Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

(08 – 21 September 2016)

 

Hebron: Israeli Forces Close Entrances to Beit Ommar Village Photo by: Mohammed Elayan
Hebron: Israeli Forces Close Entrances to Beit Ommar Village Photo by: Mohammed Elayan

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt
  • 8 civilians were killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Among the killed was a Jordanian person, who was killed in occupied Jerusalem, and 5 children.
  • 13 civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
  • Israeli warplanes carried out 3 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, due to which 2 agricultural rooms and a water well were destroyed.
  • Israeli forces targeted the border area along in the northern Gaza Strip and wounded a farmer.
  • Israeli forces conducted 116 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 110 civilians, including 31 children and a woman, were arrested.
  • 33 of them, including 12 children and the woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A Palestinian civilian was obliged to self-demolish his house while another house was demolished in Beit Hanina neighbourhood.
  • A house was vacated for the interest of a settlement organization in the Old City.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • Settlers set fire to 13 olive trees, east of Qalqilya.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • A fisherman was wounded and his boat sustained material damage in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • 6 fishermen were arrested off Deir al-Balah shore and their boat was confiscated.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.
  • A businessman was arrested at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (08 – 21 September 2016).

 

Shooting:

Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 8 civilians, including 5 children and a Jordanian person, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They also wounded 15 others, including 4 children. Eleven of them were in the West Bank, including 2 girls, while the 4 others were in the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli navy forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen and chase them in the sea, while Israeli land troops continued to target the border area. In addition, Israeli warplanes carried out 3 airstrikes in Gaza.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed 7 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a Jordanian person, and wounded 11 civilians, including 2 girls. The killings were as follows:

 

On 16 September 2016, Israeli forces killed a Jordanian civilian while walking in al-Amoud Gate area in East Jerusalem’s Old City under the pretext that he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. It should be noted the killed used to work in the Jordanian Water Authority and he was in a visit to Jerusalem along with a tourist group that entered the Palestinian territory via al-Karamah crossing one day before he was killed.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of “Givat Kharsina” settlement, east of Hebron, opened fire at a vehicle under the pretext of a run-over attack. As a result, the driver named Feras al-Khdour (17) was killed and his relative Raghad (16) was wounded. They are both from Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. The aforementioned girl was transported to Hadassa Hospital in Jerusalem by an Israeli military ambulance while the corpse of Feras was kept in custody.

 

On the same day also, Israeli forces stationed at Gilbert military checkpoint, north of Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, in the centre of Hebron, opened fire at Mohammed Thalji Rajabi (15) and killed him. Israeli forces claimed that Mohammed attempted to carry out a stabbing. The forces summoned the killed person’s father to military checkpoint (160), south of the city, where he was informed of the death of his son.

 

On 17 September 2016, Israeli forces stationed at the closed area between al-Rahma Mount and Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, in the centre of Hebron, opened fire at Hatem al-Shaloudi (25), whose house is only 20 meters away from the scene. As a result, he was killed and his corpse was kept in custody for 2 hours until a military vehicle transported him to an unknown destination. Afterwards, Israeli media published a video clip of the aforementioned person attacking an Israeli soldier with a sharp tool.

 

On 19 September 2016, Israeli Border Guard officers stationed in a surveillance and search room in Ein al-Hamrah area, south of the Ibrahimi mosque, south of Hebron’s Old City, opened fire at Amir Rajabi (17) and Mohammed Rajabi (22). As a result, the child was killed and the other civilians was seriously wounded. The wounded person was transported half an hour later by an ambulance, but he was pronounced dead an hour following his injury. Israeli forces claimed that the 2 aforementioned persons attempted to carry out a stabbing.

 

On 20 September 2016, Israeli forces that established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance to Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron, opened fire at Essa Tarayra (16), from the said village, while walking towards the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers opened fire at him from a range of 30 meters and left him bleeding for about half an hour. He was then transported by an ambulance but he was pronounced dead later. Israeli forces claimed that Tarayra was holding a knife and attempted to carry out a stabbing. No eyewitnesses were there to confirm or reject the Israeli story.

 

Shootings that resulted in the injury of Palestinians were as follows:

 

On 12 September 2016, Israeli forces wounded 4 Palestinian civilians when former moved into al-Wa’ar area, east of Asirah village, southeast of Nablus.

 

On 18 September 2016, Israeli forces opened fire at Baha’ al-Deen Ouda (20) under the pretext that he attempted to stab an Israeli officer at the entrance to “Efrat” settlement, south of Bethlehem. As a result, Ouda sustained several bullet wounds and was then transported to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba to receive the necessary medical treatment.

 

On 19 September 2016, Israeli forces opened fire at Ayman al-Kurd (20) after he stabbed 2 Israeli soldiers at al-Sahera Gate in East Jerusalem. As a result, he sustained several bullet wounds and was then transported to Hadassa Hospital.

 

On 20 September 2016, 3 civilians were wounded when Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

 

On 21 September 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Jaljulia military checkpoint opened fire at Bara’a Owaisi (13), from Qalqilya. As a result, she sustained a bullet wound to the leg and was immediately arrested. The wounded girl was walking without listening to the soldiers’ shouts ordering her to stop. Israeli media confirmed that the girl did not attempt to carry out a stabbing, however, she was only moving forwards.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 09 September 2016, in excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed Abdul Rahman al-Dabagh (16) when they opened fire at dozens of youngsters, who headed to the border fence, southeast of al-Bureij refugee camp, and started throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. An Israeli soldier fired a flare bomb that directly hit the child, who was about 10-15 meters away from the fence. The bomb hit him right to his forehead, due to which he fell to the ground with his head on fire. The child was transported to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, but few minutes after he was admitted to the hospital, the doctors pronounced him dead. On 16 September 2016, 2 Palestinian children were wounded in the same place and circumstances.

 

In the context of Israeli forces targeting the border area, Israeli forces stationed at the border area, northeast of Jabalia, wounded a Palestinian farmer when they opened fire at a bird hunter and other farmers. It should be noted that the wounded farmer was about 400 meters to the west of the border fence.

 

Concerning airstrikes, on 15 September 2016, Israeli warplanes carried out 3 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. As a result, 2 agricultural rooms and a water well in al-Sayafa area were completely destroyed.

 

In the context of targeting fishermen in the sea, on 17 September 2016, Israeli forces stationed in the northern Gaza Strip offshore opened fire at fishermen sailing within 2 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen sailed back. Similar shooting was carried out in the same area at approximately 23:20 on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.

 

On 19 September 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishermen sailing in the area. As a result, Ahmed Zayed (32), from al-Salateen area in Beit Lahia village, sustained a bullet wound to the belly and his boat sustained damage.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 116 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 11 ones in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 110 Palestinian civilians, including 31 children and a woman. Thirty-three of them, including 12 children and the woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 14 September 2016, Israeli forces moved about 100 meters to the east of al-Fukhari area, southeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands for few hours after which they redeployed.

 

On 20 September 2016, Israeli forces moved about 100 meters to the east of Khuza’a village, southeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands also and then redeployed.

 

Creating Jewish Majority in Occupied East Jerusalem:

 

Concerning house demolitions, on 16 September 2016, Murad Ja’abees self-demolished his own house in al-Sal’a neighbourhood in al-Mukaber Mount, southeast of East Jerusalem, in implementation of the Israeli municipality’s decision under the pretext of building without a license.

 

On 20 September 2016, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to the family of Hassan Alqam in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a license as well. In the same context, Israeli forces demolished on the same day, agricultural facilities and barracks, south of the Old City, belonging to Nidal Mohammed Dabash.

 

Regarding vacating Palestinian houses in favour of settlement organizations, on 15 September 2016, the Israeli authorities ordered the family of Mazen Qersh to leave their house in the Old City under the pretext the family is an “unprotected tenant” and it lost the protection because it is from the “fourth generation“. It should be noted that the family has lived in the house since 1936 according to a rental contract from a Palestinian family that owned the house before that family sold it to the settlers in 1986.

 

Settlement activities

 

On 10 September 2016, a group of settlers from ” Immanuel ” settlement set fire to lands of Palestinians in Jinsafout village, east of Qalqilya. The Civil Defence crews could not put fire out. As a result, 13 olive trees were burnt.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

 

Details

 

  1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 08 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Sureef village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Saif al-Deen Ali al-Hour (25) and Basam Rasem Ghunimat (22) and then arrested both of them.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron and stationed near Jabir neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Naji Mohamed al-Atrash. They withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore arrested 6 fishermen while sailing within 6 nautical miles off Deir al-Balah shore, in the center of the Gaza Strip. According to fisherman Abed al-Mo’ti Ramy al-Habeel (17), who was one of the arrested fishermen, at approximately 06:00, I headed along with the fishermen Mohamed Abed al-Mo’ti al-Habeel (25), Fayiz Ahmed Abu Foul (47), Abed al-Mo’ti Ibrahim al-Habeel (18) and Ali Ayman al-Habeel (17) to Gaza Seaport. The above-mentioned fishermen got on a fishing boat belonging to Abed al-Mo’ti’s grandfather and then sailed southwards and started throwing their fishing nets until they reached Rafah shore. When they came back to Deir al-Balah shore, they were surprised by 3 Israeli gunboats firing live bullets and rubber–coated metal bullets at them. As a result, the fishermen attempted to flee, but Israeli naval forces directly opened fire at the boat engine, so it stopped. Israeli naval forces then surrounded the fishermen and told them via loudspeakers to jump in the sea and swim towards the gunboats. When the fishermen climbed over the gunboat, Israeli soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded them and then took them to Ashdod Seaport. The fishermen were put in a room and then a doctor came and conducted medical examinations for them before they were questioned. Israeli officers asked the fishermen about their personal information and took several photos of them. They also took the name of the boat owner. At approximately 03:30 on Friday, 09 September 2016, the fishermen were cuffed again and taken by bus to Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing. It should be noted that Israeli naval forces confiscated the fishing boat and fishing tools.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Abu Safia area, northeast of Jabalia refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at bird hunters and farmers, who were in their fields. As a result, Mohamed Mousa Abu ‘Amsha (18), from Beit Hanoun, was hit with a live bullet to the left hand resulting in the amputation of his thumb. Mohamed was then taken to the Indonisian Hospital, where medical sources classified his wound as moderate. It should be noted that Mohamed was wounded when he was present about 400 meters to the west of the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces arrested ‘Anan Abed al-Jaleel Ikhlail (21) and Mohamed Hasan ‘Adi (20), both from Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. ‘Anan and Mohamed were arrested while heading the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, due to summonses sent to him via cell phones.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, Dura and al-Koum villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron; and Masliya, Marka and Qabatia villages, south of Jenin.

 

Friday, 09 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 15:10, Israeli forces moved into Hijah village, east of Qalqiliya. They raided a house belonging to Fahd Wael Masalha (23) and arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Ummer and Samou’a villages in Hebron; and Kafur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya.

 

Saturday, 10 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Abu Katilah neighbourhood. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Abed al-Basit Ali Ghayth and Mohamed Nafiz al-Haymoni and arrested both of them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin, and patrolled the area. A group of Palestinian civilians threw stones at Israeli forces, who heavily fired tear gas canisters at them and chased them. At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces arrested Aous Jamal Ameen Hamamdah (23) and then withdrew.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Tafouh, Beit Ola and Sureef villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested ‘Alaa Marwan ‘Isaa Taqatqah (23) and Abdullah Taqatqah (20).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Sanour village, south of Jenin. They raided a house belonging to Mohamed Sidqy Jarar (55) and handed his two sons Tareq and Esam summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in Salem camp, west of the city. After that, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Ziyad Sadiq Gharbiya (50). At approximately 04:00, they withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 12 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wahbi Ihssan Satouf al-Rimawi (26) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, in the first day of Adha Eid, an Israeli infantry unit moved into al-Wa’ar area, east of Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at Israeli forces that fired live bullets at them. As a result, 4 civilians were wounded and then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment. PCHR keeps the names of the wounded persons.

 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Bayadah and ‘Ereq al-Latoun areas. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Omar Mohamed ‘Awad (16) and ‘Odai ‘Isaa al-Zakrawi (16) and arrested both of them.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved about 100 meters to the east of al-Fukhary area, southeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. Israeli vehicles patrolled the area for few hours before re-deploying along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

  • At approximately 15:50, Israeli forces moved into Mardah village, north of Salfit. Israeli vehicles patrolled the area and fired tear gas canisters at the stone-throwers. They also raided a toys shop and detained Baha Majid Khafash (17), who was released later. At approximately 17:10, Israeli forces moved again into the village, but neither house raids or arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Halhoul, Sa’ir and Beit Kahel villages in Hebron; and Hawarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Sureef village, northwest of Hebron, and stationed in the centre of the village. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ibrahim Ali Abu Farah (22) and Omar Ali al-Heih (25) and arrested both of them.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in al-Shayikh neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abed al-Kareem Mahmoud al-Rajbi (38) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Doha village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed Nader Essa al-Khateeb (25) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 03:25, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an open area, west of al-Shaymaa area, north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. The explosion caused fear among civilians, especially women and children, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at al-Yarmouk training site belonging to al-Qasam Brigades (armed wing of Hamas Movement), east of al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood, east of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:35, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a water well and two agricultural rooms located in a 90-square-meter plot of land belonging to Salem Hamad Mohamed Abu Shamas (41) in al-Sayfa area, west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the water well and two agricultural rooms were completely destroyed. It should be noted that the abovementioned plot of land located about 800 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Sahour village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ramzy Ahmed Khalaif (41) and arrested him.

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian from Beit Ola village, west of Hebron. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 00:00, an Israeli undercover unit accompanied with 4 vehicles with Palestinian registration plates moved into Beit Ola village, west of Hebron. The Israeli undercover unit wearing masks surrounded houses belonging to al-Sarahna family in the centre of the village. After that, they raided a 3-storey-house belonging to Abed al-Fattah al-Saraheen (50). In the meantime, Abed al-Fatah’s son, Mohamed (30), attempted to flee from his apartment for fear of being arrested, so he ran away over houses roofs until he reached a closed yard. In the meantime, Mohamed tried to climb a bricks wall, but he found an Israeli soldier on top of the wall. The soldier kicked Mohamed, so he fell to the ground from 3 meters height. Meanwhile, 5 other soldiers arrived at the yard, where Mohamed fell, and found him trying to stand up, so they fired several live bullets at him and wounded him. Israeli soldiers then tried to offer first aid to Mohamed. Half an hour later, he was put on a litter about 30 meters until arrived at al-‘Ojah intersection. After that, Mohamed was taken by a military ambulance. His father Abed al-Fatah, who was cruelly beaten for 10 minutes, was arrested along with his son Saher (24). After less than 3 hours, Mohamed’s family was informed that his son succumbed to his wounds.  Saher al-Sarahnah (24), the victim’s brother, said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“My father and I were in our workshop, while my brother Mohamed was in his apartment on the 3rd floor. Suddenly, over 25 masked Israeli soldiers surrounded me and pointed their firearms at me. They then took me and my father into the store. Meanwhile, I started shouting, ‘Army! Army!’ and 5 minutes later a masked Israeli soldier came and asked my father about his name. My father answered him, afterwards, the soldier ordered other ten Israeli soldiers to take my father out of the workshop and severely beat him up. As a result my father suffered severe bleeding in his face and then fell to the ground.  When I approached my father one of the soldiers beat me with a gun butt in the face and then pointed his firearm at me. Twenty minutes later, Israeli soldiers handcuffed my father, covered his head with a black sack and then took him to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, I followed them and saw my brother’s Mohamed on a litter and my father behind him. I attempted to approach them, but Israeli soldiers immediately opened fire towards me and fired sound bombs as well. After few hours, we were informed that my brother Mohamed succumbed to his wounds and my father was in Ofer prison, west of Ramallah.”

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into Bureen village and al-Sabi’ Mount, east of the village, south of Nablus. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli forces, who fired live bullets and tear gas canisters in response. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested Rabei’ Abed al-Kareem Abed al-Hadi (14) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Wadi al-Rashah and Ras al-Tirah villages, southeast of Qalqilyia; al-Am’ari refugee camp in al-Bireh; Sa’ir, Ethna and Bani Na’iem villages in Hebron.

 

Friday, 16 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron, and stationed in al-Deir area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ali ‘Azam Nawaj’ah (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 12:30, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to “Givat Kharsina” settlement, east of Hebron, opened fire at a private car claiming that it attempted to carry out a run-over attack. As a result, the car diver Feras Mousa Mohamed al-Khdour (17) was killed, while his relative Raghad Abdullah Abdullah al-Khdour (16), who was with him, sustained live bullet wounds. It should be noted that Feras and Raghad are from al-Birkah area in Bani Na’iem village, east of Hebron. In the meantime, Israeli forces declared the area as a closed military zone. The family was then informed that their daughter was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, while the victim’s corpse is still under the Israeli custody.

 

  • At approximately 15:45, Israeli forces moved into Bitah village, southeast of Nablus. Israeli vehicles patrolled the area. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli forces that fired live bullets and tear-gas canisters in response. Israeli forces arrested ‘Awad Hamad al-Jaghoub (15) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces stationed at Gilbert military checkpoint, north of Tal al-Rumidah neighbourhood, in the canter of Hebron, opened fire at “Mohamed al-Thalji” Mohamed Kaiyd Rajbi (15). As a result, Mohamed was immediately killed and was then taken by a military vehicle to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Mohamed is from Dowyirban neighbourhood in the western area of the city. Israeli forces claimed that Mohamed attempted to carry out a stabbing attack. They summoned his father at checkpoint (160) in the southern area of Hebron, where they informed him that his son was killed.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ayida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mamdouh As’ad Karajah (25) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kaful Hares village, northeast of Salfit; Kafur Qalil village, east of Nablus; Birzeit , north of Ramallah; al-Jalazoun refugee camp in the center of al-Bireh city; Bani Na’iem, Samou’a, Beit Ummer and al-Jalajil villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 17 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Yassouf village, east of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah Mit’ib Abed al-Fatah (24) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. After that, Israeli forces withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved into Bani Na’iem village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yousef Mohamed al-Khdour (50), the uncle of Feras a-Khdour (17), who was killed at the entrance to “Givat Kharsina” settlement on 16 September 2016. After that, Israeli forces withdrew from the house and no arrests were reported. In the meanwhile, another force of Israeli soldiers raided two houses belonging to Murad Mohamed Abu Sakout (35) and Abed al-Rahman Khalid al-Tashli (28) and handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” Settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Majdi Mahmoud Hamed and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces stationed in the closed area between al-Rahma Mount and Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, in the centre of Hebron, opened fire at Hatim Abed al-Hafiz Abed al-Raheem al-Shalodi (25), whose house is about 20 meters away from the scene. As a result, Hatim was immediately killed and his corpse was detained for 2 hours before it was transported by a military vehicle to an unknown destination. After that, Israeli Media published a video clip showing the above-mentioned civilian attacking an Israeli soldier with a sharp tool. Israeli authorities prevented the victim’s family from approaching the victim, but one of his brothers was able to identify him. It should be noted that Israeli forces closed the above-mentioned street for over 10 years with cement cubes and Israeli forces are usually stationed there to check the civilians’ IDs.

 

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Araq Bureen village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched many houses from which they arrested 6 civilians, including 2 children. The arrested persons were identified as Jamil Raghdan Qadous (33), Hamada Kamal Qadous (16), Wajdi Nadir Qa’dan (19), Osama Waleed Qadous (22), Maher Dahshat Qadous (16) and Shalabi Saleem Mostafa Ramadan (22).

 

  • At approximately 20:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within two nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded. No casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hijah village, east of Qalqilyia; al-Dahiryia and al-Shayyoukh villages in Hebron; and Sardah village, north of Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Dahiyia al-Tahta neighbourhood, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested two brothers Ibrahim (20) and Mohamed Mahmoud Hamidan (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron and stationed in al-Karantina neighbourhood and Dahiyat al-Baladiya. They raided and searched houses belonging to al-Shalodi, Abu Saninah, ‘Ashour and al-Karaki families and handed three civilians summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. The three summoned civilians were identified as Sha’ban Sulhub al-Tamimi, ‘Aliyan Mahmoud al-Shaloudi and Ibrahim Hamed Abu Saninah. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested two other civilians: Islam Fayiad Zahdah (35) and Suliman Ali Abu Turkey (29).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nour al-Shams camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Osama Mohamed Khalid Omar (18), who was not home, and handed his family a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. At approximately 10:00, Osama went to the Israeli Intelligence Service and surrendered to them.

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Betouniya village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Salah al-Deen Mostafa Hamidah (45) and then arrested him. It should be noted that Salah al-Deen was nominated for local elections in the Betouniya independent list.

 

  • At approximately 06:10, Israeli forces opened fire at Bahaa al-Deen Mohamed Khalil ‘Odah (20), claiming that he carried out a stabbing attack against an Israeli officer at the entrance of “Efrat” settlement, which is established in Khilat al-Nahlah village, south of Bethlehem. As a result, Bahaa al-Deen was hit with live bullets and was then taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. Israeli sources stated that “Efrat” settlement guards said they noticed Bahaa al-Deen’s movement before approaching the settlement. Therefore, they warned the Israelis not to go out, but Bahaa al-Deen was able to sneak into the settlement based on his previous knowledge of the place the Israeli radio reported that Israeli forces observed a suspicious person wandering in “Efrat” settlement at approximately 02:00. The settlement guards attempted to find him, but he kept hiding until the morning, when he ambushed to an Israeli officer and stabbed him in his underarm.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces arrested Loqman Ahmed Mohamed al-Sha’ir (19), from Sabastiya village, northwest of Nablus, after summoning him to the Israeli Intelligence Service in Hewarah detention center, southeast of the city. Israeli forces handed Loqman’s family a summons 3 days ago to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service and when Loqman arrived, he was questioned and then arrested. Loqman is still under the Israeli custody.

 

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into Zaboba village, west of Jenin. Israeli vehicles patrolled the area, during which, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli vehicles. Israeli soldiers then fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs in response. At approximately 01:00, the next day, Israeli forces arrested 4 civilians, including 3 children. The arrested persons were identified as Ziyad Abed al-Rahman Jaradat (25), Mohamed Karim Zayoud (16), Yazan Jamal Zaqzaq (15) and Nour Amjad ‘Obaidy (14). At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces released all the arrested persons.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sabastiya village, northwest of Nablus; Balatah camp, east of the village; Abu al-‘Asajah and al-Koum villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron; Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit and Mardah village, north of the city.

 

Monday, 19 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Balatah refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Talib Miskawi (17) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Amr ‘Emad Yousef Abu Rihan (20) and arrested him. It should be noted that ‘Amr is a Law student at al-Najah National University in Nablus.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Wadi al-Ma’ali neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Shehada al-Ta’mary. Meantime, they barbarically assaulted his son “Ayat Allah” (19), so his mother, ‘Adalah Ibrahim al-Ta’miry (50) clashed with the soldier while attempting to defend her son. Israeli forces then confiscated NIS 130,000 and arrested Ayat Allah and his mother ‘Adalah. It should be noted that Mohamed Shehada al-Ta’mary was killed by Israeli undercover units in 2008 in the center of Bethlehem.

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, near al-Ibrahimi mosque, south of the Old City in Hebron. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 13:00, Israeli Border Guard officers stationed in a surveillance and search room in ‘Ain al-Hamrah area, south of al-Ibrahimi mosque, south of Hebron’s Old City in, opened fire at Amir Jamal Mohamed Rajbi (17) and Mohand Jameel Ahmed Rajbi (22). Amir and Mohand are from Khellet Manaa’ neighbourhood, southwest of Hebron. As a result, Amir was immediately killed, while Mohand sustained serious wounds. Mohand was then taken by an ambulance that arrived half an hour later. After an hour, Mohnad succumbed to his wounds. Israeli forces claimed that the two victims attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, but in real they did not pose any serious threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers.

 

  • At approximately 19:15, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. As a result, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Zayid (32), from al-Salateen area in Beit Lahia, was hit with a live bullet to the abdomen, while his fishing boat sustained damage. According to field investigations, Israeli naval forces heavily fired live bullets at a fishing boat belonging to Zayid, who was along with another fisherman named Ahmed Shawqi Fawzi al-Sultan (22), sailing within 2 nautical miles. As a result, Zayid was wounded and his boat sustained damage. Meanwhile, Ahmed Sultan headed to the shore and called an ambulance to take Zayid to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabaliya refugee camp, where medical sources classified his wounds as serious. Zayid immediately underwent a surgery to extract shrapnel from his body. After that, Zayid medical condition was classified as stable.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dora, Yatta, Halhoul Kharas, Beit Awwa, Ethna, Ruq’a and Tarama in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched houses and then arrested Omar Yaseen al-Shakhshir (22), who is a student at the Faculty of Engineering at An-Najah National University.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nazmi Saleem (20) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. No arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Askar camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched houses and then arrested Mohamed Mostafa al-Zariqy (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses and then arrested Salama Mohamed Taqatqah (21).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Dahisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses, during which, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers. After that, Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, a civilian was hit with a live bullet to the leg, while two other civilians were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets to the legs and face. The wounded were taken to Beit Jala Hospital to receive medical treatment. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested Ramzy Abu ‘Ajamyah (15) and Ahmed Mahmoud Fararjah (16).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into al-Dahiryia village, south of Hebron, and stationed near al-Dahiryia municipality. Israeli forces raided and searched a building consisting of 4 floors belonging to the heirs of Hisham Badir Abu ‘Alan’s. Other Israeli soldiers deployed in the main street, during which, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli vehicles. Israeli soldiers then indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear-gas canisters at them. No arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to a journalist Mos’ab Qasem Zayoud (34), who works as a reporter at Doniya al-Watan Agency and Ramallah Mix as well. They confiscated Mos’ab’s cell phones and a memory. At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces arrested Mos’ab and then withdrew.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aiyda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Yaseen Ma’moun Badir (17) and Ibrahim Mohamed Abu Souror (22) and arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 03:10, Israeli forces moved into Kaful Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayman ‘Aziz Jabir (27) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Doha village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses and then arrested Mohamed Faris Fararjah (19).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qarawit Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zakir ‘Aziz ‘Arar (35) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested 6 civilians, including 4 children. The arrested persons were identified as ‘Odai Majid Qatawi (18), ‘Odai Mostafa Nakhlah (17), Osama Mostafa al-Hatab (15), Ali Omar Othman Nakhlah (25), Mojahid Salah ‘Aliyan (16) and Yousef Sami Dar Mosleh (16).

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Maslakh neighbourhood in the centre of the village. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed Ibrahim ‘Ata al-Hiramy (28) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of the city.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved about 100 meters to the east of Khuza’ah village, southeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. Israeli vehicles patrolled the area for few hours before redeploying along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child at the entrance to Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 08:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Bani Na’im village in al-Joz Valley area, east of Hebron, after one day of removing piles of sand and rocks placed at the entrance. ‘Issa Salem Mahmoud Tarayrah (16) from the aforementioned village was walking to the checkpoint when the Israeli soldiers, without any prior warning, deployed on both sides of the road and 30 meters away opened fire at him.  The child was wounded and left to bleed for half an hour before taking him from the area and announcing him dead.  The Israeli soldiers claimed that Tarayrah had a knife and attempted to stab Israeli soldiers.  There were no local eyewitnesses to confirm or refute the Israeli claims.

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli soldiers arrested Mohammed Sadeq al-Qawasmah (24) from al-Sheikh neighbourhood in Hebron’s Old City after severely beating him. This happened when he was near ‘Ali al-Bakka’ Mosque on Abu al-Humus Road in the city, where clashes broke out between stone-throwers and Israeli soldiers.  The aforementioned civilian was taken to an unknown destination.

Najah Dawoud (57) said to a PCHR fieldworker that:

“I was having lunch at home next to al-Bakka’ Mosque in al-Sheikh neighbourhood when I heard a sound of firing sound bombs in front of my house. I headed to the door to see what was going on.  I saw some youngsters throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers who were deployed in the area.  The Israeli soldiers were firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the stone throwers.  I then saw Mohammed Sadeq al-Qawasmah (24), who is our neighbour, stopped few meters away from our house.  The soldiers ordered him to go back home, but he refused as he wanted to watch the clashes.  One of the Israeli soldiers shouted at him in Hebrew and al-Qawasmah was shouting as well. The soldiers chased him, and he was caught to be severely beaten.  They were forcibly pushing him against the wall and threw him to the ground.  They kept kicking and punching him, so he asked for my help.  I immediately headed to hug him in order to keep the soldiers away, but the soldiers continued to severely beat him.  One of the soldiers stepped on his head while another kicked him in his testicles.  He then fainted and another person and I started pouring water on his face until he started regaining consciousness.  The soldiers attempted to handcuff him with black wires, but I managed to unfold him.  The Israeli soldiers pulled him away from me and handcuffed him again.  They then took him to a military jeep, where they continued to beat him.”

 

  • At approximately 23:20, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, fishermen fled away for fear of being wounded or arrested.  However, no casualties or damages to the boats were reported.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Bitounia village, west of Ramallah; Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit; Howarah village, south of Nablus; al-Heryah Valley neighborhoods in the southern area of Hebron and villages of al-Zawiyah Gate, Sorif, Sa’ir and Beit Ummar in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, and stationed in the centre of the village. They raided and searched a number of houses, from which 3 civilians, includling a child, were arrested.  The arrested civilians were identified as Mo’ataz Mohammed Ahmed Akhlil (27); Mohammed ‘Issa Mohammed Bahar (17) and Muhanad Zuhair al-‘Allami (18).  The Israeli soldiers also handed Fadi Mohammed Fawzan al-Ja’ar (16) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in “Gosh ‘Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They stationed in Haninah area and then raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Mohammed ‘Amer (22). They arrested the aforementioned civilians and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by two military vehicles and an armoured personnel carrier moved into Kafr al-Deek, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ammar Nayef Ahmed al-Deek (50). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron and stationed in Jabal Johar area. They raided and searched a number of houses belonging to Mohammed Shanan Rajabi, rohi ‘Abdel Shakour al-Atrash and Nabil ‘Ali al-Rajabi.  They arrested ‘Abdel Rahman ‘Abdel Qader Soboh (33) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Burin village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested ‘Abdullah Harbi Mustafa ‘Omran (23).  They later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Yousif Jawabrah (22).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces stationed at Jaljoulia checkpoint opened fire at Bara’ah Ramadan Hamed ‘Aweisi (13) from Qalqilya. As a result, she was hit with a bullet to her foot and immediately arrested. The wounded child is an UNRWA School student and was walking in the area without obeying the israeli soldiers orders to stand still.  The Israeli media confirmed that ‘Aweisi did not carry out a stab attack but was just walking forward.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 09 September 2016, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized protests in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city and Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and houses.  As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 16 September 2016, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized protests in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city and Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and houses.  As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 09 September 2016, dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters headed to the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, southeast of al-Bureij (Um Hasaniyah Hill area) and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response opened fire at them and fired tear gas canisters. The clashes continued between the Israeli soldiers and youngsters till 19:00 when an Israeli soldier fired a flare bomb at ‘Abdel Rahman Ahmed ‘Abdel Qader al-Dabagh (16), who was around 15 meters away from the border fence.  As a result, he was wounded to the forehead and fell to the ground while his head was on fire.  Only minutes later, one of the youngsters carried him to a PRCS ambulance, which drove him to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.  Around minutes later, the hospital pronounced him dead due to being directly hit with a flare bomb to the head, causing him severe bleeding, fractures in the skull bones and laceration in the brain.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 16 September 2016, dozens of children and youngsters headed to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, southeast of al-Bureij, and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response opened fire at them and fired tear gas canisters. As a result, two children were wounded and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah to receive medical treatment.  their wounds were described as moderate, and they were identified as:
  1. Nour al-Deen Maher al-Refa’ie (17) from al-Bureij was wounded with a bullet to his right hand and thigh and
  2. Fayeq Yousif al-Maqadmah (17) from Khan Younis was wounded with a bullet to the left thigh.

 

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested

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