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Headlines From Palestine: July 5, 2015

Hamas Reopens Gaza Offices Of Mobile Provider After Illegal Closure

The Palestinian phone company Jawwal on Sunday reopened its offices and showrooms across the Gaza Strip less than a week after they were closed by Hamas over accusations of tax dodging.

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Israeli Occupation Navy Opens Fire On Gaza Fishermen

Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen in several locations off the coast of the Gaza Strip with no injuries reported, witnesses said.

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Israeli Extremists Attack Palestinian Vehicles In Jerusalem, Injure Woman

A Palestinian woman was injured Saturday evening when right-wing extremists threw stones at Palestinian vehicles in occupied East Jerusalem.

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Israeli Occupation Troops Targeted Journalists With Teargas

Israeli soldiers last Thursday targeted journalists working for Jordan’s Ro’ya TV with teargas while they were covering a peaceful Palestinian demonstration near Jaba, a village north of Jerusalem.

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Israeli Occupation Committed 184 Violations Against Holy Sites In Two Months

At least 184 violations by Israeli authorities against the holy sites in East Jerusalem and Hebron were reported in the recent two months, Sunday reported Yousef Id’ies, Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs.

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Israeli Occupation Navy Opens Fire On Gaza Fishermen

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen in several locations off the coast of the Gaza Strip with no injuries reported, witnesses said. Fishermen said their fishing boats came under fire off the coast of al-Waha northwest of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Separately, Israeli forces fired at Gaza fishermen off the coast of Sudaniyya northwest of Gaza City, as well as off the coast near Sheikh Ijlein in the central Gaza Strip.No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli forces fired warning shots into the air after the boats had “deviated from the designated fishing zone,” but was unable to elaborate on how far from shore the vessels were at the time of the incident.Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian fisherman and farmers since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip.In May alone, there were a total of 51 incidents of shootings, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.This included 41 shootings, which left nine injured, including one minor.The attacks come despite Israeli promises at the end of the ceasefire to ease restrictions on Palestinian access to both the sea and the border region near the “security buffer zone.”


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Israeli Occupation Forces Open Fire At Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, forcing fishermen to flee the area in fear for their lives, a local union said.The union also reported that Israeli forces confiscated eight fishing nets late Thursday. The report comes as several Palestinian fishermen have been detained this month, and three have been shot dead by Israeli forces since September.Risk of death or detention by Israeli forces is compounded by ongoing harassment and interference with their work from Israeli naval forces who frequently confiscate boats and fishing materials, according to documentation by the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Friday’s incident.In a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas last summer, Israel agreed to expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore and to continue to expand the area gradually, however fishermen are routinely stopped within the zone.Near-daily confrontation with Israeli naval forces come as many Gazan residents are food insecure, and over 90 percent of Palestinians working in the fishing industry live below the poverty line in Gaza, the Secretary-general of the Union of Fishermen told Ma’an.


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Headlines From Palestine: June 4, 2014

 

Israeli occupation navy has taken 3-5 Gaza fisherman captive today. This is in addition to the 10 they captured Monday & Wednesday.


Israeli Air Strikes Hit Gaza Before Dawn

Israeli warplanes attacked multiple targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, witnesses and Palestinian security sources said.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 11 Palestinians From West Bank Districts

Israeli forces detained early Thursday eleven Palestinians from West Bank districts, said security sources and detainees’ families.

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Elderly Palestinian Suffers Heart Attack During Israeli Occupation Raid In West Bank

An elderly Palestinian woman Thursday suffered a heart attack after as Israeli forces raided her family’s home in al-Samou‘ town to the south of Hebron.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Level Private Palestinian Land Near Hebron, West Bank

Israeli forces leveled land, uprooted trees and soiled water wells in the southern West Bank town of Surif northwest of Hebron Thursday morning

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Headlines From Palestine: June 3, 2015

Israeli Occupation Takes Five Fishermen Captive, Shoots And Injures Farmer In Gaza

The Israeli navy on Wednesday arrested five Palestinian fishermen while sailing offshore the coast of Khan Younes, in southern Gaza Strip, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Arrests Eight Palestinians In West Bank Raids

Israeli army on Wednesday arrested at least eight Palestinians during predawn search and arrest operations in multiple towns in the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

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Israeli Occupation Army Orders Construction On Four Palestinian Homes In Bethlehem To Stop

Israeli army on Tuesday notified local residents of Um Salmouna, a village located to the south of Bethlehem, to stop the construction of four houses, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Takes Five Fishermen Captive, Shoots And Injures Farmer In Gaza

KHAN YOUNES, June 3, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli navy on Wednesday arrested five Palestinian fishermen while sailing offshore the coast of Khan Younes, in southern Gaza Strip, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said a number of Israeli naval boats attacked the fishermen and arrested them. The five fishermen were taken to nearby Israeli Ashdod seaport by the navy.

Thje fishermen were identified as Mohammad Baker, Haitham Baker, Hassan Mahmoud Abu Sam’an, Hassan Abder-Rahman Abu Sam’an, and Mohammad Ali Morad.

Meanwhile, a farmer was injured by Israeli soldiers’ live bullets near the border east of Khan Younes.

The farmer, 22-year-old Farid Najjar, was injured with a bullet in the abdomen, and was transferred to hospital for medical treatment. His medical condition was described as moderate.

Israeli naval boats routinely open fire at Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-mile allowed zone for fishing as well as on farmlands along the borders, flagrantly violating the ceasefire deal.

Israel and the Palestinian factions signed a ceasefire deal on August 26, 2014 ending the latest 2014 summer deadly Israeli onslaught on Gaza which claimed the lives of over 2,200 people, overwhelmingly civilians.

Under the ceasefire deal, Israel was to immediately ease the blockade imposed on the strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.

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Headlines From Palestine: May 27, 2015

Israeli Occupation Jet Fighters Launch Series Of Airstrikes Across Gaza

Israeli jet fighters launched a series of airstrikes last night across the Gaza Strip,

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Israeli Occupation Arrests 12 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli authorities on Wednesday arrested at least 11 Palestinians, mostly during predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Jenin and Hebron, in addition to a youth in Jerusalem, according to local sources.

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3 Palestinian Children Shot In The Eye In 7 Months By Israeli Occupation Forces

The 10-year-old child, Yahia Al-Amoodi, on Wednesday was the third child during the last 7 months to be shot in the eye by Israeli black-tipped sponge bullets, which are used against Jerusalemite civilians regularly.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Home in Jerusalem

The Israeli authorities on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the neighborhood of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Army Closes Entrances Of 2 Palestinian Towns Refusing Entry/Exit Holding Them Captive

Israeli army on Wednesday blocked off the main entrances of two Palestinian towns to the east of Nablus, preventing residents’ movements in and out of the towns, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Chase, Shoot And Injure 4 Palestinians In West Bank

Four Palestinian workers Tuesday were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in an Israeli army chase  near the village of Azzun Atma, near Qalqilya, according to security sources.

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