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Palestine: Israelis attack praying Palestinians, youth wounded & 16 killed, 1,227 arrested since start of 2013

IOF, settlers attack Palestinians praying on their own lands east of Ramallah

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Jewish settlers brutally attacked on Friday afternoon thousands of Palestinians who rallied to pray on their lands which are located between the villages of Silwad and Deir Jarir to the east of Ramallah city.

Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that immediately after finishing the Friday prayers, the IOF showered the Palestinian worshipers with tear gas grenades causing injuries to many of them.

The IOF also helped a horde of Jewish settlers from Ofra settlement to attack the worshipers.

The preacher said in his khutba (sermon) that the villagers of Silwad and Deir Jarir decided to perform their Friday prayers on a weekly basis on their lands, which the Israeli occupation intends to annex to expand settlements.

He added that the villagers decided to pray on their lands on Fridays in order to protect them against annexation.

Meanwhile, violent clashes also broke out at the southern entrance to Silwad village between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers.

The IOF used wastewater, tear gas grenades and rubber bullets to suppress the young men and blocked the road between Ein Yabrud village and Silwad.

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Palestinian youth wounded in IOF shooting

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian youth was slightly wounded east of Jabaliya, north of the Gaza Strip, on Friday evening after Israeli occupation forces opened fire at the area.

PIC reporter quoted eyewitnesses as saying that IOF troops positioned to the east of Jabaliya opened fire at residential quarters and cultivated land lots injuring a young man in his twenties.

Five Palestinians were killed in Gaza and around 90 others were wounded in similar IOF violations of the calm agreement signed last November.

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Occupation extends detention of two boys, including a wounded

JENIN, (PIC)– An Israeli court in the Jalama detention center on Thursday extended for eight days the detention of two Palestinian boys, one of them wounded, from Jalboun village east of Jenin.

Ragheb Abu Diak head of the Popular Committee for the release of prisoners, told PIC’s correspondent that the two boys Yazid and Ibrahim Abu al-Rob, aged 15, are still under interrogation at the Jalama center.

He added that there is concern about the health condition of Yazid Abu al-Rab, because during his arrest on 24 April he was shot in the foot.

Abu Diak pointed out that according to available information, the prison doctors are not treating the boy’s wound, which poses significant danger to his foot and his health condition in general.

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“Israel” closed Karm Abu Salem 17 days in April

GAZA, (PIC)– The popular committee against the siege has said that Israel had closed Gaza’s sole commercial crossing Karm Abu Salem for 17 days during the past month of April.

The committee said in a statement on Saturday that the closures were either due to weekend holidays, Fridays and Saturdays of each week, for eight days or due to security pretexts, which amounted to nine days.

It said that the crossing was thus closed for 67 days since the start of 2013, recalling that Israel was maintaining the closure of the former crossings of Soufa, Mintar, and Shujaia.

The repeated closure of Karm Abu Salem since the start of the year had led to 100 million dollars in direct and indirect losses for the private sector, it pointed out.

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16 Palestinians killed, 1,227 arrested since start of 2013

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed 16 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of 2013, the Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said on Saturday.

The center said in a statement that 12 Palestinian were killed in the West Bank, including two captives, and 4 in Gaza.

The statement pointed out that 15 of the detainees were from Gaza, adding that they were arrested either at the crossings or at the Gaza shores.

The center said that most of the detainees in the West Bank were from Al-Khalil where 310 Palestinians were arrested or 25% of the total number of detainees followed by occupied Jerusalem with 243 detainees or 20% of the total number.

The center noted that four of the detainees were MPs bringing the total number of MPs or former ministers held in Israeli occupation jails to 16.

The arrest campaigns targeted all layers of the Palestinian society as academicians, students, and national and Islamic leaders were among those detained, the center said.

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