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

 

 

· 30
Palestinians, including 3 children, a mentally disabled young man and a woman, were
killed by IOF.

 

· 20
of the victims were killed by IOF in al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City.

 

· 3
of the victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF in the West Bank.

 

· 52
Palestinian civilians, including 18 children and a woman, were wounded by the
IOF gunfire.

 

· IOF
launched a series of air strikes on a number of houses in the Gaza Strip.

 

· 3
houses were destroyed in Gaza City and Jabalya.

 

· IOF
conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and invaded
al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City.

 

· IOF
arrested 50 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, including 6 children.

 

· IOF
arrested a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah.

 

· IOF
arrested 7 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF
demolished 4 houses in Nablus.

 

· IOF
destroyed civilian property in al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City.

 

· IOF
have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF have imposed a tightened
siege on the Gaza Strip and there have been shortages of foodstuffs and fuels; and
IOF positioned at a various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 5 Palestinian
civilians.

 

· IOF
have continued to construct the Annexation Wall in the West Bank; they razed
more areas of land in Hebron for this purpose.

 

· Israeli
settlers have continued attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in
the OPT; settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and property in Hebron; and a
Palestinian child was wounded in Beit Fourik village near Nablus

 

 



Summary

 

As the international community has remained silent,
IOF have continued to wage a full scale offensive on the Palestinian people,
especially in the Gaza Strip.  During the reported period, IOF have
continued their attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.

 

PCHR, monitoring with utmost concern the developments
of this offensive, calls upon the international community, particularly the
High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and United Nations,
to immediately intervene to force IOF to stop this offensive and lift the siege
imposed on the Gaza Strip. 

 

Israeli
violations of international law continued in the OPT during the reported period
(17 – 23 August 2006):

 

Killing: During
the reported period, IOF killed 28 Palestinians, including 3 children, a
mentally disabled young man and an old man. In addition, a man and a woman died
from previous wounded. In the Gaza Strip, IOF killed 23 Palestinians, including
11 civilians. These civilians included 3 children and a mentally disabled young
man. Twenty of the victims, including the three children, were killed by IOF
during a 4-day offensive on al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza
City. Two of the victims are from the
Abu al-Qumboz family, and were killed while they were inside their houses. IOF
also killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including an old man and a mentally disabled
young man, in Khan Yunis, Rafah and Beit Lahia. A woman from Jabalya also died
from a previous wound. In addition, 35 Palestinians, including 9 children, a
woman and two journalists, were wounded by the IOF gunfire.

 

 

Thus, the number of Palestinians killed by IOF in the
Gaza Strip since 25 June 2006 has increased to 217, including 46 children and 12
women. In addition, 755 others, mostly civilians, including 203 children, 28 women,
4 paramedics and 6 journalists, have been wounded. 

 

IOF also launched 3 air strikes on two houses in the
Gaza Strip belonging to Palestinian resistance activists. These houses were destroyed, and a number of
neighboring houses and civilian facilities were severely damaged. IOF also shelled a house in ‘Abasan village,
east of Khan Yunis, after they had killed the owner. 

 

During the reported, IOF fired dozens of artillery
shells at Palestinian residential areas and agricultural land in the Gaza Strip.
A number of Palestinian civilians were killed or wounded and a number of houses
were damaged.

 

In the West Bank, 5 Palestinians, including a child,
were killed by IOF. A sixth Palestinian also died from a previous wound. On 26
August 2006, IOF shot dead a Palestinian child during an incursion into Nablus.
On 27 August 2006, IOF shot dead a Palestinian civilian, who served as a guard
of a school in Jenin. On 28 August 2006, IOF extra-judicially executed a
Palestinian in Ramallah. On 29 August 2006, IOF extra-judicially executed two
Palestinians in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. On 30 August 2006, medical
sources at a Jordanian hospital declared that a Palestinian died from a prvious
wounded he had sustained when IOF attempted to extra-judicially execute him.

 

In addition, 17 Palestinian civilians, including 9
children, were wounded by IOF gunfire. One
of these children was wounded, when Israeli settlers fired at him in Beit
Fourik village, east of Nablus.

 

Incursions:
During the reported period, IOF
conducted at least 40 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank, during which they raided dozens of houses and arrested 50 Palestinian
civilians, including 6 children.  IOF
also arrested a member of the PLC in Ramallah, and a number of members of local
councils representing the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas. In the
Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 4 incursions into Palestinian communities, the widest
of which was into al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City. IOF moved into Rafah
and Khan Yunis and arrested 7 Palestinian civilians, most of them were released
later.

 

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, even though they do not directly control it. They have prevented European observers
working at the crossing point form reaching it.
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. IOF have also
continued to close Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. In addition, IOF have prevented Palestinian
fishermen from fishing. As a result of the continued siege imposed on the Gaza
Strip, poverty has increased to 70% and unemployment has mounted to 55%. The
Gaza Strip has also suffered from shortages of basic foodstuffs, fuels and raw
materials.

 

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. 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 5 Palestinian civilians, including a
university professor.

 

Illegal Settler Activities: Israeli settlers in breach of international
humanitarian law continue to reside in the OPT and have launched a series of
attacks against Palestinian civilians and property. On 25 August 2006,
Israeli settlers living in “Sousia” settlement, south of Hebron, attacked
Palestinian civilians, wounding two of them. IOF also arrested one of the
wounded civilians. On 26 August 2006, Israeli settlers opened fire at a number
of Palestinian children in Beit Fourik village, east of Nablus. One of the
children was seriously wounded. On 27 August 2006, Israeli settlers broke into
the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

 

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

 

o 246
Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 48 children and 12 women, have been
killed by IOF.

o At
least 887 Palestinian civilians, including 256 children and 30 women, have been
wounded by the IOF gunfire.

o At
least 241 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[1] 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, 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 30
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 (24 – 30 August 2006)

 

 

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