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Palestine: 35 children arrested in al-Khalil last month, building materials restricted from entering Gaza & soldiers fire at fishermen

IOF soldiers arrested 35 children in al-Khalil last month

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Human rights data showed that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested more than 130 Palestinians, including 35 children, in March in the city of al-Khalil.

According to the monthly statistics of Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS); the occupation arrested 35 children between the ages of 13 and 17 years, in addition to 40 other students.

11 sick Palestinians have also been detained in al-Khalil in the past month by the occupation forces, which did not take into account their health conditions and abused them in the interrogation centers.

PPS pointed to the policy of “stealing the prisoners’ money” by imposing on them financial penalties ranging between 1000 and 6000 shekels, as “a punitive procedure”.

The Israeli military court in Ofer has imposed on the prisoners fines to the tune of 50 thousand shekels (about 13 thousand dollars) during last March.

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“Israel” restricts entry of building materials to Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– The Popular Committee Against the Siege has charged that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was deceiving the world into believing that Gaza commercial crossings were open before traffic of goods.

The committee said in a statement that the IOA was in fact restricting the entry of the needed materials and reducing its quantities at the same time, where Gaza markets still suffer severe shortages in some supplies.

The committee refused the IOA reduction in quantity of building materials allowed into Gaza Strip through Karem Abu Salem crossing.

The IOA has allowed the entry of 33 trucks over the past two days carrying cement and iron for UNRWA construction projects and some international projects, the Palestinian follow-up committee of crossings confirmed.

Meanwhile, the IOA refused the entry of cement and iron trucks for the private sector despite the daily need for hundreds of trucks.

The committee pointed out that the IOA allowed during the past two days the entry of 480 commercial and agricultural trucks and 17 trucks carrying aid supplies, in addition to limited quantities of cooking gas, while allowing the export of one truck of flowers while the Gaza Strip can export 100 trucks per day.

The Follow-up Committee confirmed that the IOA still bans some materials from entering the coastal enclave including raw material for local industries.

Karem Abu Salem crossing was closed for 38 days since the beginning of the year, including 17 days during March under various pretexts.

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Israeli gunboats fire at Palestinian fishermen

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli navy gunboats opened heavy machine gunfire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza at dawn Thursday.

A field observer told the Quds Press that the Israeli gunboats targeted Palestinian fishing boats and fired flare bombs, but no casualties were reported.

Israeli navy routinely targets Palestinian fishermen in line with its siege on the Gaza Strip and in violation of the calm agreement concluded with Palestinian resistance factions under Egyptian patronage last November.

Around 3,500 Palestinian fishermen work on more than a thousand fishing boats as their sole source of living for their families that number around 50,000 individuals.

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