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Palestine: Jerusalemites besieged in 8% of the city area, homes razed & fishermen fired at

IOA besieges Jerusalemites in 8% of the city area

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Two human rights organizations in 1948-occupied territories accused the Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) of besieging Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem in 7.8 % of the city’s area.

Citizen’s Rights and Bimkom Israeli organization have appealed against the Israeli “structural map, Jerusalem 2000” as an illegal map, stressing that the map aims to besiege Jerusalemites in an area of 7.8% of the city.

The Israeli authorities refused any new building projects under the pretext of non-compliance with the structural map, although it has no legal validity, the organizations confirmed.

They emphasized that the map negatively affected Palestinians in East Jerusalem, where they were besieged in 7.8 % of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian presence in Jerusalem constitutes 39% of the total population in the city, however the Palestinian neighborhoods’ area does not exceed 14% of ​​East Jerusalem and 7.8% of the city, the human rights organizations stated, stressing that the Israeli structural map threatens the Jerusalemite demographic growth.

The appeal pointed out that the “structural map” aims to reduce the Palestinian residential areas in East Jerusalem.

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IOA razes three homes in Aroub refugee camp

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) razed three Palestinian homes in Aroub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil, at dawn Wednesday.

Ahmed Abu Khairan, a spokesman for the popular committee in the camp, said that Israeli occupation forces stormed the camp at the early dawn hours and used huge bulldozers to raze the three houses.

He said that the bulldozers destroyed two houses for Muhaisen family and a third one that was still under construction.

Omar Muhaisen, an owner of one of the houses, said that the bulldozers inflicted damages on other installations while destroying the houses.

He added that the demolition falls in line with the IOA scheme to prevent the camp inhabitants from building more houses on the four corners of the camp.

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IOF destroys Palestinian agricultural facilities in the Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces have demolished on Tuesday Palestinian agricultural facilities in ​​al-Maleh area in the northern Jordan Valley.

The chairman of the Local Council in Wadi al-Maleh and Bedouin villages, Aref Daraghmeh, told Quds Press that Israeli force accompanied by bulldozers stormed on Tuesday Wadi al-Maleh area and demolished the farmers’ tents and agricultural facilities.

The IOF targeted 18 tents and barns for livestock breeding, causing considerable material damage, Daraghmeh confirmed, pointing that the demolition process came in light of the Israeli continued target to the Jordan Valley under the pretext of being a military zone.

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Israeli gunboats fire at Palestinian fishermen

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli navy gunboats opened heavy machinegun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza city on Wednesday morning.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that the Israeli gunboats fired at the fishing boats and in the air to scare the fishermen who were trying to fish within the three nautical miles radius fixed by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Israel has been blocking Gaza sea route with the outside world since its occupation of the coastal enclave in 1967with only a few boats succeeding in entering the Strip.

The Oslo accords allowed fishermen to work within the range of 20 nautical miles that was reduced by the IOA to 8 miles after the Aqsa intifada then to 3 miles after it tightened its blockade on the Strip six years ago.

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