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Palestine: Soldiers shoot at, wound Palestinian, new plan to annex land & protest against demolitions

IOF soldiers shoot at, wound Palestinian in Qalandia

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian young man was wounded in his chest after Israeli occupation forces fired at a group of Palestinian youth in Qalandia refugee camp, south of Ramallah, on Friday.

Palestinian sources said that 19-year-old Mohammed Khader was hit with a bullet in his torso in the confrontations in the refugee camp.

They said that IOF soldiers broke into the camp via several axes triggering confrontations with young men.

They said that the soldiers fired teargas and live bullets, adding that the youth was hospitalized.

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New Israeli plan to annex Palestinian land for electricity project in Rouha

UMM AL-FAHM, (PIC)– The popular committee for land defense in Umm Al-Fahm city said that the Israeli authority intends to establish a high-pressure power grid in Rouha territory.

According to this Israeli plan, the committee stated, hundreds of dunums of Palestinian land will be seized to install this network and thousands of other dunums will be exposed to environmental damage by this project.

This project will also prevent the urban development of the nearby Arab towns and their natural territorial expansion into Rouha area.

The popular committee for land defense held a meeting at the municipal council of Umm Al-Fahm to discuss the steps to be taken to stop this Israeli plan.

The committee believes that this plan is aimed at stealing the land from its Arab owners after a previous attempt in 1998 had failed to turn the land of Rouha into a closed military zone as a result of the Palestinian massive protests that prompted the Israeli government then to backtrack on its annexation decision.

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Palestinians protest Israeli demolition of house in Wadi Ara

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Hundreds of Palestinians from the 1948 occupied towns and villages rallied on Friday in protest at the Israeli demolition of a Palestinian home in Wadi Ara at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The Hebrew radio reported that clashes broke out between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas grenades. Several Palestinians were wounded and arrested during the events.

Among the protestors were former and current Arab Knesset members.

A general strike was also organized on Thursday in Wadi Ara area to protest the demolition of this house.
The popular committee for land defense, which called for this strike, had held one day earlier an urgent meeting in the protest tent near the razed house of Saeed Abu Sharqiya in Wadi Ara.

Municipal officials and Arab Knesset members as well as citizens attended this meeting.

Israeli military bulldozers had knocked down at dawn Wednesday the house of Saeed Abu Sharqiya in Wadi Ara, north of the 1948 occupied lands. The house was built in 1969.

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