Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli settler near Qalqilia

A Palestinian teenager was killed last night by an Israeli settler near the colonial Israeli settlement of Kedumim, illegally built on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank province of Qalqilia, according to Palestinian security sources.

Karam Ali Salman, 18, a resident of Qusin village near the city of Nablus, was reportedly shot dead by an armed Israeli settler in yet unclear circumstances.

Salman’s killing is part of an ongoing wave of unabated settler violence encouraged by the new far-right Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu and with incitement from his ultranationalist cabinet ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich.

Last night, attacks by Israeli settlers were reported in many areas and junctions across the occupied West Bank.

At least 31 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of January, making it the deadliest month for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in years.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Palestinian youth dies of injuries sustained by Israeli gunfire

A 24-year-old Palestinian youth died today from injuries sustained last Thursday in an Israeli military attack on Jenin refugee camp, north of the West Bank, according to the Ministry of Health.

MoH said Omar Tareq Saadi, a resident of Jenin, was critically injured by Israeli bullets during the Israeli raid on Thursday, and was announced dead of his wounds this evening.

His death brings up the death toll of the Israeli attack on Jenin last Thursday to 10. At least 20 Palestinians were injured in the attack, three of whom are in critical condition.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian child, youth, near Ramallah

A Palestinian youth, and a minor, were Sunday injured after Israeli forces shot them during confrontations in the village of Nabi Saleh, north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, local sources said.

The sources said that Israeli forces raided the village, sparking confrontations with Palestinians, during which the soldiers opened fire, injuring a 22-year-old youth with a Toto bullet in his foot, and a 13-year-old child with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

President Abbas chairs meeting of Palestinian leadership

President Mahmoud Abbas chaired today a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

The meeting discussed the latest political developments on the ground in the aftermath of the continuous Israeli escalation against our people and their potentials.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

President Abbas receives CIA director in Ramallah

President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday received the US director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Burns in the presidential headquarters in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

The President briefed the US diplomat on dangerous developments and the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, and the importance of urgent intervention to pressure the Israeli occupation government to stop its unilateral measures, and to abide by the signed agreements.

His Excellency stressed the necessity of restoring the political horizon on the basis of international legitimacy, in order to achieve security and stability for all in the region, and for the Palestinian people to achieve their freedom and independence in their state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders.

The US official earlier had meetings with Palestinian security officials.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Palestinian youth shot by Israeli forces near Jerusalem

A Palestinian youth was Sunday evening shot with a live bullet by Israeli forces during confrontations in the town of Jabal al-Mukkaber, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

According to WAFA correspondent, confrontations broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces after the latter raided the aforementioned town and fired live bullets and sound and gas bombs at protestors, injuring a youth with a live bullet.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Weather: Cloudy skies, drop in temperature

Partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are expected today in Palestine with a drop in temperature, and with no significant change in weather conditions, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD).

Winds are northwesterly, light to moderate, and sea waves are low.

Temperature in the capital, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem is expected to reach a high of 18°C and a low of 10°C, and in Ramallah and Hebron a high of 17°C and a low of 9°C are expected. In Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan Valley temperature is expected to reach a high of 26°C and a low of 15°C, while it is expected to reach a high of 21°C and a low of 14°C in Gaza and the coastal areas.

Another drop in temperature is expected on Monday, with no change in weather conditions.

A low-pressure cold front is expected to affect Palestine on Tuesday bringing a significant drop in temperature and very cold conditions. Rain and occasional thunderstorms are expected in most areas of Palestine, said the PMD.

Rain and thunderstorms also continue on Wednesday in most areas of Palestine, as the country remains under the effect of the low-pressure cold front.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Dailies highlight Palestinian leadership holding Israeli government fully responsible for escalation

Palestinian Arabic-language dailies focused today on a statement issued yesterday by the Palestinian leadership in which it held the Israeli government fully responsible for the current escalation of tensions in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

These are the main headlines:

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:

– Palestinian leadership holds the Israeli government fully responsible for the dangerous situation on the ground.

– A Palestinian teenager from Jerusalem dies of injuries sustained [by Israeli gunfire] two days ago.

– Injuries in confrontations with the occupation forces and settlers in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

– Palestinian prisoners [in Israeli jails] take further steps in protest of the Israeli repression campaign against them.

– Prior to his visit to the region: leaders from the Palestinian community and Arabs meet with Blinken to discuss the Palestinian situation.

– Renewed protests against the Netanyahu government for the fourth week in a row.

Al-Quds:

– Injuries and arrests [among Palestinians] and attacks by Israeli settlers.

– Netanyahu vows a strong and rapid response to the two [shooting] operations in Jerusalem.

– Israeli police call on the Israelis to carry their arms.

– Emergency Committee: Coming hours will witness an escalation in the Israeli prisons.

– Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrate against the government.

Al-Ayyam:

– Silwan [Shooting] Operation: Two settlers, including an officer, injured in the operation; Israeli occupation accuses a 13-year-old child of carrying out the operation.

– Young man killed for allegedly attempting to carry out a shooting attack in Kedumim settlement

– Israeli cabinet takes several decisions, including closing the house of the executor of the [shooting] operation [last Friday in occupied Jerusalem].

– Palestinian leadership: The occupation is responsible for the escalation. Palestinian national dialogue is an urgent priority.

– Settlers riot at night in several roads and intersections in the West Bank.

– Settlers establish an outpost and burn vehicles, causing dozens of injuries during clashes in several areas.

– Renewed demonstrations against the Netanyahu government for the fourth week in a row.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

144 attacks by Israeli settlers last night in Nablus

A total of 144 attacks were carried out last night by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied West Bank province of Nablus, today said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of the settlement file in the province.

He told WAFA that fanatic settler groups hurled stones and partially damaged at least 120 vehicles on roads, while they set on fire six vehicles completely damaging them. At least 22 Palestinian-owned shops were attacked by settlers in the town of Huwwara.

Daghlas said the majority of attacks were focused on the towns of villages of Huwwara, Madama, Qusra, Jorish and Majdal Bani Fadel.

Douglas warned of the escalation of settler attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank, noting to an unprecedented increase in the frequency of terror attacks against Palestinian citizens and their property.

Last night’s attacks are part of an ongoing wave of unabated settler violence encouraged by the new far-right Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu and with incitement from his ultranationalist cabinet ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Israeli settlers set home, vehicle on fire in Turmus Ayya

Hardcore Israeli settler fanatics last night set on fire a house and a parked vehicle after sneaking into the town of Turmus Ayya, to the northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Awad Abu Samra, a resident of the town, told WAFA that a group of settlers backed by army militias sneaked into the town in middle of the night before they set a parked vehicle on fire, completely destroying it, and setting fire to the house of Mr. Oda Jabara, a local Palestinian resident, causing partial damage to the external walls of the house.

Meantime, groups of settlers fanatics stormed the nearby village of Duma and shattered at least one vehicle. The settlers also shattered the windows of a house in the village.

These attacks are part of an ongoing wave of unabated settler violence encouraged by the new far-right Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu and with incitement from his ultranationalist cabinet ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Settlers uproot olive saplings near Nablus, destroy crops in Jordan Valley

Colonial Israeli settlers last night uprooted nearly 200 olive trees in the villages of Majdal Bani Fadel and Aqraba, near Nablus, and also destroyed crops in greenhouses in the village of Ein El-Beida, in the northern Jordan Valley region, according to local sources.

Salah Jaber, the mayor of Aqraba, told WAFA that a group of Israeli settlers uprooted and chopped off about 200 Palestinian-owned olive saplings in the village which belong to a Palestinian farmer from the nearby village of Majdal Bani Fadel.

He said the attack was carried out only a few hours after a terror attack by Israeli settlers in which six vehicles were set on fire in the village.

In the meantime, hardcore Israeli settlers destroyed crops inside Palestinian-owned greenhouses in the village of Ein El-Beida, in the northern Jordan Valley region.

He said the crops destroyed belong to two Palestinian farmers, Jamal Abu Ayda and Ibrahim Daraghmeh.

These army-guarded attacks are part of an ongoing wave of unabated settler violence encouraged by the new far-right Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu and with incitement from his ultranationalist cabinet ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency

Occupation forces arrest 7 Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces arrested seven Palestinians today in occupied Jerusalem, according to local sources.

Israeli police carried out a large-scale arrest campaign across the occupied city, raiding homes and terrorizing Palestinian citizens and arresting seven of them.

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency