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3 Palestinians killed, 5 injured after suffocating inside Gaza tunnel

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were killed and five others were injured after suffering from gas suffocation on Friday evening while working inside a tunnel between the border of the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt, the Palestinian Civil Defense reported on Saturday. The Civil Defense pointed out that the …

Blaming Palestinians for fires part of Netanyahu’s “strategy of incitement”

Palestinians and Palestinian citizens of Israel are being blamed for recent wildfires as part of the Israeli government’s deliberate strategy of incitement, a leading rights group has said. “Senior Israeli government officials – including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – continue to make inflammatory statements that lay much of the blame …

Netanyahu thanks Abbas for Palestinian civil defense’s help fighting Israel-wide fires

RAMALLAH, November 27, 2016 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas received on Saturday evening a phone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who thanked him for the Palestinians’ help in battling nationwide fires that have raged since Tuesday, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes. In the call, …

Israel’s wildfires ‘all out’ following international firefighting efforts

[AFP] Firefighters extinguished blazes ravaging Israel and parts of the occupied West Bank that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes and saw more than 20 people arrested, authorities said Sunday. “There are no active sites left,” fire and rescue service spokesman Yoram Levy told AFP. “Since last night it’s pretty …

In pictures: Palestinian Civil Defense assists in putting out fires in Haifa, Jerusalem

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Civil Defense crews have continued to assist in putting out fires that have erupted in the cities of Haifa and Jerusalem, while fires have continued to spread across Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday. Spokesperson of the Palestinian Civil Defense, Nael al-Azzeh, told Ma’an …

Palestinian Civil Defense offers help to put down fires in Israel

RAMALLAH, November 24, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian civil defense (PCD) Thursday announced readiness to offer help to put down fires raging through several areas in Israel. Director General of PCD Yousef Nassar told WAFA that PCD is ready to help in containing the fires by providing fire engines and …

Toddlers burn to death in Gaza blaze blamed on power cuts

AL-SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza – The toddlers’ bed stands in the middle of the ash-scorched and smoke-stained room. Next to it lie the bodies of Yousra, aged three, Rahaf, aged two, and Naser al-Hindi, six months old, who all burnt to death here. The three bodies are distorted and unrecognisable. …

The many layers of the Palestinian Security Forces

Though frequently referenced and crucial to security cooperation with Israel and other countries, the Palestinian security apparatus is rarely fully comprehended. Herein, the different offices, forces and units are separated and explained, including their close relations with their Israeli counterparts. Elior Levy The Palestinian Security Forces (PASF) have undergone many …

IOF burn and destroy properties in al-Bireh, Thursday at dawn

PNN/Ramallah Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday at dawn invaded al-Bireh area, in Ramallah district, clashed with local youth and afterwards set a shop on fire, after damaging and confiscating all its equipment, Palestinian sources say. A large number of IOF military vehicles invaded al-Bireh area overnight and clashes erupted …