Wednesday, 4 May 2016
JENIN, May 4, 2016 (WAFA)- Israeli forces Wednesday detained 12 Palestinians, including at least two minors, and summoned another during overnight raids into a number of West Bank districts, said Palestine Prisoner’s Society. Forces detained four Palestinians from Jenin, three others from Hebron, three others from Jerusalem, two others from Ramallah and summoned another from Hebron. Four detained four Palestinians from Deir Abu Da‘if and Faqqu‘a villages, northeast and east of Jenin. The detainees were identified as Bilal Yasin, 25, Mujahed Ya‘coub, 26, Mushir Massad, 21, and Muhammad Massad, 22. In Ramallah and al-Bireh districts, forces detained Islam Mu‘addi, 22, and Shawkat Amra, 23, after storming and thoroughly searching their houses in Kafr Malik vil
RAMALLAH, May 4, 2016 (WAFA) – The ‘Al-Quds Index‘ of the Palestine Exchange closed Wednesday trading at 500.50 points, up by 0.22 points (0.04%) compared to the last trading session, according to the PEX daily report.  A Total of 507,888 shares were traded with a value of $1,082,270.89 executed during 158 transactions. Shares of 15 companies were traded; share price increased in five companies whereas decreased in five other companies. Top five gainers: QUDS by (6.84%), NIC by (4.87%), BJP by (2.56%), PRICO by (1.72%), and BOP by (0.4%). Top five decliners: ISBK by (-6.08%), WASSEL by (-4.71%), PEC by (-1.75%), AQARIYA by (-1.37%), and WATANIYA by (-1.15%). M.N
RAMALLAH, May 4, 2016 (WAFA) – The labor force participation rate of persons aged 15 years and above in Palestine was 45.8% in the first quarter of this year, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). It said the number of persons participating in the labor force in Palestine was 1,326,700 in the 1st quarter 2016; 834,300 in the West Bank and 492,400 in Gaza Strip. The labor force participation rate in the West Bank was 45.5% and 46.4% in Gaza Strip. The gap in the participation rate between males and females in Palestine is still very big, where it reached 71.6% for males compared with 19.4% for females. Unemployment Rate among Labor Force Participants Using ILO standards, the number of unemployed was 352,800 in the 1st quarter 2016; distributed as 202,80
RAFAH, May 4, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli armored tanks on Wednesday bombed with artillery shells an agricultural area on the border with the Gaza Strip to the east of Rafah, according to local sources. WAFA correspondent said armored tanks, stationed at Sofa military outpost at the border, fired three artillery shells at adjacent agricultural lands and a landfill. There were no reports of casualties. Earlier the day, a number of Israeli armored tanks entered the borderline area to the east of Rafah, razing lands and opening gunfire indiscriminately. Israel has unilaterally imposed a no-go zone into the border with Gaza, stretching between 300 and 900 meters in some areas. According to humanitarian groups, this sharply affects the livelihood of tens of thousands of Gaza farmers, who rel