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News, December 2013
Palestinians in Gaza Suffer 18 Hours of Electric Cuts Daily, Jewish Settlers Spray Anti-Islam Graffiti, Israeli Occupation Soldiers Storm Jenin
December 9, 2013
Jewish price tag gangs spray anti-Islam graffiti on mosque in Baqa village
[ 08/12/2013 - 04:30 PM ]
Jewish “Price Tag” gangs sprayed racist slurs against Islam on the walls of a mosque in Baqa al-Gharbiya village in the 1948 occupied Palestinian land.
Local sources said that the offensive writing contained insults against Islamic religion and against Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him.
Sheikh Iskandar Khairi, the Imam of the Huda mosque, denounced the “mean” act, hoping that the culprits would be arrested.
Warnings of increasing power cuts in Gaza
[ 09/12/2013 - 09:59 AM ]
Deputy Chairman of the Gaza Energy Authority, Fat'hi al-Sheikh Khalil, warned of increasing power cuts in Gaza Strip, and reminded that electricity is only available for six hours per day.
In a press conference held on Sunday, Sheikh Khalil said that Gaza's power deficit is going to reach 80 per cent in the coming days, as winter approaches, due to increasing demand.
Egypt had cut off Rafah power lines raising deficiency in power up to 80% and leading to long hours of daily power cuts, he pointed out.
He called on citizens not to use heating or air conditioning or any other electric appliances that might increase loads on the company’s power lines in light of the electricity company’s deficiency to meet all the regular needs, calling on the PA in Ramallah to cancel fuel tax for the next 40 days at least.
Sheikh Khalil appealed to the Egyptian authorities to allow entry of the Qatar-donated fuel badly needed to operate the power station in Gaza so as to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza.
He pointed out that the Energy Authority submitted an application with the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) to buy 100 megawatts, which is considered one of the proposed solutions to end the current crisis, but did not receive any response.
Gazans have been suffering electricity cutoffs up to 18 hours a day after Gaza's main power station stopped operating since early November due to acute fuel shortage.
Meanwhile, dozens of students participated in a sit-in on Sunday evening outside PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's house in Gaza protesting against the continuing electricity crisis and condemning the PA role in tightening the siege on the enclave.
During the sit-in, the participants lighted up candles to shed light on Gaza's electricity crisis that led to electricity cuts of up to 18 hours per day.
The protesters raised banners calling for breaking Gaza siege, and saving the life of 1.8 million of people in Gaza. They also held the IOA and the PA responsible for increasing the power crisis in the besieged Strip.
IOF soldiers storm Jenin, nab three Palestinians
[ 09/12/2013 - 08:09 AM ]
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) accompanied by intelligence elements stormed Jenin city at dawn Monday and nabbed three citizens.
Local sources said that the soldiers rounded up two young men and a man in his forties after breaking into and ransacking their homes in the eastern and Khilat Souha suburbs.
They said that the soldiers terrorized women and children and deliberately blindfolded and handcuffed the detainees in front of their families.
Palestinian infant suffocates in IOF gas shooting incident
[ 08/12/2013 - 04:33 PM ]
A newly-born Palestinian baby suffered severe suffocation after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired teargas at his family home in Kufr Qaddoum village in Qalqilia on Saturday night.
Murad Eshtiwe, the coordinator of popular resistance in the village, said that the one month old infant, Khaled Juma, suffered breathing difficulty and started to vomit after IOF shot a teargas canister into his family home.
He said that the soldiers burst into the village in four army vehicles and a bulldozer and fired gas and sound bombs at inhabitants and their homes.
He said that the baby boy was taken to a hospital in Qalqilia city after receiving initial treatment at the village’s clinic.
Ahrar: Most of the female detainees in Hasharon suffer bad health conditions
[ 09/12/2013 - 10:00 AM ]
Al-Ahrar center for prisoner studies and human rights said that most of the Palestinian women in Hasharon jail suffer from different diseases and do not receive proper medical care.
Director of the center Fouad Al-Khafsh said on Monday that there are 16 Palestinian women suffering from poor incarceration conditions in Hasharon jail.
Khafsh affirmed that most of the female prisoners in this jail suffer from serious health conditions, especially Lina Al-Jerboni, who still suffers from the effects of the gallbladder surgery she had underwent three months ago, and has screws in her feet obstructing her movement.
The human rights activist added that the detention conditions in Hasharon jail worsen further as the winter gets colder, making all female prisoners, especially the patients, suffer from heavy colds.
He stressed that the Hasharon jail is not a suitable place to hold human beings, especially women.
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