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2 Palestinians Assassinated, Several Injured in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza, More Violations, Detentions, Interrogations in the West Bank

June 28, 2014

Two Palestinian fighters assassinated in an Israeli air strike on their car in Gaza Palestinian young men throwing stones at the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank

Israeli Police Attacks Nonviolent Protesters In Umm al-Fahm

Hundreds of illegal Israeli settlers and soldiers storm Joseph's tomb in Palestinian City of Nablus

Israeli airstrike assassinates two resistance fighters, injures another in Gaza

[ 28/06/2014 - 06:51 AM ]


Two senior resistance fighters from the Popular Resistance Committees were assassinated and another one was critically wounded on Friday evening when an Israeli warplane bombed the car they were traveling in in Ashati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for the health ministry said that two bodies, identified as belonging to Osama Hasumi and Mohamed Fasih, arrived charred and ripped up at Al-Shifa hospital.

Local security sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that the airstrike directly hit a car traveling along a coastal road near Ashati refugee camp to the west of Gaza.

The sources added that the assassinated men are senior members of Salahuddin Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.

In this regard, Palestinian political analyst Iyad Qarra warned that this deadly airstrike would lead to serious violent confrontations between the Palestinian resistance and Israel in Gaza and the occupied territories.

Qarra added that Israel seeks to drag the region into further tension following its failure to find the three missing Jewish settlers.

6 Gazans, including children, injured in Israeli artillery attack

[ 27/06/2014 - 12:39 PM ]


Six Palestinian civilians, including two children, suffered different injuries on Friday morning when the Israeli artillery bombed Palestinians’ homes and lands east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

"A blast rocked the area as an Israeli tank was blown up by the Palestinian resistance," local sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC).

Following the explosion, the Israeli artillery responded by firing 10 shells, which landed in Al-Huda Mosque in the area and another one near Al-Taqwa Mosque. Palestinians’ homes and agricultural lands were also hit by artillery projectiles.

Medical sources told the PIC reporter that a pregnant women and two children were among the casualties. The children were identified as 11-year-old Siraj Annajjarm who suffered a serious injury in her back and eight-year-old Du’a Qudaih, who was slightly injured in her limbs.

In an earlier incident, a Gazan boy,17, was wounded and rushed to the hospital on Thursday evening after he was shot by Israeli gunfire east of Juhr ad-Dick, in the Gaza Strip, Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry reported.

Two Palestinian civilians injured in clashes with IOF in West Bank

[ 27/06/2014 - 01:25 PM ]


Two Palestinian young men sustained wounds in clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) near Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus at dawn Friday.

The Clashes broke out at the northern entrance to the Balata camp and Amman Street.

Local sources said Palestinian young man Ahmad Abdul Hadi Hashash, from the Balata refugee camp, was shot in his foot.

The IOF have renewed their attacks on Nablus and surrounded most of the city’s alleys and quarters. Violent clashes took place in Palestine’s Street and near al-Kendi school.

The Israeli troops broke into the house of MP Ahmed al-Haj Ali in al-Majin neighborhood, to the west, for the third time in two weeks.

According to Ali’s son, the Israeli soldiers ravaged the house and threatened to assassinate the father in case he does not turn himself in soon to the Israeli occupation authorities.

In another incident, nine Palestinian civilians were abducted by the IOF at dawn Friday following raids on different areas of the Occupied West Bank in search for purportedly abducted Israeli soldiers.

The IOF have raked through 40 sites using the “kidnap affair” as a pretext all the way through the raid, the Israeli public radio claimed.

Renewed Israeli raids in al-Khalil

[ 27/06/2014 - 01:13 PM ]


The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escorted by hordes of Israeli extremist settlers have renewed at dawn Friday their abrupt assaults on Palestinians in al-Khalil, as part of the brutal campaign launched in the occupied West Bank in search of alleged kidnapped Israelis.

Scores of heavily-armed Israeli patrols backed by armed settlers invaded Bab al-Zawia and al-Ja’bari neighborhoods, where violent clashes broke out between the Israeli soldiers and the unarmed Palestinian civilians.

According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli army and settlers broke into the home of Palestinian citizen Fahd Ja’bari and assaulted its native inhabitants, firing stun grenades and tear gas canisters in the attack.

10 Palestinian civilians, all Ju’bari family members, were rounded up in the process. 10 other citizens were left injured and treated for breathing problems.

Meanwhile, the IOF stormed Ein Sara, Ras al-Joura, and Halhoul, in al-Khalil, and rummaged through Palestinian homes.

The invading troops also bulldozed lands in the Haksa area, southwest of Halhoul city, which has been cordoned off the by the IOF for more than eight days.

The IOF intensified their presence on rooftops of houses and among vineyards in search for the kidnapped soldiers.

Hundreds of illegal Israeli settlers and soldiers storm Joseph's tomb in the Palestinian city of Nablus

[ 27/06/2014 - 06:15 AM ]


Hundreds of illegal Israeli settlers stormed Joseph's tomb to the east of the Palestinian city of Nablus city on Thursday night to perform Talmudic rituals amid heavy Israeli military protection.

Local sources revealed that violent clashes erupted when Israeli forces stormed the area to provide protection for the settlers who came in large numbers. The sources said Palestinian young men threw stones at the soldiers and settlers during their presence in the area.

Meanwhile, the invading troops erected a number of military checkpoints at the city's entrances and on the roads near the mausoleum, the sources added.

Jews claim that the remains of Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) were buried in the tomb east of Nablus. Palestinians and historians, however, insist that it is the tomb of a Muslim scholar called Yusuf Dweekat. Archaeologists have confirmed that the tomb is not old enough to support the claim that it is Prophet Yusuf’s, dating it back just a few hundred years.

UN security council fails to condemn Israel

[ 27/06/2014 - 01:40 PM ]


The UN security council failed for the second time to condemn Israel over its large-scale military operation in search of the three missing settlers in the West Bank.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Arab and Muslim countries group, that includes Saudi Arabia and Iran, Qatar, and Kuwait, officially demanded the UN security council to condemn Israel's military operation in the West Bank.

The Arab-Muslim request was tabled by Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin during a closed session of the UN security council.

This was the second time in the past few days that the Arab-Muslim attempt to condemn Israel at the security council fails, the newspaper said.

Israeli Air Force Carries Out A Series Of Attacks In Gaza

Saturday June 28, 2014 10:56 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Media sources in the besieged Gaza Strip have reported that the Israeli Air Force attacked several targets and areas in the coastal region, causing excessive property damage.

The sources said that an F-16 fighter jet fired at least one missile into an area close to the Nitzarim former settlement, causing excessive damage to a number of homes and property.

Several Palestinians, especially the children, suffered anxiety attacks due to the shelling.

The Air Force also fired two missiles into a public beach park, belonging to the Zawayda Village.

The attack against the park was the second in a few hours, as the army fired three missiles into it in the first strike.

Another missile was fired into an agricultural land, west of the Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing excessive damage to a number of homes, and property.

On Friday evening, Israeli tanks fired several shells into Palestinian lands, east of the al-Qarara town, east of Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The tanks, stationed close to the Kissufim military base, across the border, fired at least five shells, local sources said.

Also on Friday, two Palestinians were killed, and three were injured, when an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car, in the ash-Shaty’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City.

Seven more Palestinians, including two brothers and a pregnant woman, where injured the Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, when Israeli tanks fired a number of shells targeting homes and lands.

Child Injured, Four Kidnapped In Bethlehem

Saturday June 28, 2014 09:39 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian medical sources have reported, that a child was injured in the Deheishe refugee camp, in Bethlehem, on Saturday at dawn, and four Palestinians were kidnapped in the district, as dozens of soldiers invaded the camp, and other parts of Bethlehem.

Medical sources said a 15-year-old child was hit by fragmentation of a concussion grenade, fired by soldiers invading the camp, and was moved to the Beit Jala Hospital.

Several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and received treatment by local medics.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers broke into and ransacked several homes in the camp, and kidnapped two Palestinians identified as Nidal Naim Abu Aker, 47, and Shady Issa Ma’aly, 38.

In addition, several Israeli military jeeps invaded the Saff Street, in Bethlehem, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped one Palestinian, identified as Walid Mohammad al-Bostanji, 40.

Soldiers also invaded Mrah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem, and kidnapped Ahmad Qassem ash-Sheikh, 40, and breaking into his home and violently searching it.

Israeli Police Attacks Nonviolent Protesters In Umm al-Fahm

Saturday June 28, 2014 01:15 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

As dozens of nonviolent protesters marched, on Friday, in support of Palestinian political prisoners, in Umm al-Fahm Arab town in historic Palestine, Israeli policemen and undercover forces attacked them, firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at them, causing several injuries.

Arab Member of Knesset, Afo Agbaria, was mildly injured when a concussion grenade struck him in the chest.

The protesters marched, carrying Palestinian flags, and chanted in support of Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, and also chanted against the ongoing Israeli violations against the detainees, and ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people.

The police fired several gas bombs and concussion grenades before attacking the protesters with batons, causing several injuries and, finally, kidnapping several protesters.

Arab Member of Knesset (MK), chairperson of the Hadash Party (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality), Mohammad Barakeh, stated that the attack, by the police and undercover forces, was planned, especially since the undercover forces deliberately targeted MK Agbaria.

Related: Forces Suppress Weekly Marches in Ramallah, Bethlehem

Two Palestinians Killed, Three Injured, As Army Bombards Gaza

Saturday June 28, 2014 00:30 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinians have been killed, and three others injured, when an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car, in the ash-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City.

The sources said that Osama al-Hassoumy, 29, and Mohammad al-Faseeh, 24, from Sheikh Radwan neighborhood northwest of Gaza city, were killed, and three Palestinians were injured.

The severely mutilated and burnt remains of the slain Palestinians, and the wounded residents, have all been moved to the Shifa Hospital, west of Gaza.
The attack took place near the home of senior Hamas leader, Ismael Haniyya.

The Salah Ed-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, said that the two slain Palestinians are both members of its ranks. Both are from Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

In addition, the Israeli army fired four artillery shells into the eastern areas of Khan Younis.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli drones can still be seen and heard flying over the area, and are causing interruption of all wireless, and TV services.

Earlier on Friday, two children and a pregnant woman, were among seven Palestinians injured in Israeli shelling targeting Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Child, Pregnant Woman, Among Seven Injured in Israeli Bombardment

Friday June 27, 2014 12:09 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Gaza - Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Friday, that seven Palestinians, including a child and a pregnant woman, have been injured when the Israeli army fired artillery shells into Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qodra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, stated that the seven Palestinians, including an eleven-year old child, and the pregnant woman, were wounded were the soldiers fired several shells into a neighborhood east of Khuza’a town.

He added that the wounded Palestinians were moved to the Algerian Hospital and the Gaza-European European Hospital.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli shells also struck several homes and two mosques, causing excessive property damage.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army alleged that an explosive charge detonated near a military vehicle driving close to the border fence, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The army said the explosive caused damage to the vehicle, but no injuries, and that the soldiers fired a number of artillery shells into the area.

Forces Suppress Weekly Marches in Ramallah, Bethlehem

Friday June 27, 2014 23:04 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

Israeli soldiers attacked a weekly march against the occupation and settlements in Nabi Saleh, on Friday. Another weekly march was attacked in Bilin, and yet another in the village of al-Maasara, in Bethlehem.

A weekly march beginning at al-Shuhadaa square, in the center of Nabi Saleh, took place in Palestine today, in which dozens of local residents, foreigners and other activists participated with chants against the Israeli occupation, it illegal settlements and the silence of the international community, as they called for national unity among Palestinians.

Clashes erupted after Israeli forces suppressed the march using tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets, Ma'an News Agency has reported. A number of youth responded by throwing rocks at the soldiers.

Dozens reportedly choked the gas, while some were injured by rubber-coated bullets, as randomly fired tear-gas canisters set fire to nearby lands.

Soldiers inside declared it a military zone and sealed off the entrance.

Meanwhile, in Bilin (Ramallah), Ma'an further reports that dozens of Palestinians and foreigners were also injured and choked on tear gas when Israeli forces suppressed during a similar march, as demonstartors approached the apartheid wall.

Another weekly march was attacked in al-Maasara village in Bethlehem, where protesters marched in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including Ayman Itbeish, who has reportedly been on hunger strike for more than 100 days.

For detailed info on Israeli attacks on non-violent protests, see the PCHR Weekly Report:

Jerusalem Refugee Camp

Friday June 27, 2014 22:08 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

Further attacks reported from al-Aqsa

Yesterday, an Israeli bulldozer demolished a mosque that was erected in a refugee camp located in occupied East Jerusalem. Violations against the Palestinian Muslim community continued in the region with attacks on a woman, a child and an elderly at al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to the spokesman of the camp, Thaer Fasfous, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem ordered bulldozers to demolish al-Rebat mosque in the Shuafat refugee camp, located next to an Israeli military checkpoint and a section of the massive apartheid wall which courses in and around the West Bank region.

He added, in a statement to Al Ray, that the building had been used by drug users, in the past, but that it was converted into a mosque, in the attempt to make it into a holy place.

Israeli forces destroyed the mosque to turn the area into a trash pit.

The PNN further reports that, on the same day, special forces took an elderly Palestinian man from the al-Aqsa mosque compound and transferred him to an interrogation center in Jerusalem.

Also on Thursday, Ziad Abu Rahal, a Palestinian student from the city of Nazareth, was arrested while trying to prevent Israeli settlers from storming the compound. Two days ago, soldiers attacked a woman and a child in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, after around 80 Israeli settlers raided the compound with the support of Israeli Police.

According to an eyewitness in the area, the Israeli army assaulted a teacher, Randa Abu- Sneineh, and her student, Meslah Naser Shhadeh, upon which they were transferred to a nearby hospital.

The day before, Israeli forces arrested four children between the ages of 11 and 14, for flying a kite made with a plastic bag.

The so-called "Temple Mount" group has called for a general campaign against al-Aqsa as Ramadan approaches.

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