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Palestine: Israeli authorities raze Araqib village for 52nd time, Gaza comes under sea, land gunfire & dog attacks

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Israeli authorities raze Araqib village for 52nd time

NEGEV, (PIC)– The Israeli authorities went on the rampage for the 52nd time and razed the entire Bedouin village of Araqib in the Negev on Wednesday.

The Israeli radio said that inspectors at the interior ministry and the land of Israel department destroyed the temporary houses of Araqib village for being “illegal”.

Inhabitants of the village have rebuilt the village, with the help of Negev Bedouins and activists, each time the Israeli authorities flattened it.

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Southern Gaza comes under sea, land gunfire

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired from land and sea positions at the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Younis late on Tuesday night.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF soldiers in Kissufim outpost fired at fields and residential quarters on the eastern flank of the Khan Younis district before midnight Tuesday.

The sources said that no casualties were suffered in the shooting that targeted Qarara and Deir Al-Balah.

At the same time, Israeli gunboats fired at the western coast of Khan Younis with no human or material losses reported.

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Settlers’ Dogs Attack Palestinians in AL-Khalil

Al Ahed news

A settler in al-Khalil released his dogs on Palestinian villagers in the South Khalil Hills on Wednesday, Palestinian news agency Ma’an quoted a local committee as saying.

The coordinator of the popular committee against settlements in Yatta stated that a settler from Susiya unleashed his dogs near al-Sumu and Haribat al-Nabi.

Settlers in the area often release their sheep onto Palestinian land to damage their agriculture, al-Jabour added.
In March, “Israeli” Knesset member Ahmad Tibi alleged that settlers in the West Bank were training dogs to attack Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Human rights group condemned using dogs to search and attack Palestinians, labeling it “unacceptable and immoral.”

This comes as clashes erupted near the Fawwar refugee camp south of al-Khalil on Monday, after “Israeli” settlers and soldiers attacked Palestinian civilians.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the settlers, guarded by the occupation forces, raided the entrance to the camp and started throwing stones at the citizens, which led to the outbreak of violent clashes during which a number of Palestinians suffered suffocation.

The witnesses added that more than 40 “Israeli” military vehicles were deployed near the camp and on the street leading to the settlement of Njihut, built on Palestinian citizens’ lands south of al-Khalil.

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Zahhar to Al-Manar Website: We Know Nothing about Any ‘Issued Statement’

by Israa Al-Fass, Al Manar

Leader in Hamas Movement Mahmoud Az-Zahhar stressed on Wednesday the movement’s good relation with Hezbollah, as well as with various elements in the Arab and Islamic world.

Speaking to Al-Manar website, Az-Zahhar considered that “differences in opinions does not ruin relations,” indicating that the movement’s branch in Gaza did not know anything about the statement claimed to be issued by Hamas over its relation with the resistance in Lebanon.

In parallel, the Hamas official stated that the movement’s relation with the Islamic Republic of Iran was “stable” despite the internal changes in the Islamic Republic, and refuted media claims about an end in the relations between the two parts.

He said that none of the Iranian officials tackled such an issue, and ruled out that any changes would occur to Iran’s relation with Hamas and the resistance movements after Sheikh Hasan Rouhani’s election.

When asked about some Muslim scholars’ calls for “Jihad in Syria”, he just said: “Those Muslim scholars hold the responsibility of their calls.”

Regarding the Palestinian resistance movement’s stance from the Syrian crisis, Az-Zahhar assured Hamas’s neutral stance on this issue, as well as any internal issue in the Arab world, indicating that its only concern was fighting the Israeli occupation.

“When the Liberation Organization interfered in internal Arab issues it lost and caused losses to the Palestinian cause… and when it left Jordan and took part in the Beirut crisis during the 70s it lost power and abandoned resistance…” he added.

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