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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
8 February 2008
Of note this week
The IDF killed five Palestinians, including a 50-year-old farmer along the border in the North Gaza governorate.
23 January: Thousands of Gaza residents poured through to Rafah and Al Arish in Sinai. Crowds from all over the Gaza strip rushed to buy food, medicine and fuel supplies in Egypt. The Egyptian border guards took no action to prevent people from crossing the border. As of 29 January, the border remained open (Rafah).
The conveyor belt/chute at Karni crossing did not operate this week. Sufa crossing was only open on 24 January exclusively for the entry of 11 trucks of basic commodities donated by Jordan. Kerem Shalom crossing was only open on 23 January for the entry of commercial and humanitarian goods.
23 January: IDF bulldozers levelled and excavated agricultural land northeast of Beit Hanun, uprooting 350 dunums of olive and citrus trees.
On 24 January, the IDF arrested 25 Palestinians during a military operation northeast of Rafah (Rafah).
Eleven rockets and 15 mortar shells were fired towards Israel.
The IDF killed three Palestinians in the West Bank, including a 17-year-old boy from Al Duheisha Refugee Camp who was killed with live ammunition during clashes between the IDF and Palestinian stone throwers in Wad Mi’alla neighbourhood in Bethlehem City.
Two Palestinian men from the town of Beit Ummar were killed by Israeli settlers after they infiltrated into Gush Etzion settlement and stabbed and injured two Israeli settlers (Hebron). On the same day, one Israeli Border Police officer was killed and another was injured at Shufat refugee camp checkpoint after been shot with live bullets by an unknown gunman from Shu’fat camp (Jerusalem). Following the shooting, the IDF imposed closure around Jerusalem for one day.
The IDF issued six demolition orders in Huwwara village against five houses and a storage room for agricultural equipment due to the lack of building permits (Nablus).
26—28 January: The PA announced three days mourning in the West Bank after the death of George Habash, the previous secretary general of PFLP.
55 flying checkpoints, 98 search operations and 64 arrests were reported.
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