61 Palestinian female detainees in Israeli jails

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– 61 Palestinian female detainees are currently held in Israeli jails, the prisoners’ committee said Wednesday. Lawyer Hanan al-Khatib, from the prisoners’ committee, said 61 Palestinian women and girls are locked up in Israeli prisons. The list includes 12 minors aged between 12 and 16 years old. The lawyer sounded the alarm over the critical health status of prisoner Helweh Saleem Hamamreh, from Bethlehem’s town of Husan, due to the serious bullet injuries she sustained during her arrest. The lawyer quoted prisoner Hamamreh as stating that she restored her consciousness at an intensive care unit in the Hadassah hospital after she fell over due to the excruciating pains inflicted by the injury. Prisoner Hamamreh also underwent a surgery to remove parts of her kidney, pancreas, spleen, and intestine. The detainee also spoke out against the psycho-physical mistreatment and medical neglect perpetrated at the hospital, where she had been held for over a month’s time.  An Israeli extremist settler reportedly crept into her room and threatened to kill her. The Israeli occupation authorities also denied her the right to meet her two-year-old toddler and the other family members. Prisoner Hamamreh launched distress signals over the exhaustive transfers to courts endured by sick Palestinian detainees during long trips that take over ten hours’ time.

(Source / 13.07.2016)

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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. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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