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Palestine: Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza, strikes in W. Bank and J’lem & 22 children arrested in 2 weeks

Israeli warplanes bomb the Gaza Strip

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli warplanes bombed on Tuesday night two areas in the east and north of the Gaza Strip, causing damage but no injuries.

The raids were the first since Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire under Egyptian auspices on November 21 to end an 8-day aggression on the Gaza Strip.

PIC’s correspondent said that two airstrikes hit Tuffah area in the eastern Gaza Strip, and farm land near the Bedouin village north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

He pointed out that the shelling caused no casualties, and added that the Israeli warplanes have continued to fly over Gaza, in a new breach of November truce.

The bombing took place hours after the Hebrew media announced that two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli targets in the western Negev in southern 1948-occupied territories, following the announcement of the death of prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiya.

The Israeli army said the two attacks were in response to rocket fire from the Strip.

None of the Palestinian factions claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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Strikes in W. Bank and J’lem in mourning for Abu Hamdiya’s death

WEST BANK, (PIC)– Palestinian storeowners decided to participate in commercial strikes in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Wednesday in morning for prisoner Maisara Abu Hamdiya who died yesterday in an Israeli jail.

A general strike started in the morning today in occupied Jerusalem following a violent day of repression by the Israeli police forces that attacked a peaceful rally organized in Bab Al-Amoud district in protest at Abu Hamdiya’s death.

Most of the Jerusalemite storekeepers refrained from opening their businesses in response to strike calls.

The Palestinian natives of Jerusalem also decided to stage a protest outside the Israeli magistrates’ court to demand the release of 11 Palestinians who were detained in the police attack on the rally of Bab Al-Amoud.

For its part, the coordination committee of factions in Nablus city also called today for a strike in mourning for Abu Hamdiya.

Other West Bank cities have also seen today morning similar one-day strikes, except for Al-Khalil city, the hometown of Abu Hamdiya, which declared a strike for three days.

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IOF arrests 22 Palestinian children within two weeks

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian official report said that the Israeli occupation forces and settlers have continued their attacks against Palestinian children.

The report pointed out on Monday, that during the second half of last March, 24 Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces, while dozens of others were wounded in separate attacks by the soldiers and settlers.

It stated that settlers from the Talmudic religious school have attacked a Jerusalemite 7-year-old child by throwing empty bottles at him. The boy was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

4-year old boy Mohammed Qafisha was also transferred to the hospital after being run over by a settler’s vehicle in the city of al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

Israeli soldiers harshly beat another Palestinian boy from al-Khalil causing him fracture in his right arm.

Youssef Abu Eishe, 12, was also injured in the head by a rubber bullet, during clashes between the Israeli occupation forces and citizens in Bab al-Zawiya in the center of al-Khalil, while another child from the village of Nabi Saleh northwest of Ramallah sprained his foot during an anti-settlement march in the town.

Israeli military jeep ran over an 11-year-old boy during clashes in al-Khader village south of Bethlehem, which has caused him serious bruises and wounds.

Meanwhile; Seven Palestinian children were injured during settlers’ attacks near the crossroads of the settlement of Yitzhar near the city of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank.

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