OPT: Protection of civilians – OCHA Weekly report (27 June -3 July 2007)

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report

27 June – 3 July 2007

Of note this week
Gaza Strip:
· 19 Palestinians were killed: eight by an IDF tank shell (including a ten-year-old boy), seven by IAF air strikes, three during armed clashes with IDF soldiers, and one of wounds sustained earlier. In addition, 43 Palestinians were injured during IDF military operations and one ten-year-old Palestinian boy was injured as a result of the explosion of a mortar fired by Palestinians which landed on the Palestinian side of Erez crossing.

· A total of 31 homemade rockets and 27 mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, of which at least six rockets and at least 2 shells landed in the Palestinian area. At least three mortar shells reportedly landed on the Israeli side of Erez crossing. On 30 June, Israeli media reported one Israeli lightly wounded in Sderot and damage to one home and two other buildings.

· Thousands of Palestinians travellers remain stranded in Egypt and are unable to return to their homes in Gaza since Rafah crossing last opened on 9 June. Seven Palestinians have reportedly died, some from illness, and some in a car accident between Cairo and Rafah.

· Karni crossing was open for a single basic commodity this week (wheat grain) and humanitarian assistance continues to enter Gaza through Kerem Shalom and Sufa. Some critical medical cases with special coordination arrangements exited through Erez.

· IDF continued to conduct levelling and excavating operations in the Gaza Strip: near the former Palestinian DCL, northeast of Beit Hanoun, east of Deir El Balah, east of Karni crossing, and east of Khan Younis.

· Two Palestinians were killed and one was injured due to the reckless use of weapons. One Palestinian was killed and five injured during family feuds.

· The BBC’s Gaza based correspondent, Alan Johnston, has been missing for 114 days after being abducted on 12 March 2007.
West Bank:
· Three Palestinians were killed: two in an exchange of fire with the IDF (Nablus City and Jenin Camp); and one during an IDF incursion (Hebron/H1). Eight Palestinians were injured during IDF military operations, one during a Barrier demonstration, and one by an Israeli female settler in the H2 area of Hebron City.

· 3 July: An age restriction was imposed on Palestinian residents (both male and female) of the Northern West Bank (Nablus, Jenin, Tubas, Qalqiliya, Tulkarm and the northern parts of Salfit) aged between 16 and 35 years that prevents people in this age group from travelling southwards; the new restriction policy applies to the following eight checkpoints: ‘Anabta and Kafriat tunnel / Ar Ras checkpoints in Tulkarm; Huwwara, ‘Awarta and Yitzhar checkpoints in Nablus; Jit checkpoint in Qalqiliya; and Za’atara and Deir Ballut checkpoints in Salfit.

· There were two structures demolished by the Israeli authorities (North Gaza and Nablus), 38 hours of curfew (Nablus), and 71 flying checkpoints. A total of 91 IDF searches were conducted and 113 Palestinians were arrested/detained by the IDF.




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