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Palestine: Noticeable decline in COVID-19 cases, deaths

COVID-19 cases and deaths in the occupied Palestinian territories have sharply declined in recent days, officials from the Ministry of Health in Gaza and the West Bank confirmed on Sunday. In the last 24 hours, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip recorded 664 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, with 171 cases and four deaths in the West …

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Qatar envoy: Israel has not frozen Gaza aid package

Chairman of the Qatar Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza Ambassador Mohammed Al-Emadi yesterday denied Israeli media reports claiming Israel has frozen the entry of money the Gulf state has sent to Gaza in order to distribute aid ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid. Al-Emadi said in a statement that the funds for the Qatari grant will enter the …

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Abbas postpones legislative election over voting rights

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced last night that the first Palestinian national election in 15 years has been postponed until Israel allows the vote to take place in Jerusalem. The election was due to take place next month, but Abbas made the announcement after a meeting of the Palestinian factions in Ramallah. “We have decided to postpone the parliamentary …

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Israel’s ‘fierce’ targeting of human rights groups exposed in new report

Over the past decade, Israel has been running a vicious smear campaign targeting human rights groups critical of the Zionist state, a new report by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (the Observatory) has found. Titled Target Locked, the report exposed “the unrelenting Israeli smear campaigns to discredit human rights groups in Israel, Palestine, and the Syrian …

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Gaza tension pushes Israeli army head to cancel US visit

The Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, Aviv Kochavi, has cancelled his visit to the United States, during which he was scheduled to meet with American officials to mobilise them against rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, an IDF spokesperson announced on Sunday. According to the Jerusalem Post, this follows “a security assessment, and to improve the preparations for …

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Israel committing ‘apartheid’ against Palestinians, HRW says

Israeli authorities are committing apartheid and persecution against Palestinians, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a new report, drawing on years of documentation, case studies, and a review of government planning documents, statements by officials, and other sources. The 213-page report, A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution, “examines Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. It presents …

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Israel bans Palestinian fishermen from going to sea until further notice

The Israeli government has banned Palestinian fishermen from working off the coast of Gaza, Wafa news agency has reported. Already prevented from fishing in the full 12 nautical miles of occupied Palestine’s own territorial waters, the Israeli occupation authorities have now set a zero limit until further notice. According to the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the …

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New police cadres graduate in Gaza

The ninth class of students graduated yestarday with a Bachelor of Law and Police Sciences at the Rabat University College, in Gaza City. Police training was carried out during the graduation ceremony, which included: Simulating the execution of police operations, including dealing with “riots” and controlling “outlaws”, in addition to infantry demonstrations. Major General Nasser Musleh, undersecretary of the Ministry …

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Israel detains 26 Palestinian journalists for reporting news on social media

s many as 26 Palestinian journalists are currently detained by Israel for publishing news on social media. In a statement, the Hamas-run government media office in Gaza said Israel is practicing the most heinous attacks Palestinian journalists and media professionals. Journalists have been harassed, tortured and fined, the statement said. Bushra Al-Tawil was among those detained. Yesterday, Israeli forces arrested …

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Israel police prevent West Bank Palestinians from entering Jerusalem

Israeli occupation police on Friday prevented hundreds of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank from entering occupied Jerusalem to pray during the second Friday prayer of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Anadolu Agency reported. Israeli police set up many military checkpoints on the streets leading to the holy city and claimed that it is allowing only Palestinians vaccinated against COVID-19 …

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