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Palestine: Israeli bulldozers destroy thousands of dunums of cultivated land, arrests & fishermen wounded

Israeli bulldozers destroy thousands of dunums of cultivated land in the Naqab (Negev)

NEGEV, (PIC)– Israeli bulldozers have destroyed thousands of dunums of cultivated land belonging to Palestinians in the village of Wadi Naam in occupied southern Negev in 1948-occupied Palestine.

Police and occupation forces in large numbers, accompanied by a number of agricultural tractors stormed cultivated lands in the Bedouin village of Wadi Naam at down on Tuesday morning and started destroying crops in thousands of dunums planted with wheat, belonging to residents of the village, the village’s mayor confirmed.

The mayor told Quds press that the occupation authorities claimed that it is a governmental land seized by force by the Negev Bedouins, stressing that “it is a false claim.”

We are on this land before the establishment of this state, and history confirms that we have been here since hundreds or even thousands of years. We are not invaders, the occupation has seized our land by force, he explained.

He added that “the demolition and destruction processes were part of an Israeli deliberate policy to displace Palestinian Arab citizens from Negev,” stressing their adherence to their land despite the Israeli racist policies.

The mayor confirmed that the occupation authorities are planning to deport the village’s residents, about 14 thousand people, in order to seize their lands.

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IOF soldiers wound youth, arrest two others in Jenin village

JENIN, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Burqin village, west of Jenin, at a late night hour on Wednesday after surrounding the entire village and isolating it from the outside world.

Local sources said that the large-scale military operation started at night to arrest Samed Abul Haija, from Yamon village, who was hiding in Burqin after learning that the IOF was looking for him for the past four months.

They said that the soldiers were faced with a barrage of stones and empty bottles by citizens protesting his arrest.

The sources pointed out that the soldiers fired rubber bullets and gas and sonic bombs at the crowd injuring a young man in his thigh, who was taken to Jenin government hospital, while dozens others were treated for gas suffocation on the field.

The sources said that the soldiers also arrested Mohammed Al-Saadi, from Jenin refugee camp, in the same raid.

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Israeli forces arrest two Jerusalemite minors

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation soldiers stormed Silwan town, south of occupied Jerusalem, at dawn Thursday and nabbed two Palestinian boys.

The Wadi Hilwa information center said that the soldiers took 17-year-old Iyad Ruwaidi from his family home at 0500 am today.

It said that the soldiers summoned the boy’s mother also for interrogation at the Maskobeh detention center where her son is held.

The center said that the soldiers also took another child from Silwan but from another area, adding that 14-year-old Amir Al-Faroukh was taken to an interrogation center in Jabal Abu Ghunaim to the west of occupied Jerusalem.

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IOF soldiers arrest youth, prevent family from farming their land

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian youth at the Container roadblock, to the north east of Bethlehem, at dawn Thursday.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped a car at the checkpoint and ordered all commuters to get out of it and checked their IDs before detaining one of them.

The witnesses identified the young man as Ali Hamamre, 25, from Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

In another incident in the same province, IOF soldiers served a notice to a family in Wadi Rahal, south of Bethlehem, ordering them not to farm their land.

Local sources said that a group of Jewish settlers accompanied the soldiers while delivering the notice to Abda family.

They said that the IOF soldiers unleashed wild dogs at the family members and threatened them not to approach their land, which, the soldiers said, were confiscated for “military purposes”.

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Palestinian fisherman wounded in Israeli navy shooting

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian fisherman was moderately wounded on Thursday afternoon after an Israeli navy gunboat fired at his fishing boat off the northern coast of Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that Ayman Kabaja, 34, was hit with a bullet and carried to hospital.

The Israeli navy continues its chase of Palestinian fishermen and their boats off Gaza despite the calm agreement reached with Egyptian patronage.

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