Friday, 6 May 2016
HEBRON, May 5, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday served a stop-construction order for a Palestinian family’s house to the east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, said a local activist. Coordinator of Local Anti-Settlement and Wall Committee Rateb Jabbur said Israeli forces and so-called Civil Administration officers stormed al-Jawaya locality, east of Yatta and handed Ayed al-Shawahin, 35, an order to stop the construction of his house. During the raid, forces tore down al-Shawahin’s family residential tents and seized construction equipment, citing building in Area C as a pretext. Israel rarely grants construction permits to Palestinians in the West Bank’s Area C and Jerusalem, forcing many of them to embark on construction without a permit before demolishing t
JERUSALEM, May 5, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli police Thursday prevented a Palestinian scout group from parading to celebrate the Islamic festival of Isra and Miraj in Jerusalem, said WAFA correspondent. Police prevented Hilal al-Quds Scout Group from observing the day through a parade to mark the occasion, under the pretext that the festival coincides with the Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah). Every year, the scout group parades from Hilal al-Quds headquarters toward Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to observe the day, which Muslims believes it was then that Prophet Mohammad took a miraculous journey in one night and traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem and then ascended to the heavens. Muslims celebrate the day by offering optional prayers during this night and illuminating cities with electr
BETHLEHEM, May 5, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday detained 14 Palestinians, including at least three minors for alleged stabbing attempts and one at a Gaza border crossing, said the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) and WAFA correspondent. Israeli soldiers detained four Palestinians from Bethlehem, three others from Hebron, four others from Jerusalem, another two from Ramallah and Jenin.  Leading tracking dogs, Israeli soldiers detained four Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their family houses in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem. The detainees were identified as Ahmad Thwabteh, 21, Fayez Taqatqa, 19, Omar Taqatqa, 20, and Muhammad Taqatqa, 21. Israeli forces detained three Palestinians, including two from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron city, who
GAZA, May 5, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes Thursday at dawn targeted several locations in the besieged Gaza Strip and left one Palestinian elderly and three children moderately to critically injured, reported WAFA correspondent. An F16 warplane shelled a blacksmith workshop that belongs to the family of Ayman Hasanin in al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza, injuring the 65-year-old father Hasan Hasanin with shrapnel in the hand and shoulder. Another three children were also injured with shrapnel as a result to the shelling of the same blacksmith workshop. They were transferred to al-Shifa Hospital with their injuries described as moderate to critical. Israeli warplanes also shelled an empty plot of land in al-Surani area, east of Gaza city, creating a deep hole in the area a