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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
5 October 2007

Of note this week

Gaza Strip:
The IDF killed 15 Palestinians, including a 17-year-old boy, and injured 32 others, including a 13 year-old boy and a Palestinian journalist.
49 Palestinians were injured in internal conflict, including 31 in inter-factional violence. These include one woman who was injured by shrapnel during a dispute between Fatah supporters and the ESF in Khan Younis.
Four Palestinians were killed due to the reckless handling of explosives.
Nine Qassam rockets and 24 mortars were fired towards Israel. Two mortars landed in the Palestinian area.
28 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli jails and entered Gaza through Erez crossing.
85 Palestinians, who had been stranded at the Egyptian side due to the closure of Rafah crossing, returned to the Strip through the separation wall between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
IDF imposed a general closure on Gaza strip during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Erez was open for one day, Karni for two days, Sufa and Kerem Shalom for three days each, and Nahal Oz energy pipelines for six days. Rafah crossing continues to be closed.

West Bank:
The IDF injured six Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy in Nablus City. Israeli settlers injured a 13-year-old boy in the H2 area of Hebron City. One Israeli protester,
one Israeli policeman, and one IDF soldier were injured.
One Palestinian was killed and nine injured in internal violence.
26 September – 2 October: Israel imposed a general closure on the West Bank due to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. All Palestinian workers and traders with valid permits were prevented from entering Jerusalem and Israel through all the checkpoints. On 28 September, Israel allowed Palestinian men over 50 years of age and women over 40 years of age to enter Jerusalem without permits to pray in Al ‘Aqsa Mosque. People under the age limit should have obtained a special “prayer permit” to enter Jerusalem.
27 September: A group of settlers from Alfe Menashe settlement cut down and burnt 90 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers from ‘Asla village (Qalqiliya).
30 September: Israeli settlers gathered on Palestinian land near An Nabi Younis junction (Hebron) and east of Efrat settlement (Bethlehem) and announced that the areas would become new outposts. On 1 October, the IDF declared both areas as closed military areas and evicted the settlers.
1 October: Israeli settlers erected two new outposts on Palestinian land near Elon Moreh settlement (Nablus) and near Kaddumim settlement (Qalqiliya). The IDF evicted the settlers from both areas.
140 flying checkpoints, 95 search and arrest campaigns, and 48 arrests were reported.


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