2 Palestinian Children Killed in a Terrorist
Israeli Air Strike on Gaza, Scores Injured in the West Bank
March 13, 2016
infant Yaseen Abu Khousa killed in an Israeli terrorist air
strike on Gaza, March 12, 2016 imemc
||19 Palestinians injured by
Israeli occupation soldiers' fire at a protest in Abu Dis, East
Jerusalem, March 12, 2016 imemc
Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee member
Palestinian fishing boat attacked by Israeli naval terrorists
inside Gaza port
Hours After Her Brother Was Killed In Israeli Bombardment;
Child Dies Of Her Wounds In Gaza
Saturday March 12, 2016 15:07 by IMEMC News
The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported, Saturday, that
a child, six years of age, who was seriously injured after the Israeli
Air Force fired a missile into their home in northern Gaza, killing her
brother, died of her serious wounds.
The Ministry said the child, Issraa’ Suleiman Abu Khousa, only six
years of age, died of her serious wounds in the Indonesian Hospital, In
Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the besieged and impoverished Gaza
Yaseen Sulayman Abu Khousa, only 10 years of age, was instantly
killed after the Israeli army bombarded the family home.
other brother, Ayyoub, 13 years of age, suffered moderate wounds.
"I was sleeping in the other room, my kids and their mom were
sleeping in this room, then I heard the blast, and rushed to their
room," The father said, "My boy was instantly killed, drowning in his
own blood; my daughter was very seriously injured."
His other son
said the family was sleeping when the Israeli missile struck their home,
and that when he looked at his brother and sister, he found them heavily
bleeding from their heads and various parts of their bodies.
Israeli Air Force also fired three missiles into Falasteen and Asqalan
bases, run by the al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in
addition to Fayez Abu Jarad base, in central Gaza, and the Sourani
Mountain area, east of Gaza city.
Child Killed, His Sister And Brother Seriously Injured, As
Israeli Air Force Bombards Gaza
Saturday March 12, 2016 09:16 by IMEMC News
The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Saturday at dawn, a series of
airstrikes targeting different areas in the Gaza Strip, killing a child
and seriously wounding his sister, and his brother, after an Israeli
missile directly struck their home.
Medical sources in Gaza said
the slain child has been identified as Yassin Suleiman Abu Khousa, only
10 years of age, and said that his sister, Irsaa’, 6, and his brother
Ayyoub, 13, were injured in the Israeli attack.
The sources said
the children were in their home, near a building that was targeted by
the Israeli Air Force with at least one missile in Beit Lahia, in the
northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Medics and rescue teams rushed
to the scene, and moved the wounded siblings to the Indonesian Hospital,
in Beit Lahia.
Israeli war jets also fired, at least, one
missile into an area, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing
damage to several homes.
Two Israeli missiles were also fired in
the Zeitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City, and struck an open
area, in the Sourani Mountain area.
The Israeli army claimed its
bombardment of the Gaza Strip came in retaliation for four rockets,
reportedly fired from the coastal area, into areas south of the country.
It said that sirens were sounded in the Negev town of Sderot and
Sha’ar HaNegev settlement, adding that the missiles "landed and
detonated in open areas, causing no damage or injuries."
Navy Attacks Fishermen Off Gaza Shore
Saturday March 12, 2016 16:41 by IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli naval boats, Saturday, targeted Palestinian fishermen’s boats
with several missiles, despite sailing within the
unilaterally-designated allowed fishing zone offshore, to the northwest
of Gaza City.
WAFA correspondence said that soldiers fired at
least six missiles at Palestinian fishermen’s boats, despite sailing
within the six-nautical-mile allowed fishing zone. The current
six-nautical-mile fishing zone falls drastically short of the twenty
nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen in the 1993
The attack caused severe damages to three boats, whereas no injuries
were reported among fishermen who were forced to leave the sea, for fear
of being injured, killed, or detained.
The Israeli navy targets
Gaza fishermen and farmers along the borderline on an almost daily
basis, in a blatant breach
of a ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and armed
Palestinian groups in August of 2014, following 51 days of bloody
aggression on the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of over 2.200
Palestinians, most of whom were civilians.
According to the
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
(PCHR), all Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen have taken
place within the distance of six nautical miles, which it said “proves
that Israeli forces' policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza
Strip's fishermen and their livelihoods.”
Israel has imposed a
tightened blockade since 2007 after Hamas won the democratic legislative
election and took over power in the Strip.
19 Palestinians Injured In Abu Dis
Saturday March 12, 2016 11:58 by IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday evening, Abu Dis town, east of
occupied Jerusalem, and clashed with dozens of local youths, wounding
nineteen Palestinians, including one who was shot in his eye.
Bassam Bahar, head of the Abu Dis Lands Defence Committee, said the
several Israeli military vehicles invaded the town and fired dozens of
gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.
The Red Crescent
Society said 19 Palestinians were injured, four of them with
rubber-coated steel bullets, including one who was shot in the eye, and
fifteen others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
Palestinians were also injured at the northern entrance of the West Bank
city of Bethlehem, during clashes with Israeli soldiers.
sources said some of the wounded were shot with rubber-coated steel
bullets, and many others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Ramallah, Kidnap Two Near
Saturday March 12, 2016 02:06 by IMEMC & Agencies
Two Palestinians have been injured Friday, and dozens suffered the
effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers invaded Silwad,
east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The army invaded the al-Jalazoun
refugee camp, and clashed with many Palestinians, wounding three.
Clashes also took place near the Ofer detention center.
large military force gathered near Settlement Road #60, close to Silwad
town, before dozens of soldiers invaded the Shuhada Street, and were
deployed between many homes, to ambush the protesters.
soldiers fired many gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets, and
sponge-tipped bullets, wounding two Palestinians with sponge-tipped
bullets from a very close range.
The army also fired many gas
bombs on the protesters, and towards a number of homes in the town,
causing dozens of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
In related news, the soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp,
north of Ramallah, and fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets,
wounding three Palestinians, while many suffered the effects of teargas
Clashes also took place near the Ofer Israeli
detention center and military base; the soldiers fired many gas bombs on
the protesters, who managed to throw some of those gas bombs back on the
troops. Many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
On Friday evening, the soldiers invaded Qabatia town, south of
Jenin, and installed a roadblock, closing the town’s main road, before
kidnapping two young Palestinian men.
The soldiers stopped and
searched dozens of cars, and examined the ID cards of the passengers
while interrogating some of them.
Ashrawi Meets with US Officials, Tell them About Israeli
Brutality and Gaza Siege
Saturday March 12, 2016 17:39 by IMEMC News & Agencies
This week, PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi conducted
a series of meetings in Washington D.C., and accompanied by Palestinian
Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief Representative of the General
Delegation of the PLO to the U.S.
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Ashrawi first met with Anne
Patterson, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Near East Affairs, Frank
Lowenstein, Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, Chris
Henzel, Director of Israel-Palestinian Affairs, and Andrew Lederman,
Political Officer of Israel-Palestinian Affairs.
according to the PNN, discussed the latest political developments, and
in the context of multilateral engagement. Dr. Ashrawi emphasized the
importance of American support of the French initiative to organize an
international peace conference.
In order for the conference to
succeed, Dr. Ashrawi said that there must be clearly defined objectives,
a concrete basis from which to begin, and a binding timeframe.
She also provided a brief assessment of the deteriorating conditions on
the ground in Gaza, and stressed that the illegal siege of Gaza must
end, and there needs to be a national unity government that has full
control of Gaza.
In a separate meeting, Dr. Ashrawi met with
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), and briefed him and his staff on
Israel’s willful efforts to destroy the two-state solution, including
illegal settlement activities, settler violence and terrorism,
extra-judicial killings, the withholding of Palestinian remains, home
demolitions, the arbitrary detention of Palestinian men, women and
children, unlawful actions at the Al-Haram al-Sharif, and settler
attacks against Christian and Muslim holy sites, among other violations.
Dr. Ashrawi and Senator Gordon discussed the role of the U.S.
Congress, and she stressed that there should be more voices in Congress
to stand up for what is morally right and to work to end the military
She also raised the issue of the $159 million in
fiscal year 2015 US assistance to the Palestinians currently being held
by Congress Representatives Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ed Royce (R-CA); she
urged Senator Merkley’s staff to coordinate with other Senate
Appropriations offices in a bipartisan effort to pressure House
Republicans to release the funds.
In her final meeting, Dr.
Ashrawi met with Rob Malley, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama
and White House Coordinator for MENA, and Steven Galpern, National
Security Council Director of Israeli-Palestinian Affairs.
meeting, which focused on the latest political developments in Palestine
and the escalation of Israeli violations, Dr. Ashrawi asked for American
support of future Palestinian initiatives calling for the United Nations
to take a more significant role in ending the occupation and
safeguarding the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.
The discussion also focused on the issue of incitement, and Dr. Ashrawi
stressed that the occupation is the ultimate form of incitement and that
incitement comes directly from Israeli government officials who are
never held accountable:
“Israeli incitement is a constant barrage
of hateful language that dehumanizes the victim, and it frequently comes
from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Dr. Ashrawi also emphasized that Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian officials remain committed to
nonviolent resistance of the occupation, and to working towards peace
and justice on behalf of the Palestinians.
On March 12, Dr.
Ashrawi will speak at the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund-Washington
D.C. Chapter’s Second Annual Hope and Healing Gala in Vienna, Virginia.