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COVID-19 in Palestine: 9 deaths, 1,720 new cases within 24 hours

The Ministry of Health in Ramallah announced on Wednesday that 9 deaths, 1,720 new cases of coronavirus, and 490 recoveries were recorded during the past 24 hours, after conducting 7,366 examinations. The ministry stated in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that 3 deaths were recorded in the West Bank, Nablus, Bethlehem, and Qalqilya, in addition to 6 deaths in …

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Israel forces shoot Palestinian youth in the eye

Israeli occupation forces assaulted Palestinian workers with gas bombs near the village of Rummanah, northwest of Jenin city. According to local sources and witnesses, Israeli soldiers used a helicopter to fire tear gas towards Palestinian workers as they were on their way to their jobs in Israel, resulting in a number of them suffering suffocation due to inhaling the toxic …

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Report: 44 schools across West Bank at risk of demolition by Israel

Some 44 Palestinian schools across ‘Area C’ of the occupied West Bank are at risk of complete or partial demolition, Al-Mujtama reported yesterday. According to the Kuwaiti magazine, the Israeli occupation is planning the demolitions under the pretext that these schools did not have the licenses needed to be built. However, Palestinians insist that the demolitions are aimed at ending the Palestinian …

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Palestinian woman detained by Israel solders at military checkpoint

Israeli occupation soldiers detained a Palestinian woman at an military West Bank checkpoint earlier today, reported Wafa news agency. The lady was among 16 Palestinians arrested since last night by Israel in the occupied territories, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS). Israeli occupation forces at Qalandia checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, opened fire to capture the Palestinian woman, who they claim was walking in …

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Report: Israel killed 7 Palestinian minors in 2020

Israeli occupation forces have killed seven Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of 2020, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) said in a recent report. According to Arab48, the DCIP’s report stated that Israeli occupation forces continue using “illegal torture and extrajudicial killings against Palestinian children.” The DCIP’s report stressed that Israel is …

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Ireland condemns Israel’s ‘brutal and violent’ demolition

Ireland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, has denounced Israel’s demolition of 80 Palestinian homes as a “brutal and violent act”. The Fine Gael politician responded to the mass demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank village of Khirbet Humsa, by Israeli forces earlier this month. “Destruction of private property such as this is clearly prohibited under international humanitarian law,” …

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UN records 33 Israel settler attacks on Palestinians picking olives last month

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recorded 33 incidents where people believed to be Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians picking olives, or damaged their trees and produce. In a statement, UN OCHA disclosed that these violations were documented between 7 October and 2 November, noting that 25 Palestinians were injured and 1,000 olive trees burnt or …

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Israel’s pre-emptive conditions for Hamas’ participation in elections

The Israeli calls against the participation of Hamas in the upcoming elections are getting louder, alleging that the involvement of a movement representing a threat to Israel is banned under the Oslo Accords. Thus, anti-Hamas advocates are demanding the Israeli authorities to block the way for the movement’s participation in the election race, by arresting its candidates, banning the elections, …

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Palestine says 100,000 virus swabs damaged by Israel

Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kailah on Tuesday accused Israel of damaging 100,000 swabs for coronavirus by hindering the passage of clinical materials from Jordan to the West Bank. Speaking to the official Voice of Palestine Radio, al-Kailah said that the Israeli measures have caused a shortage of swabs necessary for testing the virus. “What is available at the ministry is …

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Israel seals off West Bank, Gaza Strip

The Israeli occupation army announced the full closure of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holiday, Quds Press reported on Friday. According to Quds Press, the complete closure will start from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday. During this period, all crossings between Israel and the occupied territories will be closed with the exception …

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