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Weekly Report on Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 05 - 11 Apr 2007

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

- A Palestinian civilian in the West Bank and a member of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip were killed by IOF.

- 3 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including a child, died from previous wounds.

- 15 Palestinians, including 7 children, were wounded by IOF gunfire.

- 10 of these civilians were wounded in Bal'ein village, west of Ramallah.

- IOF conducted 27 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

- IOF arrested 42 Palestinians, including 3 children and a woman.

- IOF raided the Arab Evangelical Hospital and partially demolished an apartment building in Nablus.

- IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT.

- IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including a child, a judge and a paramedic.

- The Gaza Strip has suffered from shortages in fuels and basic goods.

- Markets in the Gaza Strip are economically paralyzed.

- IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank.

- Israeli settlers burnt a car in Hebron.

- Israeli settlers have continued to occupy a house in Hebron for the 3rd consecutive week.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (5 - 11 April 2007):

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian in the West Bank, and a member of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip, and wounded 15 Palestinians, including 7 children. Additionally, 3 Palestinians died from previous wounds in the Gaza Strip.

On Friday evening, 6 April 2007, an IOF drone fired 4 missiles at 4 members of the Palestinian resistance in the northern Gaza Strip, killing one of them. During the reporting period, 3 Palestinians, including a child, died from previous wounds they had sustained by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, on 5 April 2007, IOF shot dead a Palestinian civilian from Hebron when he was near Jerusalem - Jericho road, east of Jerusalem. An IOF spokesman claimed that they "fired at a Palestinian who did not obey orders to stop."

Also during the reporting period, 15 Palestinians, including 7 children, were wounded by the IOF gunfire in the West Bank. Ten of these Palestinians, including 5 children, were wounded when IOF used force against a peaceful demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in Bal'ein village, west of Ramallah, on 6 April 2007.

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 27 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, IOF arrested 43 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, a woman, the director of education in Hebron and a judge. Thus, the number of Palestinians arrested by IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of this year has mounted to 893. During the reporting period, IOF repeatedly moved into Nablus. They broke into the yards of the Evangelical Arab Hospital and held an ambulance that was evacuating two patients for several hours. They also partially demolished an apartment building.

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. During the reporting period, IOF imposed a total closure on the OPT for the Jewish Easter.

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 since 25 June 2006, even though they do not directly control it. During the reporting period, the crossing point was reopened on 5 and 10 2007, and hundreds of Palestinians were able to travel through it. IOF have partially reopened commercial crossings, especially al-Mentar (Karni) crossing, but many goods and medical supplies have been lacked in markets in the Gaza Strip. IOF have also continued to close Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have been prevented from traveling through this crossing. IOF have allowed international workers to pass through the crossing. With this closure, only few Palestinian patients have been able to travel to hospitals in Israel and the West Bank. In addition, IOF have continued to prevent Palestinian fishermen from fishing for more than 9 months. During the reporting period, 3 Palestinian fishermen were wounded when IOF gunboats fired at their boat.

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. Contrary to Israeli claims, IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF also erected more checkpoints on the main roads and intersections in the West Bank. During the reporting period, IOF soldiers positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested at least 12 Palestinian civilians, including a child, a judge and a paramedic. IOF soldiers also obstructed the passage of an ambulance and abused its driver. Such attacks on medical crews violate international humanitarian law.

Settlement Activities: Israeli settlers living in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. During the reporting period, Israeli settlers burnt a car belonging to a Palestinian woman in Hebron. Israeli settlers have also continued to occupy a Palestinian house in Hebron for the third consecutive week. During the reporting period, those settlers attacked Palestinian civilians near the house. IOF did not intervene to stop such attacks.