OPT: Protection of civilians – OCHA Weekly report (4 July -10 July 2007)

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report

4 July – 10 July 2007

Of note this week
Gaza Strip:
· The IDF killed 11 Palestinians, injured 15, and arrested 70 during its incursion into the area southeast of Al Bureij Camp (Central Gaza). In addition, three Palestinians were injured, including a 15-year-old boy, during IDF military operations southeast of Beit Hanoun.

· A total of 23 Qassam rockets and 33 mortar shells were fired from Gaza towards Israel, of which at least four rockets and 29 mortar shells targeted Kerem Shalom crossing. Five rockets landed in the Palestinian area. Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. No injuries were reported.

· The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that it has returned at least 25 corpses to Gaza via Kerem Shalom since the closure of Rafah until 5 July. In all cases, the persons had passed away in Egyptian or other overseas hospitals and not at the border.

· Senior Palestinian traders were able to cross Erez crossing this week for the first time since 12 June. Humanitarian assistance continues to enter Gaza through Kerem Shalom and Sufa. Critical medical cases with special coordination arrangements exited through Erez. Karni was open on two days for the crossing of wheat and wheat grain. In addition, thousands of Palestinians travellers (400—700 people, including women, children and ill persons) remain stranded in Egypt and are still unable to return to their homes in Gaza. Rafah crossing was last open on 9th June.

· IDF continued to conduct levelling and excavating operations in the Gaza Strip: near the former Palestinian DCL, northeast of Beit Hanoun and southeast of Al Bureij Camp.

· A PA Preventive Security officer died of wounds sustained during armed factional clashes. Two persons were injured due to the reckless use of weapons and eight during armed family feuds.

· BBC journalist Alan Johnston (British national), who was abducted on 12 March, was released unharmed and was handed over to Hamas officials on 4 July after 114 days in captivity. Palestinian journalists organized a demonstration to celebrate his safe release.
West Bank:
· Two Palestinians were killed by the IDF (Jenin and Hebron), including one 17-year-old boy who died of wounds sustained in 2004 when the IDF opened fire at Palestinian stone throwers in Hebron. The IDF also injured eight Palestinians: Ramallah (3), Jericho (2), and Hebron (3).

· The IDF handed 16 stop-construction orders to the owners of 16 houses built without permits in area C of the Salfit governorate (seven in Deir Ballut and nine in Yasuf).

· There were 96 flying checkpoints, 114 IDF search campaigns, and 82 arrests by the IDF.

· An Israeli court decided that the purchase documents used by Hebron settlers to seize Al Rajabi house (a.k.a. Beit Hashalom by the settlers) in the H2 area of the Hebron City were forged by the settlers. The court gave the settlers 45 days to prove otherwise or to provide additional documents indicating that they have purchased the house.


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