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Palestine: Israelis kill 3 in WB, a new ‘settlement’ in WB & nuclear activities contaminate the air

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Israelis Kill Three Palestinians in West Bank

Al Manar

Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians and wounded 19 others on Monday in a clash in the West Bank’s Qalandiya refugee camp, AFP reported.

Israeli security forcesPalestinian hospital officials told the news agency that Rubeen Abed Fares, 30, and Yunis Jahjouh, 22, were both shot in the chest and Jihad Aslan, 20, died of brain damage, adding that all the casualties had been hit by live ammunition.

A Zionist police spokeswoman said that border police used “riot dispersal means” to disperse a stone-throwing crowd of 1,500 people, indicating that “three injured were taken to a (Palestinian) hospital but we do not know of danger to their lives.”

She added that “three border policemen were slightly injured by stones”.

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Israeli minister declares a new settlement in WB

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel declared the establishment of new settlement, called Leshem, in West Bank consisting of 70 houses, in addition to 400 other houses to be built later, Maariv newspaper said.

Ariel of the Jewish Home Party declared Monday that settlement construction will continue in West Bank. “A two-state solution is an unrealistic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, he said.

“Those who are here understand why the vision of two states is unrealistic and will never happen. Those who think they can force us to build only within the Auschwitz borders are wrong,” Ariel said.

“I will say very clearly that I am here to build you an apartment, and we are doing this everywhere in Israel. We are building 300 homes in Leshem just like we are building thousands in Rosh Ha’ayin. We are building in Kedumim like we are building in Kiryat Gat and in Modi’in. We are building in Jerusalem like we are building in the Galilee,” the minister added.

In a related context, Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of settlements file in the northern part of the West Bank, revealed a new Israeli plan to expand settlement construction in Nablus northern West Bank.

He said that the Israeli bulldozers started construction work in order to expand the settlement outpost known as “787” built on Aynabus village south of Nablus. Dozens of fruitful trees were uprooted in the process, he added.

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IPPNW: ‘Israel’s’ nuclear activities in the Negev contaminate the air all the year

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The international physicians for the prevention of nuclear war (IPPNW)-Palestine branch said that a recent study conducted by the Finnish association DHF in the Negev region, where the Dimona nuclear facility is located, showed that Negev air is contaminated almost during all days of the year, which poses serious health hazards.

During an environmental symposium held in Ramallah on Sunday, head of IPPNW Mahmoud Sa’adeh said that the Israeli government was able to convince the Jewish population living in the Negev that the toxic emissions reported in their areas and the resultant malignant diseases and infections rampant among them are caused by the livestock raised by the Palestinian Bedouin population living in the Negev.

Sa’adeh said that a research study conducted in 2007 had found out that the range of the area affected by radioactive waste and contamination extended to include other areas to the north of occupied Palestine such as Al-Khalil city.

He added that the study also showed that the levels of radiations exceeded three times the internationally permitted limit, noting that the contamination of soil and plants in Tulkarem and Qalqiliya areas, north of Palestine, was discovered during recent years.

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