UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs | 31 May, 2011
This week, Israeli forces injured 13 Palestinians in weekly protests and during search‐and‐arrest operations throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Also this week, 15 members of Israeli forces were injured by stones thrown by Palestinians. Thus far in 2011, 699 Palestinians and 47 Israeli soldiers and policemen were injured in conflict‐related incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, a six per cent increase and 44 per cent decline, respectively, compared to the equivalent period of 2010.
Five Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces during weekly demonstrations that took place against the construction of the Barrier and the expansion of Hallamish settlement, both in the Ramallah governorate, and against continued settler activities in ‘Iraq Burin village (Nablus governorate). Around 40 olive trees were burnt by tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces in the former protest.
The remaining eight Palestinians were injured during Israeli raids on Palestinian communities in the Jericho, Nablus, Hebron and Ramallah governorates and in East Jerusalem. Overall this week, Israeli forces conducted over 100 search‐and‐arrest operations throughout the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, a slight increase compared to the weekly average for such operations since the beginning of 2011 (90).
A total of 15 Israeli soldiers and border policemen were injured during the week, in four separate incidents, when hit by stones thrown by Palestinians near the settlements of Har Adar and Beit Orot and along the Barrier section next to Qatanna village in the Jerusalem area and near Beituniya town in the Ramallah area.