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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
26 February 2008
OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
P.O. Box 38712, East Jerusalem, Phone: (+972) 2-582 9962 / 582 5853, Fax: (+972) 2-582 5841
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report
– 12 February
Of note this week
The IDF killed 11 Palestinians, including a teacher at the agriculture school north of Beit Hanun, and injured 31 others, including three children.
On four occasions, Israeli patrol boats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats at sea.
On 7 February, Israel reduced the amount of electricity it supplies to the Gaza Strip by 0.5 megawatt, further straining the electricity deficit. Most Gaza Strip households (except those in Rafah) have power cuts lasting at least eight hours every day and the Gaza power plant is still only able to produce 55 megawatts due to restrictions on fuel supplies by the Israeli authorities. At present, the electricity requirement in the Gaza Strip is 230 megawatts.
IDF bulldozers levelled and excavated agriculture land east of Deir El Balah while IDF tanks provided covering fire. As a result, 17 dunums of olive trees were uprooted.
81 rockets and 44 mortars were fired towards Israel, which resulted in the injury of four Israelis, including two women and one child. Moreover, 7 rockets and 111 mortars were fired at IDF soldiers inside the Gaza Strip.
Five Palestinians were injured, including two children and a 56-year-old mentally-disabled man. Seven Israelis were injured, including one woman, one child and one IDF soldier.
Between 6 and 12 February, the IDF closed numerous roads in the northern West Bank by constructing earth mounds and setting up flying checkpoints on major road junctions connecting cities and villages due a to high security alert. In addition, since 5 February, the IDF continues to prevent Palestinians males aged 16 – 35 years from Jenin and Tulkarm governorates from travelling southwards through checkpoints.
The IDF prevented Palestinian males from Jenin aged 16 - 35 years from crossing through Hamra and Tayasir checkpoints to access the northern Jordan Valley area. The age restriction is ongoing.
The IDF forcibly entered several money changing shops in Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm and Hebron cities and confiscated money, computers and documents.
The IDF demolished 26 structures, which resulted in the displacement of 89 Palestinians (Salfit, Qalqiliya, Tubas, Jericho and Jerusalem).
107 curfew hours were imposed on localities in the Nablus and Qalqiliya governorates.
102 flying checkpoints, 104 IDF search operations and 74 arrests were reported.
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