Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Date: 09 Nov 2010
Israeli forces injured 23 Palestinians, the large majority of them in clashes in East Jerusalem. Since the beginning of 2010, Israeli forces have injured 1,051 Palestinians, up nearly 40 percent from the equivalent period in 2009 (755 injuries). Around half of 2010 injuries took place during confrontations in East Jerusalem. Two members of Israeli forces were also injured this week.
On 9 November, the Israeli Police conducted an operation in Al ‘Isawiya village in East Jerusalem, reportedly targeting tax‐evaders. The operation, along with a flying checkpoint erected at the entrance of the village, triggered clashes between the residents and the Israeli forces. In the course of the clashes, 19 children (aged between ten and 15) were injured, all by rubber‐coated metal bullets. Three more children were arrested during the incident and were later released.
An Israeli border policeman was also injured by a stone. Since the beginning of 2010, Israeli forces have injured 237 Palestinian children throughout the West Bank, representing some 23 percent of all Palestinian injuries, nearly the same percentage as in the equivalent period in 2009.
Three other Palestinians and two international activists, as well as one soldier, were injured during weekly demonstrations that took place in the Ramallah governorate against the expansion of the Hallamish settlement (on An Nabi Saleh village lands) and the construction of the Barrier in Ni’lin village.
Israeli forces conducted 77 search and arrest operations in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), compared to a weekly average of 93 such operations in 2010. Arrests of children during operations in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem continue. This week, four children (aged between 14 and 17) were arrested in the neighbourhood.
During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man and injured two civilians inside the Gaza Strip. In 2010, 56 Palestinians (including 22 civilians) and 222 Palestinians (including 196 civilians) have been injured in the Palestinian‐Israeli conflict in the Gaza Strip. This represents a slight decline in the number of deaths compared to the equivalent figures for 2009 (56 vs. 71; excluding “Cast Lead” casualties). However, injuries in 2010 have increased significantly compared to this same period last year (222 vs. 163), the majority of them (over 60 percent) taking place near the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip.
On 3 November, the Israeli Air Force targeted and killed a man, allegedly affiliated with a Palestinian armed group, while he was driving his car inside Gaza City. A female bystander was also injured during the attack. Another two Israeli air strikes targeted tunnels under the Gaza‐Egypt border in the Rafah area and an open field east of Khan Younis. While no injuries were reported, some houses sustained damage in the Rafah incident.
Incidents along the fence continue to take place due to Israeli restrictions on Palestinian access to areas located up to 1,500 metres from the fence (17 percent of Gaza’s territory). In one incident, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian workers collecting scrap metal, injuring one of them. Israeli bulldozers and tanks launched incursions a few hundred meters into the Gaza Strip on eight separate occasions and withdrew after conducting land leveling. Restrictions on fishing areas beyond three nautical miles from the shore continue to be enforced.
In four separate incidents, Israeli naval forces opened ‘warning’ fire at Palestinian fishing boats, forcing them ashore. No injuries or damage to boats were reported.
Palestinian armed factions launched a number of rockets and mortar shells targeting southern Israel, including military bases located along the border, but no Israeli injuries or damage to property were reported. In one incident, two Palestinian civilians were injured when a mortar shell landed short,east of Khan Younis.