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Palestine: Houses destroyed, two fishermen wounded, hundreds prisoners go on hunger strike & arrests

IOF destroys house in Beit Hanina, confiscates land in Bethlehem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished on Monday morning Tantash family’s house in Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, under the pretext of being built without permit.

The IOF has surrounded the house and prevented residents from approaching it and blocked the roads leading to the neighborhood to prevent journalists from reaching the scene.

Wadi al-Hilweh Information Center stated that 12 family members are living in the house in an area of ​​about 130 square meters, noting that the home was built before 12 years.

The center said that the house’s owner is physically disabled, noting that the house is considered a shelter for two families.

The statement emphasized that the demolition process was implemented without previous notification, warning against an Israeli scheme to demolish the whole neighborhood in favor of a settler road No. 21.

Meanwhile, occupation authorities notified Palestinians from the village of Nahalin in Bethlehem district south of the occupied West Bank of their intention to confiscate their lands, while settlers have opened wastewater into dozens of acres of agricultural land.

Chairman of the village council confirmed that the Israeli authorities have notified the villagers of the intended confiscation of ​​35 dunums of agricultural land in four different areas in order to expand the settlements of “Betar Illit” and “Nabi Daniel.”

He pointed out that the settlers opened wastewater, three days ago, towards olive trees over an area of ​​350 dunums.


Jewish settlers attack Palestinian civilian property in Salfit village

SALFIT, (PIC)– Jewish settlers went on the rampage before dawn Monday in Yasuf village, Salfit province, the local mayor Hafedh Abaya said.

He said that the settlers punctured the tires of three cars, which were parking in front of their owners homes, and wrote racist slogans on the walls of houses.

The mayor pointed out that Israeli occupation forces raided the village at the same time and arrested 22-year-old Thaer Khalil after wreaking havoc on his family home.

He underlined that the IOF soldiers did nothing to stop the settlers’ rampage.


Two Palestinian fishermen wounded in Israeli navy shooting

GAZA, (PIC)– Two Palestinian fishermen were wounded at the hands of Israeli navy gunboats on Monday evening off the coasts of northern Gaza.

Field sources told the PIC reporter that the gunboats attacked a Palestinian fishing boat with five fishermen on board while sailing three nautical miles off the coast.

Medical sources in Shifa hospital described the fishermen’s injuries as moderate.

The Israeli occupation authorities had allowed Palestinian fishermen to fish six nautical miles off the coasts of Gaza Strip in accordance with the calm agreement signed with Egyptian mediation and patronage last 22nd November, but the agreement did not live long due to continued IOA violations.


Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strike

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Around 800 Palestinian prisoners started on Tuesday a hunger strike in the Israeli prisons of Eshel, Nafha, and Raymon in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Israeli jails.

The Palestinian prisoners society said in a statement that the strike is meant to pressure the Israeli prison service for its procrastination in meeting their demands.

The prisoners, who went on hunger strike, are affiliated with four Palestinian factions: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Popular Front, and Democratic Front.


Israeli prison guards beat, arrest mother of prisoner

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli prison guards beat the mother of prisoner Haithem Al-Batat during a visit to her son in Raymon jail on Monday afternoon.

Sources close to the 55-year-old mother said that she was beaten then taken to a detention center with no reason given.

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested Haithem Al-Batat, from Daheria town south of Al-Khalil, eight years ago.

Batat, 30, was sentenced to two life sentences plus 30 years for affiliation with Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, and for launching operations against the IOF.

Batat, the only son of the family, was arrested in a special IOF operation after six years of chase. IOF soldiers blasted the house in which he was entrenched and he miraculously survived.


Two students arrested on return from Umra

Ramallah, (PIC)– Two Palestinian students were arrested on their return from Saudi Arabia, where they performed Umra or minor pilgrimage, to the West Bank on Monday evening.

Local sources said that Israeli intelligence detained Mohammed Zakarne, 23, and Mohammed Nazzal, 24, at the Karame bridge linking the West Bank to Jordan.

They said that intelligence agents separated the two students, from Jenin province, from the Umra convoy members and questioned them before taking them in.

The sources said that the intelligence informed families of the two students, at the Arab American University, that both young men were in custody.

In another incident, Israeli police claimed that two Palestinians were arrested in Tel Aviv on Monday night for having a pipe bomb in their possession.

The police said that the two young men were arrested at the central bus station in Tel Aviv.


IOF soldiers arrest teen over alleged assault attempt

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian teenager near Kiryat Arba settlement, east of Al-Khalil, on Monday afternoon for attempted assault on soldiers.

The IOF story said that the 18-year-old youth brandished a knife in front of the soldiers then threw it away before he was arrested and taken to an interrogation center near Al-Khalil city.

IOF soldiers have recently escalated detention of young men and women near the Ibrahimi mosque at the alleged attempt to assault soldiers or for just having “sharp tools” in their possession.


IOF arrests 11 citizens at Hawara roadblock

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 11 Palestinian citizens at the Hawara roadblock, south of Nablus, on Monday night.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC that big numbers of IOF soldiers at the checkpoint ambushed citizens in between the olive trees and arrested anyone approaching.

They said that the soldiers fired teargas at participants in a demonstration that was organized in Nablus city and headed to Hawara in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails, adding that dozens of civilians suffered breathing difficulty.


Gov’t: Re-arresting freed captives blatant violation of the agreement

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian government in Gaza lashed out at the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) for re-arresting Palestinian ex-prisoners who were freed in the prisoners’ exchange deal.

Dr. Attala Abul Sabh charged in a statement on Monday that the IOA act was an atrocious violation of the exchange agreement and an additional proof of its constant breaches of international doctrines and agreements.

He said that the IOA decision that allows the re-arrest of those captives at the pretext of secret files against them, then forcing them to complete their former sentences constituted a grave atrocity.

Abul Sabh noted that the IOA had re-arrested 14 prisoners who were freed in the Wafa Al-Ahrar deal and is still holding 8 of them behind bars including Samer Al-Issawi who has been on hunger strike for 210 days and Ayman Sharawne who has been on hunger strike for 220 days protesting their detention.

The minister urged the world community to pressure Israel into ending its repeated violations against Palestinian captives.


Report: IOF nabbed 128 Palestinians last week

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A report by Hamas movement in the West Bank on Monday said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 128 Palestinian citizens in the past week.

The report noted that the IOF for the second week running focused on Hamas cadres and supporters.

It said that most of the arrests were made in occupied Jerusalem with 35 civilians rounded up followed by Ramallah, 23, and Nablus 22.

The remaining arrestees were taken from Jenin, Bethlehem, Al-Khalil, Qalqilia, Salfit, Tulkarem, and Tobas.

The reported noted that a female student was among the detainees while 30 were minors in the age category 13-18.


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