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

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

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (31 December 2003 - 06 January 2004)

INSIDEINSIDE: 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. Ongoing military operation in Nablus:
The situation in Nablus was extremely tense as a result of the ongoing military operation that started 26 December. The humanitarian situation in the old city and in the Qarioun district in particular was serious as people inside were in need of food and medicine. ICRC, OCHA and local NGOs were in some cases able to intervene. The commercial life in Nablus came to a virtual standstill. On 31 December clashes occurred all over Nablus resulting in several injuries caused by live ammunition and tear gas. The Evangelical hospital in the Rafidia district was surrounded as IDF searched the hospital. The operation in the Qarioun district in the old city was escalated, and the Qasr Abdel-Hadi house was subjected to mortar fire causing substantial damage to its construction. Several other buildings in the area suffered substantial damages. On the same day IDF entered Osarin village south of Nablus. A 16-year old youth was injured during clashes between IDF and stone throwers. He was evacuated by the IDF to an Israeli hospital where he died. In addition, IDF announced curfew on Madama village south of Nablus and Beit Furik east of Nablus.

On the following day, 01 January 2004 a bulldozer knocked down the remnant structures of the Shoubi house in the Qarioun district. This house had been hit by air strikes during the operation defensive shield April 2002 killing seven Palestinians inside.

On 03 January Clashes in Nablus city centre led to the killing of three Palestinians within less than an hour as direct live ammunition was used by IDF. A fourth Palestinian was killed during the funeral of these. Eight were injured.

On 04 January IDF completely demolished another house the Qarioun district.

2. Casualties

Palestinians: 12 deaths, 70 injured
0 deaths, 2 injured

3. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams
Denial of access: 2 incidents
Delay (1-2 hrs.):
6 incidents (one case the patient died)
Abuse/Attack on medical crew: 2 incidents

4. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations: Nablus (6 days), al Yamun, al Funduq, Jinsafut and Beit Ummar
(4 days), Balata RC, Balata refugee camp, Beit Rima and Burqa (3 days), al Khadr (2 days), Madama, Beit Furik,
Jalbun, Birqin and Burdus (1 day); partial curfew was imposed in Hebron H2 (1 day).

5. House demolitions/Demolition Orders

6. Land levelling/confiscation

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: Few permits for workers, traders and buses were issued since the old permits were suspended in Hebron and Bethlehem. In Hebron, there are currently 53 valid workers’ permit and 10 valid traders’ permits. In Bethlehem district all permits have been suspended after the Tel Aviv attack on 25 December. 50 new permits were issued for Palestinian private vehicles to drive on bypass roads in by Hebron DCL office.


9. Other incidents

Tulkarem/Qalqiliya governorates
• Since 5 January, IDF started to benchmark and take measurements in the northern parts of Habla for building a tunnel that links Habla with Qalqiliya.
• Continuous search and arrest campaigns took place during the week in Tulkarm.

Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates
• 31 December: A man was exiled from Nablus to Gaza.
• 05 January: IDF entered Tubas city with several armoured vehicles conducting house searches in the city. At the same time 3 IDF vehicles entered Tammun village and erected a flying check point between Tubas and Tammun.
• Arrest campaigns continued in Jenin Governorate during the week.

Ramallah/Al-Bireh/Beituniya governorates:
• Several demonstrations against the Wall took place in Burdus village during the week. IDF beat and shot at demonstrators and peace activists causing several injuries.

Hebron/Bethlehem governorates:
• Israeli news reported that the Supreme Court postponed by 15 days the dismantling of four illegal outposts in the West Bank to give time to settlers to appeal. Two of these settlements, Bat Ayin north of Surif village and Havat Magen David east of Susya settlement, are in Hebron area.
2 January: Three settlers from the Magen David outpost in the Hebron district (which the Government of Israel agreed to dismantle) have expelled a Palestinian Bedouin from his cave in Qwawis village and have moved in it.
4 January: The building of new houses started on the eastern part of Kharsina settlement; 144 new housing units are expected to be built in the area.
5 January: 8 persons from one family were injured at Al-Walajeh village as they tried to protect one of the family sons from being beaten by IDF soldiers.
• Search and arrest campaigns took place during the week.

• During the last week: 46 mortars, 5 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.

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


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