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Palestine: Child run over, tents and barracks destroyed in JV & 200 Israelis storm Al Aqsa

Settler runs over Palestinian child in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– An Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian child near the Ibrahimi mosque in al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank.

Ten-year-old Mohamed Essam Salayma was seriously injured after being run over by a settler in the Ibrahimi square south of the Ibrahimi mosque in al-Khalil.

The child was transferred to al-Khalil Government Hospital with bleeding wounds to his face and head, where his injuries were described as serious.

Settlers’ deliberate car attacks against Palestinians particularly children have been on the rise in al-Khalil where they are rarely investigated.

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IOF destroys tents and barracks in Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces(IOF) stormed on Monday the Jordan Valley in Tubas where they demolished tents and a shed belonging to Palestinian farmers.

Nearly 20 military vehicles and bulldozers stormed the area and started demolishing a number of tents and agricultural houses in the areas of Al-Hadidia in Tubas in the West Bank, local sources said.

The sources added that the Israeli soldiers threatened the residents to evacuate Atouf village from its Palestinian residents for settlement purposes.

Meanwhile, Israeli bulldozers destroyed Palestinian facilities in the areas of Al-Ra’s Al-Ahmer eastern Atov village.

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IOA to establish new settlement park in Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee has approved the establishment of a new settlement park at the expense of Walaja village’s land in southern Jerusalem, Hebrew media sources said.

The boundary of the park will run along the Apartheid Wall, which separates the villagers of Walaja from their farmland, according to Haaretz newspaper.

“The Refaim Valley Park” will cover more than 5,700 dunums, or 1,425 acres, ‏ at the southern exit of Jerusalem and will be part of the large urban park to surround Jerusalem on three sides. The Green Line runs through the base of the Refaim Valley, through which the park runs, the newspaper explained.

Haaretz stated that 1,200 dunums of land of the park are terraced farmlands belonging to the villagers of Walaja. Villagers say the main threat to the ancient culture of terrace agriculture comes from the Apartheid Wall under construction.

An Israeli official said, “changing the character of the area from Palestinian farmland into an Israeli recreational site fits in with the plan to create contiguity between the holy city and the settlements surroundin.”

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200 Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Nearly 200 Israeli settlers stormed Monday morning al-Aqsa mosque under Israeli police protection in flagrant provocation to the Palestinian worshipers and students who started shouting ‘Takbir’, al-Aqsa Foundation For Endowment and Heritage said.

Since the early morning hours, 5 settler groups stormed al-Aqsa mosque from Mughrabi gate, including youths, children, mentors and soldiers in their military uniforms, the Foundation added. The settlers were shouting and laughing out loud and showed no respect for the place.

Israeli settlers escalated their break-ins into al-Aqsa mosque recently as part of the Israeli plan to divide the mosque and to impose a fait accompli in the holy city.

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Looming humanitarian crisis in Gaza strip

GAZA, (PIC)– Head of Palestinian Contractors Union confirmed that the Gaza strip is facing a fuel crisis due to the Egyptian decision to close the Rafah crossing and the continued Israeli siege on the strip.

Gaza faces a severe fuel crisis that affects several life aspects, causing severe disruption to vital facilities in the strip such as hospitals, water and sanitation services, he said.

The fuel crisis has also affected the fishing industry, the construction industry and all basic services and in the strip that significantly impacts the lives, health and livelihood of Gaza’s 1.7 million residents, he added, warning of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza which is expected to exacerbate in the light of the ongoing crisis.

The head of Palestinian Contractors Union called on the international community to intervene to pressure the occupation authorities to open the crossings and to allow the entry of the basic commodities in sufficient quantities.

He called for urgent international intervention to deal with the consequences of the current crisis before it worsens.

He pointed out that the continued crisis will affect the Israeli security and economy as well.

Due to the continuous fuel crisis the electricity company in Gaza strip was forced to cut the power for long periods reacheing 16 hours per day.

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