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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)
Launch More Attacks in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

 

 

 

 

· A Palestinian civilian died from a previous injury he had
sustained by IOF.

· Continued shelling of residential areas in the Gaza Strip; 3
Palestinian civilians, including a child, were seriously injured.

· Construction of the “annexation wall” in the West Bank has
continued and more areas of Palestinian land were confiscated for this purpose.

· IOF conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian areas.

· Houses were raided and a number of Palestinian civilians
were arrested.

· Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian
civilians and property in the West Bank.

· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF have
continued to close a number of roads since the beginning of the current
Intifada, IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions at Rafah
International Crossing Point, and IOF positioned at checkpoints arrested a
number of Palestinian civilians.

 

 

Introduction

 

Despite the ceasefire declared by
the Israeli and Palestinian sides in Sharm al-Sheik on 8 February 2005 and the
Palestinian commitment to this declaration, Israeli occupation forces (IOF)
have launched more attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory (OPT).  This week, human rights violations
perpetrated by IOF included incursions into Palestinian areas, indiscriminate
shelling and total closure imposed on Palestinian communities contrary to
Israeli official claims regarding easing closure measures. IOF have also continued to construct the
annexation wall inside the West Bank Territory and confiscated more areas of
Palestinian land for this purpose.

 

On 22
February 2005, the Israeli military prosecutor admitted before the Israeli
Parliamentary Constitution Committee that "the real reason for stopping
the demolition of houses of those who carry armed attacks is that this policy
has proved to be ineffective." This
admission came following a decision taken by the Israeli military chief of
staff two weeks ago stopping this policy. These developments prove that this policy is a retaliatory one and does
not serve as a deterrent. PCHR has
always emphasized this fact and considered this policy as a war crime against
innocent civilians and their property. 

 

On 19
February 2005, Ja’far ‘Aboud, 19, from Nablus, died from an injury he had
sustained on 19 November 2004, when IOF moved into the city and opened fire at
shops and markets in its center. This
week, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were seriously injured when
IOF opened fire at Palestinian residential areas in the Gaza Strip. IOF also conducted 6 incursions into
Palestinian areas in the West Bank, during which they raided and searched houses
and arrested 7 Palestinian civilian civilians. They also arrested 2 other civilians in al-Mawasi area in the southern
Gaza Strip. 

 

IOF have continued to construct the
annexation wall inside the West Bank Territory. In violation of international humanitarian law and the advisory opinion
issued by International Court of Justice, the Israeli cabinet approved new
plans for the routes of the wall. According to Israeli sources, the new plans will annex major settlements
such as "Gush Etzion" settlement block, southwest of Bethlehem, and
"Ma’le Admomim" settlement bloc, east of Jerusalem, to Israel. This week, the Israeli High Court issued 2
temporary injunctions freezing the construction of the wall near the villages
of ‘Olayan and Safa, west of Ramallah. The court will likely cancel these injunctions as it did in the past to
follow the IOF’s decision to construct the wall. 

 

Israeli settlers living in the OPT
in violation of international humanitarian law have launched a series of
attacks against Palestinian civilians and property. IOF have continued to confiscate areas of
Palestinian land for settlement activities. 

 

IOF have continued to impose a
tightened siege on the OPT, including Jerusalem. 

 

In the Gaza Strip,
contrary to Israeli official claims regarding easing measures of closure imposed
on the Gaza Strip, IOF have continued to completely or partially close all
border crossings of the Gaza Strip, and impose severe restrictions on the
internal movement of Palestinian civilians.  IOF have continued to impose
severe restrictions on the travel of Palestinian civilians through Rafah
International Crossing Point. They have
also continued to close a number of roads and crossings in the Gaza Strip since
the beginning of the current Intifada. IOF have continued to impose a strict siege on Palestinian communities
near Israeli settlements, causing more suffering to Palestinian civilians. 

 

In
the West Bank,
IOF have
continued to impose a strict siege on Palestinian communities. They have also imposed severe restrictions on
the movement of Palestinian civilians. This week, they erected a number of military checkpoints and arrested a
number of Palestinian civilians. They
also beat a number of civilians and imposed restrictions on journalists. 

 

 

 

 

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