl sustains fractures, bruises in Israeli army car-ramming attack in Jineen

Jineen, Tuesday, April 18, 2024 (WAFA)  

A Palestinian girl today sustained fractures and bruises in an Israeli army car-ramming attack in the town of Ya`bad, southwest of Jineen.

Security sources said that the girl sustained a fracture and bruises after she was trampled by an Israeli occupation army military vehicle in the town's Muree'ha neighborhood.

The casualty was subsequently rushed to Jenin Governmental Hospital for medical treatment.

Y.S.

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Dozens suffocate during Israeli raid near Al-Khaleel (Hebron)

Al-Khaleel (Hebron), Thursday, April 18, 2024 (WAFA) -

Dozens of Palestinian citizens Thursday suffered from suffocation during the Israeli occupation forces storming of the town of Bait Ummar, north of Al-Khaleel (Hebron).

Media activist Mu'hammed 'Awadh confirmed to WAFA that the occupation forces fired stun grenades and poisonous gas at citizens during the storming of the town center, which led to dozens of people suffocating due to inhaling poisonous gas.

He pointed out that confrontations broke out with the occupation forces after they stormed the town, during which the Israeli occupation soldiers fired live bullets and chased young men in several neighborhoods of the town. 

K.T. 

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IOFs kidnap several Palestinians in West Bank raids

Thursday 18-April-2024

WEST BANK, (PIC)

The Israeli occupation forces (IOFs) kidnaped last night and at dawn Thursday a number of Palestinian citizens during a large-scale campaign in the West Bank, amid clashes in some areas.

According to local sources, the IOFs kidnaped many citizens during raids on homes in Nablus City and its refugee camps, including a female university student from the city and 10 young men from 'Askar refugee camp.

Some of the detainees from Nablus had been ex-detainees in Palestinian Authority jails and were released a few days ago.

Four other citizens were taken prisoners following IOFs raids on their homes in Duma town in the southeast of Nablus and Al-Sayrafi area of the city.

The IOFs also stormed the villages of Talouza and Badthan in the north of Nablus City, without making kidnappings.

In Ramallah, Israeli occupation forces stormed different areas of the province and kidnaped a young man after savagely beating him in Baitounia town and another one after ransacking his home in Bait Rima town.

Three citizens, including a young woman, were kidnaped by the IOFs from Kafr Malik town in the east of Ramallah.

In Aree'ha (Jericho), the IOFs kidnaped three citizens, including two brothers, from their homes in 'Ain Al-Sultan refugee camp.

The IOFs also kidnaped one citizen from his home in Bait Fajjar town in Bait La'hm (Bethlehem) and three others during raids in Doura City and the towns of Bait Ka'heel and Taffu'h in Al-Khaleel (Hebron).

The Israeli occupation forces reportedly broke into and ransacked the house of an ex-detainee called Shadi Al-'Awiwi in al-Khalil City and confiscated his car.

Meanwhile, the IOFs carried out violent raids on a number of homes in Na'haleen town in western Bethlehem, which provoked clashes with local youths.

In Jineen, Palestinian resistance fighters opened fire at an Israeli car carrying illegal Israeli extremist Jewish settlers near the illegal settlement of Homesh in Sieeat Al-Dthahr town before clashing with Israeli occupation soldiers.

The IOFs also stormed and intensified the presence of its forces in other areas of Jineen province.

In Al-Quds (Jerusalem), violent clashes broke out between Israeli occupation soldiers and young men during a police raid in Shu'fat refugee camp.

27 kidnappings.

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Aggression and Attacks by Illegal Israeli Settlers and Soldiers

 

ActionAid strongly condemns the illegal Israeli settler attacks in the West Bank, calls for holding them full accountable

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, April 18, 2024 (WAFA)  

ActionAid said The rise in settler violence in the West Bank since October 7 is appalling and the UK must do more to stop these attacks from taking place.

ActionAid is demanding that the illegal Israeli settlers in the West Bank are held to account for acts of violence following a wave of attacks on Palestinian villages. On Friday a 14-year-old Israeli boy was reported missing and later found dead, and hundreds of colonists in the West Bank raided at least 17 Palestinian villages in response over the last few days, torching cars and houses. Armed settlers shot dead two Palestinians on Monday, according to reports. Al-Mughayar village, located northeast of Ramallah, was one of the areas affected by violence. Amin Abu Alia, head of the Al-Mughayar village council, told ActionAid the colonists attack on the village on Friday, which left one dead and dozens injured, was the biggest and most violent incident his community had ever faced.

He said that the illegal Israeli settlers surrounded and stormed the village, raiding homes, setting fire to houses and cars, and stealing an estimated 70 sheep. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, settlers subsequently opened fire on one of its ambulances as it attempted to reach people wounded in the attack, while other vehicles were prevented from entering the village. These are continuous attacks against residents and farmers and agricultural lands. The farmers cant reach their lands due to roadblocks placed by colonists that restrict their movements. We could not pick our olives during last season.

Since October 7, there has been a sharp surge in colonist attacks in the West Bank resulting in unprecedented levels of violence against Palestinians. Prior to this latest spate of attacks, UNOCHA had recorded 727 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians in total 72 of which resulted in casualties, 578 in property damage, and 77 in both casualties and property damage.

At least nine Palestinians had been killed by armed the illegal Israeli settlers since October 7.

Under international humanitarian law, the Israeli forces - as the occupying power - are obligated to protect Palestinians civilians from all violence, including settler violence.

Yet ActionAid is warning that the Israeli forces are not doing enough to prevent colonist attacks from taking place nor protect Palestinians during attacks.

A video shared by the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din, filmed in Dair Dibwan on Saturday, appears to show nearby Israeli forces failing to intervene as colonists set fire to a Palestinian car. 

According to UNOCHA, in nearly half of all recorded settler attacks since October 7, Israeli occupation forces were either accompanying or reported to be supporting the attackers.  

We call on Israel to recognize its legal obligations and uphold the rights and protections of the Palestinian people, which includes ensuring private property such as cars and homes are respected.

It must hold all those responsible for violence and human rights abuses in the West Bank to account and ensure they are prosecuted under the law. It is clear that the escalation of violence in the West Bank has occurred in tandem with the crisis in Gaza, and as the risk of wider conflict in the region looms, there must be a permanent ceasefire immediately to protect civilians in Gaza, the West Bank and the wider area.

The culture of impunity for violent colonists must end. As the crisis in Gaza continues and the risk of wider conflict in the region grows, the UK must do everything in its power to bring about a permanent and immediate ceasefire, including using every diplomatic lever available, such as ending arms sales to Israel and imposing sanctions.

Y.S.

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