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RAMALLAH, July 14, 2018 (MENA) - Israeli soldiers crashed on Friday night an engagement party in the town of Yabad, north of the West Bank, and kept invitees from reaching it, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Saturday.

The Israeli soldiers broke into the town and set up a roadblock outside the hall where the engagement party of Qassam Freihat was taking place, according to eyewitnesses.

The soldiers stopped and checked the papers of invitees and held Freihat and questioned him.

HEBRON, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) - The Israeli military Tuesday ordered Fawzi Khalil Abu Tabeekh, from Yatta, in the south of the West Bank, to demolish three shelters and a barn for sheep he owns near his town, according to Rateb Jbour, a local activist.

He told WAFA that the army informed Abu Tabeekh to demolish the three shelters he uses as homes and the barn located in Masafer Yatta in an area close to the illegal settlement of Otnail.

Masafer Yatta is considered Area C, which is under full Israeli military control and which makes over 60 per cent of the area of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians are banned by Israel from developing their land while illegal Jewish settlers are given a free hand in building and developing these areas in flagrant violation of international law.

 

RAMALLAH, July 3, 2018 (MENA) - Eleven Palestinian civilians were arrested at dawn Tuesday in different areas in the West Bank.

Local sources said that two Palestinians from Dheisheh Refugee Camp were arrested in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Two others were arrested in Beit Fajjar and Tuqu' towns in Bethlehem, the sources added.

According to eyewitnesses, an Israeli soldier was injured in clashes in Dheisheh Refugee Camp.

A released Palestinian prisoner from Al-Mazra'a al-Gharbya village was arrested by Israeli forces.

Three Palestinians were arrested in Tulkarm and Qalqilya.

 

RAMALLAH, June 29, 2018 (MENA) – Israeli forces detained 17 Palestinians from the West Bank overnight, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said late Thursday.

The detainees included four from Halhul, five from Nablus, three from Bethlehem, three from Tubas and two from Ramallah, the club said in a statement.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians were wounded by Israeli artillery shelling south of the Gaza Strip, including one in serous condition, Palestinian sources said.

For its part, the Israeli army said the forces deployed on Gaza border aborted an infiltration attempt and found Molotov cocktails there.

RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 28, 2018 (News Wires) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was discharged from a West Bank hospital on Monday, ending a weeklong stay that drew new attention to the 83-year-old's long history of health problems and his refusal to name a deputy or successor.

Wearing a dark suit and speaking in a steady voice, Abbas said he would quickly return to work and thanked supporters all over the world for checking in on him while he was in hospital.

"Thank God I'm discharged from the hospital today with good health, and will return back to work from tomorrow," Abbas said.

But he hinted that the heavy work load and stress of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital had affected his health.

"If I entered the hospital for Jerusalem, I want to leave while Jerusalem is our capital," he told reporters in a brief statement.

The Palestinians strongly objected to the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, and the move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this month. The Palestinians believe the U.S. move undercuts their claim to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and Abbas has since frozen ties with the Americans.

 

 

RAMALLAH, May 24, 2018 (MENA) – The Israeli government announced Thursday it plans to build 2,500 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli media outlets quoted Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying that the government will approve the construction of 2,500 new settlement units, including 1,400 homes and will issue immediate permits. 

Lieberman tweeted that the Israeli government is committed to speeding up settlement in the West Bank, as the approval for the 2,500 homes is set to be given next week to begin the building process in 2018.

The defence minister added that further approvals will be granted for more new settlements in the coming months. 

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