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

 

 

· 8
Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were killed by IOF in the Gaza
Strip.

 

· 4
of the victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF in two separate attacks in
Rafah and Khan Yunis.

 

· A
Palestinian worker wad killed inside Israel.

 

· 14
Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded.

 

· IOF
have continued to launch air strikes on houses and civilian facilities in the
Gaza Strip; 8 houses and a workshop were destroyed in Rafah and Khan Yunis.

 

· IOF
conducted 33 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 3 others
into the northern Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF
arrested 24 Palestinian civilians, including  3 children and a girl, in the West Bank.

 

· IOF
raided offices of a charitable society in Qarawat Bani Hassan village near
Nablus.

 

· IOF
razed at least 20 donums[1]
of agricultural land in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF
have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF arrested two 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 lands to cultivate
olives.

 

 



Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law continued in
the OPT during the reported period (28 September – 4 October 2006):

 

Killing: During
the reported period, IOF killed 8 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children,
in the Gaza Strip.  

 

On 29 September 2006, IOF fired a missile at two
Palestinian children, who passed near an abandoned rack used in launching home-made
rockets at Israeli targets. The two children, who are brothers, were killed. On
30 September 2006, IOF extra-judicially executed two members of the al-Aqsa
Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Fatah movement., in Rafah. The attacks also
wounded two civilian bystanders, including a child. On 2 October 2006, IOF shot
dead a Palestinian fisherman opposite to Deir al-Balah seashore in the central
Gaza Strip. On 3 October 2006,
a
Palestinian child was killed and his brother was
wounded, when IOF bombarded a workshops adjacent to their house in Khan Yunis.
On 4 October 2006, IOF extra-judicially executed two Palestinians in Khan
Yunis. In addition, 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded when IOF attempted to
extra-judicially execute 3 Palestinians.   

 

Thus, the number of Palestinians killed by IOF in the
Gaza Strip since 25 June 2006 has increased to 245, including 56 children and 13
women. In addition, 829 others, mostly civilians, including 222 children, 35
women, 4 paramedics and 6 journalists, have been wounded. 

 

IOF also launched 4 air
strikes on 3 houses and a workshops in Khan Yunis and Rafah, destroying them.
In addition, 5 neighboring houses were severely damaged. Those houses were
totally destroyed and a number of neighboring houses and civilian facilities
were severely damaged. IOF often warn residents of houses of their intention to
attack them a very short time prior to the attack.  

 

In the west
Bank, Wednesday, 4 October 2006, IOF Border Guard soldiers shot dead a
Palestinian worker from Tarqoumia village, west of Hebron, after they had
arrested him from a construction workshop in the Israeli town of Jaffa. A spokesman of the Israeli police claimed that
a live bullet was unleashed by mistake from a soldier’s gun and killed the
worker. The soldier was only put under house arrest.

 

In addition, 6 Palestinian civilians, including two
children, were wounded by IOF gunfire throughout the West Bank.

 

Incursions:
During the reported period, IOF
conducted at least 33 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank, during which they raided dozens of houses and arrested 24 Palestinian
civilians, including 3 children and a girl. IOF also raided offices iof a
charitable society in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, southwest of Nablus. In the
Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 3 incursions in the northern Gaza Strip. They razed
at least 20 donums of agricultural land.  

 

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. On 4 October
2006, the crossing point was reopened and several Palestinians were able to
travel from and to the Gaza Strip.
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. During the reported period, IOF positioned at various checkpoints
around imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. During the reported period, IOF positioned at various
checkpoints in the West Bank arrested two Palestinian civilians.

 

Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank. During
the reported period, IOF prevented Palestinian farmers from the villages of
al-Zawia, Mas’ha and Rafat near Salfit, and the villages of Kufor Sour, al-Ras,
Far’oun, Jebara and Kufor Jammal near Tulkarm from reaching their agricultural
lands, which are planted with olives, located behind the Wall. According to
these farmers, IOF refused to issue permits for them to be able to reach their
lands. IOF soldiers positioned at gates established along the Wall opposite to
these villages did not allow farmers to cross the gates towards their
agricultural lands. They also confiscated permits from some farmers. The
farmers expressed their concerns that they may lose the current olive season.
IOF started the construction of the Wall in villages located to the south of
Tulkarm in 2003. The construction of the Wall in the area has isolated and
seized at least 40000 donums of land, and has isolated Jebara village from
Tulkarm.

 

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

 

o 281
Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 59 children and 13 women, have been
killed by IOF.

o At
least 1034 Palestinian civilians, including 298 children and 41 women, have
been wounded by the IOF gunfire.

o At
least 270 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 47
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 (28 September – 4 October 2006)

 

 

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