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Palestine: Soldiers detain 50 schoolchildren, gunfire opened at citizens & new scheme for Ma’manullah cemetery

IOF soldiers detain 50 schoolchildren in Al-Khalil, obstruct traffic near Jenin

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 50 Palestinian schoolchildren in the Old City of Al-Khalil on Wednesday morning.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC that IOF soldiers installed a roadblock in the middle of a street that leads to several schools in the southern areas of the Old City.

They said that the soldiers searched bags of all passing students and took away 50 of them from the elementary, intermediate and secondary stages from a number of schools including UNRWA-run ones.

The witnesses pointed out that none of the 50 students was released from the military position they were taken to.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers blocked traffic at the entrance to Yabad village, south of Jenin, on Wednesday morning, locals said.

They said that the soldiers detained scores of vehicles, searched them, and asked for IDs of all those boarding them, creating traffic congestion in the process and delaying arrival of employees to their workplaces.


IOF soldiers open gunfire at citizens in southern Gaza

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened machine gunfire at Palestinian homes and property east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that IOF soldiers in army jeeps and in military watchtowers opened random fire at Fakhari suburb east of Khan Younis city. No casualties were reported.

The witnesses said that IOF armored vehicles and bulldozers were seen roaming near to the area, which point to plans to damage land lots.

The Israeli air force launched a series of mock raids on Gaza over the past week amidst intensive over fights of helicopter gunships and reconnaissance planes.

The IOF did not cease violations of the calm agreement reached with Palestinian resistance in the blockaded enclave last November 2012.


New scheme to Judaize Ma’manullah cemetery

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage revealed that the occupation authorities are allocating 10 million shekels (about 3 million dollars) to implement several Judaizing schemes and projects in Ma’amamullah cemetery in occupied city of Jerusalem.

Al-Aqsa Foundation noted in a statement on Tuesday that the occupation intends to implement ten new schemes to complete the Judaization of the cemetery, noting that the Jerusalem Municipality is currently building a cafe in the west of the remaining cemetery.

It stated that the occupation is planning to establish of a Jewish archaeological museum in the cemetery, and that the municipality has turned an area of ​​5 dunums in the southwestern part of the cemetery into a site for the machinery and heavy equipment belonging to the building contractors who are currently working on projects in the region.

The foundation pointed out that the occupation authorities have confiscated the cemetery land and turned most of it into a public park.

“After destroying and obliterating the cemetery and violating the sanctity of the dead buried there, the Israeli institution plans to implement several other projects that will destroy and Judaize the entire area of Ma’manullah cemetery”, the Foundation added in its statement.

It pointed out that there are plans to construct buildings for Magistrates’ Court and District Court on another part of the historic cemetery, in addition to the establishment of a tourist center in the center of the cemetery.


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