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Palestine: Issawi suffers nerve paralysis, citizen dies of serious injuries, wounded in clashes & arrests

Report: Issawi suffers nerve paralysis

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The commission of detainees and ex-detainees said that Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi suffered nerve paralysis following a sharp decline in his health condition.

Spokesman for the commission Nasr Abu Foul stated in a press release on Saturday that letting the health status of Issawi decline to this serious level is an Israeli war crime.

Abu Foul added that Israel’s refusal to respond to the demands of the hunger strikers is a kind of organized terrorism aimed at pressuring them to give up their just demands and protests.

He called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the Palestinian hunger strikers, affirming that the stated UN concern over their lives is not enough and there is need to take tangible measures to end their suffering.

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Palestinian citizen dies of serious injuries in ordnance explosion

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian young man has died of serious wounds sustained in the explosion of an ordnance south of the Gaza Strip a week ago.

Medical sources said on Friday that Othman Al-Abed, 25, died on Thursday night of serious wounds suffered in the explosion of an ordinance in Qarara town to the north east of Khan Younis.

Three Palestinians were injured in that explosion the wounds of which were described as very serious.

Three children were similarly wounded on Thursday morning in Beit Hanun while a fourth child was declared dead after suffering critical wounds in a similar explosion two days earlier.

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IOF soldiers nab seven Palestinians including two in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up seven Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday night and at dawn Saturday.

Local sources in Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, said that IOF soldiers arrested five youngsters after a large-scale search operation in various suburbs at dawn Saturday.

They said that three of them were minors, the youngest 14-year-old, and the two others were teenagers.

The IOF soldiers had detained dozens of the village’s minors and young men over the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers nabbed two Palestinian boys in central Gaza Strip on Friday night.

Locals told Quds Press that the soldiers arrested the two boys while burning electricity wires to extract copper from them east of Breij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.

They said that the soldiers advanced into central Gaza and took away the two boys blindfolded and handcuffed.

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IOA isolates two minors in Megiddo jail

SALFIT, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) isolated two minors from Zawiya village in Salfit province over the past few days.

The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said in a press release on Saturday that Walid Shuqair, 16, and Adnan Aboudi, 17, were held in solitary confinement after last week’s events in Megiddo jail.

It said that the IOA decided to hold them in isolation without giving any reason, adding that their relatives are afraid of what might become of them after they heard no word from them since then.

The center said that the IOA holds 200 children in its jails and treats them as ordinary prisoners as far as penalties, visits, and court hearings are concerned.

The center charged the IOA with torturing those prisoners and blackmailing them into working as informants.

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Eight Palestinian youths wounded in clashes in Issawiya

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Violent clashes erupted on Friday evening in Issawiya town, northern the occupied city of Jerusalem, between Palestinian citizens and Israeli soldiers that resulted in wounding eight young men.

The Israeli occupation forces stormed the town from its eastern and western entrances and demolished, for the 24th time, the protest tent erected near a mosque in the center of the town in solidarity with hunger striking prisoner Samer al-Issawi.

The Israeli troops also raided the house of a Palestinian family and attacked its inhabitants.

Information Center in Wadi al-Hilweh reported that during the clashes the villagers threw stones, empty bottles and fireworks at the occupation soldiers injuring two of them, while the forces have been randomly firing stun grenades and rubber bullets at the houses and youths, injuring six of them.

The confrontations took place following the end of the solidarity march that was launched from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood toward the village in solidarity with the Jerusalemite hunger striking captive Samer al-Issawi.

The participants in the march raised al-Issawi’s photos, and chanted slogans condemning the occupation and the Prison Service administration.

Dozens of citizens closed the main road at the western entrance to the town with stones and garbage containers, to prevent the occupation forces from breaking into the area.

Meanwhile; Jerusalemite Students Union, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and other Jerusalemite institutions organized a festival in solidarity with al-Issawi and all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in the headquarters of the Red Cross in Jerusalem.

The citizens in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, northern the Old City of Jerusalem, performed Friday prayers near the house of the family of Ayoub Shamasneh, which extremist settlement associations have been threatening to seize it by the end of the month.

Sheikh Ismail Khatib, head of the Committee against the Wall in Jerusalem, called on the Jerusalemites to support Shamasneh family, denouncing the settlers’ attempts to seize their house.

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IOF attack Palestinians in Jenin, injure dozens of them

JENIN, (PIC)– More than 50 Palestinian young men sustained injuries during clashes on Friday with Israeli troops in Yabud town south of Jenin city, and at the Jalama checkpoint to the north of the city.

Eyewitnesses said that dozens of young men suffered from tear gas suffocation following an Israeli security raid in Maloul area of Yabud town.

Citizens said the Israeli occupation forces started to provoke the feelings of the Palestinian residents in the area and interrogated some of them on the streets, prompting dozens of young men to throw stones at the soldiers who responded by firing tear gas grenades.

Other clashes also broke out at the Jalama checkpoint between young men, who rallied in support of prisoners, and soldiers, according to local sources.

More than 15 young men were taken prisoners and 30 others suffered tear gas injuries during the confrontations.

Israeli soldiers from the Jalama checkpoint used their vehicles to chase the young men and physically assaulted two of them, one was in a wheelchair.

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