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Palestine: Tens of thousands flock to Jerusalem & IOA seeks to evict 1,300 from al-Khalil

(Al Quds, Palestine-file photo)

Tens of thousands flock to Jerusalem on the last Friday of Ramadan

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers from the 1948 occupied Palestine and from different West Bank cities have been flocking to Occupied Jerusalem since last night to perform the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said in a press statement on Friday that tens of thousands of worshipers started flocking to al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the last Friday prayers of Ramadan there.

Bayareq Foundation in the 1948 occupied territories reported that for today and Sunday (Night of Decree) it will provide 200 buses to transport worshipers from all towns and villages in the 1948 Palestine to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Israeli forces intensified their presence in the city of Jerusalem and deployed thousands of police and security elements in the form of groups throughout the city and at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli authorities have imposed strict restrictions on entry of worshipers to Jerusalem. The soldiers stationed at the checkpoints have prevented thousands of Palestinians from entering the occupied city, particularly children over the age of twelve and men under 40 years old.

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One martyr and 200 detainees during July

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli forces have killed one Palestinian and arrested 200 during July throughout West Bank and Gaza strip, Tadamun Foundation for human rights revealed.

Ahmad al-Bitawi, a researcher at the foundation, stated that Moataz Idris Sharawna, 19, was martyred after being hit by an Israeli jeep during clashes that erupted in Dura in al-Khalil.

The foundation’s report said that 200 Palestinians were detained during July including 40 minors between the ages of 12-18 years and 10 university students who study abroad.

Nearly 70 Palestinians were arrested in al-Khalil, 32 were detained in Nablus, 30 in Ramallah and al-Bireh, 25 in Jerusalem, 23 in Jenin, and 2 in Gaza strip.

The report pointed out that among the detainees were a Palestinian deputy, a university lecturers, two journalists and liberated prisoners.

Several Palestinians were arrested at Israeli checkpoints set up throughout West Bank and Erez crossing of the Gaza strip in addition to the Karama border crossing of the West Bank.

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IOA seeks to evict 1,300 Palestinians from al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) are working to evict 1,300 Palestinians from their villages in al-Khalil in the southern West Bank, under the pretext of conducting military training.

“The state wants to evict 1,300 Palestinians from their homes in an army firing zone in the West Bank in part because training there saves the Israel Defense Forces time and money”, Haaretz newspaper stated, adding that settlers in the Israeli random settlements in the area will not be evicted.

The Israeli General Prosecutor introduced papers to the Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday issuing the displacement of some 1300 Palestinians living in “the shooting area 918” in south Mount Hebron will save sources and time.

Petitions were presented to the Israeli prosecution to cancel the Israeli military order to deport the residents of 12 Palestinian villages established decades ago.

The newspaper pointed out that the military order does not include the Israeli random outposts built in the same area.

The Israeli authorities ordered to deport the same villagers in 2000 under the same pretext, but the court decided at that time their return to their villages until the final ruling in the case.

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