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Palestine: “Israel” says Gaza civilians killed lawfully, prisoner not release even after finishing his term & soldiers storm village municipality

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“Israel” says Gaza civilians killed lawfully

Press TV

Israel says it will not open a criminal investigation into the killing of 12 Palestinian civilians in an airstrike last year, claiming that the civilians were killed lawfully.

The November 18 attack during Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip on the three-story home of the al-Dallu family killed 10 members of the family, along with two neighbors.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said on Sunday that Tel Aviv informed it that Israeli forces did not violate the laws of war or commit any criminal acts in the attack.

The group stated that the Israeli verdict proved its inquiry was a “smokescreen” to provide “systematic cover for widespread violations of international law.”

In November 2012, the eight-day Israeli offensive in Gaza killed about 170 Palestinians, including many women and children, and injured over 1,400 others.

A ceasefire agreement, which took effect on November 21, ended the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip, which has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

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Israeli jailers refuse to release Gazan prisoner after finishing his term

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli prison authority refused to release a Palestinian prisoner from Gaza after he completed his prison term.

Director of Muhjat Al-Quds foundation Yaser Saleh told Quds Press that prisoner Iyad Abu Khudair completed his eight-year jail sentence, but the Israeli prison authority refused to release him.

Saleh said that prisoner Abu Khudair is a Palestinian citizen and had lived in Jordan before he returned to Gaza in 1999 when the Israeli occupation authority declined his request for reunification with his family.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested Abu Khudari in April 2005 on a charge of participating in resistance activities against Israel and being a member of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

Abu Khudari is married and a father of three children living in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli prison authority justified its refusal to release him that Abu Khudari does not have a Palestinian ID or a place of residence.

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IOF soldiers storm village municipality, detain employees

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the municipality building of Taku village in Bethlehem and detained employees in one of the offices at noon Sunday.

One of the employees told Quds Press in a telephone contact during the detention that the soldiers arrived in six armored vehicles and encircled the municipality building.

He said that the soldiers accompanied by intelligence agents conversed with the municipality chairman and the director.

The operation came in line with investigation into the writing of racist slogans on the walls of two mosques in the village by Jewish settlers, who also threatened the municipality chairman.

In another Bethlehem village, Ahmed Salah, the coordinator of the popular committee in Al-Khader, said that IOF soldiers served summonses to a number of young men in the village.

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