In a continuation of the systematic policy of house demolition in Jerusalem, Israeli Occupation Forces demolishing a house in al-Tour neighborhood.
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)
A Palestinian child was killed by IOF in Tulkarm.
9 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were wounded by IOF gunfire.
A British journalist was injured by a sound bomb detonated by IOF in Bal’ein village near Ramallah.
IOF conducted 18 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 84 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and 4 women.
IOF destroyed a house in Nablus.
IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT.
IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 7 Palestinian civilians, including two children.
The Gaza Strip has suffered from shortages in fuels and basic goods.
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (18 – 24 January 2007):
Killing: During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian child in the northern West Bank town of Tulkarm. They fired one bullet at him when he attempted to escape. They left him bleeding to death. The victim was not armed. According to the child’s family, the child attempted to escape as IOF had repeatedly raided his family home searching for him.
During the reporting period, 9 Palestinian civilians and a British journalist were wounded by IOF.
On 26 January 2007, two Palestinian civilians and a British journalist were wounded when IOF used force against a peaceful demonstration organized in Bal’ein village in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall. On 30 January 2007, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded when IOF opened fire at a taxi near Jenin. On 31 January 2007, a woman and a child were wounded by IOF in Nablus.
In the Gaza Strip, two Palestinian civilians were wounded on 28 January 2007, when IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired at them. The two civilians were hunting birds nearly 500 meters away from the border.
Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 18 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, IOF raided houses and arrested 84 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and 4 women. Thus, the number of Palestinians arrested by IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of this year has mounted to 321. IOF also destroyed a house in Nablus, claming that one of its residents is wanted.
Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
IOF have imposed a strict siege on the Gaza Strip. They have closed its border crossings as a form of collective punishment against Palestinian civilians.
IOF have closed Rafah International Crossing Point since 25 June 2006, even though they do not directly control it. IOF have partially reopened commercial crossings, especially al-Mentar (Karni) crossing, but many goods and medical supplies have been lacked in markets in the Gaza Strip. IOF have also continued to close Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have been prevented from traveling through this crossing. IOF have allowed international workers to pass through the crossing. With this closure, only few Palestinian patients have been able to travel to hospitals in Israel and the West Bank. In addition, IOF have continued to prevent Palestinian fishermen from fishing for nearly 8 months.
IOF have tightened the siege imposed on Palestinian communities in the West Bank. They have isolated Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. Contrary to Israeli claims, IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. During the reporting period, IOF soldiers positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 7 Palestinian civilians, including two children.
The outcome of crimes committed by IOF since 25 June 2006:
o 497 Palestinians, 317 of whom are civilians, including 94 children and 30 women, have been killed by IOF. In the Gaza Strip alone, 410 Palestinians, 245 of whom are civilians, including 84 children, 28 women and 4 paramedics, have been killed by IOF.
o At least 1691 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 363 children, 111 women. In the Gaza Strip alone, 1291 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 351 children, 104 women, 4 paramedics and 7 journalists, have been wounded by the IOF gunfire.
o At least 329 air-to-surface missiles and hundreds of artillery shells have been fired at Palestinian civilian and military targets in the Gaza Strip.
o Buildings of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National economy, the office of the Palestinian Prime Minister and a number of educational institutions have been destroyed.
o The electricity generation plant, providing 45% of the electricity of the Gaza Strip, was destroyed, and electricity networks and transmitters have been repeatedly attacked.
o 6 bridges linking Gaza City with the central Gaza Strip and a number of roads have been destroyed.
o Hundreds of donums of agricultural land and dozens of houses have been destroyed.
o Hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including 10 ministers and 31 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), including the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary, have been arrested. Minster of Prisoners’ Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Labor and Second Deputy Speaker of the PLC were released.
o The Palestinian governmental compound in Nablus has been destroyed.
o Many families in Rafah, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia have been forced to leave their houses.
o IOF intelligence has warned some Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip by phone to evacuate their houses, which would be attacked.
o 73 houses belonging to activists of Palestinian factions have been destroyed by IOF warplanes.
o IOF have imposed a strict siege on the OPT, and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.