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Gaza Under Tight Israeli-Egyptian Siege, More Palestinians Killed and Injured, Israel Denies Islamic Burials to the Murdered Muslims

December 5, 2015 


Muslim worshippers prostrating during prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds, Jerusalem Thousands of angry Palestinians tried on Friday evening to break into Rafah border crossing gate in protest against Egypt’s tight restrictions at the crossing, December 4, 2015 pic
Around 42 Palestinians were injured Friday evening as Israeli Occupation Forces opened their gunfire at Palestinian protesters near the border fence east of Gaza, December 4, 2015 pic Two marches were organized in occupied Jerusalem on Friday afternoon in protest against Israel's holding of slain Palestinians’ bodies, December 4, 2015 pic


Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher calls for delivery of bodies of slain Palestinians

December 4, 2015, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--

The preacher of the Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Yousef Abu Snene, called in his Friday sermon (Khutba) on Israel to deliver the bodies of slain Palestinians to their families to be buried in accordance with Islamic Sharia.

He said that the Palestinians in their native holy city ‘Jerusalem’ are suffering a lot and have been targeted in their homes and means of sustenance.

The Sheikh pointed to the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes, the latest of which was that of martyr Ibrahim Akkari, which was done in broad daylight and in front of TV cameras in the presence of thousands of heavily-armed soldiers.

The Aqsa Mosque is daily defiled, settlers desecrate its courtyards and soldiers assault worshipers and arrest them at will with no one in the world doing anything to condemn and stop such practices, the preacher went on.

He did not forget to mention the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and how they are deprived of basic and simple rights in captivity.

Sheikh Yousef addressed the congregation saying, “Look at the people of al-Quds … how they are suffering in their daily life due to the enemy’s tightening the noose on their businesses … imposing taxes and fines, draining their resources, and erecting barriers”.

Thousands of Palestinians attended the Friday Khutba in the holy site amidst tight Israeli military measures in various areas of occupied Jerusalem.

Jerusalemite marches call for the release of Palestinians’ bodies


Two marches were organized in occupied Jerusalem on Friday afternoon in protest against Israel's holding of slain Palestinians’ bodies.

Angry protesters marched in Qalandia refugee camp while chanting slogans calling for the release of the bodies of five Palestinians who were shot and killed by Israeli forces in the refugee camp.

Israeli forces opened fire at the demonstrators once they reached Qalandia military checkpoint. No injuries were reported during the attack.

A similar march was organized in Shufat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem in protest against the Israeli demolition policy and the refusal to return Palestinians’ bodies.

Following the march, violent clashes broke out at the entrance of the camp as IOF fired tear gas bombs at the protesters.

The participants responded by throwing stones and Molotov Cocktails at the soldiers.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinians participated in a march organized by Hamas Movement in Tulkarem in rejection to Israeli escalated crimes and violations.

The participants expressed their total support with the martyr Izz al-Din Faik Raddad’s family after Israeli forces brutally stormed their home on Friday morning.

Raddad was shot dead earlier on Thursday for allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack.

Slow, selective crossing process at Rafah crossing


Thousands of angry Palestinians tried on Friday evening to break into Rafah border crossing gate in protest against Egypt’s tight restrictions at the crossing.

Earlier Thursday, Egyptian authorities exceptionally opened Rafah border crossing with Gaza for two days in both directions after a closure that lasted for over three months consecutively which is the longest period in its history. 

Over the two days opening, only 389 passengers out of 25,000 residents, with humanitarian needs whose names are registered in the records of travel department, were allowed to pass through the crossing.

Since the early morning hours, thousands of Palestinian patients, students, and holders of foreign passports gathered outside the crossing gate waiting for their turn to travel.

However, only two buses were allowed to pass through the supposedly ‘open’ border terminal.

Spokesman for the Palestinian Interior Ministry strongly condemned the slow and selective crossing at the border.

The process is slow, unsatisfactory as some of the patients have been waiting for over 24 hours in order to cross the terminal, he said.

Rafah border crossing was closed for 318 days in 2015 including 105 days in a row. It was opened for just 19 days separately over the past 11 months. This too long closure caused a tragic humanitarian disaster in the besieged Gaza Strip. 

Dozens of injuries reported as IOF opens fire in Qalqilia


Dozens of injuries were reported as clashes broke out between Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and Palestinian youths in the Qalqilia village of Kafr Qaddum.

Local youths as well as foreign peace activists participated in the weekly anti-settlement march before Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstrators, locals told the PIC reporter.

The participants responded by throwing stones at the Israeli forces, the sources added.

Meanwhile, violent clashes erupted anew in Naqar neighborhood in the city of Qalqilia. The confrontations have been ongoing for several days as IOF continues to close the western entrance to the city.

Several citizens choked on tear gas during the clashes.

42 Palestinians injured in IOF shooting on Gaza


Around 42 Palestinians were injured Friday evening as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened their gunfire at Palestinian protesters near the border fence east of Gaza.

Spokesperson for the Palestinian health Ministry affirmed that 42 protesters were injured in the IOF shooting.

Eyewitnesses and medical sources said that 14 injuries were reported as Israeli soldiers stationed at Nahal Oz border crossing shot live rounds and tear gas bombs at Palestinian youths from Shijaiya neighborhood in Gaza City.

The injured were taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment of live shot wounds in their feet, the sources added.

Similar clashes broke out in Khan Younis, south of the besieged Strip, where ten people were injured with live shots while others suffered from effects of tear gas inhalation east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Seven other injuries were reported north of the Strip.

Since the outbreak of the Jerusalem Intifada two months ago, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces usually take place on Fridays near Gaza borders as youths protest Israel’s continued violations in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.  

Israeli navy attacks fishermen off Gaza coast

 GAZA, (PIC)--

The Israeli occupation navy on Friday morning opened machinegun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of al-Sudaniya and al-Waha areas, northwest of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses from the areas said that Israeli gunboats started at 05:30 in the morning to open fire sporadically at fishermen working inside Gaza waters, which forced them to go ashore.

Luckily, none of the fishermen was injured in the shootings.

The Israeli occupation army has carried out hundreds of gunfire attacks against Palestinian civilians in border areas and off the coast of Gaza since it accepted an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with the resistance on August 26, 2014.  

Palestinian youth killed after car-ramming attack


A Palestinian youth was shot dead after ramming his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers in Silwad town in Ramallah province on Friday evening.

The Hebrew website 0404 reported that two Israeli soldiers were injured when a young man rammed his car into them.

It said that other soldiers at the site fired at the young man and killed him.

Israeli army jeep comes under fire near Gaza

 GAZA, (PIC)--

An Israeli army jeep came under fire near the Gaza border fence on Friday evening but no casualties were reported.

The Hebrew radio said that the jeep was targeted in the eastern border of Gaza Strip.

Dozens of Palestinian young men were injured in confrontations in eastern Gaza earlier Friday with the Israeli occupation forces. 


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