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Palestine: Soldiers set fire in a mosque, Issawi enters stage of extreme danger, youth seriously injured by IOF fire

Israeli soldiers set fire in a mosque in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation soldiers targeted on Thursday afternoon the mosque of Ali ibn Abi Talib in al-Hijri area, north of Fawwar camp near al-Khalil, with gas and stun grenades, which caused the outbreak of fire inside the mosque.

Firefighters from the civil defense center in the city of Dura arrived at the mosque immediately after being informed about the fire.

A report issued by the Department of Public Relations and Information in the Civil Defense stated that the firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, which broke out in the carpets of the mosque after Israeli soldiers threw tear gas and stun grenades inside it.

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Issawi enters stage of extreme danger

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli prison authorities have removed the shackles from the feet of the Jerusalemite hunger striking prisoner Samer al-Issawi, who has entered a stage of extreme danger after he stopped drinking water and liquids.

Lawyer Jawad Boulos, who visited the hunger striker Issawi, said that the authorities have removed the shackles and that the jailers have stopped other forms of torture.

He added in a press statement that the occupation authorities have taken this position after the doctors at the hospital explained that Samer is in extreme danger, especially after showing signs of heart failure.

The doctors stated that at this stage Samer is facing death or entering into a coma.

Meanwhile, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton said that the EU is following with “great concern” the situation of prisoners on hunger strike.

She added in a letter sent to Saeb Erekat, in reply to his letter of 18 February on the conditions of the prisoners on hunger strike: “We are following up their deteriorating health conditions, and are deeply concerned for the absence of a comprehensive solution to their situation.”

She explained that she has contacted the Israeli officials, in this regard, and that the EU adheres to the international law, and refuses administrative detentions and any arrest based on secret files or without charges and trials.

Ashton confirmed that the EU, all its institutions; including the European Council and the European Parliament, and its Member States will follow up the issues of Palestinian prisoners with the “Israeli” concerned bodies.

Meanwhile, captive Samer Braq, who halted his hunger strike following an agreement to release him and deport him to Egypt, threatened to resume his strike if the occupation authorities will not release him and allow him return to the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

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Palestinian youth seriously injured by IOF fire

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A young Palestinian man was seriously injured after being shot by Israeli occupation troops in an area west of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, on Thursday evening.

The victim was identified as 18-year-old Hamza Haloub. He was shot by one of the occupation soldiers in his chest while walking near the Jashouri factories area west of Tulkarem.

The Palestinian Red Crescent’s ambulance vehicle has transferred the young man to Thabit Thabit Hospital where medics said the bullet settled in a sensitive area between the chest and abdomen, but he was in a stable condition.

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