Weather: Moderate conditions as temperature drops; scattered rain expected in some areas

Moderate weather conditions and light scattered showers are expected today in Palestine as temperature drops to become lower than the seasonal average, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD).

Winds are light to moderate, westerly to northwesterly, active at times and sea waves are low to medium.

Temperature in the capital, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem is expected to reach a high of 27 C and a low of 20 C, and in Ramallah and Hebron a high of 26 C and a low of 19 C. In Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan Valley temperature is expected to reach a high of 37 C and a low of 27 C, while it is expected to reach a high of 28 C and a low of 23 C in Gaza and the coastal areas.

Hot to relatively hot weather conditions in most districts and very hot conditions in the Jordan Valley are expected to prevail tomorrow, Sunday, as temperature rises to become 2 C above its seasonal average.

No change in temperature or weather conditions is expected on Monday, but a rise in temperature by one degree Celsius is expected on Tuesday, said the PMD, which warned people against being exposed to the sun for long period, especially from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and setting fire to areas with dry grass.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

In June, a sevenfold increase in demolished Palestinian-owned structures, compared with May – UN

In June, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 91 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, a sevenfold increase compared to May, according to the West Bank demolitions and displacement report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.

This resulted in the displacement of 108 people, including 62 children, and otherwise affected the livelihoods, or access to services, of nearly 2,700 others, it added.

All the structures were located in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which remained under full Israeli military control, or occupied East Jerusalem, and were targeted for lacking building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

The number of structures demolished or seized in June is the highest this year, surpassed only by February (153), with a sevenfold increase, or 600 per cent, compared with May, said OCHA.

Twenty of the structures demolished or seized had been provided as humanitarian aid. In addition, a European Union-funded school in Um Qussa, in the Hebron district, at a value of over 14,000 euros, received a stop-work order, while another three donor-funded residential structures received a notice to submit an objection to previously issued demolition orders.

Thirty-two of the structures demolished or seized in June, or 35 percent, were seized without, or with very short, prior notice. On 7 June, in Al Mu’arrajat Bedouin community near Ramallah the Israeli authorities seized 13 structures, including five donor-funded, for lacking Israeli-issued building permits, leaving 24 people, including 16 children displaced. Another five structures, including one donor-funded, were seized in Dar Fazaa, also near Ramallah, displacing 16 people, including nine children.

So far in 2021, 212 structures, or 57 percent of all structures targeted in Area C, have been seized without, or with very short, prior notice, preventing affected people from objecting in advance.

On two separate occasions in the Massafer Yatta area (South Hebron Hills), the Israeli authorities demolished three main roads connecting the surrounding villages, in addition to a water network supplying water to multiple communities. The incidents affected some 2,300 people, including 1,140 children and left the communities without water for three and seven days, respectively.

Also, in Area C, in Halhul (Hebron) and Jinsafut (Qalqiliya), the Israeli authorities demolished a home and a livelihood structure on the basis of Military Order 1797, which provides only a 96-hour notice and very limited grounds for legally challenging a demolition. The incidents left 14 people, including seven children displaced.

In East Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities demolished or forced people to demolish 20 structures. The month of June saw an increase in structures demolished in East Jerusalem by 44 percent, compared with the previous five months, to a total of 65 structures since the beginning of 2021. Eleven of the structures, or 55 percent, were demolished by the owners following the issuance of a demolition order. In Jabal al Mukkabir, owners were forced to demolish seven structures following the issuance of such orders, displacing five people, including three children, and affecting the livelihoods of another 27 people, including 17 children.

So far in 2021, the proportion of structures demolished by their owners in East Jerusalem, following the issuance of demolition orders, reached 45 percent, up from an average of 27 percent in the previous five years. This is attributed to new Israeli legislation, which limits the authority of Israeli courts to intervene and enables the West Jerusalem Israeli municipality to exert pressure on families to demolish their properties themselves.

In late February 2021, the municipality reactivated demolition orders against 68 Palestinian structures, mainly residential, in the al-Bustan area, in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, which would lead to the displacement of up to 1,500 Palestinians. The Local Affairs Court ruled for a six-month deferral for 52 of these structures, until 15 August. Out of the 16 structures subject to impending demolitions, on 29 June, a livelihood structure was demolished. During the incident, Israeli forces blocked all entrances to the area. In clashes that followed, more than 13 Palestinians were injured and at least four were arrested, including the owner of the demolished livelihood structure.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Demanding end to their incarceration, 14 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israel are on hunger strike

Fourteen Palestinian administrative detainees in Israel are currently on hunger strike demanding an end to their illegal incarceration without charge or trial, today said Palestinian prisoners’ advocates.

They said the 14 administrative detainees are held in four different prisons throughout Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and they started the hunger strike at different times.

Administrative detainees often resort to hunger strike to win their freedom otherwise they can be kept in prison for years without any charge or trial as the Israeli occupation authorities often would renew their detention, which is sometimes set three, four, six or 12 months, based on secret evidence not seen by the prisoners or their lawyers.

Several Palestinian administrative detainees have won their freedom after going on long and painful hunger strike, the latest was Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, who was on hunger strike for almost three months before Israel agreed to end his detention and set him free at the end of his term.

Currently, Israel is holding some 540 Palestinians in administrative detention, deemed illegal by international law, most of them former prisoners who spent years in prison for their resistance of the Israeli occupation.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian man as he was building his house in a West Bank village

Israeli settlers today attacked a Palestinian man in an attempt to prevent him from building his house in the village of Qaryut, to the south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to local activist.

Bashar Qaryuti, an anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that a group of Israeli settlers attacked the house owner as he was trying to build a roof to his house located on the outskirts of the village.

However, he added, village residents rushed to help the house owner and succeeded in forcing the settlers out of the village.

Qaryuti said an Israeli army force later arrived at the scene and instead of going after the settlers, confiscated construction equipment belonging to the house owner and prevented him from proceeding with the construction.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace in the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israeli settlers take over an area in Jordan Valley as Palestinian residents vow to stop them

Israeli settlers took over an area east of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley once used and then abandoned by the Israeli army as Palestinian residents have vowed to prevent the settlers from setting up a settlement there, according to a local activist.

Aref Daraghme, a rights activist, said settlers broke into the area and spent the night in the former Tayasir military camp, which was abandoned by the army several years ago despite the presence of soldiers on different occasions at the nearby Tayasir checkpoint.

As a result of this action by the settlers, the area’s Palestinian residents have called for popular activities to prevent the settlers from setting up an illegal settlement at the former camp.

The Tayasir military camp was established in 1992 on a 16-dunum plot of land and abandoned in 2008, while the buildings the army had set up remained intact on the land and often monitored by the checkpoint established at the site.

Over the years, settlers used the abandoned buildings for their cattle without the soldiers at the checkpoint doing anything to stop them.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Settlers attack journalists in Hebron

Extremist Israeli settlers today attacked journalists in the neighborhood of Tal Rumeida, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, and prevented them from working in the area, according to local sources.

Yaser Abu Markhia, a local activist, told WAFA that a group of settlers from the illegal settlement of Ramat Yishai, located in the heart of Hebron, attacked reporters of Al Jazeera TV and forced them out of the area.

Meantime, a Palestinian civilian sustained injuries in an attack by Israeli settlers targeting Palestinians’ homes in the village of Al-Tuwanah, south of Hebron.

Fo’ad Emour, a local activist, told WAFA that settlers from Havat Maon settlement accompanied by a military escort forced them way into the village and pelted stones at homes. A Palestinian was hit by a stone and injured in the head.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

It includes arsons of property and mosques, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

Over 700,000 Israeli settlers live in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israeli settlers attack Land Settlement Authority staff east of Yatta

Settlers, backed by Israeli forces, attacked today staff of the Land Settlement Authority while working in Um al-Shaqhan area to the east of Yatta, south of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, said a local activist.

Coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Masafer Yatta, Fouad al-Amour told WAFA settlers from the nearby settlement of Avigal, built illegally on Um al-Shaqhan land, pelted the staff with rocks and confiscated their global positioning system (GPS) device.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

President Abbas congratulate Tunisian counterpart on his country’s Republic Day

President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied on the occasion of his country’s Republic Day.

In a telegram, President Abbas expressed keenness to promote the deep and historical bilateral relations to serve the best interests of the two brotherly peoples and countries.

President Abbas praised Tunisia’s positions in support of the issues of the nations, particularly its support to the Palestinian issue in order to end the Israeli occupation, and to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to freedom and self-determination and their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Al-Haq sends urgent appeal to UN on Israel’s arbitrary detention of Palestinian human rights defender

The Ramallah-based Palestinian human rights organization, Al-Haq, submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures on the arbitrary detention of human rights defender, Shatha Odeh Abu Fannouneh, Director of the Health Work Committee (HWC), by the Israeli Occupying Forces on 7 July 2021.

Addressing six UN Special Rapporteurs, including the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, Al-Haq highlighted Israel’s policy of silencing those human rights defenders whose work in the health services, ensures “development models to all segments of the Palestinian population, particularly the poor and the marginalized,” and effectively challenges Israel’s unlawful policies and practices, as a tool to maintain its apartheid regime.

In the early hours of 7 July 2021, Shatha Odeh Abu Fannouneh, 60, was arbitrarily and forcibly arrested from her house in Ramallah, Palestine. Odeh, a mother of three, is a nurse by profession and currently serves as the Director of the HWC. She is a devoted healthcare expert and has tirelessly worked during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide health services to Palestinians across the West Bank.

In a statement to a lawyer during a visit to Hasharon Prison on 21 July, Odeh described the conditions of transfer from and to Hasharon Prison to Ofer Military Camp as “severe suffering”. Whenever Odeh had a hearing, her trip to Ofer Military Camp would start at 2:30 am. The detainees are then moved to transitory rooms with metal ceilings waiting for their hearings. These rooms are very hot with little access to fresh air, described by Odeh as a “hellish sauna”. Once all hearings are over, the bus takes back the detainees to their prisons and detention centers around 6:30 pm. Odeh always arrived at Hasharon Prison around midnight. During this whole trip and the wait at Ofer Military Camp which is about 20 hours, the detainees are shackled from their wrists and feet.

Up until the third hearing Odeh was not allowed to have underclothing or clothes to change. Odeh appeared to the hearings with the same clothes she had when arrested on 7 July. The Israeli authorities refused to let in clothes to Odeh twice and informed lawyers that only first family members or lawyers registered in a military court order are allowed to bring clothes to detainees. Although, the first family members cannot visit Hasharon Prison to bring clothes without permits issued by Israeli authorities.

During the hearing of 14 July, Odeh’s lawyer made sure to request for a court order to let one of the lawyers visit the Prison to bring the clothes to Odeh. The lawyer brought the clothes to the Hasharon Prison on the same day of the hearing, however, the Israeli Prison authorities did not hand over the clothes to Odeh claiming that they need to disinfect them.

In the hearing of 19 July, Odeh attended the hearing still with the same clothes from her arrest 12 days ago. In all hearings, Odeh expressed her agitation and frustration of the clothes situation.

Odeh’s health is extremely compromised, her condition is critical.

She is diagnosed with numerous chronic illnesses and is currently prescribed a vast array of medications. The lawyer informed the family that the Israeli Prison authorities denied Odeh’s request to have access to one of her medications (Creon 10,000 IU capsule (1 per day)) up until 15 July 2021, only after the lawyer presented a report explaining why this medication is important to her. To date, Odeh already lost nine kilos.

To repress, dominate and control the Palestinian people, including Palestinian human rights defenders, and healthcare providers, arbitrary arrests in violation of international law, have been a key tool utilized by Israel. Palestinian human rights defenders and healthcare providers have been increasingly targeted in recent years.

The arrest of Odeh illustrates Israel’s attempts to discourage individuals and organizations from providing urgently needed health services to thousands of Palestinians, especially in remote areas outside the reach of the Palestinian authorities. In particular, Al-Haq urged the UN Special Procedure mandates to: Call on Israel to ensure and uphold Palestinian detainee Odeh’s right to the highest attainable standard of health and mental health, as well as the right to life; Call on Israel to ensure due process, including through the provision of translation of Hebrew to Arabic at all stages of the court proceedings; Call on Israel to put an end to the systematic and ongoing practice of targeting of Palestinian civil society organizations, including HWC and intimidating Palestinian human rights defenders, including Odeh, contrary to international law and as inhumane acts of apartheid; Call for the return of Odeh’s property, including her mobile phone and car, unlawfully, confiscated without a requisition order and in the absence of the requisite ‘military need’ or ‘military operations’ provided for under Articles 52 and 53 of the Hague Regulations (1907).

To condemn and call on Israel to end its inhumane practices of prolonged drives and transfers of prisoners between prisons, in confined spaces for hours in conditions causing ‘intense suffering’; Call on Israel, the Occupying Power to end its practices of deportation of Palestinian prisoners outside the occupied territory, preventing families from visiting those incarcerated without charge; and Condemn and call for an end to Israel’s prolonged occupation, de facto and de jure annexations and apartheid of the Palestinian territory.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israeli settlers, army attack rally protesting Israel’s seizure of land east of Tubas

Israeli settlers, under the protection of the Israeli army, attacked today evening a Palestinian march held in protest of Israel’s seizure of land to the east of Tubas for the benefit of establishing an illegal settlement outpost, according to WAFA correspondent.

Settlers reportedly attacked protesters, leading to clashes. Israeli forces present at the scene did nothing to stop the settlers and instead joined in on the attack, firing live and rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades towards protesters. No injuries were reported.

The establishment of settlements on the West Bank violates international humanitarian law, which establishes the principles applying during war and occupation. Moreover, the settlements lead to the infringement of international human rights law, said the Israeli information center for human rights in occupied territories, B’Tselem.

The establishment of the settlements leads to the violation of the rights of the Palestinians as enshrined in international human rights law. Among other violations, the settlements infringe the right to self-determination, equality, property, an adequate standard of living, and freedom of movement, said B’Tselem.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

أزمات لبنان .. الصيدليات تغلق أبوابها وانقطاع بعض أصناف الدواء

أعلن تجمع أصحاب الصيدليات في لبنان، الخميس، التوقف عن فتح الصيدليات، بدءا من صباح اليوم الجمعة، وحتى “اتفاق وزارة الصحة مع نقابة المستوردين على تسليم الادوية للصيدليات ورجوع وزير الصحة عن قراره باقتطاع جزء من جعالة الصيدلي”.

وأوضح التجمع في بيان: “إن الحالة المأساوية التي وصل إليها القطاع الدوائي في لبنان، أصبحت تنذر بعواقب خطيرة على الأمن الصحي؛ مما يستدعي تدخلا سريعا من قبل وزارة الصحة لإيجاد حل عاجل للمشكلة المتفاقمة منذ أشهر”.

وقال التجمع: “الحلول الجزئية التي اعتمدتها وزارة الصحة في التعاطي مع مشكلة الدواء، فاقمت للأسف المشكلة بدل ان تؤدي الى حلها”.

وبين التجمع أن “مستوردي الأدوية توقفوا تماما عن تسليم الأدوية للصيدليات، بعد قرار وزير الصحة الأخير بتسعير الادوية غير المدعومة على سعر 12.000 ليرة لبنانية؛ مما جعلهم يعتبرون أن التسعير يؤدي إلى إلحاق الخسائر بهم، كما توقفوا أيضا عن تسليم الأدوية المدعومة بسبب عدم فتح الاعتمادات المصرفية لهم”.

وجاء في البيان: “حاول أصحاب الصيدليات ومنذ بداية الأزمة توفير ما يستطيعون للمرضى من أدوية متوفرة لديهم على قلتها، إلا أننا وصلنا الى مرحلة الفقدان الكامل للأدوية من على رفوف معظم الصيدليات”.

بدوره، شدد وزير الصحة في حكومة تصريف الأعمال الدكتور حمد حسن على أن “الحل لتأمين الأدوية المفقودة في السوق، يبدأ من تسليم مصرف لبنان وزارة الصحة العامة الأرقام والفواتير المدعومة؛ كي تتمكن الوزارة من تتبع مسار الأدوية والتأكد من عدم تخزينها في المستودعات بغية تأمينها لمن يحتاج إليها من المرضى، فالوزارة لا تستطيع الضغط على الشركات إلا إذا توافرت لديها المعلومات الكافية من المصرف وهي لا تزال بانتظار الحصول عليها”.

وكشف في حديث إلى “المؤسسة اللبنانية للإرسال”، أنه “تبلغ من مستوردي الأدوية أن مصرف لبنان أحال للشركات ثلاثين مليون دولار، ولكن الوزارة لم تتبلغ لوائح بالأدوية والشركات التي شملها هذا المبلغ، ما يبقي حلقة أساسية مفقودة فيما الحاجة ماسة إلى الصراحة والشفافية بناء على معطيات واضحة”.

ولفت إلى أن “دور وزارة الصحة العامة إداري ورقابي لحماية المواطن في هذا الظرف الصعب الذي يحتاج فيه المواطن إلى من يتحمل المسؤولية، فهي ليست صاحبة المال، ولو كان المال موجودا لديها لكان الدواء بقي موجودا، والدليل أن الوزارة استطاعت خلال الفترة السابقة من تفشي كورونا أن تواجه الوباء نظرا لتوافر المال عند الحاجة من قرض البنك الدولي”.

وشدد على “ضرورة أن يخفض المستورد والصيدلي قليلا من ربحهما، فيتم تقاسم الخسارة المادية التي تهون أمام خسارة الأرواح”.

وأكد أن “ما أبدته هذه الشركات من استعداد لتمويل البطاقة الدوائية التي ستسهم في مكافحة التخزين والاحتكار والتهريب”.

ولفت الوزير حسن إلى أن “حل أزمة الدواء يتمثل في التزام مصرف لبنان بوعده تأمين الدعم الشهري وجدولة المستحقات القديمة”، آسفا لـ “ما وصفه تسيبا حاصلا في الوقت الراهن في سوق الدواء”.

وأعلن أن “هناك أدوية غير موجودة وأن مستودع الكرنتينا فرغ تقريبا من أدوية الأمراض المستعصية، كما أن الأدوية المناعية فقدت، وأدوية الأمراض المزمنة شحيحة جدا فيما نسبة الأدوية الأخرى التي ما تزال متوافرة في المستودعات تقارب الـ 37%”.

وأعلن أن “جزءا من هبة الأدوية السرطانية وصلت بالأمس من تركيا وستتبعها دفعة ثانية لاحقا”.

وقال: “نحاول إيجاد الحلول الظرفية والتكيف مع الضغوط المالية إلى حين استقرار سوق الدواء، وندعو المواطنين إلى التوجه إلى مراكز الرعاية الصحية الأولية للحصول على أدوية للأمراض المزمنة وفق وصفة طبية”.

وتابع: “هذه المراكز تؤمن حاليا الأدوية (84 دواء مزمنا) لمئتين وأربعة وثلاثين ألف مريض ويمكن لهذه المراكز استيعاب خمسمئة ألف مريض حتى آذار من العام المقبل. وبالنسبة إلى حليب الأطفال، هناك جمعيات عدة تعمل على استيراده وثمة مشروع تعد له اليونيسف لتزويد الأهالي بالحليب لأطفالهم”.

ودعا نقابة مصانع الأدوية الوطنية إلى “لعب دور تاريخي من خلال المبادرة إلى التصنيع الكمي والنوعي، وخصوصا أن المواد الأولية لا تزال مدعومة بحسب لوائح وزارة الصحة العامة، ولها أولوية في التسجيل والمناقصات، بعد قرار الحد من استيراد الأدوية التي لها صناعة وطنية رديفة”.

Source: Quds Press International News Agency

الأردن .. 4 وفيات و331 إصابة جديدة بـ”كورونا”

أعلنت وزارة الصحة الأردنية، اليوم الجمعة، تسجيل 4 وفيات و331 إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا المستجد في المملكة، و406 حالات شفاء، خلال الـ24 ساعة الماضية.

وارتفع العدد الإجمالي للوفيات منذ بدء تفشي الوباء إلى 9 آلاف و933، في حين بلغ العدد التراكمي للإصابات 763 ألفًا و437، بينما وصل إجمالي حالات الشفاء إلى 746 ألفًا و15.

وأشار الموجز الإعلامي الصادر عن وزارة الصحة إلى أن عدد الحالات النشطة حاليّا وصل إلى 7 آلاف و489، بينما بلغ عدد الحالات التي أدخلت اليوم إلى المستشفيات 54، كما بلغ عدد الحالات التي غادرت المستشفيات 45، في حين بلغ العدد الإجمالي للحالات المؤكّدة التي تتلقى العلاج في المستشفيات 498.

وبين الموجز أن نسبة إشغال أسرّة العزل في إقليم الشمال بلغت 6 بالمئة، بينما بلغت نسبة إشغال أسرّة العناية الحثيثة 17 بالمئة، فيما بلغت نسبة إشغال أجهزة التنفس الاصطناعي في الإقليم ذاته 11 بالمئة.

وأفاد بأن نسبة إشغال أسرّة العزل في إقليم الوسط بلغت 15 بالمئة، في حين وصلت نسبة إشغال أسرّة العناية الحثيثة في الإقليم ذاته إلى 26 بالمئة، بينما بلغت نسبة إشغال أجهزة التنفس الاصطناعي 8بالمئة.

وبلغت نسبة إشغال أسرّة العزل في إقليم الجنوب 8 بالمئة، ونسبة إشغال أسرّة العناية الحثيثة 7 بالمئة، فيما بلغت نسبة إشغال أجهزة التنفس الاصطناعي في الإقليم ذاته 5 بالمئة.

Source: Quds Press International News Agency