Thursday, June 18, 2015

Limited Israeli incursion east of Gaza

 
 
GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) advanced a limited distance in Palestinian lands to the east of Gaza City on Thursday.

Local sources told Quds Press that several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers advanced into lands to the eastern outskirts of the city in al-Shujaiyah district.

The Israeli forces opened machinegun fire at random and leveled lands during the incursion. No casualties have been reported.

The attack is another episode in the series of Israeli daily violations of the Cairo-brokered truce accord signed in the wake of last summer’s offensive on the besieged coastal enclave, which killed over 2,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in southern Gaza

June 13, 2015 4:24 A.M. (Updated: June 14, 2015 12:19 A.M.)

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces deployed near the Sufa crossing in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at and injured a Palestinian Saturday, local sources told Ma'an.An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the report, telling Ma'an that a "Palestinian suspect approached the security fence" and Israeli forces opened fire at his lower extremities after firing warning shots into the air. One hit was confirmed, and Israeli forces took the man to a hospital in Israel for treatment, she added. The spokesperson did not have confirmation if the injured man would be detained after treatment or returned to the Gaza Strip.Sufa was one of several crossings between Gaza and Israel to be sealed by Israeli authorities in 2007 and was permanently closed in 2009, however is sporadically opened for humanitarian needs, according to Israeli rights group Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.The border area where Israeli forces opened fire Saturday is part of an Israeli-enforced "buffer zone" along the Gaza-Israel border as well as on the western seaside border of the strip.The parameters of the buffer zone are regularly changed by Israeli authorities, and Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire toward Palestinian civilians inside of the buffer zone since the signing of a ceasefire agreement that ended a more than 50-day war between Israel and Hamas last summer, according to documentation by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PHCR).Despite shorter distances set by Israeli authorities, PHCR reports that attacks against Palestinians have taken place up to approximately 1.5 kilometers inside the border fence. Constituting around 17 percent of the total territory of the Gaza Strip, the buffer zone effectively turns local farms into no-go zones.The buffer zone, which Palestinians are prohibited from entering, "is illegal under both Israeli and international law," according to PHCR.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Israeli military vehicles, bulldozers cross Gaza borders

June 10, 2015 12:22 A.M. (Updated: June 10, 2015 6:25 A.M.) 

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Palestinian residents in the Gaza Strip witnessed ongoing near daily incursions by Israeli forces Wednesday morning as Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers entered the strip, firing heavily into the air.Three bulldozers and four military tanks were observed by residents of the town of al-Qarara working on Palestinian agricultural land near the Gaza Israel border.Witnesses said the vehicles came from the Kissufim military base, reporting that Israeli forces fired gunshots into the air while the bulldozers worked.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an she had a report of "routine maintenance" carried out adjacent to the border fence, but had no further information regarding what type of maintenance was performed.Israeli authorities maintain a "buffer zone" along the Gaza-Israel border, however its exact limits are ambiguous. Farmers whose land lies within or close to the buffer zone face near daily fire or threat of fire from Israeli forces, often preventing them from cultivating their crops, rights groups say.
Israeli forces enter the Gaza Strip on a near-daily basis in contravention of international law, with Israeli forces opening fire at civilians in the "buffer zone" on land and sea over ten times between May 26 and June 1, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
According to Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the buffer zone, which Palestinians are prohibited from entering, "is illegal under both Israeli and international law."Wednesday's incident also came days after Israeli jets launched airstrikes on a military training base operated by Hamas' military wing in the northern Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired at Israel claimed by a group Sheikh Omar Hadid-Bayt al-Maqdis.The Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel was temporarily shut following the exchange, amidst an ongoing 8-year blockade of the strip enforced by Israel and supported by Egypt to the south.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Israeli forces open fire on fishermen, farmers in Gaza

May 24, 2015 10:27 A.M. (Updated: May 25, 2015 10:13 A.M.)
 
(MaanImages/File)
 
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen and farmers in the Gaza Strip Sunday morning, with no injuries reported.Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli naval boats fired on fishing boats off Sheikh Ijlein and Nuseirat on the northern Gazan coast, forcing the fisherman to return to land.Meanwhile, Israeli troops stationed in watchtowers along the borders with Gaza fired gunshots at Palestinian farmers working on their fields near the border area in northwestern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian fisherman and farmers since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip.In March alone, there were a total of 35 incidents of shootings, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.The shootings left 10 injured, including three minors.The attacks come despite Israeli promises at the end of the ceasefire to ease restrictions on Palestinian access to both the sea and the border region near the "security buffer zone." 
 
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At approximately 06:10, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of al-Qotbaniyah area, east of Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the aforementioned area.  The shooting continued for around 20 minutes

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhadaa' Cemetery and east of Abu Safiyah area, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at the aforementioned area.  The shooting continued for around two hours.

At approximately 19:20, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhadaa' Cemetery and east of Abu Safiyah area, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at the aforementioned area.  The shooting continued for around 20 minutes.

At approximately 19:45, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip opened fire sporadically at Abu Samrah farmland, north of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip.  The shooting continued for around 10 minutes.

Note:  the aforementioned shooting incidents caused fear among farmers who were in their agricultural lands adjacent to the aforementioned fence.  As a result, they fled for fear of being injured.  Neither causalities nor damages were reported.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Israeli forces continue near daily fire on Gaza fishermen, farmers

May 23, 2015 12:45 P.M. (Updated: May 27, 2015 11:11 P.M.)
(AFP/File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats while forces targeted farmers in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday.Witnesses told Ma'an that the navel forces opened fire at the fishing boats off the coast of Al-Nuseirat and Al-Zawayda refugee camps located in the central Gaza Strip.
An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that several vessels deviated from the designated fishing zone Saturday morning, and retreated to shore after Israeli naval forces fired warning shots into the air, adding that no injuries were reported.The shooting comes days after a fishing boat was damaged by Israeli fire earlier this week, while Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahiya on May 10. Separately on Saturday, Israeli forces reportedly opened fire at Palestinian farmers in eastern Khan Younis.No injuries were reported.An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have immediate information regarding the incident in Khan Younis.Saturday's events come as Israeli forces have escalated attacks against Gazan Palestinians inside of the Israeli-implemented and controlled buffer zone. Gaza-based Israeli watchdog Al Mezan documented Israeli forces opening fire in the border areas six seperate times during the first ten days of May, leaving four injured including one child.In the seaside buffer-zone, Al Meza recorded ten incidents of Israeli fire on Palestinian fishermen within the same time period, resulting in two fishermen injured, two arrested, and one confiscated fishing boat.The Aug. 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militant groups stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.Since then, there have been widespread reports that Israeli forces have opened fire at fishermen within those new limits, and the zone has not yet been expanded.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Israeli forces cause fire in northern Gaza

May 21, 2015 9:39 P.M. (Updated: May 21, 2015 9:39 P.M.)


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday evening shot firebombs at Palestinians farmland east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip causing a large fire. Palestinian Civil Defense told Ma'an that its crews managed to put out the fire which spread over around 1 km of farmland. The Civil Defense said this was the fourth fire in the area in the last 24 hours.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

[Attack against farmers, east of Jabalia]

PCHR

Sunday, 17 May 2015

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhadaa' Cemetery and east of Abu Safiyah area, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at Palestinian farmers in the area.  The shooting resulted in fear among farmers, who were in the agricultural lands adjacent to the border zone.  As a result, they fled for fear of being wounded.  Neither injuries nor damages to the property were reported.  At approximately 11:15 and 17:00, the shooting was resumed in the same area.

Friday, May 15, 2015

3 Palestinians in Gaza shot, injured in Nakba Day protest

May 15, 2015 3:09 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2015 12:47 P.M.)

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured by live fire during a Nakba Day demonstration in the Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses said.Locals told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers opened fire on peaceful demonstrators east of Gaza City, hitting three men in the legs.Dozens of Palestinians were taking part in the march to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the mass displacment of Palestinians during Israel's creation.An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an there were "about 100 rioters in the area" during the incident, confirming three direct hits by live fire after Israeli forces opened fire at the lower extremities of five individuals who approached the "security fence," and did not halt on order of the Israeli forces.
 
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 PCHR
 
At approximately 13:20, Israeli forces stationed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at a group of young men who were participating in a demonstration to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Nakbah near Nahal 'Oz crossing to the east of al-Shija'iyah neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, three of them were wounded, and the medical sources at Shifa Hospital described the injury of one of them as serious.  He was transferred to the Israeli hospital to receive medical treatment.
The wounded persons were identified as:
1. Muhanad Mohammed ShehdahKhader Heles (21), who was wounded with a bullet to the right thigh and transferred to receive medical treatment in Israel;
2. AmjadAnwar Salman Shallah (20),who was wounded by a bullet to the right leg; and
3. Mohammed Yosri Hasan al-Hattab (22), whowas wounded with a bullet to the right leg.
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

IOF Opens Fire at Palestinian Farmers East of Jabalaiya

13-05-2015 06:16


At approximately 10:40 am on Wednesday, 13 May 2015, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire at farmers who were near the borders east of the Abu Safeyya area east of Jabaliya in North Gaza district. According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, the IOF opened fire at farmers who were in their farms about 300 meters away from the borders. The shooting continued for minutes. As a result, farmers abandoned their work and left the area. No injuries or casualties  were reported

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PCHR

 At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhadaa' Cemetery and east of Abu Safiyah area, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire sporadically at the border area.  The shooting resulted in fear among farmers, who were in the agricultural lands adjacent to the border zone.  As a result, they fled for fear of being wounded.  Neither injuries nor damages to the property were reported.  At approximately 14:00, the shooting was resumed in the same area.

Monday, May 11, 2015

IOF Opens Fire and Arrests One Palestinian East of Al Bureij RefugeeCamp

11-05-2015 06:12



At approximately 8:30 pm on Monday, 11 May 2015, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire at the eastern parts of Al Bureij refugee camp and launched flare bombs in the sky. While other tanks moved adjacent to the borders and the incursion continued for two hours. Israeli forces arrested Basel Shafeeq Khaled Abu Shawish, 24, resident of An-Nusairat camp, claiming that he was trying to cross the eastern borders. According to his family, they received a call at approximately 6:45 am on Tuesday 12 May 2015, from someone who introduced herself as Israeli police and informed them that their son is arrested and will be presented before the court within the week.