Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian house in Nablus

NABLUS, (PIC)– A group of settlers set fire at dawn Wednesday to a local house in Duma town south of Nablus belonging to Dawabsheh family. Local sources told the PIC reporter that a group of settlers threw Molotov cocktails into the house which led to the outbreak of fire in the kitchen and bedroom. Fortunately, Mohamed Dawabsheh’s family managed to get out of the house in the right time. They were later taken to hospital suffering the effect of smoke inhalation. Mohamed Dawabsheh affirmed that he heard suspicious noises around the house before the incident. A slight explosion was then heard before the fire started, he continued. Local activist Ghassan Daghlas affirmed that it is a deliberate settlers’ attack. Palestinian civil defense managed to put down the fire that completely burned the kitchen and bedroom. The incident came only few days before the anniversary of the settlers’ arson attack that targeted Saad Dawabsheh family during which a Palestinian toddler and his parents were burned to death, while the four-year-old Ahmed Dawabsheh, the elder son, is still receiving treatment after sustaining burns in 60 percent of his body.

(Source / 20.07.2016)

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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.

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