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

 

· Two
Palestinian couple were killed by the explosion of a mysterious object from the
remainders of IOF.

 

· A
Palestinian woman died from a heart attack when IOF detonated a sound bomb
inside her house.

 

· 11
Palestinian civilians, including two children, were wounded by IOF.

 

· IOF
conducted 27 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

 

· IOF
arrested 40 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children.

 

· IOF
raided offices of two local radio stations in Hebron.

 

· An
IOF bloodhound bit and injured a Palestinian woman in Nablus.

 

· IOF
have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF have isolated the Gaza
Strip from the outside world.

 

· IOF
have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside the West Ban; IOF have
continued to construct a section of the Wall in ‘Azzoun ‘Atma village, south of
Qalqilya.



Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian
law continued in the OPT during the reported period (7 – 13 December 2006):

 

Killing: During
the reported period, a Palestinian couple were killed in Sa’ir village,
northeast of Hebron, and their child was seriously wounded on 9 December 2006, when
a mysterious object exploded in junks collected by the husband from an area
used by IOF as a training site. On 12 December 2006, a 56-year-old
Palestinian woman died from a heart attack when IOF detonated a sound bombs
inside her house. On 10 December 2006, a Palestinian child was wounded in
al-Fara’a refugee camp, southeast of Jenin, when IOF fired at a number of
children who demonstrated against them.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in violation of the truce between
IOF and the Palestinian side, IOF fired at a number of Palestinian civilians,
wounding 10 of them. On 7 December 2006, 4 Palestinian civilians, including two
brothers, were wounded in separate incidents of shooting by IOF in the northern
Gaza Strip. On 8 December 2006, two Palestinian civilians, including a child,
were wounded when IOF fired at a number of Palestinian civilians who were
searching for wires and metals in the northern Gaza Strip. On 10 December 2006,
IOF fired at a Palestinian civilian who was farming his land in the northern
Gaza Strip, wounding him seriously. On 13 December 2006, an IOF gunboat opened
fire at a fishing boat opposite to Rafah seashore, wounding 3 Palestinian
fishermen, including two brothers.

 

Incursions:
During the reported period, IOF
conducted at least 27 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank, during which they raided houses and arrested  40 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children.
They also raided and searched offices of two local radio stations in Hebron,
and arrested the director of one of them.

 

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 on Wednesday,
13 December 2006.

 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 5 months.

 

 

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.

 

Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside the West
Bank. During the reported period, IOF continued to construct a section of
the Wall near ‘Azzoun ‘Atma village, south of Qalqilya. IOF seized more
Palestinian land for this purpose. This section of the Wall will isolated the
village totally and will seal it off from large areas of agricultural land and
some houses and civilian facilities. On 12 December 2006, IOF soldiers
prevented Palestinian school children teachers from reaching their school in
‘Azzoun ‘Atma village, south of Qalqilya, which has been isolated by the Wall. On
7 December 2006, IOF 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.

 

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

 

o 474
Palestinians, 300 of whom are civilians, including 91 children and 30 women,
have been killed by IOF. In the Gaza Strip alone, 405 Palestinians, 243 of whom
are civilians, including 84 children, 28 women and 4 paramedics, haven been
killed by IOF.

o At
least 1616 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 338 children, 109 women.
In the Gaza Strip alone, 1275 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 345
children, 104 women, 4 paramedics and 7 journalist, have been wounded by the
IOF gunfire.

o At
least 328 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.



Israeli Violations
Documented during the Reporting Period (7 – 13 December 2006)

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