Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10 – 16 August 2017)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
(10 – 16 August 2017)

  • 17 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

– 10 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank and 7 others were wounded, including 5 children, in the Gaza Strip.

  • Israeli forces conducted 46 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the central Gaza Strip.

– 65 civilians, including 11 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.

– Twenty five of them, including 7 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem.

  • Israeli forces continued to carry out the collective punishment policy.

· 4 houses were demolished and a fifth one was closed in Deir Abu Mesh’al, Silwad and Kobar in Ramallah.

  • Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem.

– Four houses were demolished and 3 civilian facilities in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.

– 3 houses and a sheep barn built of tin plates were demolished in Khasham al-Daraj village, south of Hebron, rendering 12 individuals homeless, including 4 children and 7 women.

– Two Coal manufacturing facilities were demolished, and 30 tons of coal were confiscated in Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.

  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.

– Two fishermen, who are aslo brothers, were arrested and then released after questioning them in Ashdod Seaport and confiscating their boat.

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th year.

– Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.

– 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were arrested at the checkpoints in the West Bank.

– Israeli forces confiscated a bus belonging to al-Tamimi Company at Za’atarah checkpoint, south of Nablus.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (10 – 16 August 2017).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 17 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Ten of them, including 2 children, were in the West Bank, and the 7 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 10 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children. Eight of them, including a child, were wounded with metal bullets when Israeli forces moved into Abu Shkheidem village, northwest of Ramallah. A child was also wounded with a live bullet during Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqiliya, while another one was wounded with a live bullet in Beit Safafa village, south of occupied Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, border areas witnessed protests against the unjust closure imposed on the Gaza population. During these protests, Israeli forces used force against the protestors, particularly when dispersing them. As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were wounded. Two of them, including a child, were wounded with live bullets while 5 of them, including 4 children, were wounded with tear gas canisters and sound bombs hit directly at them.

Concerning attacks on fishermen, on 11 August 2017, Israeli gunboats sporadically opened fire at and chased the Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Beit Lahia village, north of the Gaza Strip. An Israeli gunboat surrounded a fishing boat manned by ‘Oday al-Sultan (26) and his brother Saddam (24) from al-Salatin neighborhood in Beit Lahia. The Israeli navy soldiers then arrested both fishermen and took them to Ashdod Seaport after confiscating their boat. The two fishermen were questioned and later released while their boat is still under custody.

The full report is available online at:

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10 – 16 August 2017)

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