EU official condemns Israeli colonist violence

BRUSSELS: EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Friday condemned Israeli colonist violence in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. 'We strongly condemn extremist settler violence: perpetrators must be held to account,' he tweeted on X platform. 'The EU has decided to sanction extremist settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem for serious human rights abuses against Palestinians,' he added. This came after the US State Department imposed new sanctions on far-right Israeli colonists over their involvement in violence in the occupied West Bank. Among those listed is Ben Zion Gopstein, leader of Lehava, a far-right Jewish supremacist group that gained notoriety in Israel for attempting to prevent marriages between Jews and Arabs. The Treasury Department also designated Mount Hebron Fund and Shlom Asiraich over their role in establishing fundraising campaigns for two US-sanctioned far-right Israelis. "We are deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in the West Bank in recent days an d call on Israel to take all appropriate measures to prevent attacks by violent extremist settlers and hold those responsible accountable," the State Department said in a statement. "The United States will not hesitate to take additional steps to promote accountability if necessary." Colonist violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities. Colonist violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, and attacks on vulnerable homes, among others. Over 700,000 Israeli colonists are living in colonies across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law. Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

Palestinian man injured in foot by live bullets in Nablus area

NABLUS: A Palestinian man today was injured by live bullets fired by Israeli occupation forces during conformations that erupted in the town of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that its crews transferred the 24-year-old man to hospital after he was injured by live bullets in the foot. In the aftermath of the military incursion, confrontations broke out with the Israeli forces, during which the occupation forces randomly fired live bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas bombs towards locals and their homes. Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

President Abbas affirms priority of confronting colonist terrorism

RAMALLAH: President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized this evening that combating terrorist crimes perpetrated by Israeli colonist militias against our people, land, and holy sites remains a top priority for the Palestinian leadership. The President made these remarks as he received representatives from several villages and towns in the Ramallah and Nablus governorates this evening, which have been affected by terror attacks carried out by both Israeli colonist militias and occupation forces. He stated that the leadership has been reaching out to all regional and international stakeholders to confront colonist terrorism, combat their crimes, and hold them accountable. The President added that instructions have been issued to all Palestinian embassies worldwide to highlight this issue and convey the suffering of our people to all international institutions, organizations, and governments. President Abbas asked the government and all relevant authorities to immediately provide all necessary support to bolster the re silience of Palestinian citizens on their land in the face of these terrorist crimes perpetrated by colonists. He affirmed that 'our only option is resilience and remaining steadfast on our land, identity, and cause, regardless of the sacrifices,' commending 'the peaceful popular resistance witnessed in these villages against the terrorism and extremism represented by colonists.' Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

Occupation forces detain medical staff outside hospital in Tulkarm

TULKARM: Israeli occupation forces briefly detained a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance crew and another medical team this evening outside the Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital in Tulkarm, according to local sources. WAFA correspondent reported that Israeli soldiers stopped paramedics and doctors in the vicinity of the hospital, checked their identities, and subjected them to interrogation and field investigation. The Red Crescent stated that Israeli forces briefly detained a PRCS ambulance crew at the entrance of Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm while they were carrying out their humanitarian work. Simultaneously, Israeli forces continue their aggression on the adjacent Nour Shams refugee camp by deploying more military vehicles and bulldozers into the camp, amid intense gunfire towards anyone attempting to leave or enter the camp. Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

Israeli occupation forces murder five Palestinians in Nour Sham refugee camp

TULKARM: At least five more Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces during the ongoing Israeli military onslaught on Nour Sham refugee camp in the northern West Bank province of Tulkarm, bringing the total number of martyrs in the camp since Thursday evening to seven, according to Palestinian security sources. The sources identified the five victims as Alaa Yousef Abdel Rahim, Jaafar Salim A'amar, Ahmed Hossam Shahada, Omar Saleh Abu Al-Rob, and Ali Mohammed Abdullah, without providing any information on the circumstances of their killing. The bodies of the five martyrs are currently in the possession of the Israeli occupation army, the sources added. With the killing of the five youths, the death toll in the camp has risen to 7 individuals so far, including the child Qais Fathi Nasrallah, 15 years old, who was transferred to the hospital yesterday, and Salim Faisal Ghunaim, 30 years old, who remains in one of the camp's houses. Simultaneously, Israeli occupation forces continue to preve nt ambulances from entering the camp to transport the casualties. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that its teams are attempting to reach the injured after receiving reports of casualties within the camp. However, Israeli forces have prevented them, chased them, and asked them to leave. The Israeli forces also opened fire at a Red Crescent ambulance after its crew attempted to retrieve the body of one of the deceased from one of the outskirts of the camp, without reporting any injuries. Meantime, the forces continue their aggression on the camp by deploying more military vehicles stationed in all its axes, alleys, streets, and the intercity Nablus Street adjacent to its entrance, amid intense gunfire towards anyone attempting to leave or enter the camp. Israeli army bulldozers are also carrying out extensive demolition and destruction of infrastructure and citizens' properties, targeting the camp's bakery, commercial shops, houses, and walls, in addition to destruction of vehicles. This attack is described as the most violent and worst in years. Israeli forces are also raiding dozens of homes, deploying attack dogs, searching, vandalizing, and arresting youths, assaulting them with beatings and abuse, and deploying snipers on the rooftops of tall buildings. They have also bombed a number of homes with shoulder- launched missiles. The Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital and Al-Israa Specialized Hospital in Tulkarm have received 12 injuries so far from live ammunition and brutal beatings by Israeli occupation soldiers, with the injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

Multiple Palestinian casualties in a series of Israeli airstrikes across Gaza

GAZA: At least a dozen Palestinian citizens were killed this afternoon in a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting multiple areas of the Gaza Strip, as Israel's genocidal onslaught on the region continues for the seventh month, according to local and medical reports. In northern Gaza, medical sources reported the killing of six Palestinians and injuries to many more in the wake of an Israeli airstrike on the Al-Faluja area in Jabalia refugee camp. Simultaneously, three civilians were killed and 30 others were wounded as Israeli shelling targeted the northern areas of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. The Israeli artillery also struck southern areas of Gaza City. In the meantime, medical sources confirmed the killing of Dr. Mu'in Sa'ed, a medical doctor, and the injury of his son after their clinic was bombed by Israeli occupation forces in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. The ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza since October 7, 2023, has resulted in 34,049 documented Palestinian fatalities so far, with the majority being children and women. In addition, 76,901 injuries have been documented since the start of the onslaught, with thousands still trapped under the rubble. Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

Army-backed Israeli colonist militias murder ambulance driver south of Nablus

NABLUS: This afternoon, IOF-backed Israeli colonist militias murdered an ambulance driver and injured another two civilians in a terror attack targeting the Palestinian village of Al-Sawiya, located south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to local and medical sources. Bashar Qaryouti, a paramedic from the Qaryout Emergency Medical Services, reported that armed Israeli colonists and occupation soldiers opened fire on an ambulance of theirs while it was transporting two people who had been wounded earlier during the attack on the village. He said the terror shooting attack claimed the life of the ambulance driver, Mohammad Awadallah Musa, 50 years old. Earlier today, sources from the village informed WAFA that dozens of colonists from the illegal Eli settlement, built on stolen Palestinian lands south of Nablus, attacked homes of Palestinian citizens in the eastern area of the village. The attack initially resulted in injuries to two Palestinian citizens: a 50-year-old man with gunshot wounds t o the chest and a 26-year-old who was shot in the face. The attack is the latest in a spate of ongoing terror attacks perpetrated by Israeli colonist militias against Palestinian villages across the occupied West Bank, facilitated by political and legal backing from the hard-right Israeli coalition government. Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA

Occupation forces briefly detain farmer and his tractor in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM: Israeli occupation forces briefly detained a Palestinian farmer along with his tractor today in the town of Al-Khader, located south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources. Activist Imad Da'douh informed WAFA correspondent that Israeli forces detained the young man, Bahaa Ali Salah, in his twenties, along with his agricultural tractor while he was plowing his land located south of the town. Of note, Israeli occupation forces have escalated their attacks on farmers in Al-Khader since October 7th, with measures including preventing them from accessing their lands, seizing land, conducting excavations, and demolishing agricultural structures. Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA