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This is a weekly summary of israeli war crimes committed in Palestine for the week ending 16 August 2006, 2mins, english
PCHR
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

http://www.pchrgaza.org


Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
No. 32/2006

10- 16 Aug. 2006



Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

· 6 Palestinians, including two children and an old man, were killed by IOF.



· A Palestinian civilian from Jenin died from a previous wound.



· 36 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 3 women, were wounded by the IOF gunfire.



· IOF launched a series of air strikes on a number of houses in the Gaza Strip.



· 6 houses were destroyed and a 7th one was burnt in the Gaza Strip.



· IOF conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 4 others into the Gaza Strip.



· IOF arrested 48 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and 5 others in the Gaza Strip.



· 4 houses were demolished in the West Bank.



· IOF raided 3 hospitals in Hebron.



· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF have imposed a tightened siege on the Gaza Strip and there have been shortages of foodstuffs and fuels; IOF positioned at a various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 8 Palestinian civilians, including two girls.



· IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall in the West Bank; they razed more areas of agricultural land in Qalqilya and used force to disperse a peaceful demonstration protesting the construction of the Wall in Bal'ein village, west of Ramallah.



· Israeli settlers have continued attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the OPT; settlers celebrated a Jewish wedding inside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.





Summary



As the international community has remained silent, IOF have continued to wage a full scale offensive on the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip. During the reported period, IOF have continued their Operation Grasshopper, under which they move in a certain area, commit crimes there and then redeploy outside it. They then move into another area and do the same. Hundreds of Palestinian families have been forced to leave their houses due to the IOF shelling.



PCHR, monitoring with utmost concern the developments of this offensive, calls upon the international community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and United Nations, to immediately intervene to force IOF to stop this offensive and allow the flow of foodstuffs, medical supplies and fuels into the Gaza Strip.



The outcome of crimes committed by IOF since 25 June 2006:



o 207 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 46 children and 10 women, have been killed by IOF.

o At least 815 Palestinian civilians, including 232 children and 27 women, have been wounded by the IOF gunfire.

o At least 217 air-to-surface missiles and hundreds of artillery shells have been fired at Palestinian civilian and military targets in the Gaza Strip.

o Buildings of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National economy, the office of the Palestinian Prime Minister and a number of educational institutions have been destroyed.

o The electricity generation plant, providing 45% of the electricity of the Gaza Strip, was destroyed, and electricity networks and transmitters have been repeatedly attacked.

o 6 bridges linking Gaza City with the central Gaza Strip and a number of roads have been destroyed.

o Hundreds of donums[1] of agricultural land and dozens of houses have been destroyed.

o Hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including 8 ministers and 27 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), including the Speaker and Deputy Speaker have been arrested. Minster of Prisoners' Affairs, Minister of Labor and Deputy Speaker of the PLC were released.

o The Palestinian governmental compound in Nablus has been destroyed.

o Many families in Rafah, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia have been forced to leave their houses.

o IOF intelligence has warned some Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip by phone to evacuate their houses, which would be attacked.

o 25 houses belonging to activists of Palestinian factions were destroyed by IOF warplanes.

o IOF have imposed a strict siege on the OPT, and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.



Israeli violations of international law continued in the OPT during the reported period (10 - 16 August 2006):



Killing: During the reported period, IOF killed 5 Palestinian civilians and a member of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip, while a Palestinian civilian died from a wound he had sustained in Jenin refugee camp on 6 July 2006. On 14 August 2006, IOF killed 3 Palestinian civilians including a child, and wounded 3 others, including two children, when they fired a missile at a crowd of Palestinian civilians in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. On 16 August 2006, IOF killed an elderly Palestinian and his son in Khan Yunis, when an IOF fighter jet leveled their house with a bomb. IOF did not give them sufficient time to evacuate the house, and they were killed during the evacuation. In addition, a second son and two neighbors were moderately wounded by shrapnel. On 17 August 2006, IOF killed a Palestinian militant during an incursion into al-Farrahin area in 'Abasan village, east of Khan Yunis.



Thus, the number of Palestinians killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of "Operation Summer Rains" on 25 June 2006 has increased to 187, including 43 children and 10 women. In addition, 715 others, mostly civilians, including 194 children, 26 women, 4 paramedics and 4 journalists, have been wounded.



IOF also launched at least 9 air strikes on 7 houses and a store in the Gaza Strip belonging to Palestinian resistance activists. These houses were destroyed, and a number of neighboring houses and civilian facilities were severely damaged. IOF intelligence officers ordered owners of these houses by phone to evacuate their houses. The targeted houses were not located in confrontation areas, or in areas used to fire rockets. They were distributed in different parts of the Gaza Strip. In addition, they were multi-story apartment structures. The destruction caused fear among the civilian population. The destruction of houses is based on intelligence reports, which can be inaccurate or out of date and often do not justify attacks on civilians and their property. Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the destruction of real or personal property, "except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations."



During the reported, IOF fired dozens of artillery shells at Palestinian residential areas and agricultural land in the Gaza Strip. A number of Palestinian civilians were killed or wounded and a number of houses were damaged. Hundreds of families have been forced to leave their homes due to the IOF shelling.



In the West Bank, Ussama al-Tubasi, 27, from Jenin refugee camp, died from a wound he had sustained in 6 July 2006, when an IOF attempted to extrajudicial execute two activists of the Palestinian resistance. Al-Tubasi was one of 18 Palestinians who were wounded in the attack.



In addition, 13 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children and a woman, and an Israeli solidarity activist were wounded by IOF gunfire.



Incursions: During the reported period, IOF conducted at least 40 military incursions into Palestinian communities, during which they raided dozens of houses and arrested 48 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children and two women. IOF also demolished 4 houses belonging to 4 brothers from the al-Nadi family in 'Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, claiming that their brother is allegedly wanted by IOF. This is an indication of the resumption of collective punishment measures by IOF against families of activists of the Palestinian resistance. In Hebron, IOF raided and searched 3 hospitals, claiming that they were looking for wounded wanted Palestinians. In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 4 incursions into Palestinian communities. They arrested 5 Palestinians and razed areas of agricultural land.



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.



Gaza Strip



IOF have imposed a strict siege on the Gaza Strip. They have closed its border crossings as a form of collective punishment against Palestinian civilians.



IOF have closed Rafah International Crossing Point, even though they do not directly control it. They have prevented European observers working at the crossing point form reaching it. IOF have closed commercial crossings of the Gaza Strip, especially al-Mentar (Karni) crossing. As a consequence, the economic situation inside the Gaza Strip has further deteriorated and many goods have been lacked in markets. IOF have also continued to close Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. In addition, IOF have prevented Palestinian fishermen from fishing.



West Bank



IOF have 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 have continued to separate between the north and south of the West Bank. During the reported period, IOF positioned at various checkpoints around imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Friday, 11 August 2006, IOF prevented Palestinian aged below 40 from going to the al-Aqsa Mosque for the Friday prayer. During the reported period, IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 8 Palestinian civilians, including two girls. One of the girls was released later.



Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank. During the reported period, IOF started to raze large areas of Palestinian agricultural land in 'Azzoun and Kufor Laqef villages, east of Qalqilya, to construct a new section of the Wall in the areas. According to local sources in 'Azzoun village, at least 250 donums of agricultural land are expected to be razed, and hundreds of donums will be isolated. On Thursday, 10 August 2006, the local council of Kufor Laqef village received a military order seizing 8 donums of land for "military purposes" until 31 December 2009. The land is located near "Kerni Shomron" settlement. IOF had already prevented Palestinian civilians from reaching the seized land. In addition, two Palestinian civilians and an Israeli solidarity activist were wounded, when IOF used force against a peaceful demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the Wall.





Illegal Settler Activities: Israeli settlers in breach of international humanitarian law continue to reside in the OPT and have launched a series of attacks against Palestinian civilians and property. On Friday, 11 August 2006, IOF allowed a number of Israeli settlers to enter the Ibrahimi Mosque with musical instruments to celebrate a Jewish wedding, in disregard for the feelings of Palestinians. On Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 August 2006, Israeli settlers living in "Kiryat Arba" settlement, southeast of Hebron, attacked Palestinian civilians and property in Hebron. During the reported period, Israeli settlers living in "Nogohot" and "Metsvi Lakhish" settlement, southwest of Hebron, razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land to annex them to the settlements.





Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (10 - 16 August 2006)





The full report is available online at:

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http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/W_report/English/2006/17-08-2006.htm

pdf format:

http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/W_report/English/2006/pdf/weekly%20report%2032.pdf








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[1] 1 donum is equal to 1000 square meters.


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