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

 

 

· 6
Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed by IOF.

 

· 2
of the victims were killed by IOF at military checkpoints near Nablus.

 

· IOF
attempted to extra-judicially executed a number of Palestinians, but the
attempt failed.

 

· 14
Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded.

 

· IOF
have continued to launch air strikes on houses and civilian facilities in the
Gaza Strip; 3 were destroyed in Khan Yunis and Gaza.

 

· IOF
conducted 48 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 5 others
into the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF
arrested 58 Palestinian civilians, including a child.

 

· IOF
razed at least 3 donums[1]
of agricultural land in the southern Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF
transformed a house in the northern Gaza Strip into a military site.

 

· IOF
have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF arrested 5 Palestinian
civilian at checkpoints.  

 

· IOF
have continued to construct the Annexation Wall in the West Bank; Palestinian
farmers have been denied access to their agricultural land to cultivate olives;
and IOF fired at Palestinians who got close to the Wall.

 



Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law continued in the
OPT during the reported period (5 – 11 October 2006):

 

Killing: During
the reported period, IOF killed 6 Palestinians, including a child  

 

In the West Bank, IOF killed 4 Palestinians in
Nablus. On Sunday morning, 8 October 2006, IOF killed a Palestinian militant
during an incursion into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. On Sunday
afternoon, 8 October 2006, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian when they opened
fire at a civilian car near Til village, southwest of Nablus. On Monday, 9
October 2006, IOF shot dead a Palestinian civilian, while he was crossing
Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus. They claimed that he attempted to attack a
soldier with a knife, but investigations conducted by PCHR refute this
claim. On Wednesday morning, 11 October
2006, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian in ‘Ein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp, west
of Nablus.

 

In addition, 8 Palestinians, including a child, were
wounded by IOF gunfire throughout the West Bank.

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF killed two Palestinian
civilians in two separate attacks. On 9 October 2006, IOF killed a Palestinian
child in Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip. IOF fired a missile at the
child, when he found an iron tool used as a launcher for home-made rockets and
attempted to take it to his family’s land. This attack has been the eighth of
its kind since 25 June 2006, when IOF initiated Operation Summer Rains in the
Gaza Strip. These attacks have killed 18 Palestinian civilians, including 13
children and two woman, in the northern Gaza Strip.  On 10 October 2006, IOF shot dead a
Palestinian civilian in al-Shouka village in Rafah for no apparent reason.

 

In addition, 7 Palestinian civilians, including two
children and a mentally disabled man, were wounded by the IOF gunfire in the
Gaza Strip. when IOF attempted to extra-judicially execute 3 Palestinians.   

 

IOF also launched two air
strikes on two houses in Khan Yunis refugee camp and Gaza City. One of these
houses belongs to a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, representing
Hamas. The two houses and a third one were destroyed, and a number of other
houses were severely damaged. IOF often warn residents of houses of their
intention to attack them a very short time prior to the attack.  

 

Incursions:
During the reported period, IOF
conducted at least 48 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank, during which they raided dozens of houses and arrested 58 Palestinian
civilians, including a child. In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 5 incursions in
the northern Gaza Strip. They detained an interrogated 53 Palestinian civilians
for at least 18 hours, razed 3 donums of agricultural land, raided ands
searched houses, and transformed a house into a military site.  

 

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. 

 

Gaza Strip

 

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. During the
reported period, the crossing point was reopened for 3 separate days.
IOF have closed
commercial crossings of the Gaza Strip, especially al-Mentar (Karni) crossing. As
a consequence, the economic situation inside the Gaza Strip has further
deteriorated and many goods have been lacked in markets. During the reported
period, IOF partially reopened al-Mentar (Karni) crossing, east of Gaza City,
and Sofa and Kerem Shalom crossings near Rafah. IOF have also continued to
close Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. 
Hundreds of thousands of
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip had 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 prevented Palestinian fishermen from fishing for more than 3 months.
During the reported period, IOF shot dead a Palestinian fisherman.

 

West Bank

 

IOF have tightened the siege imposed on Palestinian
communities in the West Bank. They have isolated Jerusalem from the rest
of the West Bank. IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank have
continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians.  IOF have continued to separate between the north and south of
the West Bank. They have further prevented Palestinians from the West Bank and
the Gaza Strip from entering Jerusalem to pray in al-Aqsa Mosque in the Holy
Ramadan. IOF positioned at various checkpoints around Jerusalem imposed severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. During the reported
period, IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 5
Palestinian civilians.

 

Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank. During
the reported period, IOF imposed additional restrictions on Palestinian farmers
wishing to go their agricultural lands located behind the Wall to cultivate
olives, which is their main source of income. IOF soldiers often fire at
farmers to prevent them from going to their lands. During the reported period,
a Palestinian farmer was wounded by the IOF gunfire when he was on his way back
home in Qiffin village, north of Tulkarm.

 

The
outcome of crimes committed by IOF since 25 June 2006:

 

o 287
Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 60 children and 13 women, have been
killed by IOF.

o At
least 1027 Palestinian civilians, including 301 children and 41 women, have been
wounded by the IOF gunfire. 836 of these Palestinians, including 224 children,
35 women, 4 paramedics and 6 journalists, have been wounded. 

o At
least 274 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 9 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 48
houses belonging to activists of Palestinian factions were destroyed by IOF
warplanes.

o IOF
have imposed a strict siege on the OPT, and have isolated the Gaza Strip from
the outside world.

 



Israeli Violations
Documented during the Reporting Period (5 -11 October 2006)

 

 

 

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