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Palestine: Youths make their way into apartheid wall, many injured in clashes & 18 houses demolished

Palestinian youths make their way into Jerusalem through ‘Israel’s’ apartheid wall

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A group of Palestinian young men was able on Friday evening to knock down part of Israel’s segregation wall near Abu Dis town to the east of occupied Jerusalem, particularly in the area known as Kabsa.

The young men used pickaxes to make a hole in the wall and then entered Jerusalem carrying Palestinian flags in a step intended to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe).

The Palestinian information center (PIC) reporter in Jerusalem said that the Israeli army immediately dispatched a unit of Israeli soldiers to the area to confront the young men.

The soldiers, then, started to fire rubber bullets at the young men who responded by throwing stones.

Later, the Israeli occupation forces invaded Abu Dis town and clashed with dozens of young men inside its neighborhoods.

Several young men suffered tear gas and bullet injuries during the events.

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New road connects Israeli settlement with the Ibrahimi Mosque

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– An Israeli team of civil engineers from Kiryat Arba settlement, built on Palestinian territories in al-Khalil, started land surveying of a road in Husain valley, in order to pave a new road connecting the settlement with the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The so-called ‘Hebron’s Council of Settlements’ has surveyed the dirt road locating on Palestinians’ lands and lined signals on the street as a prelude to establish a new road linking between Kiryat Arba settlement and the Ibrahimi mosque, local sources told Al-Khalil Reconstruction Committee.

Since more than a year the settlers have been trying to establish the road at the expense of the Palestinian lands in Husain valley, the sources added.

The Palestinian residents have appealed to the local institutions to stand against these Israeli schemes that aim to annex more lands to Kiryat Arba settlement.

In the same context, Israeli occupation soldiers set up surveillance cameras on the roofs of several houses south of the Ibrahimi Mosque.

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30 Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers in Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– About 30 Palestinians were injured on Friday afternoon during violent clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Al-Aroub refugee camp and Beit Ummar town in Al-Khalil city.

Coordinator of Beit Ummar popular committee Mohamed Awad said that 14 Palestinian young men sustained injuries when the IOF attacked an event held in Beit Ummar in solidarity with prisoner Ahmed Awad.

One of the young men suffered a serious injury in his left hand and the others suffered rubber bullet injuries.

The IOF also kidnapped a 15-year old boy named Quteiba Sabarneh during the clashes.

In Al-Aroub refugee camp, another young man named Luay Al-Badawi suffered serious injuries in his head and face, and 16 others had different wounds.

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More than 20 Palestinians injured in different clashes east of Ramallah

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– More than 12 Palestinians on Friday afternoon sustained different injuries during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces near the entrance to Jalazoun refugee camp east of Ramallah city.

According to the Palestinian information center (PIC) reporter in Ramallah, the IOF fired live bullets intensively at the angry young men.

Other clashes also broke out after the Friday prayers in Silwad town east of Ramallah between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli soldiers, who fired a barrage of rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at the protestors.

Consequently, more than 10 Palestinians suffered injuries and one was reportedly detained during the violent events.

Some foreign and local journalists, including a cameraman working for Anatolia news agency, were brutally attacked by the IOF.

In another incident, hundreds of Palestinians performed their Friday prayers on their lands in Deir Jarir village east of Ramallah after they used a bulldozer to level the road leading to these lands.

The IOF, however, attacked the bulldozer and the Palestinian worshipers with tear gas and rubber bullets.

A horde of Jewish settlers also attacked the Palestinians during their presence on their lands and fired live bullets at them with no reported injuries.

The intensity of the tear gas attacks caused vast tracts of cultivated lands to catch fire.

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Israeli authorities demolish 18 Palestinian houses in the Negev

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli authorities’ bulldozers accompanied by a large police force and special units demolished on Thursday morning 18 Palestinian houses in the village of Atir in the Negev, in southern 1948-occupied Palestine.

Arab MK Taleb Abu Arar said in remarks to Quds Press that nearly 500 policemen from special units stormed the area to protect the bulldozers while demolishing the houses belonging to the family of Abu al-Ki’an.

The policemen imposed a tight blockade on the houses that were demolished and prevented the residents from entering or approaching them.

Abu Arar warned of the aggravation of the situation and the outbreak of an uprising in the Negev due to the policy of displacement adopted by the Israeli occupation authorities, pointing out that due to the demolition about 40 people, including women and children, have become homeless.

The Israeli bulldozers have also destroyed sheep barns and uprooted about 600 olive trees.

For his part, Sheikh Osama Uqbi official of the Islamic Movement in the Negev described the demolition operations as “crime against humanity”, and stressed on the steadfastness of the residents and their adherence to their land.

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