Yemen’s army edges closer to Taiz presidential palace

Image of Yemeni soldiers Yemen’s national army, loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, are metres away from the presidential palace, Al-Arabiya reported today. Thirty-two Houthi soldiers and their allies have been killed in the fire fight with the advancing national army. Five Yemeni army soldiers have been killed and 20 injured in the battle for the presidential palace. Major General Khalid Fadel, the commander of the Taiz battlefront, confirmed that the Yemeni army has recaptured the surrounding buildings, including the central building and medical school. In a message broadcast to his forces, the commander told them to remain “firm”. … Continue reading Yemen’s army edges closer to Taiz presidential palace

St. John Eye Hospital performs glaucoma surgery for Gaza patients

Image of St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem The St. John Eye Hospital has started to treat patients with glaucoma in its centres in the Gaza Strip. Glaucoma is one of the most difficult medical procedures to perform because it requires specialist skills. The hospital’s managing group in Gaza said that it is intervening to ease the hardships placed on patients by medical remittances. It added that it also hopes to ease the burden imposed on the Palestinian Ministry of Health when it has to transfer glaucoma patients to Israel or Egypt to undergo the surgery. A statement from the … Continue reading St. John Eye Hospital performs glaucoma surgery for Gaza patients

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians Near Jerusalem

26 MAY 12:49 AM Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, five Palestinians from a local mosque in Hizma town, east of occupied West Bank, after surrounding the mosque and invading it. Local sources said the soldiers surrounded the mosque, after the Palestinians held evening prayers, and stormed into it before abducting Amjad Omar Kanaan, Ghassan Omar Kanaan, Ghazi Badr Khatib, Ishaq Mohammad and Mustafa Jabr. The invasion and abductions led to clashes between local youngster and the soldiers who’d fired many gas bombs, causing several residents to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation. Although the soldiers withdrew of the … Continue reading Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians Near Jerusalem

Ter voorbereiding op Ramadan!

[Ramadanbericht nr.1] Het is bijna zover! Vrijdag 26 mei komt overeen met de 29e van de islamitische maand Sha’baan. Dit houdt in dat afhankelijk van het wel of niet aanschouwen van de maan van Ramadan, zaterdag of zondag de eerste dag van de maand Ramadan zal zijn. Het was de gewoonte van onze nobele profeet – vrede zij met hem – om zijn metgezellen te verheugen op de komst van deze gezegende maand en zei tegen hen: “Als Ramadan aanbreekt, worden de poorten van het Paradijs geopend en de poorten van de Hel gesloten en de duivels geketend.” [Bukhari] Het verrichten van goede daden … Continue reading Ter voorbereiding op Ramadan!

ICRC warns of irreversible damage to hunger strikers’ health

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday called on all concerned parties and authorities to find a solution that would avoid any loss of life or irreversible damage to the Palestinian hunger strikers’ health. “ICRC doctors have been visiting all the detainees on hunger strike and closely monitoring their situation,” Gabriel Salazar, head of ICRC’s health department in Israel and the occupied territories, said in a statement published on the committee’s website. “Six weeks into the hunger strike, we are concerned about potentially irreversible health consequences. From a medical perspective, we are entering a critical phase,” Salazar … Continue reading ICRC warns of irreversible damage to hunger strikers’ health

Israeli intents to force-freed Palestinian hunger strikers

At the behest of the Israeli government and its prison service, some hospitals started to mull over using the force-feeding method against the Palestinian hunger strikers in jails. In a press release on Thursday, the Palestinian hunger strike media committee warned of Israeli intents to force-feed the hunger strikers, describing the step if implemented as the most serious since the prisoners started their hunger battle. For their part, head of the Palestinian Commission for Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) warned against taking such a move, holding Israel fully responsible for any prisoner getting hurt in … Continue reading Israeli intents to force-freed Palestinian hunger strikers

Four injuries reported in clashes with IOF east of Gaza Strip

Four Palestinians were shot and injured in their limbs by Israeli gunfire and dozens of others suffered breathing problems in clashes that erupted on Friday afternoon in the flashpoints east of the Gaza Strip. The PIC reporter in Khan Younis said that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) showered Palestinian youths with bullets and tear gas grenades. The wounded were transferred to the hospital while those who suffered suffocation were treated in the field, he added. The Palestinian youths were demonstrating near the security fence which separates the city from 1948 Occupied Palestine. The PIC reporters in Gaza said that demonstrations, which were … Continue reading Four injuries reported in clashes with IOF east of Gaza Strip