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Israeli F-16 fighter jets attack and destroy a four-story building in the Al-Yarmouk neighborhood of Gaza City, killing Hamas activist and commander of the Izz Eddin Al-Qassem wing Sheikh Salah Shehadeh, 49, his wife and one of his children and at least 14 other civilians, including 10 children aged two months to 11 years. Over 150 are injured, many of them women and children. Nearby buildings also suffer damage.
In Nablus District, the Israeli army burns hundreds of dunums of olive trees and bulldozes an area of land that is surrounding the bypass road in Qusin-Al Juneid.
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin offers Israel a truce in return for complete Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967.
The Knesset Finance Committee approves $12 million in grants and subsidies for 400 dwelling units to be built in rural West Bank settlements.
On Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, an "unlicensed" Greek Orthodox church is demolished. 2 Palestinian homes were demolished in East Jerusalem on the some grounds.
Egyptian Revolution: Free Officers launch a coup and seize control of all government buildings, radio stations, police stations, and the army headquarters in Cairo. The coup installed General Muhammad Najeeb as President.
1937 Arab Higher Committee rejects Royal Commission proposal and demands independent unitary Palestine with protection of "legitimate Jewish and other minority rights" and the safeguarding of British interests. Rebellion intensifies.
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Haneyya calls for stopping torture in West Bank jails
Haneyya calls for stopping torture in West Bank jails
[ 10/08/2009 - 06:53 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya on Monday stressed the need for stopping the policy of torture taking place in West Bank jails which lead from time to time to the death of Hamas prisoners as a result of the torture inflicted on them.

Premier Haneyya told a group of journalists that such practices would escalate disputes and hatred between Palestinian families and would destroy the national dialog efforts.

For his part, Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, the spokesman for Hamas parliamentary bloc, said that the execution of Fadi Hamadna in Juneid prison in Nablus is a link in the chain of liquidating all Hamas cadres.

Dr. Bardawil underlined that this crime was committed in line with the security coordination between Fatah security apparatuses and the Israeli occupation and in compliance with the threats and inciting statements that were issued by Fatah conference and its members against Hamas.

The Movement of Hamas in the West Bank affirmed that the allegations made by the PA security apparatuses that Hamadna hanged himself in his cell are lies repeated every time they kill a prisoner in their jails, stressing that the victim is well-known in his town for his piety and devotion to his religion.

Hamas held Mahmoud Abbas, former PA chief and Fatah leader, personally, his movement and the militias under his command fully responsible for the execution of Hamadna, calling on all Palestinian factions and forces to state a clear position condemning Fatah for its reckless attitude towards the lives of Palestinian citizens and fighters.

For its part, the Hamas change and reform parliamentary bloc strongly denounced the crime of killing Hamadna and called on human rights organizations to intervene to put an end to such criminal acts before they expand and become uncontrollable.

Hamas bloc urged the Palestinian people in the West Bank to revolt against Abbas’s militias and their crimes which violated all national norms.

For his part, Hamas lawmaker Younis Al-Astal deplored Abbas’s militias for killing Hamadna and stressed the need for resisting and treating these militias as part of the Israeli occupation.

The ministry of interior and national security also condemned the crime of executing Hamadna as a flagrant violation of all international norms and conventions, stressing that such a crime will never dissuade the Palestinian people from pursuing their struggle against the lackeys of the Israeli occupation.

In Nablus, local sources reported that Abbas’s militias in Juneid prison physically assaulted dozens of citizens from the family of Hamadna who gathered outside the prison in protest at their relative’s death.

Eyewitnesses said that Abbas’s militias used batons to beat the angry family and citizens and opened fire in the air to disperse the crowd which led to the injury of Hamadna’s father and brother.

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