Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (12 – 18 January 2012):
During the reporting period, IOF killed 2 Palestinian resistance activists and wounded another two resistance activist in the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, many Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation in peaceful demonstrations.
In the Gaza Strip, on 18 January 2012, two Palestinian resistance activists were killed when IOF positioned at the border in the southeast of Beit Hanoun, in the north of the Gaza Strip, fired 8 consecutive artillery shells at two Palestinian resistance activists while on mission near the border area. Israeli aircrafts also flew in the sky and opened heavy fire at the two activists. IOF also fired two artillery shells at PRCS ambulances while trying to evacuate the bodies. IOF declared that they targeted a group of Palestinians who were trying to plant explosives near the boarder.
On 12 January 2012, two Palestinian resistance activists were wounded when IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the east of al-Boreij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, fired two artillery shells at them. The wounded were transferred to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah and their wounds were described to be moderate.
In the West Bank, during the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As a result, many participants in the demonstrations suffered from tear gas inhalation. IOF also arrested 5 Palestinian civilians, including a woman.