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Israeli occupation forces cause death of patient, wound two Palestinian fishermen, kidnap 56 civilians, injure 10 in a week

Two Palestinian fishermen wounded in IOF navy shooting

[ 02/09/2008 - 01:46 PM ]


Two Palestinian fishermen were wounded Monday evening when an Israeli navy boat fired a projectile at their fishing boat off the Beit Lahia coast in northern Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said that the two fishermen were hit with shrapnel, adding that one of them was hit in his head and his condition was serious while the other was hit with shrapnel all over his body.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank detained a Palestinian director of a company arranging Haj (pilgrimage) and Omra (minor pilgrimage) trips to Saudi Arabia.

Local sources said that Khaled Al-Ali was detained three days ago while returning from Jordan with 200 Palestinian passports in his possession after obtaining visit permits to Saudi Arabia for holders of those passports to perform Omra during the fasting month of Ramadan.

The IOF commander seized the passports and held Al-Ali in Ofer prison near Ramallah.

An employee in the company said that Al-Ali head to and back from Jordan dozens of times every year for that purpose, adding that his arrest was unjustified.

PA: Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 56 Palestinians, injured 10 last week

Date: 01 / 09 / 2008  Time:  22:29
Ramallah - Ma'an -

Israeli occupation forces detained 56 Palestinians last week and injured ten, the Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad Al-Maliki said.

Al-Maliki made the announcement at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday.

Israeli occupation forces invade West Bank cities nightly and kidnap Palestinians.

Palestinian patients continue dying as a result of Israeli blockade of Gaza

Tuesday September 02, 2008 16:15 by IMEMC Staff - IMEMC & Agencies

The death toll of patients has reached 245 as 77 year-old patient, Hussain Abu Jazzar died on Tuesday after having been unable to get treatment for his failed kidney, due to the continued Israeli blockade of Gaza.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry of the ruling party Hamas, the closure of Gaza's crossings including the Rafah crossing terminal by Israel since June 2007 has doubled the suffering of hundreds of patients awaiting a glimpse of hope for treatment abroad.

The Ministry called on all free minds and souls around the world to intervene immediately to relieve the suffering of such patients, by pressuring the Israeli occupation government to reopen the crossings. Amidts this situation, the ministry also called on its staff workers to commit to working hours and not strike in compliance with 'political controversies.'

Recently, the Health Ministry of Ramallah, which belongs to Fat'h party, called on Gaza's medical staff to strike. The Ramallah government, formed by President Abbas in July 2007 has urged the people to boycott the Hamas-run ministries.

Female detainee released from administrative detention

Monday September 01, 2008 23:43 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Researcher and specialist in detainees’ affairs, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, stated on Monday that the Israeli Authorities released detainee Nora Al-Hashlamoan, 37, after nearly two years imprisonment under administrative detention orders without filing any charges against her.

Al-Hashlamoan, from the southern West Bank City of Hebron, was kidnapped on September 14, 2006 and was imprisoned under administrative detention orders which were renewed for nine consecutive times.

She is a mother of six children and her husband Mohammad is still imprisoned under administrative detention orders since September 2006.

Farwana stated that Al-Hashlamoan was repeatedly asked to choose between remaining under administrative detention or be deported o Jordan along with her children for three years. She refused to be deported and carried repeated hunger strikes. The most recent hunger strike was in March this year and lasted for more than twenty days.

She carried the hunger strikes in protest to being detained without any charges or trial and in protest to the attempts to oblige her to accept deportation instead of being imprisoned for an undetermined period.  

Furthermore, Farwana stated that there are currently 800 detainees who are imprisoned under administrative detention orders. Most of them are detained in the Negev Detention Camp and are facing harsh living conditions and repeated violations.

Israel started using administrative detention against Palestinian political detainees in 1967; it based the administrative detention policy on Article number 111 of the Emergency Law which was imposed by the British Mandate in 1945.

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