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Palestine: Schoolgirls wounded when their bus was attacked, land confiscated & arrests

Eight Palestinian schoolgirls wounded in settlers’ attack on school bus

NABLUS, (PIC)– Eight Palestinian school pupils were injured when Jewish settlers attacked their school buses on their return from a trip near Nablus city on Sunday evening.

Ghassan Daghlas, an activist monitoring settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that a group of settlers ambushed two school buses near Yitzhar crossing, south of Nablus.

He said that the settlers threw rocks at the buses injuring eight of the girls, explaining that some of them were directly hit with the stones while others were injured by the flying glass.

He said that the other girls were panicked and were all taken to nearby Hawara town for treatment.

Daghlas said that the busses, returning on a trip from Ramallah, were badly damaged in the attack.

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IOF soldiers close suburb in Al-Khalil after injury of child

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A 12-year-old Palestinian child was injured in his head after Jewish settlers from Kiryat Arba attacked Palestinian citizens in Jaber suburb east of the Ibrahimi mosque in Al-Khalil on Sunday night.

Eyewitnesses said that the Jewish settlers threw stones and empty bottles at young men and children while playing soccer in the suburb injuring the child Saad Jaber.

They said that two hours of confrontations then erupted in the suburb and the Israeli occupation forces sealed off the entire neighborhood and banned traffic and movement of citizens.

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More than 1000 prisoners suffer serious illnesses

OSLO, (PIC)– More than one thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails are suffering from serious illnesses such as heart, cancer, and kidney failure, a human rights report said on Saturday.

The European network for the defense of Palestinian prisoners UFree has condemned in its report the inhuman treatment those sick prisoners are subjected to in occupation jails.

It charged that such treatment and medical neglect came in violation of international doctrines and displayed an intention to let those prisoners’ health condition worsen to the extent of developing chronic illnesses or permanent disabilities.

UFree said that dozens of Palestinian prisoners are permanently kept at the Ramle prisoner hospital including some who are suffering from paralysis. It added that the Israeli prison service refuses to allow specialized doctors to diagnose their case or even let their relatives hire doctors to do so.

The report said that Ramle prison hospital lacks the simplest treatment methods and doctors there only give sedatives to patients in need of urgent surgeries.

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Settlers confiscate Palestinian land in Nablus

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli settlers established fish farming ponds in Ain Rabii south of the city of Nablus, expanding their settlement activities in that area, Palestinian center revealed.

Mahmoud al-Sifi, director of Nablus Land Research Center, stated that settlers from Bracha settlement, established on lands belonging to Burin village south of Nablus, have recently begun building fish farming ponds in Ein Mkhna area in Kafr Kalil and Burin villages.

The activist against settlement projects confirmed that according to eyewitnesses the Israeli settlers have established fish farming ponds and a swimming pool at the expense of the residents’ lands.

Al-Sifi warned of the acceleration of settlement projects in that area to reach a group of Palestinian houses owned by the Kurdi family, especially in light of the continued settlers’ attempt to confiscate the land.

He pointed out to the confiscation of Palestinian properties and lands by Israeli settlers more than once in several Palestinian villages including Kafr Kalil, Burin, and Hawara.

He warned of the seriousness of the settlers’ escalated steps carried out at the southern gate of Nablus, including stealing ancient and historical Arab stones as a prelude to turn the place into Jewish synagogue.

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3 Palestinians killed, 236 arrested in March

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed three Palestinian citizens, including a teenager, and rounded up 236 others including a heart patient, a disabled man and five fishermen from Gaza.

Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said in its monthly report on Saturday that 231 Palestinians were arrested in the West Bank and five in Gaza.

It said that one of them Jihad Bleidi from Tulkarem suffers a heart ailment while another Motez Obeido from Al-Khalil suffers from motor disability.

The report said that the detainees include former prisoners and three journalists in addition to MP Mohammed Jamal Al-Natshe.

Ahrar said that the three martyrs were the teenager Mahmoud Al-Teeti from Al-Khalil and two others, Mohammed Asfur and Moayad Ghazawne, from Ramallah.

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Settlers attack Jerusalemite families, IOF arrests five including young woman

OCCUPIED JERSUALEM, (PIC)– Jewish settlers attacked a number of Jerusalemite families in Hush Al-Shawish in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem on Sunday evening triggering confrontations between the two parties.

Locals said that the settlers provoked the families into arguments that developed later on to fistfights and squabbles.

They said that Israeli occupation forces arrived to the scene and rounded up five Jerusalemites including a young woman and a youth and his father.

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IOF soldiers arrest father and his son

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a child and his father in Al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, during confrontations with inhabitants on the occasion of Land Day.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers fired teargas and rubber-coated bullets at the demonstrators south of the village on Sunday evening causing breathing difficulty among many of them.

The sources said that the soldiers arrested the 11-year-old child Saleh Mousa after breaking into his family home and searching it. They said that the soldiers detained his father with him when he tried to inquire about his son.

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IOF arrests 6 citizens, including a child, in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

WEST BANK, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Sunday three Palestinian youths from the city of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

Taha Hamamreh, member of the municipal council in Husan town near Bethlehem, said that the Israeli military forces arrested on Sunday morning, two young men from the town after storming their homes.

Palestinian sources reported that the occupation forces have also raided the town of Doha near Bethlehem where they arrested a young man and summoned another to the headquarters of the Shin Bet.

Shalala Street and Bab al-Zawiya Street in al-Khalil have witnessed an intensive presence of Israeli soldiers who stormed the town of Halhoul.

Meanwhile, two Jerusalemite youths and a child have been arrested by the occupation after raids into their homes in the town of Issawiya in the center of occupied Jerusalem, spokesman for the Follow-up Committee in the town Raed Abu Ryala stated.

Abu Ryala pointed out that the three detainees were taken to a detention center in the settlement of Abu Ghneim, southern the occupied Jerusalem, for interrogation.

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