Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue
Systematic Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory (OPT)
· 5 Palestinians, including a man and his child, were killed
by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
· 18 Palestinians, including 3 children, were wounded by IOF.
· IOF conducted 24 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank and 2 ones into the Gaza Strip.
· IOF arrested 68 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children
and a woman, in the West Bank.
· IOF arrested Hatem Qafisha, Member of the Palestinian
Legislative Council, in Hebron.
· IOF razed at least 80 donums
of agricultural land and destroyed 9 houses in the Gaza Strip.
· IOF destroyed a house in Balata refugee camp near Nablus.
· IOF transformed 3 houses in Hebron.
· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT.
· IOF have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world and
a humanitarian crisis has emerged.
· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank
and Israeli settlers have continued to attacks Palestinian civilians and
Israeli violations of
international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting
period (1 – 7 November 2007):
Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed
5 Palestinians, including a man and his son, in the Gaza Strip and wounded 18
others in the Gaza Strip.
In the Gaza Strip, on IOF
killed 5 Palestinians and wounded 14 others, including a child. On 3 November,
2007, IOF shelled a Palestinian police station in Rafah, killing a policeman
and wounding 3 others. On 4 November 2007, IOF killed 4 Palestinian civilians,
including a man and his son, and wounded 2 others, including a child, when they
shelled a guardroom of a factory of concrete in the northern Gaza Strip. Additionally,
9 Palestinians were wounded by IOF gunfire in others attacks in the Gaza Strip.
In the West Bank, IOF
wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, in ‘Azzoun village, east
of Qalqilya, and Kufor Dan village, west of Jenin.
Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF
conducted at least 24 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank. During those incursions, IOF arrested 68 Palestinian civilians,
including 7 children and a woman. Thus, the number of Palestinians arrested by
IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of this year has mounted to 2,329. During
the reporting period, IOF transformed 3 houses in Hebron into military sites.
In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 2
incursions into Palestinian communities. During those incursions, IOF destroyed
3 houses completely and 4 others partially, transformed a number of houses into
military sites, razed at least 80 donums of agricultural land. They also
interrogated scores of Palestinian civilians after taking them to military
sites at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
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.
IOF have continued to close all border crossings of the Gaza Strip for
nearly 17 months. The total siege imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip has left
disastrous impacts on the humanitarian situation and has violated the economic
and social rights of the Palestinian civilian population, particularly the
rights to appropriate living conditions, health and education. It has also
paralyzed most economic sectors. Furthermore, severe restrictions have been
imposed on the movement of the Palestinian civilian population. Moreover, the
siege imposed on the Gaza Strip has severely impacted the flow of food, medical
supplies and other necessities such as fuel, construction materials and raw
materials for various economic sectors. IOF have further tightened the siege
imposed on the Gaza Strip since Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip, and the
living and economic conditions of Palestinian civilians have further
deteriorated. During the reporting period, the Israeli government declared the
Gaza Strip as “an enemy entity,” which implies imposing more restrictions and
measures of collective punishment against the Palestinian civilian
population. On 19 September 2007, the
Israeli government declared the Gaza Strip as “an enemy entity” and accordingly
measures of collective punishment against Gaza escalated. Since that time, IOF
have limited the goods exported to the Gaza Strip to only 9 basic materials. As
a consequence, local markets ran out of many goods, which caused a sharp increase
in prices, which mounted to 500% for some goods. Israeli occupation forces have
banned the flow of some medicines, furniture, electrical appliances, cows and
cigarettes into the Gaza Strip, and have decreased the amounts of some goods
allowed into the Gaza Strip, such as fruits, milk and some dairy products. IOF
have also continued to impose severe restrictions on fishing in the Gaza Strip.
IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians to and from
Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip have been denied access to the city. IOF have established many
checkpoints around and inside the city. Restrictions of the movement of
Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays to prevent them from praying at
the al-Aqsa Mosque. IOF often violently beat Palestinian civilians who attempt
to bypass checkpoints and enter the city. IOF have also 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 also erected more checkpoints on the main roads and
intersections in the West Bank.
Settlement Activities: Israeli settlers living in the OPT in violation of
international humanitarian law have continued to attack Palestinian civilians
and property. On Friday evening, 2 November 2007, Israeli settlers from “Kiryat
Arba” and “Kharsina” settlements, southeast of Hebron, attacked 4 Palestinian
houses opposite to the settlements with stones and empty bottles. The houses
were damaged and their residents were extremely terrified. IOF troops were
present in the area, but did not intervene to stop the attack.
Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (1 – 7
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