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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (24 - 29 April 2014

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Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (24 – 29 April 2014).

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During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including a photojournalist 2 brothers. Israeli navy forces also fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip sea.

In the Gaza Strip, on 28 April 2014, 2 brothers of those collecting raw materials were wounded when Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a group of workers in the area.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 24 April 2014, Israeli navy forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing a nautical mile off the northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. A gunboat surrounded a fishing boat, arrested 2 fishermen on board of it and confiscated the boat.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, photojournalist Mo'az Hamed (29) sustained several bullet wounds to the legs and left shoulder during al-Nabi Saleh protest, northwest of Ramallah. Moreover, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

In the same context, a 19-year-old Palestinian civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left leg during Selwad protest, northeast of Ramallah, while a 39-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh during Ofer protest, southwest of the city.