Monday, 2 May 2016
JERUSALEM, May 1, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli police on Sunday detained three Palestinians minors in the town of al-Issawiya, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, according to local sources. WAFA correspondent said the police detained Majd Dari, 15, Fadi Issawi, 14, and Shadi Odeh, 17, after raiding their family homes. The three were led to a nearby interrogation center. Earlier last night, Israeli forces broke into the town of ar-Ram, to the north of Jerusalem, and fired teargas canisters and stun grenades at locals’ homes, as well as smashed the windshields of multiple vehicles that were parked along the streets in the town. The Israeli military claimed that the crackdown on the town came in response to an arson attack on a nearby military base, believed to be carried out by youths fr
GAZA, May 1, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats on Sunday attacked with gunfire Palestinian fishermen while they were sailing within six miles from the shore of Gaza, according to WAFA correspondent. He said Israeli navy opened heavy machine gunfire on fishermen’s boats, despite sailing within the six-nautical-mile zone allowed for Palestinian fishing industry, causing damage to at least one boat. No injuries were reported among the fishermen who apparently fled the scene for fear of being detained, inured, or killed. Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost on a daily basis, in a blatant breach of a ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and armed Palestinian groups in august 2014, following 51 days of bloody aggression on the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of ove
RAMALLAH, May 1, 2016 (WAFA) – Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, condemned on Sunday the European Union Broadcasting Corporation’s decision to ban the flag of Palestine from the Eurovision song contest. In an official letter to the President of the EU Broadcasting Corporation, Erekat said: “The decision to single out the flag of Palestine, a country recognized by 137 world nations and who has an observer status in the United Nations, is discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.” “Your decision is totally biased and unacceptable,” Erekat added, calling upon the Corporation to “immediately revoke this shameful decision.” “It‘s also equally necessary for the European Union Broadcasting Corporati
BETHLEHEM, May 1, 2016 (WAFA) – At least one Palestinian was shot and injured and three others detained by Israeli troops, who broke into al-Izza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, last night, according to local sources. The sources told WAFA that a 22-year-old was shot with a live bullet in his thigh bone during the Israeli crackdown on the camp. He was transferred to nearby Beit Jala public hospital for medical treatment, where his case was described as moderate. Meanwhile, the army detained three Palestinians after raiding their homes in the camp and in the nearby village of Beit Fajjar. They were identified as Mohammad Barbari, 28, Ameen Thawabteh, 17, and Mousa Deriya, 26. M.N