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Continued Israeli
Violations in the OPT

 

 

· 6  Palestinian civilians, including a child and an old man, killed by
Israeli occupying forces

 

· Continued Israeli incursions into Palestinian areas
in the West Bank

 

· Israeli forces commit an assassination in Nablus
killing 2 Palestinians

 

· Israeli forces demolish 12 houses and raze large
areas of Palestinian agricultural land in the Gaza Strip

 

· Continued strict siege on the OPT and many
Palestinians arrested

 

 

 

Introduction

 

 

Israeli occupying forces escalated their war against the Palestinian
people under official US support and European silence, which have encouraged
the Sharon government to commit more human rights violations against
Palestinian civilians and property. This
week, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child and an old man were killed by
Israeli occupying forces. 

 

This week, Israeli forces continued their military operations in
Palestinian areas, maintaining complete control and curfew over the main cities
of the West Bank. They raided houses and
arrested hundreds of Palestinians. In
Hebron, Israeli occupying forces imposed a strict siege on the Palestinian
security compound (Mauqata’a), and intensely shelled it, claiming that
15 Palestinian resistance men were having shelter inside. Then, they totally destroyed the
building. Israeli forces declared later
that they had not found any one in the building. Dozens of adjacent houses were damaged. 

 

In a continuation of the assassination policy officially adopted by the
Israeli government against Palestinian activists and political leaders, on
Sunday, 30 June, Israeli occupying forces assassinated two Palestinians in
Nablus, by shelling a house the two were in. On the following day, the Israeli prime minister stated that his forces
carried out a successful assassination that targeted two wanted members of
Hamas. 

 

This week, Israeli occupying forces shelled and moved into Palestinian
areas in the Gaza Strip. In Rafah,
Israeli forces demolished 12 Palestinian houses totally and one house
partially. In addition, more than 10
Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded by Israeli
gunfire. 

 

This week, Israeli occupying forces razed large areas of Palestinian
agricultural land in the Gaza Strip, especially in Beit Hanoun, Gaza City, and
the villages of Khoza’a and ‘Abasan in Khan Yunis. They also raided Palestinian houses and
security sites and arrested 8 Palestinians, including 6 security men. 

 

Israeli occupying forces have maintained the total siege
imposed on the OPT in a collective punishment of the Palestinian people
Israeli forces have separated
Palestinian areas, transforming them into cantons

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli occupying forces have maintained a strict
siege on al-Mawasi area, isolating it from the rest of the strip. This week, Israeli occupying forces summoned
200 Palestinian civilians living in al-Mawasi area in Khan Yunis, 18-35 of age,
and threatened to cancel their magnetic cards, which allow them to move from and
into the area, if they do not collaborate with them. On Tuesday, 2 July, Israeli occupying forces
at al-Matahen military checkpoint, north of Khan Yunis, which divides the Gaza
Strip into two parts, checked Palestinian civilians traveling from Khan Yunis
to Gaza City. Those civilians were held
for hours, during which they were beaten and insulted by Israeli soldiers. 

 

This report covers Israeli violations against
Palestinian civilians in the OPT during the period 27 June

– 3
July 2002. 

 

Shelling of, and Encroachment into Palestinian Areas

 

 

Thursday, 27
June 2002

 

At approximately 01:00,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations in the vicinity of
“Gani Tal”
settlement, northwest of Khan Yunis, shelled Palestinian houses and farms
located approximately 300m east of the settlement. Two artillery shells hit an animal farm owned
by Khalil Mustafa al-Astal. A number of
animals were killed and the farm was severely damaged. Approximately 5 hours later, Israeli heavy
military vehicles leveled areas of Palestinian agricultural land already razed,
and damaged a 5-donum area of agricultural land planted with dates, and
destroyed an irrigation network owned by Khadra al-Astal.

 

Also at approximately
01:00, Israeli occupying forces in a military location on Zo’rob Hill in the
southwest of Rafah, fired flare bombs at Palestinian residential areas to the
north. One of these bombs fell onto the
house of Sabah Mahmoud Abu Younis, 42. She sustained burns and fractures in the left foot, and her daughter,
Iman, 4, sustained burns and bruises in the left foot and leg. 

 

At approximately 01:30,
Israeli heavy military vehicles, covered by intense shelling, moved
approximately 200m into Block O in Rafah refugee camp, adjacent to the Egyptian
border. They demolished 9 Palestinian
houses completely and another one partially:

 

1. A 120-square-meter, 1-story house, in which 10 people
used to live, owned by Naji Shehada Mohammed Abu Lebda
.

2. A 300-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 5
families comprising 30 persons used to live, owned by
Abdul Qader Mohammed
Hussein
Awaja.

3. A 240-square-meter, 1-story house, in which 2
families comprising 20 persons used to live, owned by Siham
Abdul Hai Abu Lebda.

4. A 200-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2
families comprising 8 persons used to live, owned by Medhat Mahmoud Mohammed
Abu Lebda
.

5. A 140-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2
families comprising 16 persons, owned by Khalil Mohammed Mohammed Radwan
.

6. A 200-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 3
families comprising 11 persons used to live, owned by Hania Hasan Mahmoud
al-Ghoul
.

7. A 130-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2
families comprising 14 persons used to live, owned by Ibrahim
Ali Hussein.

8. A 170-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 5
people used to live, owned by Ibrahim Hassan Abu
Anza.

9. A 120-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which
10 people used to live, owned by Samir Shehada Mohammed Abu Lebda
.

10. A 170-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2
families comprising 13 persons used to live, owned by Yousef
Abdul HadiOweida.

 

Residents of these houses
had already left them, because they were repeatedly shelled by Israeli
occupying forces, especially on 27 September 2001
.

 

Six Palestinian civilians
were also wounded by Israeli shelling
:

1. Mohammed Yahia al-Qautati, 19, wounded by a live
bullet in the right arm
;

2. MohammedEissa al-Muzayen, 18,
wounded by a live bullet in the right thigh
;

3. HassanAbdul Fattah Abu Shawish,
23, wounded by shrapnel in the shoulders
;

4. Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Lebda, 24, wounded by shrapnel
in the right shoulder
;

5. Hamed Mohammed Sha’at, 31, wounded by shrapnel in the
left shoulder; and

6. Wa’el Mohammed ‘Abdul ‘Aal, 19, wounded by shrapnel
in the left arm. 

 

At approximately 04:00, a
tank of the Israeli occupying forces, which had already seized complete control
over Nablus and its refugee camps, opened fire indiscriminately at Palestinian
houses in Balata refugee camp. Palestinian civilians were terrified and left their houses searching for
a shelter. One of these civilians,
Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Aayesh, 17, was killed by a live bullet fired by the Israeli
tank in the head. 

 

Also in the morning,
Israeli occupying forces started razing large areas of Palestinian agricultural
land between Salah al-Din Street west and Sultan
Abdul Hamid Street east,
west of Beit Hanoun. Two Israeli armored
bulldozers, reinforced with tank and covered by intense shelling, razed these
areas of land. This operation continued
sporadically until Sunday morning, 30 June, during which Israeli forces razed
areas of Palestinian agricultural land as follows:

 

1. They razed a 21-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Salim Ragheb
Zimmu, Ghaleb Mohammed Zimmu, heirs of
AliAbdul Rahman Zimmu and
heirs of Rabah Ragheb Zimmu
.

2. They razed a 35-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Sa’ad and
Salah Jamil al-Shawa.

3. They razed a 20-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Beit al-Mal
Company
.

4. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Mousa Tawfiq
Hamad
.

5. They razed an 11-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Ibrahim
Hassan al-Basiuni and brothers.

6. They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Khader
Basiuni al-Basiuni
.

7. They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by
Eid Basiuni al-Basiuni.

8. They razed a 3.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Fadhel
Basiuni al-Basiuni
.

9. They razed a 4.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Na’im Basiuni
al-absiuni.

 

In addition, 21-year-old
Mohammed Mahdi Nusseir from Beit Hanoun was wounded by a live bullet in the
abdomen, while he was near his house, approximately 1000m southeast of Beit
Hanoun (Erez) crossing, and a number of houses were damaged
. 

 

Also in the morning, a
number of Israeli tanks surrounded Juneid Prison in Nablus. They fired 4 shells at the prison, so fire
broke out. Then, Israeli occupying
forces broke into the prison and arrested 25 members of the Palestinian
Presidential Guard (Force 17) and Marine Police, who were inside. 

 

In the morning, Israeli
occupying forces, which had seized complete control over Hebron since Tuesday,
25 June, shelled the Palestinian security compound (Muqata’a), claiming that 15
Palestinian resistance men were having shelter inside. Israeli forces denied access of
representatives of international and local relief committees to the building. Israeli occupying forces also arrested dozens
of Palestinians in Hebron, including:

 

1. Sheikh Nizar Ramadan, director of al-Mustqbal Centre
for Media and Publication
;

2. SheikhAadel Juneid, director of
the Islamic Charitable Society
;

3. Dhiaa’ Na’im al-Qawasmi;

4. Samih Qafisha; and

5. Isma’il al-‘Amasri. 

 

At approximately 15:00,
Israeli occupying forces, which had already seized complete control over
Qalqilya, shelled Palestinian houses in the centre of the town when the curfew
imposed on the town was temporarily lifted. Three Palestinian children were wounded:

 

1. Shukri Fa’eq al-Haj Daoud, 8, seriously wounded by a
live bullet in the head;

2. Hijazi Subhi Hassanein, 10, wounded by shrapnel in
the back; and

3. KhalilAbdullah Qaraqe’, 10,
wounded by shrapnel in the feet.

 

At the same time, Israeli
occupying forces, which had already seized complete control over Tulkarm,
shelled the market of the town. No
casualties were reported, but fire broke out into Yassin and Zayed commercial
stores and the goods got totally burnt.  

 

At approximately 21:00,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations in the vicinity of
“Neve Dekalim”
settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire at al-Nimsawi neighborhood. A Palestinian civilian, Bekhit Isma’il Bekhit
Safi, 22, was wounded by shrapnel in the forehead, while he was near his house,
approximately 500m away from the aforementioned settlement. In addition, a number of houses were
damaged. 

 

 

 

Friday, 28
June 2002

 

At approximately 11:30,
Israeli occupying forces, covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 500m
into al-Satar al-Gharbi area in the northwest of Khan Yunis. Then, an Israeli armored military bulldozer
razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land:

 

1. It razed a 7-donum area of agricultural land planted
with potatoes, and 2 greenhouses planted with vegetables, and destroyed an
irrigation network, owned by the heirs of Yassin
Ali al-Astal and farmed by
Mahmoud
Abdul Karim al-Astal.

2. It razed a 7-donum area of agricultural land and
destroyed an irrigation network, owned by the heirs of Ahmed
Ali al-Astal and farmed byAli Ahmed al-Astal.

 

At approximately 12:30,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with 3 armored military bulldozers and
covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 1200m into the east of Khoza’a
village, east of Khan Yunis. Throughout 5 hours, they razed areas of
Palestinian agricultural land:

 

1. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Suleiman
Ahmed al-Najjar
.

2. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and
destroyed an irrigation network and two 32-square-meter stores, owned by Salman
Hussein al-Najjar
.

3. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, a 20-square-meter room
and a bird farm, owned by Ibrahim ‘Awad al-Najjar.

4. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Salem Hussein
al-Najjar
.

5. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land planted
with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a bird farm, owned by Jihad
Ahmed al-Najjar.

6. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a room, owned by
Jouda Ahmed al-Najjar.

7. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a room, owned by
Mohammed Ahmed al-Najjar.

8. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by the heirs of
Ahmed Khalil al-Najjar.

9. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Mohammed
Khalil al-Najjar
.

10. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed
an irrigation network, owned by the heirs of Ibrahim
Ahmed al-Najjar
.

11. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with dates and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Yousef Mahmoud
al-Najjar
.

12. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with dates and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Shehda Mahmoud
al-Najjar
. 

13. They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Jamila
Mohammed al-Najjar and sisters
. 

14. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a 16-square-meter
room, owned by Yousef Ibrahim al-Najjar. 

 

Also at approximately
12:30, Israeli occupying forces resumed shelling the Palestinian security
compound
(Muqata’a) in Hebron, using artillery shells, surface-to-surface missiles and
heavy caliber bullets. At the same time,
Israeli bulldozers demolished subordinate buildings and fences of the compound. Palestinian civilians living in adjacent houses
were terrified, and some of them, especially women and children, were forced to
leave the houses. In addition, a number
of houses were damaged. 

 

At approximately 16:45,
Israeli occupying forces razed more areas of Palestinian agricultural land in
Sheikh
Ejlin neighborhood in the south of Gaza City:

 

1. They razed a
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by Hammad
Omran Ahmed Shamallakh.

2. They razed a
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by Ahmed
Omran Ahmed Shamallakh.

3. They razed a
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by
Suleiman
Ezzat Ahmed Shamallakh.

4. They razed a
1-donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by Zahra
Omran Ahmed Shamallakh.

5. They razed a
1-donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by Hudia
Omran Ahmed Shamallakh.

6. They razed a
1-donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by
Abdul Qader Mohammed Hamed
Shamallakh
.

7. They razed a 1.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with vegetables, owned by Salama Shamallakh
.

8. They razed an 8-donum area of agricultural land
planted with grapes, owned by Sa’ad Shamallakh.

9. They razed a 1.5-donum area of agricultural land planted
with vegetables, owned by Hashem Shamallakh
.

 

At approximately 19:45,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations in the vicinity of
“Neve Dekalim”
settlement, west of Khan Yunis, for no apparent reason, opened fire at a number
of Palestinian young men in Khan Yunis Cemetery, approximately 300m north of
the aforementioned settlement. Three
brothers from the Abu Tiour family, who were building their father’s grave,
were wounded:

 

1. Atteya Mohammed Hassan Abu
Tiour, 35, wounded by a live bullet in the back
;

2. Abdul Qader Mohammed Hassan
Abu Tiour, 33, wounded by a live bullet in the right foot; and

3. Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan Abu Tiour, 32, wounded by 4
live bullets in the chest and the abdomen
. 

 

At approximately 21:00, an
elite unit of the Israeli occupying forces was airdropped on the roof of the
Palestinian security compound
(Muqata’a) in Hebron. Israeli soldiers moved into the northeastern part of the building and
planted bombs. At approximately 23:15,
an Israeli F-16 fighter jet and two combat helicopters attacked the
building. At approximately 02:45 on the
following day, Israeli occupying forces launched air-to-surface missiles at the
building, totally destroying it. Then,
Israeli forces, covered by intense shelling, leveled remains of the building.

 

Saturday, 29
June 2002

 

At approximately 02:00,
Israeli heavy military vehicles moved into Tammun village in the northern
Jordan Valley. They seized control over
a secondary school, the old building of the municipality and a clinic. Then, Israeli soldiers raided houses and
arrested five Palestinians including 2 doctors, who were used as human shields
in house raids:

 

1. Dr. ‘Abdul Hakim Yousef Bisharat, 38;

2. Dr. Ibrahim Yousef Bisharat, 24;

3. Jawad Matar Raja BaniOuda;

4. Khalil Dhiab Mohammed Bisharat, 16; and

5. Tayel Mustafa Sa’id Bisharat, 23. 

 

At approximately 14:00, two
Israeli military jeeps moved into al-Fara’a refugee camp in the northern Jordan
Valley. A number of Palestinian children
gathered and threw stones towards the two jeeps. Immediately, Israeli occupying soldiers fired
tear gas canisters at the children. A
12-year-old child, Mohammed Ahmed Mubarak Eshteiwi, was wounded with a tear has
canister in the chest, and disappeared. Approximately an hour later, his family discovered his body on an
agricultural road leading to the refugee camp. 

 

At approximately 16:00,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations in the vicinity of
Netzarim” settlement, south
of Gaza, for no apparent reason, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural land
in al-Mughraqa area, south of the settlement. A Palestinian farmer, Hassan ‘Eid Mubarak, 58, from al-Zawaida village
in the central Gaza Strip, was wounded by a live bullet in the left leg. 

 

At approximately 18:00,
Israeli occupying forces moved into Qabatya village, east of Jenin. They opened fire at Palestinian houses,
wounding Amin Mahmoud Ahmed Nazzal, 20, with shrapnel under the left ear
. 

 

At approximately 22:45,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations in the vicinity of
“Neve Dekalim”
settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Khan Yunis refugee camp and
al-Nimsawi neighborhood. A
200-square-meter, 2-story house, in which 12 people live, owned by Hussein ‘Ali
Mahmoud Abu Shuqeir, was damaged, but no casualties were reported. 

 

Sunday, 23 June
2002

 

Early in the morning,
Israeli occupying forces waged an arrest campaign in al-Amari refugee camp in
Ramallah. According to eyewitnesses,
Israeli forces gathered male Palestinians, 15-35 of age, in the main yard of the
camp. Israeli forces detained
approximately 500
Palestinians in al-Bireh School and a field hospital and set up a tent, where
detained Palestinians were interrogated by Israeli intelligence officers
. 

 

At approximately 02:00, 5
Israeli heavy military vehicles, covered by intense shelling, moved
approximately 300m into al-Shouka neighborhood in the east of Rafah. A Palestinian civilian, Nasser Mohammed
Jebara, 45, was wounded by a heavy caliber bullet in the left arm. He was evacuated to hospital where doctors
were forced to cut off the wounded arm. 

 

Also in the morning,
Israeli occupying forces destroyed the internal parts of a 2-story house,
located near Ramallah Hospital, owned by
Abdul Hamid Mahdi. According to eyewitnesses, the internal parts
and furniture were destroyed and residents of the house became homeless. 

 

At approximately 07:00,
Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 1000m into al-Qarara
village, northeast of Khan Yunis. They
raided Palestinian houses and razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land. According to PCHR’s investigation, Israeli
forces raided four houses owned by the family of Abu Zhaher. Residents of each house were held in one
room. Then, Israeli forces beat and
arrested two Palestinian civilians living in these houses:

 

1. Omar Musallam Hammad Abu
Zhaher, 28; and

2. Fathi Ahmed Mohammed Abu Zhaher, 23. 

 

Then, Israeli armored
military bulldozers razed a 25-donum area of agricultural land planted with
olives owned by Sweilem
Ali Salem Abu Sabet. 

 

At approximately 14:00,
Israeli occupying forces, positioned at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah,
opened fire at al-Salam neighborhood, adjacent to the border, for no apparent
reason. Two Palestinian children were
wounded while they were inside their houses:

 

1. Rim Subhi AbuArar, 10, seriously wounded
by a live bullet in the head; and

2. Dalia ZiadAashour, 1½, wounded by a
live bullet in the right knee. 

 

At approximately 16:00,
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with tanks and armored personnel carriers,
broke into, and searched the campus of Hebron University
. 

In the afternoon, Israeli
occupying forces arrested Mohammed Yousef Mohammed al-Haimouni, member of the
Student Council of Hebron University, at his house
. 

 

At approximately 19:30,
while Israeli occupying soldiers were patrolling in al-Duheisha refugee camp,
south of Bethlehem, a number of Palestinian boys threw stones towards
them. Israeli soldiers fired at the boys
who immediately escaped. Then, Israeli
soldiers chased the boys in alleys. Mohammed Ahmed ‘Aatallah al-‘Otba, 18, and Bilal Ibrahim al-Afandi, 15,
were standing near their houses, when Israeli soldiers fired at them from a
distance of 3 meters only. The former
was wounded by a live bullet in the head, while the latter was wounded by a
rubber-coated metal bullet in the back. The two were evacuated to hospital where al-‘Otaba was pronounced
clinically dead. On Monday morning, 1
July, he was pronounced dead. 

 

Monday, 1
July 2002

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli occupying forces, accompanied by an
armored military bulldozer and covered by intense shelling, moved approximately
100m into al-Brazil neighborhood, adjacent to the Egyptian border south of
Rafah. They demolished two houses
totally:

 

1. A 250-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which
four families comprising 20 persons used to live, owned by Salama
Ali Mahmoud al-Hams; and 

2. A 250-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which
two families comprising 8 persons used to live, owned by Khalil Yousef Sa’id
al-‘Ennabi.

 

Two houses were also
damaged by Israeli shelloing
:

 

1. A 300-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which
three families comprising 14 persons live, owned by
Abdul Rahman Khalil Ahmed
Timraz; and

2. A 250-square-meter, 2-story house, in which three
families comprising 12 persons live, owned by Nazhmi Mahmoud Salama al-Houli
.

 

Moreover, two Palestinian
civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire
:

 

1. Yousef Mahmoud Nejem, 20, seriously wounded by two
live bullets in the right arm and the left thigh; and

2. Mahmoud Ya’qoub al-Hour, 18, wounded by shrapnel in
the head and the left arm. 

 

At approximately 07:00,
Israeli occupying forces moved into al-Qarara village, north of Khan
Yunis. They razed more areas of
Palestinian agricultural land
:

 

1. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Salman
Ali Salem Abu Sabet.

2. They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Younis Musallam Abu Zhaher
.

3. They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Bassam Mahmoud Abu
Eid. 

 

At approximately 14:00,
Israeli occupying forces re-imposed a curfew on Jenin and its refugee camp,
while firing live ammunition, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal
bullets at houses. A Palestinian old
man, Mohammed Mustafa al
-‘Arqawi, 72, died from tear gas suffocation. A young
man, Majdi Jihad Nafe’, 22, was also wounded by shrapnel in the back. 

 

At approximately 22:00,
Israeli occupying forces in military locations in the vicinity of
“Neve dekalim”
settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled the cemeteries area and al-Nimsawi
neighborhood. Three artillery shells hit
a 4-story house owned by ‘Abdullah al-Shahri, approximately 900m away from the
aforementioned settlement. Amal Ramadan
Mohammed al-Shahri, 22, was wounded by shrapnel in the head, and her child,
Rasha, 6, was wounded by shrapnel in the back and the neck. Two Palestinian civilians living in the area
were also wounded:

 

1. Wafaa’ Sabri ‘Aabdin, 22, wounded by shrapnel in the
back and the neck; and

2. Rami Jihad Zo’rob, 26, wounded by shrapnel in the right
forearm. 

 

Tuesday, 2
July 2002

 

At approximately 02:00, some Israeli heavy military vehicles moved
approximately 800m into the east of Khoza’a village, east of Khan Yunis.
Israeli soldiers surrounded a site of the Palestinian National Security Force. Then, they called on Palestinian security men
through loudspeakers to surrender. Israeli forces arrested the Palestinian security men and took them to an
unknown destination:

 

1. Lieutenant Salh
Khalafallah, from Khan Yunis;

2. ‘Abdul Khaliq Abu
To’eima, from ‘Abasan village;

3. Nahidh Abu Jwei’ed,
from Khan Yunis;

4. Hamdan al-Ghalban,
from Mu’taz village;

5. Nabil Salman
al-Najjar, from Khoza’a village; and

6. Tayseer Isma’il
al-Najjar, from Bani Suhaila village. 

 

Then, an Israeli armored military bulldozer razed areas of Palestinian
agricultural land near the site:

 

1. They razed a 2-donum
area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation
network and a 24-square-meter room, owned by Mohammed Ahmed al-Qarra.

2. They razed a 2-donum
area of agricultural land planted with watermelons owned by Mohammed Hussein
al-Qarra.

3. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land planted with
vegetables and watermelons, and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by
Ru’yat ‘Abdul ‘Azziz al-Farra.

4. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land planted with
watermelons owned by Mohammed Ahmed Abu Daqqa.

5. They razed a 1.5-donum area of agricultural land planted
with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Musallam Sauleiman
al-Najjar. 

6. They razed a 1.5-donum area of agricultural land planted
with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ibrahim Suleiman
al-Najjar. 

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli occupying forces invaded Bani Zeid area
in Ramallah District, which includes the villages of Jaljolia, ‘Obwin, ‘Aarura,
Mazare’ al-Nubani, Deir Ghassana, Beit Rima, Kufor ‘Ein and Qarawat Bani
Zeid. They seized complete control over
these villages and imposed a curfew. They also dug three trenches separating the area from Salfit area. 

 

For the third consecutive day, at approximately 08:00, Israeli forces
razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land in al-Qarara village, north of
Khan Yunis:

 

1. They razed a 3-donum
area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Bassam Mahmoud Abu ‘Eid;
and

2. They razed a 3-donum
area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Younis musallam Abu
Zhaher. 

 

PCHR’s field worker in Khan Yunis reported that Israeli forces withdrew
from the area at approximately 11:00, but came back to the area two hour later. They put hills of sand near the house of
Suleiman Hammad Abu Zhaher, obstruction access of the family to the house. 

 

In the afternoon, Israeli occupying forces moved approximately 200m into
Palestinian agricultural land at the road between al-Shuhada’ junction and
al-Mentar crossing, south of Gaza City. They razed a 20-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus
owned by Ghassan Ma’ruf Shurrab. 

 

Wednesday, 3
July 2002

 

At approximately 10:30,
Israeli occupying forces, coming from the eastern border of the Gaza Strip and
covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 300m into al-Najjar area in
Khoza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. Bilal Rida al-Najjar, 14, was wounded by a live bullet in the left thigh. 

 

At approximately 14:00,
Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 500m into al-Rabwat area in
the northwest of Khan Yunis. They razed
areas of Palestinian agricultural land
:

 

1. They razed a 10-donum area of agricultural land owned
by the heirs of Shaker Anis al-agha
.

2. They razed a 10-donum area of agricultural land owned
by the heirs of Dhiab Shaker al-Agha
.

3. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with corns and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by
Arafat Suleiman al-Agha.

4. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land and
destroyed an irrigation network, owned by
Othman Yousef al-Agha.

5. They razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land
destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Ahmed
Othman al-Agha.

6. They razed a 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with vegetables owned by Salah Mousa Abu Sunaima
. 

 

A New Assassination

 

In a continuation of the
assassination policy officially adopted by the Israeli government against
Palestinian activists and political leaders, on Sunday, 30 June, Israeli
occupying forces assassinated two Palestinians in Nablus
.

 

At approximately 15:00 on
Sunday, 30 June, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with dozens of tanks and
a combat helicopter, surrounded a two-story house owned
Ammar Jamil al-Masri in the
northeast of Nablus. Immediately, they
intensely fired at the house, then called through loudspeakers on al-Masri and
his family, who live on the first floor, to get out of the house with their
hands up and without clothes on the upper part of the body. When al-Masri got out of the house, Israeli
forces arrested him. Later, Israeli
forces claimed that he was evacuated to an Israeli hospital since he was
wounded. Israeli forces also handcuffed
and blindfolded his child Suhaib, 13, and took him to an unknown
destination. 

 

At approximately 18:00,
Israeli occupying forces resumed shelling the house throughout an hour,
claiming that wanted Palestinians from Hamas were having shelter on the upper
floor of the house. The Israeli combat
helicopter also launched three missiles at the house. Most of the house was destroyed and fire
broke out into it. Two Palestinians were
killed:

 

1. Muhannad Hafezh al-Taher, 26, accused by Israeli
occupying forces of leading the military wing of Hamas in Nablus; and

2. Emad al-Din Nour al-Din
Darwaza, 24, accused of being al-Taher’s assistant, brother of Salah Darwaza
who was assassinated by Israeli occupying forces approximately one year
ago. 

 

According to al-Masri’s
wife, Kholoud Rashad al-Masri, 34, Israeli occupying forces destroyed remains
of the house using bulldozers and artillery shells. She said that the destiny of her husband and
child was still unknown. She also
asserted that her husband was not wounded when he was arrested contrary to
Israeli media reports. 

 

On the following day, the
Israeli prime minister stated that his forces carried out a successful
assassination that targeted two wanted members of Hamas
. 

 

 

Attacks on Medical Personnel

 

Sunday, 30
June 2002

 

In the morning, Israeli
occupying forces arrested 27 medical personnel at the entrances of Ramalllah
and Sheikh Zayed hospitals in Ramallah, and took them to the Jordanian Field
Hospital near al-Amari refugee camp. The
medical personnel were held for several hours. Twenty-two were later released while the other five remained in custody:

 

1. Sa’ed Falah Mousa, an ambulance driver;

2. RebhiAwadhOmar, a nurse;

3. Wissam MohammedOudeh, a nurse;

4. Emad Khalil Mohammed, a
nurse; and

5. HekmatAlawna, a nurse.

 

At approximately 08:00,
Israeli occupying forces arrested a patient, Elias al-Khouri, 36, from
Ramallah, and a paramedic, Mohammed al-Sharif, 30, while they were in an
ambulance of the Palestinian Union of Medical Relief Committees on their way to
hospital.

 

Also in the morning,
Israeli occupying forces broke into the Palestinian Civil Defense building in
Bitounia, west of Ramallah, and arrested 10 of its staff. According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces
held the more than 36 people in the house
. Then, they forced an
ambulance driver to take them to al-Manara square, where they were taken in
military vehicles to an unknown destination
. 

 

At approximately 13:30,
Israeli occupying forces at
EinArik military checkpoint, west of Ramallah, arrested
four Palestinian medical personnel
:

 

1. Shafiq Khaled Abu Qare’, an ambulance driver of
Ramallah Hospital;

2. Aadel Khassib, a nurse in
Ramallah Hospital; and

3. Walid Suleiman, a nurse in Ramallah Hospital; and

4. SamiAbdullah Salim, an administrative employee in Sheikh
Zayed Hospital
.

 

Israeli occupying forces
claimed that the four are from the Gaza Strip and were illegally in the West
Bank, but the Palestinian Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Munther al-Sharif
asserted that Israeli forces were routinely searching Palestinian ambulances
and medical personnel at entrances of hospitals. 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 3
July 2002

 

In the morning, Israeli
occupying forces broke into the building of the Palestinian Civil Defense in
Ramallah. They searched it and arrested
four of its members
:

 

1. Ali Khamis AbuOuda;

2. Abdullah Mohammed Dabbur;

3. Nasser MahmoudAashour; and

4. JamalAbdullah Abu Shawish. 

 

 

*****

 

PCHR calls:

 

1. Upon the international
community to provide immediate and independent international protection for the
Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
.

2. Upon the High Contracting
Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to reconvene in order to take
effective measures to protect Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories, in accordance with their obligations under Article 1, to ensure
the respect of the Convention.

3. Upon the international
community to investigate and prosecute those believed to have committed war
crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories before international courts.

4. Upon the ICRC to enhance its
presence, expand its activities, and intensify its field observations
throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

5. Upon the European Union to
activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israeli Association Agreement, which provides
that Israel must respect human rights.

6. Upon the international
community to provide humanitarian and medical assistance for the Palestinian
people, whose living conditions are continuing to deteriorate as a result of
the continued siege imposed by Israeli occupation forces on the entire Occupied
Palestinian Territories. 

 

 

 

 

 

“End”