- Published on Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:49
Thursday 20th September, PCHR issued a report on the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continuous systematic attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
·IOF extra-judicially executed two members of the Palestinian resistance and wounded a third one in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
·IOF used force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
- A Palestinian child and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded.
- Dozens of protesters suffered from tear gas inhalation.
· IOF conducted 23 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.
- A Palestinian child was wounded during an Israeli incursion into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
- IOF arrested 7 Palestinians, including a university professor, in the West Bank.
- IOF arrested 3 Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip who attempted to enter Israel.
· Israeli gunboats fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.
· Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
- IOF arrested at least 3 Palestinian children at military checkpoints in the West Bank.
· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
- IOF prevented Palestinian farmers from working on their lands to the south of Hebron.
- IOF ordered a Palestinian civilian from al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, to evacuate his land.
- Israeli settlers uprooted 15 olive trees in Yatta village, south of Hebron.
- 7 Palestinian civilians, including a woman, were injured as a result of 3 attacks by Israeli settlers.
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (13 – 19 September 2012):
In the Gaza Strip, on 19 September 2012, IOF extra-judicially executed two members of the Palestinian resistance and wounded a third one in Rafah. An Israeli warplane fired a missile at the vehicle in which the three members were traveling. IOF admitted responsibility for the attack and claimed that the targeted persons are members of "Al-Aqsa Guards Group," which is close to Hamas.
IOF continued to fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip. On 17 September 2012, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern and southern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.
During the reporting period, IOF used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to the construction of the annexation wall, settlement activities and other Israeli practices in the West Bank. As a result, a Palestinian child and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded, and dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.
During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 23 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, IOF arrested 7 Palestinians. During house raids, a Palestinian child was injured, and IOF harassed Palestinian civilians.
During the reporting period, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel arrested a Palestinian civilian when he attempted to cross the border to find a job in Israel.
Restrictions on Movement:
Israel had 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.
The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world.
IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.
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