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Palestine: Air raids on Gaza, demolition notice, 22 cars damaged, children kidnapped & land confiscated

Israeli air raids target several areas in Gaza, no casualties reported

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation regime launched at dawn Monday seven air strikes at least on different targets in the Gaza Strip without any reported causalities.

Local sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that Israeli warplanes waged aerial attacks on two sites belonging to Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, in Khan Younis and Rafah areas.

The warplanes also bombed cultivated land in Deir Al-Balah area in central Gaza, according to the sources.

Another air raid also targeted a site belonging to division 14 of the Palestinian national security forces.

The Palestinian security forces in Gaza had evacuated their positions following information that the Israeli occupation forces would launch aerial attacks in response to what they claimed about the fall of seven projectiles on the southern Israeli occupied lands.

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Israeli navy gunboats open fire at Palestinian fishermen

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli navy gunboats opened heavy machinegun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Khan Younis to the south of Gaza Strip on Monday morning.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that the gunboats targeted Palestinian fishing boats at sea but no casualties or damage were reported.

Fishermen in Gaza are frequently targeted by the Israeli navy forces that fire at them and at their fishing boats. Many of them were injured, their boats damaged or their tools and boats confiscated.

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IOA delivers demolition notice in Bethlehem village

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) delivered a demolition notice to a citizen in Al-Khader village near Bethlehem.

Ahmed Salah, the coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlement in the village, said in a press release on Sunday that the IOA ordered the demolition of water well and fence owned by Mohammed Zawahra.

He said that the notice was delivered by an Israeli army force, adding that the wall is 140 meters long.

Salah said that the notice granted Zawahra one month to protest at an Israeli court in Beit El near Ramallah.

Salah expected the court to turn down the protest and support the IOA decision, describing such procedures as “summary trials”.

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Jewish settlers damage 22 Palestinian cars in OJ

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jewish settlers of the price tag gang damaged 22 cars owned by Palestinian Jerusalemites before dawn Monday.

Eyewitnesses said that the settlers punctured the tires of ten cars in Tal Al-Fool area, near Beit Hanina village in occupied Jerusalem, and another 12 in occupied Jerusalem city and drew the Star of David on one of them.

The settlers sprayed racist graffiti on the walls of houses and wrote the phrase “We will not remain silent vis-à-vis stoning incidents”.

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IOF soldiers kidnap four children in Qalqilia village

QALQILIA, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped four Palestinian children in Azzun village to the east of Qalqilia city at dawn Sunday.

Local sources said that the four children included 14-year-old Mundher Salim, Mahdi Majd, 15, Abdulkarim Hussein, 16, and Maher Abu Tenene, 16.

They said that the children were taken blindfolded and handcuffed to an unknown detention center.

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“Israel” confiscates 80 dunums of lands in Nablus for military purposes

NABLUS, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli authorities announced on Sunday the confiscation of 80 dunums of Palestinian land in the towns of Awarta and Rujeib southeast of Nablus, in order to use it for military purposes.

This land is located in the area of Azab between the two towns of Rujeib and Awarta. It is also close to the settlement of Itamar, established on the lands of villages in southeast of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, official specialized in settlements file in the north of the West Bank, pointed out that the Israeli government has recently started to issue dozens of resolutions to confiscate hundreds of acres of land, especially in areas surrounding the settlements.

For his part, lawyer Bassam Bahr head of the Committee for Defending the Land and Resisting the Settlement in Abu Dis, said that the Israeli Civil Administration approved a plan to construct housing units for Bedouin refugees, with the aim to deport thousands of Bedouin refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their lands in 1948.

Bahr said in a press statement on Sunday that the occupation authorities want to deport all Bedouins around the city of Jerusalem, in order to continue the policy of settlement expansion and land grabbing.

He pointed out that under this project, the Bedouins will live in small cantons, near the landfill set up on the lands of Abu Dis.

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Palestinians in Jaffa protest against Israeli schemes to displace them

JAFFA, (PIC)– Hundreds of Palestinians in Jaffa in occupied Palestine participated in the vigil organized by local institutions on Saturday evening to protest the Israeli schemes to sell lands located in the Palestinian historical Ajami neighborhood.

Israel Lands Administration (ILA) put out to tender for the marketing of land located in the Ajami neighborhood in the city of Jaffa, of an area exceeding six thousand square meters. According to the tender, more than 40 housing units can be built on this land.

The protestors chanted slogans condemning the occupation schemes to displace them and confirming their adherence to their land.

The head of the Association for the welfare of Arabs in Jaffa Abdelkader Satel delivered a speech on the steps to be taken to prevent the Israeli government institution from implementing its plans to displace the indigenous city residents.

He pointed out that Israel demolished three thousand Palestinian buildings in the city of Jaffa after 1948, in an attempt to erase Arab existence, history and civilization in the region.

Satel called on Jaffa’s Arabs to join their efforts to confront the Israeli displacement schemes.

For his part, Mahmoud Khimil, a Jaffa talked about the housing crisis in the city.

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