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Palestine: Pal. girl run over, 200 wounded in IOF fire over three days, home, land bulldozed & arrests

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Settler runs over a Palestinian girl in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A Jewish settler on Sunday ran over a 6-year-old Palestinian girl near the town of Yatta, in al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank, and fled the scene.

Local and medical sources confirmed that the child Bayan Jamal Shatat sustained moderate wounds after she was run over by a settler’s vehicle while she was leaving her school, located near the town of Yatta. The child was taken to Al-Ahli Hospital in al-Khalil for treatment.

The sources added that the Palestinians who have witnessed the accident were able to take the car registration number, in order to file a complaint against its driver.

This incident is the second of its kind in less than a week, as a Jewish settler on Wednesday ran over a nine-year-old child, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil.

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200 Palestinians wounded in IOF fire over three days

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A UN report said that around 200 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli occupation forces over three days in which the Palestinians were commemorating the Nakba.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Palestinians marked the Nakba (usurpation of Palestine) anniversary with three days of activities in the period May 14 – 17.

It also registered nine attacks by Jewish settlers against Palestinians and their property in addition to three stone throwing incidents that damaged six Palestinian vehicles.

OCHA said that the Israeli occupation authorities demolished two Palestinian homes and six buildings and shops in eastern Jerusalem and in area C in the West Bank that is under full Israeli control.

It said that the demolition was at the pretext of lack of construction permit. The report covers the period of those three days.

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“Israel” bulldozers dig up lands southern al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israeli Antiquities Authority started on Sunday morning bulldozing Palestinian agricultural lands between the settlements of Ma’on and Karmiel east of Yatta, in al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

The Israeli authorities said they were looking for antiquities, locals reported.

Ratib Jbour, coordinator of the Popular Committee against Settlement in Yatta warned that the Israeli occupation intend to confiscate more Palestinian lands near the two illegal settlement outposts in the area.

Jabour pointed out that a few weeks ago the Jewish settlers seized, in the village of Tuwani in Yatta, Palestinian lands that had been earlier bulldozed by the Antiquities Authority also under the pretext of looking for antiquities.

In the village of Lebban near Nablus, Israeli forces accompanied by officers from the Military Civil Administration on Sunday morning surrounded, for the second time in a week, the historic hotel owned by family of Khaled Daraghma, and started digging in the place under the pretext of archeological excavations.

Coordinator of the Popular Campaign against the Wall and Settlement activity Jamal Juma said in a press statement that the occupation and the civil administration’s attempt to confiscate the hotel under the pretext of archaeological excavations represents a war crime that must be immediately stopped, as he said.

He demanded the Palestinian Authority, the European Union and the international bodies to intervene in order to save the place.

Juma also called on the Palestinians to support Khalid Daraghma in protecting his historic hotel, which is located on the Ramallah – Nablus road, in the area connecting between two illegal settlements.

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IOA razes Palestinian home, agricultural facilities

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) demolished a Palestinian home and agricultural facilities in Bethlehem, south of the West Bank, on Sunday.

Ahmed Salah, the coordinator of the popular committee against the wall in Al-Khader village, told the Quds Press reporter that IOA bulldozers razed the home of Tarek Rabah and two agricultural facilities owned by him.

He said that the house and the facilities are located between Al-Khader and Beit Jala villages, adding that the IOA claimed the demolition was because they were in the proximity of bypass road 60 trekked by Jewish settlers.

Salah said that the citizen and his family are now rendered homeless and with no income as the agricultural facilities were his sole source of income.

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Child arrested in IOF storming of Al-Khalil suburbs

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A Palestinian child was arrested on Sunday at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during a combing operation in the Old City of Al-Khalil.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers broke into citizens’ homes and detained a number of young men before taking away the child Fuad Al-Batesh near the Ibrahimi mosque.

IOF soldiers systematically target Palestinian children in the Old City as evident in the repeated arrests, prosecution, and constant harassment of students.

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Captive Abu Hamad in serious condition

NABLUS, (PIC)– The health condition of Palestinian prisoner Khaled Abu Hamad is deteriorating rapidly in the Israeli prison of Gilboa, the Palestinian prisoner’s society said on Sunday.

It said, quoting the prison doctor, that Abu Hamad started to suffer from weakness and kidney shrinkage.

It added that family of the captive, who are deprived of visiting him, appealed to all international organizations to pressure the Israeli prison service to extend necessary treatment to him.

Raed Amer, the director of the society in Nablus, pointed to an increase in the number of sick prisoners in Israeli jails, especially those with cancer.

He appealed to all concerned institutions to expedite efforts to save those prisoners before it was too late.

Abu Hamad, who has been in captivity since 25/10/2003, is serving a life sentence.

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