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Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (13–20 June)

22nd Jun 2018
Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (13–20 June)

Gaza, (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights):

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13– 20 June 2018):

 

Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors.

A Palestinian civilian was killed, and 3 others, including a child, succumbed to their wounds.

8 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the Gaza Strip.

3 Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank.

Israeli warplanes carried out many air strikes against many targets belonging to the Palestinian armed groups.

Israeli drones targeted the Palestinian civilians gathering in the peaceful demonstrations.

Israeli forces launched 54 missiles at military sites belonging to the armed groups and peaceful demonstrators’ gatherings.

Two military police officers were wounded when a site near their workplace was targeted.

Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar incursions were conducted in Jerusalem

57 civilians, including 5 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.

13 of them, including a woman and child, were arrested in Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

A house was demolished in Qalendia village while doors and barbed wires were uprooted in several neighbourhoods in the city.

Israeli forces continued to open fire at the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no casualties were reported.

Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 11th consecutive year.

Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.

8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

A patient died in Erez Crossing when he was summoned for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence as a condition for giving him a permit to enter Jerusalem for treatment.

 

Summary

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 11th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area.

During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and 3 others, including a child, succumbed to their wounds. They also wounded 7 other civilians in the Gaza Strip and 3 in the West Bank.

The Israeli warplanes carried out several air strikes against targets belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and launched dozens of missiles, causing damage to the sites. The Israeli drones also targeted Palestinian civilians gathering in the peaceful demonstrations with many missiles.

In the Gaza Strip, on 18 June 2018, in use of lethal force, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another. On the same day morning, the Israeli warplanes launched one missile at 4 Palestinians who sneaked into the border fence between the Strip and Israel near the “Karny” Industrial Area in eastern Shija’iyah in eastern Gaza City. As a result, one of them identified as Sabri Abu Khader (23) from al-Tufah neighborhood was killed and another 19-year-old civilian was wounded with shrapnel to the leg.

In the same context, two civilians, including a child, succumbed to their wounds. On 14 June, medical sources in the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip declared death of Ahmed al-‘Aasi (21) from Khan Younis after succumbing to his serious wounds. According to investigations conducted by PCHR at that time, the abovementioned civilian was hit with a gas canister in the head during the demonstrations on Friday, 08 June 2018, east of the Return encampment in Khuza’ah in eastern Khan Younis.

On 18 June 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared the death of Zakariah Bushbush (14) from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip succumbing to wounds he sustained on 30 May 2018. Zakaria was wounded during his participation in the Return March in eastern al-Bureij with a bullet that entered his chest and exited his back. His condition was very serious so he was transferred to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

On 20 June 2018, Medical sources at St. Josef Hispital in occupied East Jerusalem declared the death of Mohammed Abu Farhanah (23) from ‘Abasan al-Kabirah in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip after succumbing to his serious wounds. The abovementioned was wounded with 2 bullets to the abdomen on 14 May 20118, after the Israeli forces opened fire at him during his participation in the Return March demonstrations in eastern Khan Younis. At that time, he was taken to Nasser Hospital and admitted to the intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to his serious condition. He was later referred to St. Josef Hospital in Jerusalem until his death was declared on the abovementioned day afternoon.

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinians, including 2 military police officers who were wounded when they were in their workplace at the time of targeting the nearby site belonging to the armed groups by the Israeli warplanes.

As part of the airstrikes, on 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 15 missiles at the Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return in eastern al-Bureij and al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those inside the encampment. As a result, two civilians sustained shrapnel wounds in their bodies.

On 17 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, southeast of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.

On 18 June 2018, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles, 3 minutes between each, at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and an agricultural land in Eastern al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

On the same day, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a Palestinian civilian grey Mitsubishi car parked near al-Murabeteen Mosque at the end of Baghdad Street in al-Shija’yah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City.

On the same day, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at The Navy Site near al-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City. In all the airstrikes, no casualties were reported. On the same day, the Israeli warplanes in 4 separate airstrikes launched 7 missiles at 2 sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) in Tal al-Za’atar area in Jabalia and al-Safinah building, southwest of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

On 20 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups in western al-Maghazi; 2 missiles at another site in western Gaza City; 3 missiles at a military site, east of al-Shaikh Zayed Housing Project in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip; 6 missiles at Jerusalem Site belonging to al-Qassam Brigdaes, west of Khan Younis; 8 missiles at 2 sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, southwest of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli drones targeted gatherings of Palestinian civilians in the peaceful demonstrations several times, but no casualties were reported.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 14 June 2018, the Israeli forces along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence. However, no casualties were reported.

On 15 June 2018, Israeli forces fired shells at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 2 shooting incidents at the fishermen sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians. On 15 June 2018, two Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli forces stationed near the military watchtower established on the lands of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them while attempting to cross the main gate closed by the Israeli forces and established at the main entrance to the city.

On 19 June 2018, Israeli forces during the reporting period wounded a Palestinian civilian when they moved into the Western Farm village, north of Ramallah and a number of youngsters gathered to protest against their incursion. As a result, the Israeli soldiers opened fire wounding a 21-year-old civilian with a bullet to the abdomen.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 44 Palestinians, including 4 children and a woman, in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 13 civilians, including a woman and a child, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburb.

Israeli Forces continued their measures to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem

As part of demolishing civilian facilities, on 20 June 2018, the Israeli military vehicles demolished a house in Qalendia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The 50-square-meter house which belonged to ‘Ali Mutair was comprised of a room, kitchen and bathroom; and Mutair, his wife and kids moved to live in it only 5 months ago.

On the same day, the Israeli municipality staffs carried out a campaign to raid, confiscate and demolish in many areas in occupied east Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing. The military vehicles demolished the outside walls, house doors, and removed the perimeter fences of the land belonging to the Islamic Endowments Department in al-Joz Valley neighbourhood. It should be noted that those houses are built on a land which the Israeli forces seek to confiscate in favour of building the Hebrew Biblical Gardens extended to Siwlan village, south of the Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli illegal settlement activities and settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property:

On 13 June 2018, the Israeli forces confiscated a GCB digger which was reclaiming a land located in Area C according to the 1993 Oslo Accords between ‘Aqraba and Majdal Bani Fadel villages, southeast of Nablus. The land belongs to Ayman Bani Fadel from ‘Aqraba village while the digger belongs to Mohammed ‘Abdel Razzaq Dawoud ‘Odah from nearby Qasrah village.

On 14 June 2018, the Israeli forces notified the residents of Qa’oun Plain near Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley and located in Area C according to the 1993 Oslo Accords to stop working in the Solar Cells Project to supply artesian wells with electricity in the area. It should be mentioned that this project is funded by the Italian GVC.

[Photo: A boy holds an image of Rezzan en-Neccar, a Palestinian volunteer paramedic killed by Israeli forces, during a demonstration in support of Gaza at Al-Manara Square in Ramallah, West Bank on June 10, 2018. Demonstrators called Fatah and Hamas movements to reconcile. Photographer: Issam Rimawi/AA]

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