Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 13 – 26 December 2016

Situation Report
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Bi-Weekly highlights

  • Israeli forces shot and killed two 19-year-old Palestinians during two separate clashes. One of the clashes erupted on 17 December in the Qalandiya refugee camp (Jerusalem), after a punitive demolition (see below), and the other during a search and arrest operation on 22 December in Beit Rima village (Ramallah).

  • Additional clashes resulting in Palestinian injuries erupted after funeral processions in Beit Ummar village (Hebron) for the bodies of two Palestinians which were withheld by Israeli forces; during search and arrest operations; and the weekly demonstrations in Kafr Qaddum (Qalqiliya) and Ni’lin village (Ramallah). Overall, during the reporting period, Israeli forces injured 72 Palestinians, including at least eight children.

  • Six Palestinian attacks and alleged attacks were recorded during this period, resulting in the killing of one Palestinian perpetrator and the injury of two Israeli settlers. On 14 December, Israeli forces shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian in the Old City of Jerusalem after he stabbed an Israeli border policeman with a screwdriver; a 13-year-old Palestinian bystander was injured during this incident. Additionally, two Israeli settlers were injured in two separate stabbing and shooting attacks next to Efrat (Bethlehem) and Hallamish (Ramallah) settlements, respectively, the two perpetrators fled the scene.

  • Finally, three attempted attacks, a stabbing at Jaljuliya checkpoint (Qalqiliya), an alleged vehicle ramming at Qalandiya checkpoint (Jerusalem), and a shooting attack at Al Jalama checkpoint (Jenin), ended with no injuries.

  • So far in 2016, 101 West Bank Palestinians were killed in conflict-related incidents, including 80 in attacks and alleged attacks against Israelis, down from 145 in 2015.

  • On 23 December, a 15-year-old Palestinian child died of wounds sustained in Al Jalazun refugee camp (Ramallah) after Israeli forces shot him during clashes at the entrance of the camp in October 2016.

  • The Israeli authorities returned the corpses of 16 Palestinians suspected of perpetrating attacks against Israelis to their families; some of the bodies had been withheld for several months. At present, the bodies of another 11 suspected Palestinian perpetrators are still being withheld by the Israeli authorities, some for up to eight months.

  • According to Israeli media reports, nine Israeli soldiers were injured in two separate stone throwing incidents near Beit Ummar village (Hebron) and in Shu’fat refugee camp (Jerusalem).

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