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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate
Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory (OPT)

 

 

· 3 Palestinians were killed by IOF in Nablus.

 

· 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded
by IOF. 

 

· IOF waged at least 15 air strikes on civilian targets in the
Gaza Strip and a number of roads and civilian facilities were destroyed.

 

· IOF conducted 30 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank.

 

· Houses were raided and 35 Palestinian civilians, including 10
children and a woman, were arrested by IOF.

 

· Two houses were transformed by IOF into military sites.

 

· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; border
crossings of the Gaza Strip were partially reopened; IOF imposed severe restrictions
on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank; and IOF arrested 4 Palestinian
civilians, including two children, at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

· IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall in the
West Bank; IOF razed areas of Palestinian land in Bethlehem and Hebron; IOF
confiscated 231 donums[1]
of land in Hebron; and IOF used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations
organized in protest to the construction of the Wall.

 

· Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians
and property in the OPT; Israeli settlers started to establish 25 settlement
outposts in the West Bank; 100 olive trees were cut in Bourin village near
Nablus; and IOF demolished a house in Beit Hanina village near Jerusalem.  

 

Summary

 

IOF have
escalated the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), especially
in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday, 25
December 2005, the Israeli government decided to create a buffer zone in the
northern Gaza Strip, through shelling Palestinian communities in the area,
allegedly to prevent launching rockets at Israeli towns. Immediately, IOF aircrafts threw leaflets on
the area demanding Palestinian civilians to vacate their houses to avoid being
endangered. 

  

Israeli
violations of international law continued in the OPT during the reporting
period (22 – 28 December 2005):

 

Killing:
On 22 December
2005, IOF besieged an under-construction building in Nablus. They opened fire at the building and killed 3
Palestinian who were hiding inside

 

Shelling
and Shooting:
As
IOF declared their intention to create a buffer zone in the northern
Gaza Strip, they waged at least 15 air strikes on civilian targets in the Gaza
Strip. A number of civilian facilities and roads were destroyed or damaged.  During the reported period, 10 Palestinian
civilians, including 4 children, were wounded by the IOF gunfire.   

 

Incursions: IOF
conducted 30 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, IOF raided houses
and arrested 35 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children and a woman. IOF also transformed two houses into military
sites. IOF used undercover units and trained dogs during these incursions.  

 

Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a
comprehensive siege on the OPT, in violation of civil, political, economic,
social and cultural rights of Palestinian civilians. 

 

IOF have continued to impose a
tightened siege on the Gaza Strip, transforming it into a big jail.
Rafah
International Crossing Point on the Egyptian border, the sole outlet for the
Gaza Strip to the outside world, has been partially reopened. The crossing point is operated for 8 hours a day
only. IOF have closed Beit Hanoun
(Erez) crossing for Palestinian workers and traders since 16 December 2005. 
IOF have also continued to impose severe restrictions at commercial border
crossings in the Gaza Strip.  In
addition, IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on fishing through
chasing and firing at Palestinian fishing boats.

 

IOF have continued
to impose a tightened siege on Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During the reported period, IOF tightened the
siege imposed on occupied Jerusalem and isolated it from the rest of the West
Bank. They also imposed severe
restriction on access to the holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem during the
Christmas celebrations. IOF also erected
more checkpoints at the entrances to Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During the reported period, IOF positioned at
various checkpoints arrested 4 Palestinian civilians, including two children. In the same context, a report prepared by James Wolfensohn, the Envoy of the Middle East
Quartet, indicated that the number of checkpoints in the West Bank was
increasing, although an agreement concluded between the Israeli government and
the Palestinian National Authority called for decreasing the number of
checkpoints. The report, which covers
the period 26 November – 9 December 2005, pointed out that the number of checkpoints
increased from 396 to 403. 

 

Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct the
Annexation Wall inside the West Bank territory.  On 22 December 2005, IOF
razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land in the villages of Sourif and
al-Jaba’a village, northwest of Hebron. They uprooted at least 200 olive trees. They also razed areas of land in Beit Jala. During the reported period,
IOF issued 3 military orders confiscating 231 donums of Palestinian land in the
villages of Yatta, al-Zahiriya and al-Sammou’, south of Hebron, to establish a
fence between the three villages and the Wall. When established, the fence will isolate thousands of donums of Palestinian
agricultural land and will force at least 50 families to leave their
homes. IOF also used force to disperse a
peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians and international and
Israeli solidarity activists in protest to the construction of the Wall in
Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah. Six
demonstrators were injured and 3 others were arrested by IOF. 

 

Illegal
Settler Activities:

Israeli settlers in breach of international humanitarian law continue to reside
in the OPT and have launched a series of attacks against Palestinian civilians
and property. During the reported period, Israeli settlers cut at least 100
olive trees in Bourin village, south of Nablus. Israeli settler also started to establish 25 settlement outposts in the
West Bank. On 26 December 2005, the
Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing put out tenders to build 228 new
housing units in West Bank settlements. On 27 December 2005, IOF demolished a house in Beit Hanina village,
north of Jerusalem.  



Israeli Violations
Documented during the Reporting Period (22 – 28 December 2005)

The full report is available PDF format.

 



[1] 1 donum is
equal to 1000 square meters.