Friday, July 6, 2018

Palestine in Pictures: June 2018

Palestine in Pictures: June 2018

Palestinians run from tear gas during a protest along the boundary with Israel east of Gaza City on 22 June.
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Israeli forces killed 14 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip during the month of June.
Three additional Palestinians, including 14-year-old Zakariya Said Mustafa Bashbash, succumbed to wounds sustained during previous months while protesting along Gaza’s eastern boundary with Israel.
More than 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire so far this year. Six Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, none during June.
All but two of those Palestinians killed during the month were slain in Gaza, mostly during demonstrations organized under the banner of the Great March of Return.
Around 140 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, and some 4,000 wounded by live fire, since the launch of those protests on 30 March.
Volunteer paramedic Razan al-Najjar, 21, was shot and killed while helping to treat and evacuate wounded protesters east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza on 1 June. She was the second paramedic to be killed during the Great March of Return.

Children killed

Three children were reported to be among those killed in Gaza in June.
Haitham Muhammad Khalil al-Jamal, 14, died after he was shot in the stomach by an Israeli sniper during protests in Rafah, southern Gaza, on 8 June.
Abd al-Fatah Abu Azoum, 17, was killed by tank fire in Rafah. Another person was critically injured during the 28 June incident.
Yasir Amjad Musa Abu al-Naja – only 11 years old, according to Defense for Children International Palestine – died after he sustained a single gunshot wound to the head on 29 June.
Two Palestinians in the West Bank were slain during the month.
Israeli forces shot and killed Rami Sabarna, a 37-year-old construction worker from the town of Beit Ommar near Hebron, on 2 June. Israel claimed that Sabarna was attempting a vehicular attack on soldiers when he was killed, though no soldiers were injured during the incident.
An activist with the Hebron-based group Human Rights Defenders said that soldiers fired on Sabarna when he apparently did not hear their orders to stop the Bobcat excavator he was driving at the time.

Shot in the back while running away

In the village of Nabi Saleh, Israeli forces shot 21-year-old Izz al-Din Abdel Hafith Tamimi in the back while he was running away after throwing a stone at one of them.
Tamimi was the fifth Palestinian killed in the West Bank during confrontations with Israeli forces so far this year, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The UN special reporter for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories warned on 29 June that Israel appears closer than ever to formalizing the annexation of parts of the West Bank.
“This would amount to a profound violation of international law, and the impact of ongoing settlement expansion on human rights must not be ignored,” Michael Lynk stated.
Lynk and Dr. Dainius Pūras, UN special rapporteur on the right to health, stated in June that Gaza’s already overloaded health system, further strained by mass casualties due to Israel’s shooting of protesters, was at a “breaking point.”
The experts condemned the denial of exit permits to wounded Palestinians requiring specialized treatment not available in Gaza. They called on Israel to “end its unlawful blockade and to be an active partner to enabling Gaza to rebuild its economy and resuscitate its health care sector.”
Tension along the Gaza-Israel boundary remained high as Israeli leaders called for the shooting of Palestinians launching flaming kites and balloons from Gaza, even if they are children.
Israel claims that since the advent of the tactic in late April, firefighters have responded to hundreds of fires that burned more than 6,000 acres, incurring nearly $2 million in damage.
Palestinian groups in Gaza launched rockets towards Israel during the month of June after occupation forces hit what Israeli media called “Hamas positions” and a car described as belonging to “a Hamas operative said to be involved in the launching of flaming kites into Israel.”

Power plant shut down

Two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip endured rolling power cuts of 20-22 hours per day after Gaza’s sole power plant shut down its only operating turbine when it ran out of fuel on 5 June.
Rafah crossing, the sole point of exit and entry for the vast majority of Gaza’s population, has remained open since 12 May, save for a three-day closure. June marked the longest period that Egypt has allowed the crossing to be continuously open since 2014.
During the month of June the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria published the names of more than 30 Palestinians who died in government custody after their deaths were said to be confirmed by security officials.
The vast majority of those whose names were released were from Aideen refugee camp in Hama.
More than a dozen additional names of Palestinian refugees who died in Syrian prisons were released in July.
Palestinian medics approach the barbed wire fence along the Gaza-Israel boundary to reach injured protesters near Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 1 June. Razan al-Najjar, a volunteer medic on duty in Khan Younis that day, was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper. 
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Palestinians make their way through an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem to attend Friday prayer at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, 1 June.
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Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli forces as they try to make their way to Jerusalem to attend the Friday prayers at al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, 1 June.
 Wisam HashlamounAPA images
Palestinian medics hold posters depicting volunteer medic Razan al-Najjar, shot and killed by an Israeli sniper two days prior, during a protest in front of United Nations Development Programme office in Gaza City, 3 June.
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Palestinians near the West Bank city of Ramallah circumvent Israel’s wall to cross into Jerusalem and attend the last Friday prayer during Ramadan, 8 June.
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Palestinians gather during protests along the Gaza-Israel boundary east of Gaza City on 8 June.
Dawoud Abo AlkasAPA images
A wounded Palestinian protester reacts after he is hit in the face with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest at the Israel-Gaza boundary in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 8 June.
 Ashraf AmraAPA images
Activists stage a die-in at the entrance to HSBC bank in Manchester, England, to protest the financial institution’s complicity with Israeli abuses of Palestinian rights on 9 June. HSBC holds $1 billion worth in shares belonging to companies that provide equipment to the Israeli military, according to a 2017 report by the campaign group War on Want.
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The mother of Wesal Khalil, a 14-year-old girl shot and killed by an Israeli sniper during protests along the Gaza-Israel boundary on 14 May, holds her daughter’s belongings at their home in Maghazi refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, on 10 June.
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A photograph taken on 11 June shows the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, located between the West Bank cities of Jericho and Jerusalem near the Israeli settlement colony of Maale Adumim. Khan al-Ahmar is under threat of imminent demolition after Israel’s high court ruled in favor of razing it.
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Palestinian women prepare traditional date-filled mini cakes to sell to customers a few days ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, on 12 June.
Ashraf AmraAPA images
A Palestinian prepares smoked herring to be sold at market ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 12 June.
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A Palestinian in the central Gaza Strip prepares balloons loaded with flammable material to be flown towards Israel on 14 June. Israel claims that fires caused by incendiary balloons and kites have burned thousands of acres and incurred $2 million in damage.
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Palestinian worshipers pray in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, during Eid al-Fitr on 15 June.
Mahmoud KhattabAPA images
A Palestinian youth jumps into the Mediterranean Sea at the Gaza City seaport during the third day of Eid al-Fitr, 17 June.
 Mahmoud KhattabAPA images
A Palestinian man inspects a car destroyed in an Israeli air strike in the Shujaiya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City on 17 June.
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Relatives of Sabri Ahmad Abu Khader mourn at al-Shifa hospital morgue in Gaza City after the 24-year-old was killed by Israeli forces while allegedly attempting to breach the boundary fence on 18 June.
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Mourners carry the body of of Zakariya Said Mustafa Bashbash, 14, during his funeral in Maghazi refugee camp on 18 June. Bashbash was shot in the back, causing severe internal injuries, by an Israeli sniper on 30 March, the first day of the Great March of Return. He succumbed to his injuries weeks later.
 Ashraf AmraAPA images
Palestinians cut fencing along the Gaza-Israel boundary during a protest east of Gaza City on 22 June.
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Protesters in the West Bank city of Ramallah call on Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority to lift sanctions on Gaza, 23 June.
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Activists display photos of Palestinians killed during Great March of Return protests on the Israeli side of the Gaza boundary, near the village of Nirim, on 26 June.
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Palestinians harvest grain at al-Sawya village near the West Bank city of Nablus on 26 June.
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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas meets with Britain’s Prince William in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 27 June. Prince William’s trip to Israel and the occupied West Bank was the first official visit made by a member of the British royal family since the declaration of the state of Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinian people in 1948, an event largely of Britain’s making.
Thaer GanaimAPA images
Palestinians launch balloons carrying the photos of protesters slain by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the Gaza-Israel boundary east of Gaza City on 29 June.
Dawoud Abo AlkasAPA images
Palestinians protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary east of Gaza City on 29 June.
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Mourners carry the body of 11-year-old Yasir Amjad Musa Abu al-Naja, shot in the head by an Israeli sniper at a protest the previous day, during his funeral in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 30 June.
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