Dozens of Palestinian prisoners, including the director of Al-Shifa hospital, were released after 7 months of detention by the Israeli army

Palestinians displaced by Israeli bombardment on the Gaza Strip queue for water at a makeshift tent camp in the town of Khan Younis, Monday, July 1, 2024. JEHAD ALSHRAFI / AP

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Monday 1is July, Israel struck the southern Gaza Strip after members of Palestinian armed groups fired twenty rockets into its territory. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Sunday of a « combat difficile » in the besieged Palestinian territory, where its army launched its offensive in response to an unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023.

In recent months, the army has claimed to have dismantled the command structure of Hamas and its main ally, Islamic Jihad, mainly in northern Gaza and Khan Younis, the largest city in the south, and withdrawn its troops from those areas. But it has resumed operations in some of those areas to fight both groups.

Released, Al-Shifa director accuses Israel of “torture”

Dozens of Palestinian prisoners, including the director of the Gazan Al-Shifa hospital, Mohammed Abou Salmiya, were released by the Jewish state and transferred to medical centers in the Gaza Strip on Monday 1is July. The director of the largest hospital in the Palestinian territory accused Israel of « tortures »upon his release, after more than seven months of detention.

Israel’s domestic intelligence service, Shin Bet, said it had been tasked, along with the army, with “release dozens of prisoners in order to free up places in detention centers”. The Shin Beth being “opposed the release of terrorists from Hamas’ Nukhba unit (…) It was decided to release several Gaza detainees who pose a lesser danger.”.

Al-Shifa Hospital Director Mohammed Abou Salmiya after his release on July 1, 2024.

Al-Shifa Hospital Director Mohammed Abou Salmiya after his release on July 1, 2024. BASHAR TALEB / AFP

Doctor Abou Salmiya, who said that around fifty detainees had been released, claimed to have been subjected “to severe torture” during his detention in Israel and having suffered a broken thumb, also accusing the Jewish state of deprivation of “food and medicine” as well as “physical and psychological humiliation”. Asked by Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Israeli army responded “check this information”. For its part, Hamas denounced “Visible signs of torture and terrible testimonies on the[s] tragic conditions of detention [qui] reaffirm the criminal behavior of the fascist occupying government [c’est ainsi qu’est qualifié le gouvernement israélien] ».

A new evacuation of neighborhoods of Khan Younes and Rafah ordered by the Israeli army

The Israeli army on Monday ordered a new evacuation of areas in the Khan Younis and Rafah governorates in the southern Gaza Strip, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have already been forced to flee fighting several weeks ago. The evacuation was ordered in the towns of Al-Qarara, Bani Suheila and other towns in the east of the two governorates, army spokesman Avichay Adraee said in a statement in Arabic.

This comes after twenty projectiles were fired Monday morning towards Israeli soil in the Khan Younes region. The Al-Quds brigades, the armed branch of Islamic Jihad, announced in a short press release that they had ” struck “ in a way “concentrated” Israeli communities around Gaza.

On May 7, the army of the Jewish state said it was launching an operation in Rafah, in the far south of the Palestinian territory, to eliminate, according to it, the last battalions of Hamas. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of a « combat difficile ».

Child and woman killed in West Bank

Without immediately identifying them, the Palestinian Ministry of Health, based in Ramallah, reported the death of“a child and a woman”while “four other citizens were injured by occupation bullets [c’est ainsi qu’est qualifié Israël] in Tulkarem ». The Israeli army, contacted by AFP, did not immediately comment on this information.

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A correspondent for the news agency saw armored Israeli army vehicles entering the Nour Shams refugee camp, near the town of Tulkarem, where Israeli operations and violence are increasing.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it was treating three wounded after “The assault of the occupation forces on the Nour Shams camp” : a young man for “violent blows” and two women aged 48 and 68 for injuries caused by shrapnel.

Since the start of the war in the Gaza Strip, 556 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army or settlers since October 7, 2023 in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, according to Palestinian authorities. At least fifteen Israelis have been killed in attacks, including soldiers, in the same territory and during the same period, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli figures.

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Since the start of the war, 37,900 Gazans have been killed, according to the Hamas-led Gaza government’s health ministry.

The war in the Gaza Strip was triggered by the unprecedented attack on October 7, 2023, by Hamas on Israeli soil, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count. established from official Israeli data.

In response, the Israeli military launched a major offensive in Gaza that has killed 37,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry of the Hamas-led Gaza government.

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