22 January: At 0545 IDF entered the Abu Ubaida Street in the south western part of Nablus with APCs and armoured jeeps, surrounding houses in the area and forcing the residents to leave for a near by garage. All men aged between 15 and 55 were handcuffed. Following this, IDF turned its operation to the Akouba building and called for a wanted Palestinian to surrender, believing he was inside the building. At 0935 IDF bulldozer entered Nablus heading for the surrounded area, where IDF had started firing rounds at the Akouba building. Upon arrival, the bulldozer started pushing cars from the street down on houses located in the slope below. At 1100 IDF announced that the wanted Palestinian has to surrender within 30 minutes, threatening to demolish the house if he does not. At 1200 the bulldozer started severing the surrounding wall of the building, before commencing demolishing the front wall of the building itself, despite the fact that one family was still inside. The bulldozer paused in order for the family to leave to the nearby garage with the other families. At 1500 IDF entered the building and discovered that there was no one inside. At 1600 IDF ordered the residents of the area to evacuate their houses as the Akouba building was to be demolished, and special troops started implanting explosives inside in preparation of imploding the structure. At 1712 IDF the four storey building was demolished in a blast shaking all of Nablus city causing extensive damage to several other buildings. The Akouba building housed 6 families (35 to 40 persons). The explosion caused severe damages to 20 other houses in the area. At 1800 IDF pulled out from the city, arresting the brother of the wanted Palestinian, who was not wanted by the IDF.
Palestinians: 4 deaths, 55 injured
Israelis: 0 deaths, 0 injured
3. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams
Denial of access: 2 incidents (in one incident the ambulance was denied access at Beit Iba checkpoint when it was transporting a child who suffered from epilepsy).
Delay (1-2 hrs.): 6 incidents
Harassment/Abuse of medical crew: 1 incident
25 January: Hebron (Bani Na'em village): A PRCS ambulance was transporting an elderly patient to her home in Al-Aroub Refugee Camp after undergoing hospital treatment. Israeli soldiers stopped the ambulance at the entrance of the refugee camp and initially denied it access. At this point, the Israeli soldiers began searching the ambulance, and one of the soldiers threatened the crew that they would be shot if they did not follow orders. The soldier then ordered the ambulance driver to drive into the camp very slowly without turning on the siren. As the ambulance entered the camp, the crew was taken by surprise as three Israeli soldiers jumped onto the back of the ambulance. The driver was obliged to continue driving further into the camp when suddenly the soldiers began to fire at the direction of camp residents and then proceeded to chase them.
Curfews were reported in the following locations: al 'Arroub Refugee Camp (3 days), al Mazra'a ash Sharqiya (1day).
5. House demolitions/Demolition Orders
6. Land levelling/confiscation
- Tulkarm/Qalqiliya governorates:
Property papers are in some cases difficult to present because most land are owned by Palestinians from before 1967 and divided in between descendants. In addition, acquiring these papers is also very expensive due to the tax that has to be paid. The Israeli DCL in Qalqiliya and Tulkarm both deny that a magnetic card is needed, but require an official letter from the Municipality declaring the legal ownership for the applicant. However, the DCL in Tulkarm acknowledged that a magnetic card indeed will facilitate the approvals process.