Saturday, April 6, 2013

PA: Israeli forces raid Rimon prison

PA: Israeli forces raid Rimon prison | Maan News Agency

Published today 21:30
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A special forces unit on Saturday raided sectors 1 and 5 in Rimon prison in Israel, a Palestinian official said.

Issa Qaraqe told Ma’an that a unit raided the prison and fired tear gas at prisoners. He added that detainees were protesting the prison administration’s decision to prohibit visits and seize electronic devices.

Qaraqe said that long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi was in critical condition. He added that the ministry and the Red Cross were negotiating a visit for Issawi who was banned from receiving visitors four days earlier.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Palestinian Killed, Three Injured Near Tulkarem

International Middle East Media Center
by IMEMC & Agencies Report post
Wednesday at night, April 3 2013, a Palestinian teenager was killed and at least three others have been injured by Israeli military fire during clashes that took place at the Ennab roadblock, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.
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Palestinian medical sources reported that the army fired rounds of live ammunition at Amer Ibrahim Nassar, 17, hitting him with multiple rounds in the chest causing instant death. At least three Palestinians have also been injured.

Furthermore, the army kidnapped three Palestinians identified as Naji Abdul-Karim Balbeesy, Dia’ Nassar, and Baha’ Naim Nassar; all from the nearby Anabta town.

The Israeli army claimed that the soldiers used live rounds after a number of youth hurled Molotov cocktails at them, no injuries were reported among the soldiers. Soldiers also closed the Ennab roadblock until further notice.

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured, and kidnapped, over the past two days during clashes that took place in different parts of the West Bank following the death detainee Maisara Abu Hamdiyya, 64, on Tuesday.

The health condition of Abu Hamdiyya has been rapidly deteriorating, especially over the last two months, after he was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer resulting of medical negligence in Israeli prisons.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Minister: After prisoner death, Palestine must join ICC

Minister: After prisoner death, Palestine must join ICC | Maan News Agency
Published today (updated) 03/04/2013 12:02
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestine must join the International Criminal Court to stop Israel crimes against Palestinian prisoners, the PA minister for prisoners said Wednesday.

Qaraqe said Israel did not abide by international and humanitarian principles, and that Palestine must head to the ICC to protect Palestinians from Israel's "continuous crimes against humanity."

The minister's comments were made at a meeting in Hebron with the family of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a cancer-sufferer who died in Israeli custody on Tuesday after Israel rejected repeated calls and protests for his release.

The Palestinian Authority's attorney-general Abdul Ghani Oweiwi has ordered an autopsy on Abu Hamidiyeh's body.

Palestinian and Arab doctors will be present at the autopsy, which will be conducted at the Abu Dis Institute of Forensic Medicine, Qaraqe said, adding that Palestinians had a right to know what led to Abu Hamdiyeh's death on Tuesday.

Issa Qaraqe said the Palestinian side had information that Abu Hamdiyeh's cancer spread because he was given the wrong medication by Israeli authorities. He was given pain killers to treat his cancer, Qaraqe said.

He said the Israeli Prison Service had neglected Abu Hamdiyeh's medical condition for two years and did not provide treatment "until his last breath."

Abu Hamdiyeh was admitted to Israel's Soroka Hospital in late March.

A military funeral will be held for Abu Hamdiyeh in Hebron after noon prayers on Thursday.