Occupation authorities demolish house in Nablus-governorate village

NABLUS: Israeli occupation authorities today demolished a Palestinian house in Furush Beit Dajan village, east of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to a local official.

Head of Furush Beit Dajan Village Council, Azzem Hajj Mohammad, said that the occupation forces escorted a bulldozer to the village, where the heavy machinery tore down a 100-square-meter house belonging to a villager.

He added that the occupation forces had notified the villager of their intention to carry out the demolition citing the classification of the area as Area C as a pretext.

The occupation authorities demolish Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve ‘demographic control’ of the occupied territories.

Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing
residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

In contrast, Israel argues that building within existing colonies is necessary to accommodate the ‘natural growth’ of settlers. Therefore, it much more easily gives the estimated 700,000 Jewish Israeli colonists there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.

Source: Palestine news and Information Agency – WAFA

WHO raises the alarm over escalating healthcare crisis amid new Gaza evacuation orders

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) today raised the alarm over the escalating healthcare crisis in the war-torn Gaza Strip following new evacuation orders in Gaza City.

The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned in an online post: ‘There’s really no safe corner in Gaza. The latest reports on evacuation orders in Gaza City will further impede delivery of very limited life saving care.’

‘Al-Ahli and Patient Friendly hospitals are out of service; patients either self-evacuated, were given early discharge or referred to Kamal Adwan and Indonesian hospitals, which are suffering shortage of fuel, beds and trauma medical supplies,’ the WHO chief continued.

‘Indonesian Hospital is triple over its capacity. Al-Helou Hospital is within the blocks of the evacuation order but continues to be partially functional. As-Sahaba and Al-Shifa hospitals are in close proximity to the areas under evacuation order but remain functional so far,’ he added.

He pointed out that six medical points and two
primary health care centers are also within the evacuation zones, further straining the healthcare infrastructure.

He cautioned that these key hospitals and medical facilities ‘could quickly become non-functional due to hostilities in their vicinity or obstruction to access.’

WHO reiterated the call for a ceasefire to ensure the delivery of medical aid to those in the desparate pressing need.

Meanwhile, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told a UN press briefing in Geneva that of 36 hospitals in Gaza, only 13 are partially functioning.

Jasarevic stressed that patients and medical staff evacuated three hospitals in one week in southern Gaza in fear of intensified military activities that could render the health facilities non-functional or inaccessible.

He stated that ‘Total capacity at the six partially functional hospitals in southern Gaza – including three in Deir Al Balah and three in Khan Younis – is just 1,334 beds.’

He elaborated that out of 11 field hospitals in the Gaza Strip, three have had to te
mporarily shut down and four are only partially functioning, ‘due to the hostilities in Rafah and reduced access’.

Most of the field hospitals in Rafah are relocating to the central area, he added.

‘No WHO trucks have passed last week into Gaza since Karem Shalom remains closed,” he stressed.

Source: Palestine news and Information Agency – WAFA

Occupation authorities seize tract of land from Salfit-governorate town

SALFIT: Israeli occupation authorities today decided to seize a tract of land belonging to the Deir Istiya town, northwest of the occupied West Bank city of Salfit, according to a local official.

Mayor of Deir Istiya, Feras Dhiyab, said that the Israeli occupation forces handed the municipality an order to take over 1,700 m² of land belonging to the town to make room for the construction of a water cistern and pipelines extending from Wadi Qana, west of the town, to a nearby colony.

He added that the occupation forces uprooted olive trees from the cultivated land of a local farmer from the town at Wadi al-Ma’aser to make room for the installation of a water pipeline and sewage network for a nearby colony.

Source: Palestine news and Information Agency – WAFA

Palestinian emerges in harsh and shocking health condition after months in Israeli detention

RAMALLAH: Palestinian prisoner Ma’zuz Abayat Tuesday evening emerged in harsh and shocking health condition after serving months in Israeli detention, according to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS said in a press statement that Israeli occupation authorities released 37-year-old Abayat, a resident of Bethlehem, from the an-Naqab desert prison in very poor and shocking health condition after serving nine months under administrative detention.

It added that during his term of imprisonment since October 2023, Abayat was subject to severe beating, particularly to the feet, and as well as to a series of torture, starvation and medical crimes, which manifested and evidenced in his appearance upon his release. Such torture, starvation and crimes have been the central reasons for the death of Palestinian prisoners after October 7.

The first words Abayat uttered after his release was that he was ‘subjected to attempted murder’ more than once, the PPS added.

Before his current detention, PPS elaborated,
the father-of-five was detained twice and had not suffered from any health problems, at a time when thousands of detainees are at the risk death in Israeli custody and such risk is increasing over time due to continued torture of unprecedented level and intensity.

PPS pointed out that the Israeli occupation have stepped up the policy of administrative detention, placing at least 3,380 Palestinians, including children and women, under administrative detention and subjected to mock trials under the pretext of undisclosed evidence, noting that hundreds of administrative detainees are sick who are mostly former detainees.

It held the occupation authorities fully responsible for Abayat’s health condition and reiterated its call to international human rights organizations to shoulder their responsibilities vis-à-vis the ongoing Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip and crimes against Palestinian prisoners.

Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention that allows the detention of Palestinians
without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

The US State Department has said in past reports on human rights conditions for Palestinians that administrative detainees are not given the ‘opportunity to refute allegations or address the evidentiary material presented against them in court.’

Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a ‘bankrupt tactic’ and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy, which violates international law.

Source: Palestine news and Information Agency – WAFA

30 Palestinian lawyers detained by Israeli forces since start of Israeli aggression on Gaza

RAMALLAH: The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission and the Palestine Prisoner Society (PPS) said that the number of detentions among lawyers since the start of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has reached to 30 lawyers, including two female lawyers.

They said in a joint statement, on the occasion of Palestinian Lawyer’s Day, that the occupation carried out systematic crimes against lawyers during their detention operations.

The most prominent restrictions imposed by the occupation on lawyers were reviewed, as the prison administration at the beginning of the aggression prevented them from visiting detainees.

The Commission and PPS pointed out that the occupation continues to impose the crime of enforced disappearance against the majority of Gaza detainees, by preventing legal teams and the Red Cross from communicating with them.

Source: Palestine news and Information Agency – WAFA