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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
13 January 2004



P.O. Box 38712 East Jerusalem
Phone: (972) 2 – 5829962 / 5825853, Fax: (972) 2 – 5825841

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (07 - 13 January 2004)

INSIDEINSIDE: Military operation in Tulkarm Refugee Camp -- Casualties -- Incidents involving ambulances -- Curfew -- House demolition -- Land levelling/confiscation -- Checkpoints/roadblocks/Separation Wall/restrictions on movement -- Access to Schools -- Labour movement to Israel -- Other incidents


1. Military operation in Tulkarm Refugee Camp

12-13 January: At around 11:00 on 12 January, the IDF launched an extensive search and arrest campaign in Tulkarm refugee camp (with approximately 35 tanks). During the entire operation, the refugee camp was placed under strict curfew. Immediately after the incursion, the IDF ordered people to gather in the UNRWA compound, erected observation points on top of houses and established physical barriers around the camp. Around 500 people were gathered in the UNRWA compound until 18:00 where after approximately 50 people were transferred to the UNRWA health clinic until 09:30 the following day. Some 200 people were reported arrested. The majority were reported released after interrogation at the DCL office in Tulkarm. Between 12 and 20 persons are still detained to date.

Clashes between the IDF and the local residents have taken place regularly throughout the military operation.

Three houses were reported destroyed on 12 January by fire as a result of sound bombs. On 13 January around 13:00, another house was set on fire caused by another sound bomb. The IDF denied the fire department access to the camp, and instead ordered the fire truck to use its water cylinders against the refugees to disperse to crowd. All firemen have had their ID cards confiscated and one fireman has been detained by the IDF. The fire was extinguished by the heavy rain.

2. Casualties

Palestinians: 7 deaths, 29 injured
Israelis:
1 death, 3 injured

3. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams
Denial of access: 1 incident
Delay (up to 140 min.):
4 incidents
Abuse/Attack on medical crew: 2 incidents
Detention of medical crew: 1 incident
Damage to ambulance: 1 incident (settlers threw stones at ambulance)

4. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations: al Khadr, Rafidiya, and al Quds Street in Nablus, Jenin city and
Jenin Refugee Camp, ‘Anza, al ‘Ezarriya and Abu Dis (1 day)

5. House demolitions/Demolition Orders





6. Land levelling/confiscation
Gaza:


7. Checkpoints/roadblocks/Separation Wall/restrictions on movement

- Tulkarm/Qalqiliya governorates:



- Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates:



- Ramallah/al-Bireh/Beituniya governorates:


Jerusalem/Jericho governorates:
Bethlehem/Hebron governorates:

Gaza crossings/checkpoints


The enclosed areas:
8. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank:
Gaza

9. Other incidents

Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates
• Nightly incursions and arrests continued almost on a daily basis. Although the large military operations inside the old city, in the city center of Nablus and in the Balata camp – have been ongoing in increased force since 15 December 2003 – seemed less intensive, the situation remained tense.
07 January: IDF entered the Ras al Ain district in Nablus with seven armoured vehicles at 0400 surrounding the Al Qassas Building, forcing residents to leave the building. IDF entered the building shooting inside, and arrested seven Palestinians at 06:00. Two Palestinians one from Deir Sharaf and the other from Nablus city were found shot dead, both totally riddled with bullets having penetrated every part of their bodies and fired on at a very close range.
08 January: A special Israeli unit wearing civilian clothes driving a Palestinian plated car shot Asaad Salih Khalilieh (31) when he was driving his car into the southern entrance of Jenin. Khalilieh died immediately after several bullets went through his body.
11 January: A Palestinian from Nablus blew up as his explosive belt exploded in Jinsafout, Qalqiliya (he was the brother of a Palestinian who was killed by IDF during clashes on 31 January.
• Arrests and incursions continued in the governorate, although the week was calmer than previous weeks.
11 January: IDF announced a curfew on the village of ‘Anza south of Jenin. This action took place after several bullets hit a settler vehicle on the main road near the village. No injuries were reported.
12 January: An IDF bulldozer carved up the road leading to ‘Anza village. The village water network was also destroyed.

Ramallah/Al-Bireh/Beituniya governorates:
• Search and arrest campaigns took place during the week in the Ramallah governorate.
• 09 January: A peaceful demonstration was organized by Budrus village residents against the construction of the Wall, few internationals (whose staying in the village) participated in the demonstration. No retaliation by the IDF.

Hebron/Bethlehem governorates:
8 January: Settlers from Kharsina settlement at night destroyed about five dunums of agricultural land owned by Palestinians near the settlement by cutting the wire nets and vine arches
11 January: Settlers attacked the houses of the residents in Wadi An-Nasara, Hebron city, damaging the windows.
11 January: The IDF damaged the connections for water, telephone and electricity in Idhna, Hebron.
11 January: Incursion in An-Nu’man by the IDF specifically targeting the house of the village leader, actively involved in contesting the route of the Wall in the area.

Gaza
During the last week: 25 mortars, 15 homes made rockets and 7 anti tanks missile have been fired towards the Israeli settlements and northern towns of, Negev, Sederot, Neve Dekalim, Dugit, Netzarim, and Gadid. No injuries were reported.
13 January: Israeli authorities provided the Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs a list of 386 pilgrims from the Gaza, stating that the names appeared will be not be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia through Rafah Terminal on the grounds of security reasons.


(Source: OCHA field units, UNRWA, UNSCO, PRCS, MoH, UHHC, Governors’ office, Israeli MoFA & IDF web sites, Al Mizan, PCHR)

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