Daily Archives: June 26, 2016

Construction Cost Index Up in May 2016

The Construction Cost Index (CCI) for Residential buildings reached 102.60 with an increase of 0.96% in the West Bank during May 2016 compared to April 2016, said a report issued by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on Sunday.

It said the CCI has rose due to an increase in the prices of raw materials by 1.54%, and rental of equipments by 0.61%, whereas labor wages remained stable during May 2016 compared to the previous month.

Meanwhile, CCI for non-residential buildings reached 102.75 with an increase of 0.96% in the West Bank during the same period.

It rose due to an increase in the prices of raw materials by 1.48%, and rental of equipments by 0.60%. Labor wages remained stable.

As for CCI for skeleton buildings, it reached 101.86 with an increase of 2.06% in the West Bank during May 2016 compared to the previous month. It rose due to an increase in prices of raw materials and rental of equipments by 3.11%, and by 0.42%, respectively. Labor wages remained stable.

The overall Road Cost Index (RCI) reached 107.97 with an increase of 0.68% in the West Bank during May 2016 compared to April 2016.

It rose due to an increase in the prices of raw materials, and operating costs of equipment and maintenance by 1.20%, and by 0.90%, respectively. Meanwhile, rental of equipments decreased by 0.27%, whereas labor wages remained stable during the same period.

Meanwhile, the overall Water Networks Cost Index (WNCI) reached 111.89 with an increase of 1.18% in the West Bank during the same period. In the meantime, Water Reservoirs Cost Index reached 107.11 with an increase of 0.40% during the same period.

As for the overall Sewage Networks Cost Index (SNCI), it reached 107.62 with an increase of 0.61% in the West Bank during the same period.

Source: Wafa

UPDATE: Clashes Erupt as Jewish Fanatics Storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa

At least five worshipers were injured and four others detained by Israeli police, during clashes which erupted on Sunday morning after Jewish fanatics broke into the yards of al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, according to local sources.

Feras Debes, media coordinator of the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf, told WAFA that eight extremist Jewish settlers accompanied by Israeli policemen broke into the compound through the Moroccan Gate, a practice which rarely occurs during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, provoking clashes with Muslim worshipers who attempted to compel them to leave the site.

Israeli police then, Debes added, attacked the worshipers with stun grenades rubber-coated bullets as well as physically assaulted many others, injuring at least five of them. The police also detained four worshipers, including three South Africans.

Following the clashes, the police also denied men under the age of 30 from entering the holy site for prayers.

Minister of Waqf and Islamic Affairs, Yousef Ede’es, condemned the Israeli offensive against the holy site, saying Israeli is seeking to enforce a status quo there by allowing Jewish fanatics and settlers to enter it, even in the last 10 days of Ramadan holy month.

Last year, tension ran high throughout the West Bank, including Jerusalem, against the backdrop of Israel’s repeated assaults on the mosque, including attempts to unilaterally enforce of a temporal division at the site between Muslims and Jews.

Prior to the unrest in October 2015, the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor pointed out, in a report, that Israeli incitement and violations against Arabs in Jerusalem have increased dramatically in 2015.

The report, titled “Fire under the Ashes: Provoking Muslims in Jerusalem,” warned that Israeli incitement against Muslims could trigger a conflict that would likely result in disastrous consequences.

“Among the provocative acts documented by Euro-Med researchers against Palestinians in Jerusalem were performance of Talmudic prayers near Muslim worshippers, beating, throwing rubbish, cursing, death threats and preventing worshippers from reaching the mosque,” the report said.

Source: Wafa

Weather Forecast: Slight Drop in Temperatures

Weather on Sunday is abundantly sunny, clear and generally hot and temperatures are predicted to slightly drop, yet remaining higher than seasonal average by six degrees Celsius, according to the Palestine Meteorological Department.

Winds are northwesterly to westerly and light to moderate. Sea waves are low.

Mainly sunny, clear and pleasant skies are predicted to prevail on Monday, and temperatures are predicted to drop further, approaching three degrees Celsius above the seasonal average.

Partly cloudy and pleasant skies are expected to prevail on Tuesday, and temperatures are expected to slightly drop further, approaching two degrees Celsius above the seasonal average.

Temperatures, nevertheless, are expected to rise again on Wednesday.

People are warned against direct exposure to sunlight for long period on Saturday and Sunday, especially during day peak hours from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and setting outdoor fires.

Source: Wafa

Newspaper Review: Israel Closes PA-Funded TV Channel

Palestinian Arabic dailies on Sunday highlighted Israel’s closure of Musawa TV, funded by the Palestinian Authority, which runs in Israel.

Al-Quds said Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, described the Israeli decision to close the channel to be “part of Israel’s collective punishment” against the Palestinian people.

Meanwhile, al-Ayyam and al-Quds focused on the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, saying the UK has seen a political “shock”.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli soldiers assaulted Mahmoud Ibrahim and Ali Deriya, two Palestinians from Beit Fajjar village near Bethlehem, while detaining them from their homes about a week ago.

Al-Ayyam said two Egyptian troops were killed and a third was injured in an armored tanks explosion in Sinai Peninsula.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said a water crisis has been exacerbating in Salfit district in the West Bank, after the Israeli occupation authorities increased the daily water supply to Israeli settlements in light of the current heat wave.

Al-Ayyam said Palestine will participate in the meeting of the state parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Source: Wafa