Archive for January, 2016

Israelis kill three Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – Israeli troops have killed three Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in separate incidents.

In the West Bank city of Hebron, 22-year-old Uday Jihad Irshaid was killed during a protest by Palestinian youths against the Israeli military.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH) released a statement saying Irshaid was killed by live fire.

An Israeli military spokesperson told Al Jazeera that Palestinians hurled rocks at the soldiers and rolled burning tyres towards their positions. The soldiers responded with live fire, but the spokesperson could not confirm fatalities.

Another Palestinian, 57-year-old Issa Haroubwas was also killed after allegedly attempting to ram his car into a military checkpoint at Haloul, close to Hebron.

In Gaza, Palestinians poured out in the hundreds along Israel’s separation barrier with the Strip, to protest and show solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and present-day Israel.

Sami Maadi, who was 41, died after Israeli forces used live fire on a group of protesters in the al-Bureij refugee camp.

Palestinians have been killed since October

Palestinian officials said that another 68 Palestinians in Gaza were seriously injured, 58 from live fire and 10 from asphyxiation due to inhalation of tear gas.

Since October 1, at least 121 Palestinians and 22 Israelis have been killed in the violence.

Speaking from the Gaza Strip, Ramy Abdu, the chairman of the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, told Al Jazeera that by using live fire on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Israelis continued their “policy of using something beyond excessive force” to kill Palestinians who pose no threat to soldiers.

Abdu, whose arm was broken by Israeli troops while attending a non-violent protest during the first Intifada, told Al Jazeera that “the unrest of the past few months is the result of great uncertainty. Palestinians have seen an escalation of brutality from the Israelis, and the international community has turned its back to our cause.

“The people think all rules are off, and that the Intifada is their only option forward,” he said.

Friday’s violence was presaged by an early-morning incursion in the centre of Ramallah.

More than 10 Israeli jeeps and an armoured personnel carrier entered the Palestinian Authority’s administrative capital early in the morning and raided a home, searching for a suspected Palestinian attacker.

The soldiers were confronted by Palestinian residents and clashes ensured, with no injuries reported.

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Settlers Seize a House Near Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

A group of Israeli settlers seized a Palestinian owned house located near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday, according to Safa news.
group of Israeli settlers seized a Palestinian owned houseSources told the news agency that a group of settlers ran to the house of Palestinian citizen Fawwaz Qfeisha and broke into the property.

The settlers were reportedly accompanied by children and had brought water and blankets with them.

The sources added that Israeli soldiers provided security for the settlers as they seized the property.

Following the incident, Israeli forces closed the Abu Arish military checkpoint that leads to Ibrahimi Mosque.

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Israeli Troops Kill 13-year-old Palestinian Girl in East Jerusalem

A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot to death by Israeli troops in occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday after allegedly trying to attack an Israeli security guard with a knife.
Israeli Troops Kill 13-year-old Palestinian Girl
According to Israeli police, Rokaya Abu Eid was shot dead at the entrance of the Jewish-only Anathoth settlement in northern Jerusalem.

Local Palestinian sources said that, following the incident, the Israeli army had detained Abu Eid’s father and taken him to a police station in the Jewish-only Ma’ale Adumim settlement.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Abu Eid’s death on Saturday brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops since October 1 of last year to 164, including 31 minors.

At least 20 of the minors slain by Israeli troops over this period were killed “in cold blood” at Israeli army checkpoints, according to official Palestinian figures, while the body of Hasan Manasra – a 15-year-old Palestinian boy killed last October – has yet to be handed over to his family by the Israeli authorities.

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Iran, Russia to discuss Syrian crisis

By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:

Russia and Iran hands

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is in Moscow to discuss Syrian and Yemeni crisis.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Amir-Abdollahian will discuss Syrian crisis ahead of the upcoming Geneva peace talks, Iran news agency reported Jan. 27.

The report added that the foreign ministers will also discuss the issue of extremism and Yemeni crisis.

The UN has announced that the new round of peace talks aimed at finding a political solution to end the Syrian crisis would start in Geneva on Jan. 29 which is expected to continue for six months.

UN Security Council resolution on December 18 approved a draft resolution on peace process in Syria. According to the resolution, talks should be held between Syria’s government and opposition should begin in January.

However it is not clear so far that the opposition groups whether plan to attend the talks as they demand the Syrian government to halts bombardments, lift blockades, and release detainees, Reuters previously reported.

Over the past five years more than 250,000 people have died in Syria following the crisis.

Iran’s relations with several Arab states, particularly, with Saudi Arabia have deteriorated following the outbreak of crisis in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Tehran has consistently expressed support for the Syrian government and Shia-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen as well as dissident Shia groups in Bahrain.

Riyadh accuses Tehran of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries, including Yemen – something Iran has denied.

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