Youngster killed, 3 left injured by PA forces near Balata camp


NABLUS, (PIC)– A Palestinian youth was killed and three others were injured by the Palestinian Authority (PA) forces in eastern Nablus province on Wednesday. Medics at the Rafidia Hospital, in Nablus, said youngster Dhia Araysha, from the Balata refugee camp, succumbed to the wounds inflicted by bullet fire randomly discharged by the PA troops earlier in the morning. Local sources said four Palestinian young men, including Dhia, were driving near the al-Ghawi crossroads between the Balata camp and the Askar camp, in eastern Nablus, while they were arbitrarily shot by the PA forces.  PA police spokesman Adnan Dhmeiri claimed the PA troops responded to gunshots fired by the youngsters. Fatah MP Jamal al-Tiraoui denied the PA version, saying the youths did not hold weapons. The four injured Palestinian youths were transferred to the Rafidia hospital, where Dhia was announced dead shortly afterwards. A video released by Palestinian locals shortly after the attack showed a youngster bleeding on the ground. The three other casualties were identified as Muhammad Marshoud al-Sous, Ahamd al-Srouji, and another youth from the Ishtiyeh family. Calls were, meanwhile, launched via the mosque loudspeakers to donate blood for the four young men. On the same day, PA’s former media official Riyad al-Hassan was arrested by the PA police.  On Monday, al-Hassan demanded arrangements to travel via the Karama crossing but a travel-ban was slapped on him. On September 17, al-Hassan published an article entitled “The Untold Story in Gaza” criticizing the Wafa News Agency, which he had chaired over the past four years, for its biased policies against its Gazan staff members.   Observers said the arrest was carried out on account of al-Hassan’s article accusing the PA Broadcasting Corporation of corruption. As a retaliatory response, the PA charged al-Hassan with obtaining cash advances from the Broadcasting Corporation amounting to $200,000. PA sources further accused al-Hassan of illegally providing salaries for many of his relatives and acquaintances abroad.  Hassan was appointed as the chairman of the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation Board of Trustees by the PA President Mahmoud Abbas on June 19, 2012.

(Source / 28.09.2016)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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