Tuesday, December 1, 2015

16-year old Palestinian boy and 19-tear old girl killed, Israel confiscates tents donated by Red Cross

The killed girl Maram Hassouna (Photo from Twitter)

Updated. - An Israeli military officer shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian girl at a checkpoint Tuesday east of Tulkarem on Tuesday, saying that she had attempted to stab him, Israel's army said. Earlier, on Tuesday morning,  a Palestinian teenage boy was shot dead by Israeli forces in the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion after he allegedly attempted to attack a settler with a knife, Israel's army said.
An Israeli army spokesperson said that the officer killed the young woman at a checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Enav east of Tulkarem because she posed an "immediate danger" to him.The Israeli officer was not injured and Palestinian witmesses said that they had not seen that the girl had a knife.
A Red Cescent team was prevented from taking away her body, which was instead taken away in an Israeli army medical jeep. A Palestinian family later identified the girl from photos circulating on social meda as their 19-year-old daughter, Maram Ramiz Hassouna, from Rafidia in Nablus.The family told Ma'an that she had spent a year in Israeli custody after she was charged with attempting to stab an Israeli soldier at the same checkpoint near Enav settlement two years ago. Israeli police said that the area was closed off following the incident.
An Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli forces shot and killed the 16-year old boy when he "attempted to attack a pedestrian" using a knife at a road junction in the settlement bloc, which sprawls across the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem. The Israeli site YNet reported that ''the terrorist'"was the 16-year old Ma'amoun al-Khatib from Bethlehem. He was the 107th since 1 October, the girl was the 108th.
Ma'amoun did not wound any Israelis before he was shot dead, the Israeli army spokesperson said. She said that one Israeli bystander was lightly wounded by a ricocheting bullet fired by Israeli forces.
The Bedouin community of Al-JHadidiye after Israel destroyed it on 26 November 2015 (Photo B'tselem)

Israeli authorities on Monday confiscated 10 tents donated to Palestinians in the Jordan Valley by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Israeli rights group B'Tselem said.
The Civil Administration (the mislading name of teh miitary government of the West Bank) and military personnel arrived at al-Hadidiya in the northern Jordan Valley on Monday morning and confiscated ten tents donated to residents by the ICRC and the local council, after the Israeli authorities demolished their homes last week," the group said."The families are without shelter at the moment."Four of the tents served as housing for the 19 Palestinian villagers, including six children, while a further six were reserved in case of future demolitions.Last Wednesday, Israeli military forces destroyed an access road to the village and destroyed housing, storage facilities, and livestock pens, leaving the families homeless.Israel's Civil Administration destroyed the families' homes in 2011, but they had since been rebuilt.

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