In less than eight years, Israeli occupation carried out three major offensives on Gaza, killed thousands, wounded tens of thousands.

Today at dawn, the Israeli occupation army opened tank fire at Palestinian youths in southern Gaza, killed one and wounded two others

In its efforts to prepare for a new offensive on Gaza, Israel called up 2,000 reserve soldiers this week to simulate an attack on the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli newspaper reported the Israeli army saying that action is part of the military’s largest planned exercise of 2017.

The surprise drill began on Sunday and was conducted by the Sinai Division of the Israeli Southern Command’s reserve division.

Israeli military sources said that the exercise included four reserve brigades — two infantry and two armoured brigades.

The soldiers simulated an offensive on the Gaza Strip, including a ground invasion into the coastal enclave, which has been under strict Israeli siege for more than ten years.

Chief of the Israeli army Gadi Eisenkot visited the exercise in order to “assess the preparedness of the division for emergency.”

“We have put preparedness at the top of the IDF’s list of priorities. This is evident from the increased training programme,” Eisenkot told the reservists.

Israeli carried out three major offensives on Gaza in the last eight years and claimed the lives of thousands of the Gaza residents and wounded tens of thousands.

The Israeli offensives also destroyed tens of thousands of the Palestinian homes and civil facilities, including schools, hospitals and mosques.

Today at dawn, the Israeli occupation army opened tank fire at Palestinian youths in southern Gaza, killed one and wounded two others.

(Source / 22.03.2017)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

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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