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General strike launched in Bethlehem to mourn slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials declared a general strike in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank on Saturday to mourn 22-year-old slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi, whose body was returned by Israel on Friday night after being withheld from his family in al-Duheisha refugee camp for six days. Muhammad …

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Al Mezan Demands Investigation into Clinical Death of a Child in Gaza

On Saturday, 2 September 2017 at 4 pm, Mustafa Fayeq Salman, a 16-year-old resident of Beit Lahia, was brought to the intensive care unit of the Indonesian Hospital in the North Gaza district where he was declared clinically dead. According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, Mustafa had been detained at …

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Israeli crackdown on toy guns exposes hypocrisy

Ramallah: Israeli occupation forces have imposed a ban on selling of toy guns in the occupied West Bank. Copies of the order were seen plastered on all main streets and market places in Ramallah. Israeli forces say the guns ‘pose a threat’ to Israeli soldiers. The forces raided several shops …

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Palestinian woman turns herself into prison over Israeli accusations of ‘incitement’

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian woman turned herself into Israeli prison on Tuesday to serve a three-month sentence over posts she allegedly made on Facebook. After serving out an eight-month period in house arrest, Israeli authorities handed 48-year-old Sahar al-Natsheh a prison sentence in Nov. 2016, accusing the occupied East Jerusalem resident …

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ICRC president meets with Hamas chief during visit to Gaza Strip

Hamas chief Yahiya Sinwar and ICRC President Peter Maurer meet in Gaza (Source: Hamas Twitter) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and met with Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar, as part of …

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Israel to remove sole water source in locale near Nablus

NABLUS, September 5, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday notified Palestinians of their intentions to destroy the water pipeline providing services to residents in a locale near the village of Duma, south of Nablus, said a local official. Ghassan Daghles, monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the north of the West …

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Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians, target rehabilitation center and print shop

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli army detained at least 19 Palestinians, including at least one minor in predawn military raids across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. Raids in the Ramallah area, which sparked clashes between locals and Israeli forces, targeted a print shop that was sealed off, as well …

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Settlers move into East Jerusalem home after Israel evicts Palestinian family

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family was evicted from their home of 53 years in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah early Tuesday morning, culminating a protracted legal battle by which Israeli authorities claim the property belongs to Israeli settlers. The displacement of the Shamasna family marked the …

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Human rights activist arrested by Palestinian security forces over Facebook posts

4 September 2017, 18:25 UTC The arrest of a Palestinian human rights defender today who criticized the Palestinian authorities on Facebook is a shameless attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO …

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