OPT: Protection of civilians – OCHA Weekly report (15-21 August 2007)

Of note this week

Gaza Strip:
· The IDF killed 12 Palestinians and injured eight others. Amongst those killed are six Hamas members, three Islamic Jihad members, two children, and one 18-year-old Palestinian.

· IDF bulldozers levelled agricultural land east of Al Bureij Camp and in Al Fukhari area.

· 16 Qassam rockets and 48 mortar shells were fired towards Israel, including four Qassams and two mortars that detonated prematurely in the Palestinian area. Three IAF strikes were carried out that lead to the death of three Islamic Jihad members and the injury of one Hamas member.

· On 16 and 17 August, the IDF closed Nahal Oz fuel pipelines (the only crossing point for petrol, diesel and cooking gas) due to a security alert. Between 19 and 21 August, fuel supplies for the electricity plant were suspended due to some concerns by the European Commission. This resulted in daily power cuts and malfunctioning of water pumps that affected all of Gaza’s 1.4 million residents.
West Bank:
· The IDF killed three Palestinians (Jenin and Nablus) and injured 16 others throughout the West Bank. Two IDF soldiers were injured during search campaigns in Balata Camp on 16 and 19 August (Nablus). One Irish peace activist was injured by the IDF during the weekly demonstration against the Barrier in Al Walaja (Bethlehem).

· 15 August: The IDF began leveling land in Al Walaja village to prepare for the construction of the Barrier on village lands located in the vicinity of Har Gilo settlement. As a result, about 200 trees were uprooted during the reporting period.

· Out of the eight Palestinians arrested in Bethlehem Governorate this week, five were previously detained at PA prison being suspected of membership in an Executive Support Force (ESF) core group. They were released from PA prisons on 16 August and were detained by the IDF on 18 August.

· 112 flying checkpoints, 108 IDF search campaigns, and 74 arrests were reported.


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