Palestinians hold funeral for teen killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:9AM


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Palestinians have laid to rest a teenager who lost his life when the Israeli military fired artillery shells into the Gaza Strip in yet another brutal assault against the blockaded territory.

Wednesday’s funeral procession started from Youssef Abou Azra’s family home in al-Shabura refugee camp in Rafah in southern Gaza to the al-Awda mosque, where mourners performed a final prayer for the teen before heading to a nearby cemetery to lay him to rest.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli military shelled a gathering of Palestinian youths in Nahdha neighborhood to the east of Rafah, killing Azra, 15, and injuring two others. Initial reports had said the victim was 18.

The Ministry of Education in Gaza denounced “the Israeli crime,” urging the international community and all human rights organizations to “stand in the face of Israeli aggression.”

It also emphasized “the necessity of prosecuting the Israeli occupation for its crimes that violate all international laws and regulations.”

Palestinian children mourn next to the body of a teenager killed in an Israeli attack during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 22, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.

In the latest such raids, military aircraft launched three airstrikes in the northwestern part of the Gaza Strip on March 18 only hours after the regime’s battle tanks shelled the Palestinian strip.

Last month, the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights expressed concern about Israeli airstrikes, saying the rise in the attacks could be leading up to another wide-scale military offensive.

It called on the international community to “act promptly against Israel’s military escalation.”

Azra became the fourth Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since the beginning of 2017, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014. The Israeli military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war.


mohammad alivor 56 Minuten
This really makes me sick, the reality is heartbreaking what happened in Gaza in decades. And what a shame that almost all the governments and media in the world are silent about these crimes from Israël. Yesterday was also the terrible attack in London, and the media here in Europe showed also the solidarity that went from Israël to England about this terrible attack. But the media they do not let us see the crimes that Israël does against humanity as against Youssef Abou Azra now!! U know? With all my due respect to Human Rights Organizations, and for all the great solidarity that we have for the Palestinians…..But Only this will not help the Palestinians in this life against the occupiers. Yes They feel That They are not alone, But what the Palestinians need is REAL help, because over 20 years Will be nothing more left.
J.J._and_PT-109vor 3 Stunden
How long will Israel Kill Muslims, while many Countries in The Middle East just stand and look? How Long?
laravor 5
The stillness of the dead innocent child and the vivid grief of the other fills the air with remorse. Repulsive zionism has no defined depth to its cowardice & subterranean low life. .
dodo17vor 5
Oppressors are COWARDS; They like to show off when they murder defenseless human beings.
Xervor 7 

Curse Israel.

May God bless him and his family.

Inshallah, may Israel cease to exist in 2017!


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Gaza faces harsh winter after Israel cuts gas supply

Palestinians say Israel has drastically reduced natural gas into Gaza, worsening bitter cold weather conditions.

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Palestinians warm themselves by a fire in the northern Gaza Strip [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

Palestinians say Israel has severely curtailed gas supplies to the occupied Gaza Strip this winter, fueling a major disruption to ordinary life for most families and exacerbating the harsh impact of the cold weather.

Tholfikar Sweirjo, a member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s committee in Gaza, told Al Jazeera the amount of gas entering Gaza has been decreased by at least 50 percent since early December.

“People are suffering from the shortage … especially because a lot of cars had been converted to use gas instead of petrol due to the high prices of petrol,” he said.

Sweirjo accused Israeli authorities of causing this gas shortage to intensify pressure on Gaza in a bid to push people against Hamas, the group that governs the strip.

His statement came a week after the International Middle East Media Center quoted Mohamed al-Abadaleh, a spokesman of an association of fuel and gas station owners in Gaza, as saying: “It is week four since the Israeli authorities severely decreased cooking gas supplies for the Gaza Strip.”

He also said the amount of gas allowed into the Palestinian territory is only 15 percent of what is needed normally.

The Israeli Ministry of Energy has not responded to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment.

Ramy Abdu, director of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor who is based in Gaza, told Al Jazeera more than 20 percent of households in the strip do not have any gas, as well as hospitals and schools.

“Normally we wait a couple of days to obtain our gas ration, but for many it is now taking weeks… We are talking about a permanent shortage during winter,” he said, adding some restaurants have been forced to close.

Abdu said a shortage of electricity has worsened the crisis, since people have to rely more on gas.

“There has been a deteriotation in electricity supply… Normally we have eight to 10 hours of electricity in a day, and now it’s four to eight hours.”

He also said Gaza’s agricultural sector – which depends heavily on gas to run greenhouses, especially since Israel sprayed herbicides to destroy vast swathes of crops near the border as part of a “no-grow zone” – has been further hurt by the gas crisis.

“Over the last 10 years, Israel has imposed a blockade that has made life in Gaza miserable to humiliate and subjugate the people,” Abdu said.

Source: Al Jazeera

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