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Palestine: Two brothers seriously wounded in explosion of ordnance & land confiscation, demolitions continue

Two Palestinian brothers seriously wounded in explosion of ordnance

GAZA, (PIC)– Two Palestinian brothers were seriously wounded when an Israeli army ordnance blasted near them in Gaza city on Tuesday night, medical sources said.

They said that the two brothers, both of whom are minors, were carried to Shifa hospital, adding that the explosion took place in Sheikh Radwan suburb.

The younger brother, 5-year-old Emad, was hit with shrapnel in his head and underwent an urgent surgery after which he was transferred to ICU in critical condition, the sources said.

They added that his elder brother, 15-year-old Younis, had both his hands amputated and also underwent urgent surgeries.

A number of Palestinians were killed or wounded in the explosion of such ordnances despite the repeated interior ministry warnings to keep away from any suspicious object.

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New Israeli plan to seize 120 dunums of Palestinian land north of J’lem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Islamic Christian commission for patronizing Jerusalem and holy sites revealed an Israeli plan to annex 120 dunums of land in Shuafat and Beit Hanina town north of occupied Jerusalem in order to build roads connecting settlements.

In a press release on Wednesday, the commission said that Israel’s settlement expansion and its appropriation of Palestinian lands violate its obligations under the roadmap plan and the Annapolis agreement.

It added that Israel’s transfer of its settlers to live in the Palestinian territories under its occupation is also a violation of the fourth Geneva convention and the relevant provisions of the international customary law.

“The unilateral actions that are practiced by Israel have caused fundamental changes in the geography of Jerusalem city and its demographical nature, in violation of the UN resolutions, 181, 194 and 303, and the subsequent decisions which prohibits making changes to the population and the occupied land, including Jerusalem, and illegalizes all settlements and its expansion,” the commission underlined.

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Israeli court orders demolition of Jerusalemite home

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Nabelsi family living in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem has received an Israeli court decision ordering the demolition of its house at the pretext of lack of construction permit.

Abla Al-Nabelsi, a widow and owner of the house, told the PIC on Wednesday that her husband Adel Al-Nabelsi built the house back in 1994 in Akbat Al-Saraya neighborhood in the Old City.

She said that the Israeli municipality filed a lawsuit against her husband because of construction without permit and imposed on him a fine of 500 shekels a month, which he continued to pay monthly until his death on the first day of this year.

She said that municipality teams sent her the municipality court’s decision to raze her 50-square-meter home a couple of days ago.

Abla said that the family was quick to ask for a restriction order from the court freezing the demolition decision, which she described as “oppressive”.

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IOF soldiers demolish shop in Al-Khalil, kidnap five children for few hours

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) destroyed a Palestinian shop in Ramadin village, south of Al-Khalil, on Tuesday night and arrested a young man in the aftermath of ensuing clashes.

Palestinian security sources told Quds Press that the vegetable shop was owned by Nawafa Al-Dhaghaghma, adding that villagers engaged the troops after the destruction of his shop.

The sources said that the soldiers arrested Mohammed Nayef Zagharna and wounded another man in the confrontations.

Meanwhile, IOF troops were deployed in the Old City of Al-Khalil on Tuesday night and nabbed five children.

Locals said that the children were handed to the Palestinian liaison office a few hours later.

They said that the soldiers stormed a number of suburbs in the city after midnight Tuesday and withdrew by dawn Wednesday. IOF units set up roadblocks at the entrance of Fawar refugee camp and Dhaheriya and Halhul towns in Al-Khalil and searched passing vehicles and passengers.

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IOA bulldozers level land near Salfit village

SALFIT, (PIC)– Israeli bulldozers continued to level land of Rafat village, to the west of Salfit, in preparation for establishing a new settlement outpost.

Mohammed Ayyash, the head of the popular committee against settlement and the wall in the village, said that the Israeli occupation authorities were bulldozing land beyond the separation wall in an area called the Blue Mountain.

He said that inhabitants in Rafat own this land and have documents to prove their ownership claim.

Ayyash said that the area is not in the proximity of any settlement, which means that it was being bulldozed to prepare for the establishment of a new settlement outpost.

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